Tuesday, September 30, 2008

GOP Victimology


-by Mags

My husband and I watch Lions football. Yeah, we know we are gluttons for punishment, but we live in Michigan and we are loyal to our team. We are optimists. In the 90’s I watched while the Republicans turned language around on activists who were working for women whose lives were at stake due to domestic violence. Not just women, but on minorities who were finally able to move forward with educational goals. Clinton also put more cops on the beat in bad neighborhoods to lower the crime rates there, helping kids who would otherwise grow up in an environment of fear. The rights of the handicapped to access the public sphere became a matter of public concern. The Republicans decided, as they always do, that people in need, need not apply for government funding. They termed this as “victimology” and coined the term “Politically Correct” to mock the genuine concern for the needs of people… populism. They named programs to help those who paid for them, entitlements. Thus making it look like those less fortunate had some sort of terrible and awesome power over legislators and everyone else. Fantasy.

Now, let me get back to my football reference. In case you do not know this, the Lions as a team are not very good. But, to add insult to injury the refs often miss calls that would help the Lions. They miss holding calls and fail to call interference when the opposition is all over our receivers. I complain about this on a regular basis with a vocabulary that one cannot print here. This is what my husband says to me about all my griping. He tells me that you must earn the respect of the refs. That if you want to complain that you lost because of the refs that that does not fly. He says you should be a good enough team to overcome bad calls. He has a point.

John McCain and Sarah Palin daily come out with some whine against the media or Democrats. Honestly, they talk tough and they call names, tell lies, and insult others, but they whine even when others tell the truth about them or show them in a realistic light using their own words. Sarah Palin as we learned earlier must be not only respected, but deferred to. I am sure Katie Couric could not have been nicer while allowing Sarah to show she has no grasp of policy, foreign or domestic. Today I learned that Sarah disagreeing with McCain policies on Pakistan is now the fault of media, no not the media, but the “Gotcha Journalism.”

John McCain is now on the “No talk Express.” So it has been said. He is now blaming the media for everything negative that happens to his campaign. He and Sarah Palin blame the media for every word that comes out of their own mouths. These are people who want to make the rules of the game, but still cannot win by their own rules. Time and time again, they are left looking foolish.

Sarah Palin blames the media for her problems in Alaska, even though she had plenty of problems in store her before she was picked as McCain’s running mate. Knowing all the situations of her own family she chose to run, one would hope, knowing that she would be under scrutiny. But, no we are not allowed to scrutinize Sarah and her doings in a state that appears to be increasingly vocal about their disdain for her and her governing “style.”

Recently we learn that Sarah is quite the debater if only she were not hamstringed by having to overwork herself in cramming policy and talking points. Yes, she is quite delightful and intelligent if only someone would just let her talk on her own. Sure, ya, you betcha.

Throughout his campaign McCain has turned more and more negative to the point where he is losing even those once loyal to him. He blames that on Barack Obama. Obama would not meet with him in Town Halls across America. Yep, John was miffed that Barack would not let McCain set his campaign schedule. Then, he challenged Obama to suspend his campaign to go with him to DC to work out the bail out on the fundamentally strong economy, again attempting to set the agenda for Barack Obama. So far it all sounds silly and I am not sure his blaming of everyone else for his ineffectualness is sinking in for anyone except his target audience.

And Boehner didn't like his lunch yesterday

John McCain and the Republicans now blame the failure of the “Bailout Bill” on the Nancy Pelosi. What? They blame the financial meltdown on the Democrats, even though they have been busy deregulating since I can remember. In the past they blamed the war on the Dems for not fighting against Bush hard enough and then they continue by saying the Dems never failed to fund the war so must believe in it.

It has come down to this, I am sick of the Republicans and John McCain and the likes of Sarah Palin whining about how everything that is bad now is not their fault. It is your fault or my fault or the fault of some Democrat somewhere. No one loves the media. But, the media has been overwhelmingly conservative and neoconservative for a long time. Finally, they continue to screw up so badly that no one can avoid noticing. That these guys are playing the victim card is hilarious. It is sad. It is pathetic and someone needs to call them on it. Seriously. They need to show they are competent. If the media are the refs, then they need to show they are a good enough to team to overcome that from time to time. We all know that the media is not to blame for the silliness that is John McCain and Sarah Palin. They are to blame for their own actions.

Nancy Pelosi is not to blame for telling the terrible truth about her colleagues leadership in the last decade of so in congress. Poor Republicans? Huh? Sorry guys. There is no foul, only you making ridiculous excuses for your own foolish excesses and your own failures. We are the victims! We are the ones who have stood by knowing full well what all your actions would bring, even though many pretend all of this is some surprise out of left field. If escaping accountability for your own actions is your goal, then I throw the flag. You deserve it. The people have been fighting the refs for a long time. We are finally standing up and we are winning against the likes of you. We are overcoming the fouls against us that went without notice, without penalty.

Buck up and suck it up! It might be time to change your playbook.


