Inside the Worst Congress EVER

December 8, 2006 at 6:39 pm | Posted in America, American politics, Congress, Democracy, Democrats, Foley, King George, Republicans, Santorum | 2 Comments

Rolling Stone has the cover

and cover story on the worst Congress ever in the history of the United States. And before anyone starts saying this is a partisan swipe, seeing that it was a Republican led Congress, a recent Rasmussen poll shows the 109th Congress has only a 13% approval rate. Who in the world gets only a 13% approval rate! I’m sure more Iraqis approved of Saddam than Americans approved of the 109th Congress! Over at the TPMuckraker, they highlight the lowlights of this most infamous Congress. But I would just like to quote from that Rolling Stone article. He says it far better than I can:

But the 109th Congress is no mild departure from the norm, no slight deviation in an already-underwhelming history. No, this is nothing less than a historic shift in how our democracy is run. The Republicans who control this Congress are revolutionaries, and they have brought their revolutionary vision for the House and Senate quite unpleasantly to fruition. In the past six years they have castrated the political minority, abdicated their oversight responsibilities mandated by the Constitution, enacted a conscious policy of massive borrowing and unrestrained spending, and installed a host of semipermanent mechanisms for transferring legislative power to commercial interests. They aimed far lower than any other Congress has ever aimed, and they nailed their target.

“The 109th Congress is so bad that it makes you wonder if democracy is a failed experiment,” says Jonathan Turley, a noted constitutional scholar and the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington Law School. “I think that if the Framers went to Capitol Hill today, it would shake their confidence in the system they created. Congress has become an exercise of raw power with no principles — and in that environment corruption has flourished. The Republicans in Congress decided from the outset that their future would be inextricably tied to George Bush and his policies. It has become this sad session of members sitting down and drinking Kool-Aid delivered by Karl Rove. Congress became a mere extension of the White House.”

Why You Should Vote AGAINST Your Republican Candidate

November 2, 2006 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Abramoff Scandal, American politics, Congress, Democracy, Foley, Iraq, King George, Republicans, Straw Man, War on Terror | 6 Comments

The Election is just days away and (finally) we can move on from the muck. Who should you vote for? Here is my case for voting against all Republican candidates in your districts and states.
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Republicans, Where’s The Evidence For Your Accusation?

October 9, 2006 at 2:05 am | Posted in American politics, Democracy, Foley, Republicans, Revising History | 4 Comments

My Republican friends, where is the evidence to back your claim that Democrats knew of these emails and waited until October to release them? Continue Reading Republicans, Where’s The Evidence For Your Accusation?…

The GOP Strategy: Blame Democrats

October 7, 2006 at 2:43 am | Posted in American politics, Christianity, Democracy, Foley, King George, Republicans, Revising History | 4 Comments

Yet again, no matter that it was a Republican aide who released the emails to ABC, no matter that it was a Republican Congressman who instigated and acted in a predatory manner to House pages, no matter that it was the Republican House leader, Hastert, who knew about this for the past few years, Republicans have decided this week that their strategy is to blame Democrats.

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Come Clean, Mr. Foley!

October 6, 2006 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Foley | 2 Comments

The disgraced ex-Congressman, Mr. Foley, accused a priest of abusing him, and now calls to name the perpetrator sound out. But Mr. Foley wishes to stay silent. Why? After all, the priest who supposedly abused him probably remains free currently to abuse other victims. Does Mr. Foley wish to stop abuse of minors by those in power, as he so often said when he was head of the House group on Abused Children? or is Mr. Foley showing he ducked taking responsibility for his own sins, blaming them on an easy target, the abusive priest? Come clean, Mr. Foley!

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