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Biden’s endorsement of same-sex marriage is not nearly enough

So Vice President Joe Biden today on “Meet the Press” said that he supports same-sex marriage.

When host David Gregory asked Biden, “You’re comfortable with same-sex marriage now?”, Biden replied: “Look, I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual [men and women marrying] are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. …”

That to me sure sounds like an endorsement of legalized same-sex marriage — full marriage equality for same-sex couples — in all 50 states, but the White House was quick to back-pedal and say that no, Biden actually still is “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage just as President Barack Obama is.

Whether Biden’s nationally televised endorsement of same-sex marriage is just a calculated political game of good cop-bad cop, or whether Biden was, at least in the Obama White House’s opinion, just shooting his mouth off again, I’m not sure, but in either case, I am not moved, perhaps especially in light of this fact:

MSNBC quotes a White House “aide” as having stated: “The vice president was saying what the president has said previously — that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to roll back those rights. That’s why we stopped defending the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges and support legislation to repeal it.  Beyond that, the vice president was expressing that he too is evolving on the issue, after meeting so many committed couples and families in this country.”

Um, no, Biden did not say that “he too is evolving on the issue” of same-sex marriage. He said, “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual [men and women marrying] are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.” He said “men marrying men” and “women marrying women.” He did not say, “Committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans.” He did not use such mealy-mouthed language that public-relations hacks love to employ, believing that they are word-magicians who are bamboozling all of us with their ingenius hocus-pocus. He was not talking about the separate-and-unequal, second-class, unconstitutional substitutions for marriage, such as civil unions and domestic partnerships. He was talking about same-sex marriage.

Obama’s pussy, trying-to-have-it-both-ways public political stance is that each state reserves the right to determine whether or not to institute legalized same-sex marriage, and he very apparently sees no problem with forcing non-heterosexual Americans to drink from different drinking fountains by offering them only cheap imitiations of marriage, such as domestic partnerships or civil unions, which he supports. Publicly, at least, he very apparently thinks that these unconstitutionally separate-and-unequal substitutions for marriage are A-OK. (He used to teach constitutional law, too. He truly must have sucked ass at that as much as he sucks ass at being president of the United States of America.)

This “states’ rights” “argument” is the fucking coward’s way out, and if President Abraham Lincoln had adhered to such cowardice as the “states’ rights” “argument,” slavery probably would have lasted a lot longer than it did. (Funny that Obama’s official kick-off of his 2008 presidential campaign in February 2007 had him mimicking Abraham Lincoln at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois:

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Barack Obama is no fucking Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln had balls. Big balls.)

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not nearly enough that Joe Biden supports same-sex marriage. He’s just the vice president. I and millions of other non-heterosexual Americans are to hope for Barack Obama to die or to otherwise become incapacitated, so that President Biden can fight for our equal human and civil rights, since President Obama refuses to do so? Is that it? Is that the kind of change that we are to hope for?

No, fuck Barack Obama.

Nothing short of his full endorsement of same-sex marriage in all 50 states could induce me to give him my vote in November or to give him a fucking penny toward his re-election.

Obama also has been a dismal disappointment as far as labor rights are concerned. Early next month, Wisconsinites will decide in a recall election whether or not to allow Repugnican Tea Party Gov. Scott Walker to keep his job for his decision to try to destroy the state’s labor unions, a project that he apparently started immediately after his election in November 2009 (if not even beforehand).

(Walker claimed that the labor unions were making the state go broke, but he had had no problem giving the state’s plutocrats tax cuts. In bad economic times, you see, it’s the working class and the middle class who are to suffer even more — not the plutocratic elite, who, like on the Titanic, are the ones who get the lifeboats while the rest of us are to drown in the icy sea.)

In November 2007 at a campaign rally in South Carolina, Barack Obama said this: “And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself; I will walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America, because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.” (Here is video of that promise.)

Yet when Wisconsin became a battleground for the life of its labor unions in early 2010, when national media attention was focused on the state’s capital, where the fuck was President Barack Obama? He couldn’t find a comfortable pair of shoes? Despite his clear promise to stand up for — in person — “American workers [who] are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain,” Obama showed his face not once in Wisconsin. Not once.

How about the British Petroleum debacle? Obama sat on his hands as BP’s oil well in the Gulf of Mexico filled the gulf with crude oil for months in the summer of 2010, making it the largest marine oil spill ever. Clearly the corporate-ass-kissing Obama White House took a back seat to BP and to Big Oil in the environmental catastrophe.