At 6:33 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Beautifully expressed. Well done. What is it going to take for our citizens and the media to stop shooting themselves in the foot time and time again by supporting the failed republican ideologies? Everything we know and love about America? Until we become a 3rd world country? A community with no soul? I despair for our future.

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Paul said...

The republicans ain't nothing but a bunch of namby pamby ,socialist, pantywaist,whining, chicken little, sexually perverted, nabobs of negativism.
If they don't love this country, they can just pack up and leave.
God Bless the Democrats!

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Mags!

Some confirmation, I have in the past defended Republicans when people said they ate shit sandwiches, because I know they don't like bread.

At 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a thought in passing: Maybe Palin jumped at the VP slot because she has a bunch of problems in Alaska she can't handle.

This is the same woman who jumped from college to college as a student.

Maybe she just doesn't like picking up after herself.

At 8:46 AM, Blogger blessed said...

I lost total respect for Sen. McCain when it was revelead whom he choose for his running mate "In the Best Interest of The Country!!"
I lost Total Respect for Gov. Palin the moment she and her husban sacrifices the mental well being of their 17 year old dauthers for power and personal gain... How could a parent put their 17 year old pregnant teenage daughter under such national scruity in the midst of a presidential election??? How could a mother be so selfish not emphatizing with the fact that their 17 year old pregnant daughter will suffer mentally by the campaing and all associated with the scruitny of such??? How could a father sit back and allow his (baby girl) 17 year old pregnant daughter to be exposed for mental scruitny that may scar he the rest of her life because of the mother's quest of power???
I am a Christian Father of two and will state without a shadow of doubt that my wife and I would have MAJOR issues if either did anything to put our personal desire for power and selfishness ahead of the well being of our children.
There is something very bad associated with decisions by the parents of these children!!!

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is such a wonderful bill why don't the Democrats just pass it themselves? With their majority in the House there is no reason why they can't just pick it up and run with it. Nearly 100 Democrats wandered off the reservation on this vote. The real issue here is that this is just the same stinking politics that have put the country in a hold pattern for the past two years. Dems want Republicans to denounce their smaller-gevernment-free market ideology and aparently are willing to trash the country to do so. At the same time Democrats are wandering hopelessly without a sense of direction and certainly no leasdership. It's not OK to be against everything the Republicans stand for if you don't any idea what you would replace it with. And don't tell me that the Democrats have a clear focus and direction. If they did they could utilize their position of power and impose it on the country. The only political body with a lower approval rating than the White House is the Congress, and this whole fiasco demonstrates why.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dennis's comment was exactly right. The Republicans are reeling. It is time for the Democrats to put up or shut up. They may never have this opportunity again.

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

It never ceases to amaze me how Obama supporters focus on what they call Palin's lack of credentials for the number two spot, when Obama's lack of credentials for the number one spot are much, much more troublesome. Palin governed an entire state, fought corruption, and got a 9 billion dollar energy pipeline project in the works. Obama spent TWENTY YEARS ... yes, that's TWENTY YEARS, as a follower of Jeremiah Wright's racist, anti-American, Black Liberation Theology church. As a community organizer, Obama registered thousands of new voters, then used technicalities to rob his political opponents of their place on the ticket and robbed those same voters he registered, of their chance to vote, when he ran for election. Then, as a U.S. Senator of Illinois, Obama spent the first two years voting present 160 times, and never calling a meeting of the Afghanistan committee he chaired. Obama spent the next year, once again on the campaign trail running for President. Obama's foreign policy experience consists of a 9 day whirlwind photo op visiting 6 countries. Since Obama has such a thin resume to run on, he has spent most of his campaign apologizing for America, blaming everyone else for a litany of problems, and calling his opponents racists. If it wasn't for Obama getting 96% of the black vote, the mainstream media, who is totally in the tank for him, plus support from a bunch of spoiled elitist celebrities, plus Obama's ability to dramatically outspend both Hillary and McCain, he wouldn't be able to get elected to dog catcher.

At 3:25 PM, Blogger vak said...

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At 3:26 PM, Blogger vak said...

I've been quite pissed off when the republicans has been claimed to be socialists :=)


there are not that many alternatives to Republicans in US:

and I am puzzled here -- just 2 sides? maybe centrists could come in play this or next century?..


At 5:19 PM, Blogger The Fuzz said...

very good blog

At 4:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a long suffering Lions fan from just north of the border, I hope the analogy of McCain/Palin = Detroit Lions holds true.

Speaking of truth, lets face it, our team [the Lions] suck. They suck badly. They appear to be getting worse. Trying to blame their results on the refs is ludicrous.

A great analogy might be Matt Millen = George W. Bush. They both started in 2001 and have oversaw the decline [the Lions did reach the playoffs about half the time pre Millen] of their respective club/country. Luckily for us Lion fans Millen got canned. Unfortunately for the US, Bush looks like he will last until January 20, 2009.


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