Aug 20 2012

Politics Goes Stupid & Ugly For The End Of Summer

Published by at 10:53 am under All General Discussions

What a way to end a dismal summer (economics-wise), with dipstick pols going stupid on both sides of the fence.

Let’s begin with the reason the Tea Party is not a social-conservative movement – i.e., why the Tea Party movement is about reducing the power and scope of government, not for using that power for rightward causes (verses leftward causes). Our poster child is Todd Akin, who probably just lost the Senate to the GOP:

In the clip, Charles Jaco, of St. Louis Fox affiliate KTVI’s “Jaco Report,” asks Akin whether he thinks abortions ought to permissible in a situation where a woman is raped. While explaining his position, Akin claimed that pregnancy only rarely results from “legitimate rape.”

“Well you know, people always want to make it as one of those things where how do you slice this particularly tough, sort of ethical question,” he replied. “It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors — that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

As a father of three daughters, a husband, a son and a friend to rape victims, I would prefer this moron resign now. There is no clean cut answer to rape, incest and difficult pregnancies that could harm the mother (or siblings in the womb). This is why there can never be a one-size-fits-all-situations ban on abortions. At some point the decision has to be left in the hands of the individuals.  I am all for educating people on the truth of the science (embryos are unique human beings and not some pack of cells) and providing support to reduce abortions of convenience. But the other class of abortions (i.e., not of convenience but of necessity) are too complicated to distill down to a simple rule of thumb. As Aikens just demonstrated.

The Tea Party movement is about the real choice here – shrinking government down so it cannot be abused by political movements.. This is a great example of what the Tea Party insurgent movement is not about. It is not about choosing left or right intrusive government. Watch this man sink like a rock in the polls. Let’s unlock Main Street from the bonds of Capitol Hill and let individual choice free again. That is the winning message for 2012.

Prior to this debacle we had “Smokin’ Joe” Biden and his moronic comment to group of Virginians from a predominately black community. This is where ‘ol Joe notices the pigmentation ratio of the crowd and wings one out there:

When Vice President Joe Biden warned a Virginia rally of hundreds of African Americans that Republican efforts to loosen bank regulations meant “They’re going to put y’all back in chains,” Stephanie Cutter, Team Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said the president would have “no problem with those comments.”

But imagine if Republican Paul Ryan uttered comments like that. Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president would be pilloried for racial insensitivity — and so would Romney. In the fight for civility and substance over pointless hyperbole, Biden may not be the worst offender. But he’s an offender nonetheless, and he should apologize.

Dumb. It is more an  indication of how the Dems lace their speeches with racial connotations and lies than anything about team Romney/Ryan. It is, in fact, a dumb pol exposing the reason the term “chain’ was being used in the speech, and deciding to emphasize this clumsy propaganda mechanism. I expect most African Americans to be insulted instead of feeling protected by the Dems.

And let’s stroll outside the world of politicians to movements that are politically inept. Which leads us to an egotistical thief and extortionists who wants to claim his crimes come from moral superiority (which is just a way to say his god-like crusade puts him above the laws of normal humans):

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange berated the United States on Sunday from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy where he has sought refuge from arrest, demanding President Barack Obama end what he called a witch-hunt against his whistle-blowing website.

This is pure ego running amok, and why we need to go back to limited government with checks and balances so a few zealots cannot go on a moral crusade and hurt, kill or maim millions in the process. Assange is the classic example of types like Stalin, Hitler and others who are the chosen ones sent to save humanity. Gag me. He is not a whistle blower, he simply dumps confidential data out on the net and hopes it hurts someone.

This is the nonsense that has me pretty much not posting much. This is politics in the first decade of the 21st century, and it is a disaster. No leadership, no nuance, no vision. A void filled with petty minds and simpleton agendas. From the nonsense of global warming to the war on birth control, the entire political spectrum is mad. And it is time to pull the chord on government run amok.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Politics Goes Stupid & Ugly For The End Of Summer”

  1. TomAnon says:

    Hopefully, Aiken resigns as he should. His answer is about as bad/horrible/grotesque an answer as you can give to a “seen it coming from a mile away” setup question.

    Amazing, just when you think the mud puddle can’t get any deeper…

  2. patrioticduo says:

    My better half refuses to consider the Tea Party movement as anything but socially conservative. I’ve tried to convince her that it might be about small government, free market libertarianism but she is having none of it. But this Akin moment might be a litmus test to settle the issue. Polls today show Akin having not lost any support. But I think a day or two isn’t long enough. The sad truth might be that, to some extent, many of Akin’s supporters actually tend to agree with him. In which case, how does your basic thesis stand up? “Watch this man sink like a rock in the polls” relies on the Tea Party movement being about small government free market libertarianism. What will you say if his poll numbers remain the same? Maybe I will have to agree with my better half – which would be depressing on too many levels. Especially what it says about the Tea Partier’s.

  3. Frogg1 says:

    Everyone (Establishment and Tea Party) are asking Akin to step down.

    Akin has already lost the race. A new PPP poll that oversamples Repubs has him one point ahead of McCaskill (he’s toast).

    Claire McCaskill: These national Republicans trying to push Akin out of the race certainly are meddlesome

    If you’re depressed by all the Akin coverage today, let this thought comfort you: The Democrats worked very hard, and spent a lot of money, to make sure he was her opponent in November. They banked on him screwing up spectacularly, and now he has — so spectacularly and so soon, in fact, that this might blow up right in their faces by landing a steadier, sturdier Republican candidate on the ballot in his place.

  4. Frogg1 says:

    Akin Will Withdraw: What Happens Now?

    No sign of it yet; but, I hope it comes true.

  5. Frogg1 says:

    He’s not stepping down. We just lost a Senate pick up. He’s not going to get much funding either (everyone is pulling hte plug). Technically I think there is another deadline where he can still withdraw (9/25); but it is more difficult and there will likely be court challenges. This is so frustrating.