Yet despite his colossal failures of leadership — and these are just three of them — the sweet-talking Barack Obama, who is as slick as the millions of barrels of crude oil that have filled the Gulf of Mexico, wants, even apparently expects, the money and the votes of gay men and lesbians (and other non-heterosexuals and non-gender-conforming Americans who want equal human and civil rights right now — none of this “evolving” bullshit), the money and the votes of the members of labor unions, and the money and the votes of environmentalists.

Barack Obama does not deserve this money or these votes. He makes promises and he breaks them. He asks you to put him or to keep him in power, yet once you do, he does not deliver for you, but tells you that in the future, in the future, in the future, he will use his public office for the public good.

You have absofuckinglutely no reason to believe that Barack Obama the sweet-talking and self-interested two-faced coward will be any more effective in a second term than he has been thus far. None.

(On a related note, when “Meet the Press'” Gregory asked Biden if the Obama administration would come out for same-sex marriage in a second term, Biden replied, “I don’t know the answer to that,” adding, “This is evolving.”)

You know, at least with Mittens Romney we would know what we were getting. The enemy clearly would be the enemy.

Which is worse:

Someone like Mittens, who at least is fairly up front about the fact that as president he wouldn’t lift a fucking finger to help non-heterosexuals achieve equal human and civil rights, that as president he would help further destroy what’s left of our labor unions and our middle class in order to further enrich the filthy fucking rich, and that as president of course he would side with Big Oil and other corporations over the environment — or — someone like Barack Obama, who explicitly or implicitly promises us progressives that he’s on our side, but then, once we’ve put him in office, fucks us over anyway?

And memo to Joe Biden: You also stated on “Meet the Press” today, “I think ‘Will & Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has ever done so far.”

“Will & Grace,” Joe?

Really?

It’s a fucking sitcom, Joe. A fucking sitcom. One that ended six years ago this month.

That’s the best example that you can come up with to show how gay-friendly and how politically correctly accepting of non-heterosexuals that you are?

That’s like saying to a gay man, “I have a gay cousin in New York City. Maybe you know him!”

As well-intended as it might be, it’s better to say nothing at all than to reveal that you actually have no fucking clue about the historically oppressed minority group that you’re talking about.

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Veep Biden: We’re all you’ve got

Wow.

Vice President Joe Biden is well known for shooting his mouth off, but for him actually to encourage his fellow Democratic operatives to “remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives,” as he did yesterday in New Hampshire, is surprising to come out of even Biden’s mouth.

Not that there isn’t some truth to Biden’s words; it’s that it’s pathetic that the Democratic Party has come to this: the lesser of two evils.

A voter should vote for your party because the voter is enthusiastic about your party — not because the alternative to your party is even grimmer than is your party.

These days, too many of us voters on the right and the left cast votes more out of opposition to the other party’s candidate than out of enthusiasm for our own party’s candidate.

I have to confess that in 2004 I voted for Democrat John Kerry much more out of my hatred of Repugnican incumbent George W. Bush and his fellow traitors than I did out of a special love for Kerry, whom I simply viewed as the Democratic candidate best placed to be able to deny Bush a second disastrous term in the White House.

I felt a little better about Barack Obama than I did John Kerry — I was snookered to at least some degree by Obama’s promised “hope” and “change,” I am chagrined to admit — and I don’t hate Repugnican John McCainosaurus as much as I hate George W. Bush, but even in 2008 I still was voting against the opponent about as much as I was voting for my candidate.

And while my U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is OK (she’s considerably better than average for a Democratic politician), I have to say that I’m voting for her on November 2, and that I’ve given her a modest amount of money for this election, at least as much because I can’t stand her Repugnican opponent, Crazy Carly Fiorina, as because I have a special love for Boxer.

And in California’s gubernatorial race, it’s difficult to say which is greater: My love for Jerry Brown or my hatred of Nutmeg Whitman, although I like Brown quite a lot and I think that he’ll be a kick-ass guv (the kind of governor that Repugnican Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003 promised to be but never has been). As well as I know myself, I’m at least equally motivated to vote for Brown on November 2 out of my like of him as I am out of my utter dislike of his opponent, who would run the state even further into the ground than has Schwarzenegger.

But I digress.

The point that I want to make is that pointing out that the alternative to you is even worse than you are isn’t a strong political position to come from. Biden and the other Democratic operatives should fucking know that.

