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Here We Go AgainKen Ramey Salem-News.com
Republicans accuse Democrats of exactly that which they themselves are guilty.
(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) - It should be clear by now that Republicans have no intention beyond preventing passage of a Democratic Healthcare Reform Bill regardless of how low they and their follows must stoop to achieve their goal.
Reasonable persons might easily conclude that the “you lie” grito [Spanish for “shout”] of Joe Wilson was less a spontaneous outburst than an intended example to the rank and file of what it can expect in the way of support by the example set in the hallowed chambers of the U. S. Congress.
My guess is Joe Wilson drew the short straw to see who would do the yelling, and he was it. Otherwise, I can’t imagine why he is being so grandly supported in his incredibly rude conduct by his Republican cohorts.
The Republican base is, generally speaking, solidly traditional in the Christian sense of the word. So, it makes sense that the Far Right of the Republican Party - its Evangelical Holy See - would take advantage of it to proclaim Barack Obama the anti-Christ in spite of his demonstrated and dedicated commitment to Christianity.
It doesn’t hurt that a goodly portion of its base - primarily in the South - is committed to a prejudice against black people who, as Jimmy Carter put it, “believe black people are not qualified to lead this great nation.” Rather than wait and see, the Party spends its time exhorting its base to do what it can to make Obama fail.
The result is a veritable carnival where costumes and conduct is reminiscent of parties I’ve attended for my great grandchildren, sans all the absurdities; If you have seen the news clips of the Washington march, you will know what I mean; paper hats, etc. the chanting of mottoes to match the mean signs they carry, but most of all the apparent glee on the faces of participants who seem to be having the time of their lives at the expense of their own best interest.
If the leaders can produce such hilarity in their followers I cannot but wonder if they can’t stop it if and when they choose. The problem is, they don’t choose. We who know better ought not to take these antics too seriously, for appearances are not always what they seem.
Republicans accuse Democrats of exactly that which they themselves are guilty. The most current example is to project upon the susceptible minds of their base the idea that President Obama is the anti-Christ which reduced to common jargon means only that the president is not doing what Republicans want, as if their wisdom is superior to all other. The recent past is sufficient to prove them wrong.
Republicans took eight years to bring America to its knees: President Obama has been in office less than a year; he deserves the chance to perform his miracles - and will - if the opposition will cooperate or get off his back. Instead, Republicans have shown they have no intention of doing either. What should we make of that?
America’s, and the World’s best interest, lies with Barack Obama Republicans prefer the example of Catholicism’s history to guide them, ignoring that the Reformation and the rise of Protestantism was the result. Evangelists are as determined to ressurect the past by making the same mistake.
The consequence, if they should succeed, would be to return to the practices of the Dark Age when religion was dominant and the Inquisition was used to impose its will upon the people. Ultimately they failed, and the greatness of the United States became the example to Europe and the world of what can be achieved by Unity Through Diversity.
The substance of Barack Obama’s pending miracle, which is contrary to the Republican design, is that he will reduce costs and make friends with nations by reducing international tensions, the opposite of what Republicans believe ought to be the case [that the United States should be the God of All Nations].
Today, Thursday, September 17th 2009, our president renounced the European “missile shield” fiasco of the Bush Administration, about the same time Conservatives began calling Obama the anti-Christ. They accuse the President of spending too much money for Healthcare and ignore completely the savings of his anti-Mean philosophy.
The Iraq mistake is winding down, but the cost of withdrawal is great. Yet it is a step in the right direction because eventually the Bush-spent hundreds of billions of dollars will be used for more pressing domestic concerns. But the Republicans and the Military Complex types continue to share the same bed as evidenced by the Afghanistan War that also ought to be ended. Russia provides the best example in this regard, but Vietnam does too.
Each war was an awful waste of human and monetary resources, and the predictions of disaster were proved wrong. It is wrong for Obama to continue a fight begun in error that ignores that unity in diversity is a truism that applies to Middle East nations as to the U. S. alone.
Homeland Security has proven to be as successful a deterent as have costly and unending wars that drain our natural resources that can better be spent rebuilding Ameirca’s justifiable reputation as an example to the rest of the world; a world eager for the U.S. to assume its rightful position with the aid of friendly nations everywhere in the world.
The truth is real, and the dream will never die, if we the people are allowed to have our way.
Gordon Duff of Ohio wrote an article for salem-news.com worthy of the attention of all, including the President and members of Congress. I hope you, and they, will take the time to read it: September 16, 2009: Are the Current Protests Just Racial Hatred? Gordon Duff Salem-News.com
Kenneth G. Ramey was a 79-year old "writer without a Website" who is generating excellent, provocative articles on the subject of religion and world affairs. We are pleased that Ken's "lone wolf" presence as a writer in the world has been replaced by a spot on our team of writers at Salem-News.com. Raised in Minnesota and California during the dark years of the Great American Depression, Ken is well suited to talk about the powerful forces in the world that give all of us hope and tragedy and everything in between. You can write to Ken at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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