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The comic book slogan that made us believe in ourselves like no other. You didn’t have to be a kid to feel your chest swell with pride at the sound of that immortal phrase.
Superman may have been a fictional character, but America was not. America was truth and justice incarnate.
At least that’s what we told ourselves.
We became a super power both militarily and economically. The most powerful and infuential nation in the world. We got very good at insisting that everyone else should listen to what we say and ignore what we do.
While crosses burned, whites only signs hung in shop windows, no Jews allowed placards appeared on doors in country clubs and Ivy League schools, we claimed our right—nay, our duty—to instruct the rest of the world on how to properly administer a just society.
Yes, we have removed the signs and placards in public places. Yet we still have “leaders”, both political and religious, who promote injustice by word and deed.
In seeking that “one more vote” or “one more body in the pew” they are more than willing to pander to our fears and frustrations rather than remind us that as a nation, and as humans on this planet. we are dependent on each other. That we are in this thing called life together no matter the color of our skin, the religion we profess, our sexual orientation, or our politics.
The American Way is democracy. Democracy is inclusive. And that is the truth we need to remember. The truth we need to teach.
If there’s any question why FAUX “news” wants to keep Benghazi front and center, this Facebook post from a very conservative former co-worker is the answer
ME You do realize no one watched this in real time don’t you? Do some fact checking hon.
SHE You might want to do some,(name). it will all come out in the end. ·
ME Already have, (name). It’s actually kind of fun. Try it. :)
SHE Like I said the truth will come out
RESEARCH? DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ RESEARCH! Truth will out on its own…because… reasons!
This is the same facebook friend that commented “Fox News is the only one with a brain, all the others are in O’s pocket,” when I posted the zombies go hungry at FOX news cartoon on my Facebook wall.
The right and its propaganda network need these people fired up, but more imporatantly they need them ignorant and paranoid.
I’ve set the heat about as low as I can. I really don’t mind wearing a sweater in the house during the cold weather. I got used to doing that when we were a young, married couple with kids. Most people we knew did the same thing.
I guess I never really thought that I’d be doing it again in my senior years. But then I don’t think anyone tends to think that far ahead really.
Granted, the chill seems to seep a little deeper into the bones at this age, but you do what you must to stretch the income to at least keep pace with the outgo. And that, unfortunately, gets a little harder to do with each passing year.
I saw in the news they’re saying SS checks will go up by 1.7% starting in January. They said it’s the smallest increase in (x) number of years. Actually if you count the 2 years we got nothing that’s not strictly true, but any more it seems close counts in more than just horse shoes and hand grenades. Considering the sale price on a gallon of milk in my area just went up 3.6% I’m not thinking that 1.7% increase is going to do much for the bottome line.
My greatest fear at the present is a GOP win in this election. When I look at how little the republican party thinks of people like me (you know—us “taker” types) the future looks pretty disasterous if Romney is sworn into office in January.
Oh yeah, I hear Mittens and Lyin claiming all those “beneficial” changes they plan on making “will not affect anyone over 55”, but how can you trust anyone who will bald face lie even when the truth would do just as well? OK, in their case the truth wouldn’t do as well, but it would still be kind’a nice to hear just one honest statement or see one honest action from them.
I’ve done what I can—cast my swing state vote early for the Democrats. The end result will be known next week. Then I’ll know if I need to crank the heat down a bit more and wear two sweaters AND thermal underwear, or if I can keep that thermostat at almost as far down as it can go.
Ohio resident here.
I swear I may stab my ears with a pencil if I have to listen to 1 more lying piece of crap Romney ad! One lie after another after another.(
5 Romney ads (each one containing at least 1 lie) in one commercial break on CBS. I really feel like vomiting.
A concise summation of the foreign policy difference between Mitt Romney and President Obama in one simple sentence.
Life consists of choices, large choices—small choices. Choices have consequences.
Funny thing. Sometimes the choices that other people make have a bigger impact on our lives than than the ones we make ourselves.
There is a choice to be made this November 6, and the results of the choice made by millions of Americans on that day will have a resounding effect on each individual in this country, rich and poor, young and old, straight and gay, voter and non-voter.