As a registered Green Party member, I feel no fealty to the Democratic Party. My vote for a Democratic candidate is never guaranteed.

Although President Barack Obama reportedly has told Rolling Stone that “It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election,” the Obama administration has not given me or any other Democratic or Democratic-leaning voter much inspiration to vote on November 2. Repugnican rich bitches Nutmeg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, who never have held office and wish to buy office, have given me a lot more “inspiration” to vote on November 2 than has the Obama administration.

This doesn’t bode well for 2012.

Fortunately, Obama, Biden & Co. have some time to wake up.

Otherwise, history, methinks, frequently will compare Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.

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Samuel Alito, judicial activist

I love the wingnuts’ pathologically hypocritical accusation that judges who disagree with their oppressive, retrogressive, anti-democratic, anti-American views — and who actually stand for the American principle of liberty and justice for all — are “judicial activists.”

Not the majority of the American voters, but the wingnut-stacked U.S. Supreme Court, chose the nation’s president in 2000. If that isn’t the epitome of judicial activism, I don’t know what the fuck is.

Now, the same 5-4 skewed-to-the-right U.S. Supreme Court, in order to help the dying Repugnican Party, has ruled, against a century of legal precedent, that corporations may funnel unlimited amounts of money to political advertisements.

But that’s not judicial activism or anything.

Both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden have pointed out that the court’s ruling allows — or would allow, if Congress cannot correct the court’s error through legislation — foreign interests to influence our elections for their benefit. To allow that to happen smells a bit like treason to me.

U.S. Supreme Court “Justice” Samuel Alito, a BushCheneyCorp appointee who is, of course, one of the Gang of Five, apparently pulled a silent Joe Wilson during President Obama’s State of the Union address last night when the president correctly criticized the court’s radical-right ruling.

“Alito made a dismissive face, shook his head repeatedly and appeared to mouth the words ‘not true’ or possibly ‘simply not true’ when Obama assailed the decision … in his State of the Union address,” The Associated Press reports.

Oh, fuck you, Samuel Alito!

You don’t uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. You’re a fucking judicial activist for the wingnuts.

Hopefully one of the wingnuts on the nation’s highest court will retire or drop dead soon and we progressives will start to see 5-4 decisions in our favor — that is, in favor of democracy and in favor of the principle of liberty and justice for all, not just for stupid rich white people.

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Reid’s not racist — you are

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Then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid are shown in a photo from 2006. It’s funny that the words “honest” and “open” should appear in the background, because when it comes to the issues of race and racism, there’s no such fucking thing as honesty and openness in the United States.

I find it ironic that Americans’ overreaction to racially related statements demonstrates how racist Americans — especially whitey, of course — actually are.

This from The Associated Press today:

Washington – The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized [today] for comments he made about Barack Obama’s race during the 2008 presidential bid.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light-skinned” and “with no Negro dialect.” Obama is the nation’s first African-American president. [That’s a news flash for those of you who have been hanging out in a cave; when you go back to your cave, please give Osama bin Laden the “news.”]

“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments,” Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were reported on the website of The Atlantic.

“I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama’s legislative agenda.”

Reid remained neutral during the bitter Democratic primary that became a marathon contest between Obama and then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom Obama tapped as the United States’ top diplomat after the election.

Reid’s comments are included in a book set to be published on Monday. Game Change was written by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann; the pair describe the book in interviews during Sunday’s “60 Minutes” on CBS….

Now, it is a fact that Obama, being half-white and half-black, has a lighter complexion than do most fully black individuals.

It’s also a fact that Obama does not have any sort of dialect associated with black Americans; his English is quite stiff and proper — indeed, his English is superior to that of most of his detractors, many if not most of whom are white supremacists.

Vice President Joseph Biden created a stir in February 2007 when it came out that he’d said of Obama, “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” 

Obama is articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking, although he did punk us progressives into thinking that he had our backs.

Oops — I just slipped into a Negro dialect.

Speaking of which, um, yeah, memo to Senator Reid: We don’t use the word “Negro” anymore for black people, and that’s my main problem with Reid’s “controversial” comments about Obama’s race (the ones that I’ve seen, anyway).

One of my pet peeves is when people use the wrong name of a minority group. You use the name that the minority group itself uses for itself.

So when I hear people (usually stupid white people, of course) call Asians “Orientals,” I cringe. And it’s not “Hispanics” anymore, and it’s certainly not “Mexicans” for all people who call themselves Latinos these days, as not all Latinos originate from Mexico.

