Out standing in my field

ImageUnusual times I find myself in of late.  My view on several issues is well-represented in the opinions expressed in Congress and among the public in general, even if it is not necessarily shared by the majority.  As an example, on the Affordable Care Act, while certain provisions are useful and I’m glad they were included, I am overall opposed to it and believe it should be repealed.  On the legality of President Obama’s actions as Commander-in-Chief, I believe that the President has committed impeachable offenses, and would be in favor of articles to that effect being drawn up and debated in the House of Representatives.  Both of these stances should place me squarely within the ideological grounds of Congressional Republicans, and perhaps within their vocal “Tea Party” minority. Continue reading

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Green VP pick: it’s Honkala

Jill Stein has selected her running mate the day before the convention opens: Cheri Honkala, of Pennsylvania.  CBS has the story, in the inimitable style that is the Mainstream Media attempting to understand something that hasn’t been gatekeeper-approved yet.  At least CBS isn’t openly mocking Stein, but read the story and see if there isn’t an undertone there of, “Wait…who are you again and what are you doing in our election?”

The choice is mildly interesting.  Honkala is National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, among other accomplishments in a fairly impressive resume; I’d put her up against Joe Biden, certainly, and whomever Mitt Romney chooses.  Her record and speaking style (I have heard her speak briefly) suggest someone who can stand her ground, and her choice highlights Stein’s commitment to domestic economic issues as the primary focus of her campaign.  It also represents something of a reversal for Stein, who during the primaries suggested she would be looking for geographic balance for the ticket, which seemed to indicate Kent Mesplay of California, who ran a distant third in the voting in his third attempt at the nomination.  Mesplay certainly would have been the better choice in terms of foreign policy and environmental policy, but wasn’t a dynamic speaker, sometimes coming across as awkward and ill-prepared.
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Busby Berkeley couldn’t put on a show like this

And now, a heartfelt thank you to the Democratic Party, for making this season so entertaining.  I’ve been telling the folks I know who’re still dancing in the streets from the 2006 “revolution” that I had faith, even given the wildly unpopular proto-fascist regime in the White House, that they could indeed screw this up; even when no way seemed possible, I sat and waited for them to invent one out of whole cloth.  It’s so gratifying to have my faith rewarded.  HuffPost, which is like the Soap Opera Digest of the Democratic Party, is all over it, of course: Hillary vows not to leave, Obama gets a what-the-hell-is-he-doing push from Sen. Bob Casey (D?), and Harry Reid says to pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.  Meanwhile, Samantha Power still lurks in the background, letting us know what we can expect from Obama’s troops-out pledges in the General, and Ralph Nader, who really has by this point jumped right out of the Green Party and over a shark, is making the friendly suggestion that Hillary stay in the race.  Comedy gold. Continue reading

Trashing the Party

Nader is now in the race as an independent…once again proving that it is all about himself and not about the Green Party or any kind of movement. With him is Matt Gonzalez, who has apparently forgotten that the GP from many states descended on San Francisco to get him elected, and only the fact that the Republicans and Democrats worked together kept him out of a most prestigious office; to Matt, it was strictly the Ralph Nader Drum ‘n’ Bugle Corps. Continue reading