If the republicans win American looses. It’s just that simple. There is no other way to put it.
The rich will get richer. The middle class will dwindle. The elderly, the children, the poor, the LGBT, the POC will suffer. Women will be on their way once again to second class citizenship and mothers will watch as their children are slaughtered in another unnecessary GOP act of aggression in a far off land.
These are the consequences we face with a Mitt Romney presidency.
I may not be a political genius, but I do have enough years of experience under my belt to recognize an egocentric sociopath when one is paraded in front of me.
I will cast my vote for Obama this election. It will be negated a hundred-fold just by people I know, but cast it I will.
Unlike other election years, I will also vote for any person with a “D” beside their name regardless of who they may be. And all those positions I see each election in my area that only have one candidate and that candidate is a republican? I will NOT give them a vote.
The party of fear—the party of hate—the party of war deserves no consideration. The GOP has become so radicalized, so phobic, so cruel. I have nothing but scorn to give you.
You have trampled any in your own party who lift a voice of moderation.
You have pandered to the bloviators of the so-called “Christian” right whose only gospel is virulent hatred for any they consider to be “the others”. You have aided and abetted them in corrupting the faith. And they have aided you in your quest for power and domination.
I have seen your blatent lies, innuendo and half-truths convince people around me, people who I once respected, that compassion is an evil to be destroyed.
I will make my voice heard at the ballot box. Win or loose, I will not be silenced.
I’ve got to admit to being a little scared.
Scared for myself. Scared for my country.
I avoid television news. Actually I’ve been avoiding television period for the most part because I can’t handle the mis-leading Republican backed political ads that flood my swing state’s air waves. They make my stomach churn, and I finally realized they have helped create in me an almost visceral hatred of the GOP and its agenda. Not a particularly good thing considering most of the people I know are members of that particular political brand.
No matter how I try, I can’t totally avoid the news, the polls. And what I’m hearing is frightening.
Romney making headway. Romney pulling even. Romney ahead.
I’m like everyone else. The first thoughts that cross my mind are, how would a Republican win affect me?
Retired. Dependent on a Social Security check to keep a roof over my head and food on the table. Dependent on Medicare to help me afford my health care requirements.
I know I am considered one of those “takers” who must somehow be transformed in the Republican view of America. I suppose I should take heart in knowing that I am one rung above those truly reprehensible welfare queens and kings that demand food and shelter as though they actually deserved those luxuries.
At least the GOP is willing to pretend they don’t actually intend to make my life more difficult than it already is. They have their rote set of lies all lined up in a row and can reel them off at the drop of a hat about how they are the only ones who can “save” Social Security and “rescue” Medicare. Two programs that they have fought to eliminate from their very inception, they now claim to be stalwart supporters who would never, NEVER take away from poor vulnerable senior citizens.
Yes, I’m afraid for myself and others like me on a personal level.
And I’m afraid for the country I was born and raised in as I watch the power hungry robber barons of the 21st century stoke the anger and fear inherent in the minds of religious conservatives. Convincing them that Jesus was a schmuck who had that whole “caring for the poor and sick” thing totally wrong—that prosperity is the highest reward of the virtuous soul.
That he who has the most toys when he dies wins.
Letters from right wing, mega buck Republican CEOs threatening employees with job loss if Obama wins re-election.
And thanks to the Citizens United (Corporations are people too my friends) ruling this voter intimidation method is perfectly legal.
This election season has taught me one thing.
I don’t know near as many Christians as I once thought I did.
OMG, we are so far in debt!
We must cut our income immediately, said no sane person ever!
I’m sorry Mr. Romney, but I don’t trust you no matter how many times you implore.
How can I trust anyone who has demonstrated that they have absolutely no trust in me?
You have spoken from sides of your mouth that the rest of us never knew could exist on one face.
The chameleon envies your remarkable ability to change your stripes to suit every environment you might enter.
A shape-shifter extraordinaire.
So, no Mr. Romney, I don’t trust you. I will never trust you. Even if you lie your way into the presidency this November, I will continue to distrust every word you speak, every move you make.
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