And don’t fucking call me a “homosexual.” We call ourselves gay, fuck you very much.

People who use terms for minority groups that aren’t even used anymore — like “Negro” or “Oriental” or “homosexual” — demonstrate that they are completely fucking out of touch with that minority group, or they’d be using the name that the group uses for itself.

(Of course, as I’ve noted before, sometimes the haters use the wrong name for a minority group on purpose, as a pejorative, probably especially with the term “homosexual.” The homo-haters — who are in such great company, as the Nazis hated and persecuted us homos, too — routinely use the term “homosexual” instead of “gay” because their intent is to degrade and dehumanize us non-heterosexuals. They know that we use and prefer the term “gay,” but out of disrespect for us they refuse to use our preferred term for ourselves, and also, they like to emphasize the “-sexual” part, because they have their sick and twisted [usually “Christianity”-induced] hangups over sexuality, even though their mothers had sex.) 

Anyway, I doubt that Harry Reid, from the almost-all-white state of Utah, has very many close black friends. If he did, he probably wouldn’t be using the term “Negro,” which apparently was ingrained within him decades ago when the term was still widely used.

(My dead mean and racist Southern Baptist white grandmother, who was born and raised in Texas, used the word “Negro” too,  only she pronounced it like “Niggrah,” which sounded waaaaay too close to “nigger” for me.)

But I digress.

I don’t like Harry Reid, don’t get me wrong. He’s weak. We need someone with balls, a real Democrat, in charge of the U.S. Senate. I hope that the Democrats can maintain their fragile 60-vote majority after Election Day this year, but if it takes his trouncing at the polls in Utah in November to remove Reid as head of the Senate, then so be it. 

But let’s not dog pile upon Reid for stating the simple truth, which is that Barack Obama never would have been elected as president of the United States of America if a critical mass of white American voters had perceived him as threatening to them in any way.

I’ll be even more blunt: Obama acts whiter that I do, and I’m a white guy.

Obama’s black father split from his white mother when Obama was quite young, and Obama was raised by his white mother and her white side of the family; apparently his mother’s parents took care of him from about age 10 to his graduation from high school — quite the formative years. (A little Obama bio is here.)

My guess is that Obama’s upbringing by mostly white Americans is the main reason that he acts like a white American. Maybe he also has done the political calculus and he figured out some time ago that “angry” (my term) blacks, like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, can go only so far in U.S. politics. (Shit, even Uncle Toms like Repugnican Party head Michael Steele — whom the Repugnicans elected as the head of their party only in a knee-jerk reaction to Obama’s election to the White House — can go only so far.)

And that, friends (I’m practicing to be the Rush Limbaugh of the left, so please bear with me, friends), is the real problem here: not that Harry Reid stated the obvious, which is that Barack Obama is “light-skinned” “with no Negro dialect,” but that only a “non-threatening” (my term) black — which means, of course, that he or she never shows an iota of anger over the whole racism thing, because anger, you see, is baaaaad — can ascend to the White House.

That is the problem, and that screams RACISM.

That it’s so stupidly fucking taboo to bring up the issue of race at all, to the point that people like Harry Reid and Joe Biden feel compelled to apologize for only having spoken the obvious truth, shows how racist this nation is.

A nation that won’t even talk about racism obviously has no real interest in resolving racism, which can be resolved only if we talk about it. A lot.

Update:

The Associated Press, which continuously updates its news stories (but doesn’t always update the links to those news stories), now is reporting that Reid’s more complete words were that Obama was “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” (emphasis mine).

Yikes.

I’m not sure what Reid meant by that; was Reid accusing Obama of having adapted his speech patterns to the locals’ speech patterns while he was on the campaign trail, the way that I seem to remember Billary Clinton was accused of doing? (She was accused of speaking redneck while in redneckland, if memory serves.)

In any case, I’m not even sure how much such adaptation of one’s speech would be politicking — that is, conscious deception in order to gain votes — and how much such adaptation would be human nature (to do in Rome as the Romans do).

Anyway, we’ll see how long Harrygate lasts. Hopefully it won’t make it alive past this weekend, as there’s no scandal here.

Update No. 2:

Oy, vey. Why can’t the Associated Press get it right the first time?

The AP now reports the story this way:

Washington – Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid apologized [today] for saying Barack Obama should seek — and could win — the White House because Obama was a “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

Obama quickly accepted, saying “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid made the comments in private during the long 2008 campaign, according to a new book about that election, which elevated Obama from first-term Illinois senator to the first black president.

OK, so apparently Reid was encouraging Obama to be fake on the campaign trail if it could score Obama some political points. Nice, Harry.

Have you noticed that whenever anything racially related comes up and there is an apology to Obama, Obama always immediately accepts the apology and wants us all to immediately forget about the whole thing?

It seems that Obama doesn’t want a real dialogue about race and racism any more than the racists do…

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More on the Nouveau Victimes*

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Meet the new “victims”: Stupid-white-male supporters Sarah Palin-Quayle and Carrie Prejean, who this past week was fired as Miss California, are now “victims,” as are all stupid white men in the United States of Amnesia. Sexy brainiac blogger Glenn Greenwald recently penetratingly wrote of these Nouveau Victimes, “the only victims they ever see are themselves, the only unfairness they recognize is to their own group, the only perspective they are capable of understanding is the tribalistic ones drummed into their heads from birth.”

My broad definition of the word “politics” is “the use of power.”

When power is abused, as it so often is in politics (as in life in general), I get pretty fucking pissed off. (Yes, eight long years of the unrelenting abuse of power by the Bush regime, which began with the stolen presidential election of 2000, had me fairly perpetually pissed off for years on end. See, I’d actually bought all of the bullshit that I had been taught as a budding Gen-Xer, such as that we actually have democracy and fairness and the rule of law here in the United States of America.)

Perhaps nothing pisses me off like the claims of groups that historically have wielded a disproportionate amount of power that they now somehow are “victims.”

Jews and Zionists (and again, Zionists are Jews but not all Jews are Zionists, I recognize) are perhaps the best at this — screaming “victim” when, in fact, they are ridiculously politically powerful.

I have written about this at some length recently (here and here), so I won’t repeat myself, but I will quote sexy gay brainiac blogger Glenn Greenwald (who, from his surname, I gather, is Jewish), who recently took up the topic of faux victimization in a post he titled “Tribalistic Self-Absorption” (the links are Greenwald’s):

The most predominant mentality in right-wing discourse finds expression in this form: “I am part of/was born into Group X, and Group X — my group — is better than all others yet treated so very unfairly.” This claim persists — indeed, is often intensified —  even when Group X is clearly the strongest, most privileged and most favored group.

So intense is their need for self-victimization — so inebriating is their self-absorption and so lacking are they in any capacity for empathy — that, for all the noise and rhetoric, the arguments they make virtually always have this tribalistic self-absorption at its core.

Last week, Charles Krauthammer accused President Obama of treating every country in the world so well — except for one, the one for which Krauthammer bears great love and affection and with which he was taught from childhood to identify:

President Obama repeatedly insists that American foreign policy be conducted with modesty and humility. Above all, there will be no more “dictating” to other countries…. An admirable sentiment. It applies to everyone — Iran, Russia, Cuba, Syria, even Venezuela. Except Israel. Israel is ordered to freeze all settlement activity.

The U.S. transfers tens of billions of dollars to Israel — more than any other country in the world. We demand that no country in the Middle East have nuclear weapons — except Israel. We fuel Israel’s wars with weapons transfers, ensure it is the most militarily powerful country in its region, and loyally protect it from U.N. sanctions using our veto power.

It’s virtually impossible to imagine one country that is more favorably treated by another than the various forms of largesse Israel receives from the U.S. But no matter. In Krauthammer’s eyes, the opposite is true: the U.S. treats every country fairly except Israel. That’s the country that, to him, is singled out for unfavorable treatment by the U.S….

I don’t know how much these “victims” truly believe that they are victims and how much they knowingly are misrepresenting themselves as victims, with the aim of at least maintaining the disproportionate amount of political power that they’ve already had, if not gaining even more.

Perhaps more ridiculous than the Zionists’ claims of victimhood are the claims of the stupid white men that they are “victims.”

Stupid white men (presumably heterosexual, “Christian” and overwhelmingly Repugnican) have controlled this nation thoroughly up until very recently. As do the “victimized” Zionists and Jews, stupid white men still have far more power than is proportionate to their actual numbers.

And Barack Obama, although he is the first half-white and half-black president, hardly is going to usher in the anti-whitey revolution that so many of the NRA-card-carrying talk-radio listeners seem to have believed is coming.

Indeed, if Obama didn’t act even whiter than the typical white guy, he never would have made it to the White House. The White House. He is an acceptable black guy, you see; he is “articulate” and “clean,” as Vice President Joe Biden infamously called him before Biden became vice president.

The “victimization” of stupid white men most recently has come in the form of Sonia Sotomayor, candidate for U.S. Supreme Court justice.

During her judicial career Sotomayor has made comments like this one: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better [judicial] conclusion [than would a white male judge, presumably].”

The likes of baby-boomer blowhard Rush Limbaugh, whom the largest number of people in a recent national Gallup poll identified as the apparent leader of the Repugnican Party, immediately jumped upon Sotomayor as a “racist” for such comments of hers as the one above.

Now, for more than two centuries in the United States of Amnesia, stupid white men never had to talk about their race or their possession of penises, because it was just a fucking given that if you were going to hold high political office in the nation, such as U.S. senator or U.S. Supreme Court justice, you had to be a white man. It was well understood and therefore there was no need to talk about it, that’s how entrenched white-male power was (and still is, although to a lessening extent, thank Goddess).

For Sotomayor, who presumably does not possess a penis and who is not white, life in the United States of America no doubt has been different than it has for the stupid white man. It does not make Sotomayor “racist” for talking about her minority experience as an American.

An I agree with Sotomayor 200 percent that the United States of America, which is teetering on the brink of collapse after the stupid white men have run it into the fucking ground, sure could use the wisdom and the perspective of other groups, such as women, non-whites and non-heterosexuals, to recover from the mess in which the stupid white men have mired it.

Stupid white men and their supporters, drunk and blind with power, aren’t fit to be behind the wheel, being drunk and blind. The sober vision of others is what the nation sorely needs now.

But the Zionists and the stupid white men aren’t the only “victims.”

Heterosexuals also are victims, too.

Carrie Prejean, who has a promising career in porn ahead of her, this past week was dumped as Miss California because, according to the Miss California USA organization, she was violating her contractual agreements by making unauthorized appearances (such as to deliver her anti-gay sentiments) and by refusing to make requested appearances.

But no, Prejean has blamed her overdue ousting on gays, whom her Taliban-style “Christianity” has taught her to hate.

Reminds me of how the Nazis blamed all of Germany’s problems on the Jews. (And the Nazis persecuted and murdered gays, too.)

That was one of the actual “arguments” that I saw as the wingnuts were arguing for the anti-gay Proposition 8 here in California: that allowing legalized same-sex marriage actually violates their rights.

The “argument” is that if I believe that an historically oppressed minority group should be kept down — if that is my “Christian” belief — then it is a violation of my religious freedom if the oppressed groups that I believe should continue to be oppressed no longer are oppressed.

Yes, before the November vote I saw pro-Prop 8 signs that actually asserted that to allow same-sex marriage violates the First-Amendment rights (including freedom of speech and freedom of religion) of those who oppose it. There is no more fundamental American right than the right to hate and to feel superior to another group, right?

No, it’s quite simple: If your religious beliefs preclude same-sex marriage, then do not marry someone of your own sex. But keep your fucking backasswards, Taliban-like religious beliefs to yourfuckingself. Keep your toxic spiritual sludge off of the rest of us, who have the right to be free from your toxic waste.

I suppose that those white-supremacist “Christians” who believe that mixed-race marriage is wrong, according to the Old Testament, are having their First-Amendment rights violated because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1967 that no state can outlaw mixed-race marriage. So let’s outlaw mixed-race marriage again in order to placate the members of the American Taliban!

Yes, let’s turn the United States of America into a Taliban-like theocracy, shall we? That’s exactly what the wingnut “Christians” want.

Speaking of whom, there also is Repugnican presidential wannabe Sarah Palin-Quayle out there constantly claiming victimhood, because apparently the way to show strength is to claim perpetually that you are a victim.

Palin-Quayle’s latest “victimization” is at the hand of late-night television talk-show host David Letterman, who, Palin-Quayle asserts, should apologize to all women because Letterman made some joke about one of her daughters.

No, the one who should apologize to all of the women of the United States of America — and of the world — is Palin-Quayle, who has set the women’s movement back by at least decades by supporting the stupid white male system that oppresses women. 

Palin-Quayle’s backasswards “Christo”fascist ideology threatens the typical American woman far more than does a joke by a late-night TV talk-show host. Further, Palin-Quayle and her ilk are a threat to freedom and democracy — to real freedom and democracy, not “freedom” and “democracy” as they define it, such as by stolen presidential elections, illegally spying on American citizens, illegally detaining — and torturing and even killing — individuals, and launching bogus wars for war profiteers (such as Dick Cheney’s Halliburton) and for the Israel-first lobby.

You know, if these historical oppressors truly want to be the victims now, how about those of us who have been historically oppressed by them — we women, non-whites, non-heterosexuals, non-Christians, et. al. — not make them into fucking liars and start really victimizing them?

*With apologies to those who actually speak French. I think that I have that correct, but I am not sure…

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President-elect Obama AIN’T Abe Lincoln

Lonn Pressnall, dressed as Abraham Lincoln, walks to a polling ...

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Barack Obama is likable enough. I voted for him.

I was tempted to vote for Ralph Nader, as Nader is more ideologically aligned with me and as Obama was going to win California’s 55 electoral votes no matter what anyway, but I went ahead and voted for Obama –only to discover the next day that about 70 percent of black California voters voted to strip me of my equal human and civil rights as a gay man. But I digress…

As I was saying:

It’s a wee bit too early to carve Obama’s visage into Mount Rushmore, peeps — mmmk?

I never got into Obama worship before Nov. 4 and I’m not into it now. The cleanup job before us after eight long nightmarish years of the sacking of the nation by the members of the unelected Bush regime is too daunting for me to be able to be giddy over Obama.

Maybe he’ll turn out to be a kick-ass president. Maybe. I hope so.

But let’s face it: Following the worst “president” in U.S. history — I mean, George W. Bush not only lost the popular vote to Democrat Al Gore in 2000, but his Repugnican buddies in the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the ballot-counting in Florida for him — anyone is going to look like Abraham fucking Lincoln by comparison.

Not that Obama has exactly distanced himself from the Lincoln comparison. When Obama formally announced his candidacy for president on February 10, 2007 (two days before Lincoln’s birthday) in front of the old state Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. — where Lincoln launched his political career — all that Obama was missing was the stovepipe hat:

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (2nd-L), his daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (C) and his wife Michelle (R), wave to a crowd gathered on the lawn of the old State Capital Building February 10, 2007 in Springfield, Illinois. Obama announced to the crowd that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Barack Obama;Michelle Obama From Getty Images. 

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The Obama-Lincoln meme is growing and I think that it’s more damaging than helpful.

Yes, Obama and Lincoln both came from Illinois, and yes, Lincoln fought for the abolition of slavery and Obama is black. However, Obama is not the descendant of slaves; his mother was white and his father was from Kenya. In that respect the comparison between Obama and Lincoln withers, and had Obama been the descendant of slaves, there’s a good chance that he never would have won the White House.

In any event, certainly no “angry” black American, such as Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, would have been elected to the White House earlier this month. Leave me a nasty comment on this post for saying this, but I’ll say it anyfuckingway: Obama won the White House only because he acts white. There was no way in hell that enough white voters would have voted for an “angry” black presidential candidate to propel him into the Oval Office.

Even Joe Biden, before Obama picked him as his running mate, remarked to the New York Observer of Obama: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

Obama went on to pick Biden anyway, which is supposed to be yet another example of how — just like Lincoln did! — Obama picks his one-time opponents as his colleagues.

This bandwagon comparison of Obama and Lincoln really has got to stop. Here’s an excerpt from a nauseating Associated Press piece on the meme:

WASHINGTON – Presidents typically say they want to be surrounded by strong-willed people who have the courage to disagree with them. President-elect Barack Obama, reaching out to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republicans, actually might mean it.

Abraham Lincoln meant it. He appointed his bitter adversaries to crucial posts, choosing as war secretary a man who had called him a “long-armed ape” who “does not know anything and can do you no good.”

You could say his Cabinet meetings were frank and open….

It so happens that Obama and New York Sen. Clinton share a reverence for Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book about how Lincoln brought foes into his fold. Clinton listed it during the campaign as the last book she had read. Obama, clearly a student of Lincoln, spoke of it several times.

Now past could be prologue.

Obama is considering Clinton for secretary of state or another senior position, meeting John McCain on Monday to see how his Republican presidential rival might help him in the Senate, and sizing up one-time opponents in both parties for potential recruitment. He made one Democratic presidential opponent, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, his running mate.

“I think it reflects a great inner strength on Obama’s part that he is seriously considering creating a team of rivals as Lincoln did,” Goodwin told The Associated Press [yesterday].

“By surrounding himself with people who bring different perspectives, he will increase his options, absorb dissenting views and heighten his ability to speak empathetically to people on different sides of each issue. The challenge, of course, is to ensure that the discussions do not become paralyzing, and that once a decision is made the inner circle accepts that the time for debate is over,” she said.

During the bitter primary campaign, Clinton dismissed Obama as a neophyte who could not be trusted to handle crises and who had not done much more in politics than make fancy speeches. Obama sniffed that “you’re likable enough, Hillary.”

Yet she strongly supported Obama in the general campaign, not unlike William Henry Seward, the Hillary Clinton of his day.

Seward, the front-runner in the race for the 1860 Republican nomination, was so confident of taking the prize that he went on an eight-month tour of Europe a year earlier, only to see Lincoln vanquish him. Lincoln buried animosities and made him secretary of state….

None of this has been lost on Obama, who said in May that Lincoln’s inclusion of former foes “has to be the approach that one takes.”

At the time, he said he would consider McCain for the Cabinet if that made sense. Now, aides for both men say such a move is not in the works but they will seek other ways to cooperate….

Reaching out to one’s political rivals might at times be politically astute — I was OK with Obama’s selection of Biden as his running mate and I could live with Hillary Clinton as secretary of state — but granting Repugnican John Sidney “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran”/”I Don’t Know How Many Houses I Own” McCain III any important post in his administration would not be politically astute for Obama. Such a move would drive Democrats and the majority of “swing voters” — who rejected McInsane and what he and his ilk stand for at the voting booth — off in droves.

Obama likes to say that there are no red states and no blue states — despite the fact that, according to the Associated Press, more threats have been made against him than his white presidential predecessors:

WASHINGTON – Threats against a new president historically spike right after an election, but from Maine to Idaho, law enforcement officials are seeing more against Barack Obama than ever before.

The Secret Service would not comment or provide the number of cases they are investigating. But since the Nov. 4 election, law enforcement officials have seen more potentially threatening writings, Internet postings and other activity directed at Obama than has been seen with any past president-elect, said officials aware of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue of a president’s security is so sensitive….

Federal government officials actually are saying that these increased threats against Obama can’t necessarily be attributed to racism, but the AP also reports:

One of the most popular white supremacist Web sites got more than 2,000 new members the day after the election, compared with 91 new members on Election Day, according to an AP count. The site, stormfront.org, was temporarily off-line Nov. 5 because of the overwhelming amount of activity it received after Election Day.

[Today] one Stormfront poster, identified as Dalderian Germanicus, of North Las Vegas, said, “I want the SOB laid out in a box to see how ‘messiahs’ come to rest. God has abandoned us, this country is doomed.”

As I’ve said before, the Civil War never ended, as the regional political atmosphere from Lincoln’s time to today hasn’t changed nearly enough, and if we’re going to make any comparison between Obama and Lincoln, we accurately can state that both presided over a nation split between hateful dumbfucks, the red-staters, and real Americans, the blue-staters, who, entirely unlike the red-staters, believe in life, liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness for all. That is the American dream, the American ideal — what the red-staters stand for is not the American dream, but is the American nightmare, and therefore I cannot, I do not and I never will consider the red-staters to be my fellow Americans except in the technical, dictionary-definition sense of the word “American.” 

Again, the Civil War never ended, but the danger of comparing President Obama to President Lincoln is that the comparison indicates that we Americans cannot go forward, but can only look backward. Nostalgia won’t solve our problems in the present.

And the danger of all of the talk of Obama including his detractors in his administration — just like Abe Lincoln did! — is that such a watering down of progressive idealism will hamper the recovery from the past eight nightmarish years that the nation needs to make if it is to survive. We cannot afford to be namby-pamby, let’s-try-to-please-everyone right now.

Yes, no matter how unifying President Obama might wish to be, there are blue states and there are red states. The threats against Obama’s life — mostly from red-staters — demonstrate this obvious fact.

The blue states just won the presidential election. The red states need to shut up, sit down and cope with that fact, just as we blue staters just had to endure eight years of their hell.

As the Repugnicans had no problem whatsofuckingever shutting the Democrats out of power when the Repugnicans ran the show, the Democrats owe no favors to the now-defeated Repugnicans, and showing such favors would be a grave disservice to the nation that needs to recover, not to continue to fall, like the ancient Roman empire, under the destructive, anti-democratic impulses of the Repugnicans, wingnuts and “Christo”fascists.

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