Soap Box Derby

Every once in a while I drift away from my professed agenda of only dealing with things with entertainment value. Movies, books, video games etc. are the main focus of my blog. However sometimes I find myself being drawn into the political arena. When I was young I really didn’t care about politics on the level of an activist, even though I voted in most local and national elections. I have voted in every national election since 1968, when I was nineteen.It was my civic duty and an automatic function.The problem with my voting habits were that they had no real meaning or passion. My dad was an Eisenhower Republican as were most black American veterans of World War II, and I thought that I would probably vote republican as well. Then JFK happened and the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war and riots and demonstration, my world was changed dramatically. I came back from Vietnam wounded, both physically and emotionally and didn’t care do to do anything but self medicate on booze and drugs, until life marriage and responsibility caught up with me.

But it wasn’t until The election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 that I began to pay attention to what was happening in the world of politics.There was something in his rhetoric that was, to me inherently evil. We are just now finding out, how close we were taken to the brink of nuclear destruction by Reagan’s inflammatory language about the evil empire.The Russians were convinced that America was about to perpetrate a pre-emptive nuclear strike. Fortunately for all of us, the situation was smoothed over, because war with the Soviet Union would have meant the end of civilization and possibly mankind as well.

At this same time Karl Rove and Dick Cheney deregulated the banking industry that had been regulated since 1929 and for good reason.Carl Rove in my opinion belongs behind bars for multiple infractions including Treason. Karl Rove was allowed to resign and slither away like the snake in the grass that he is in 2007 after being subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary committee. He was subpoenaed for good reason; number one the dismissal of seven U.S. Attorneys using the very unpatriotic Patriot Act. Rove was effectively neutering the Justice department by firing attorneys that didn’t fall into his partisan view of politics. He was again subpoenaed in 2008 for the politicization of the Justice Department. He refused to appear citing executive privilege. Here’s the definition of executive privilege |ɪɡˈzɛkjədɪv|
the privilege, claimed by the president for the executive branch of the US government, of withholding information in the public interest). The president never claimed executive privilege for Rove, he claimed it for himself and was never challenged. Conservative Tool, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez also resigned, the final determination was that the firings were inappropriate, but not criminal. Too bad he wasn’t sued in civil court. The second subpoena was for something that was more serious the Valerie Plame controversy. According to the grand jury investigation and United States v Libby. Lewis Libby, Richard Armitage and Karl Rove all talked to the press about Covert CIA agent Valerie E. Wilson AKA Valerie Plame. This is the same kind of accusation aimed at Edward Snowden who is called a traitor even though no names have been made public in the Snowden case, only evidence of NSA Domestic espionage. The Rove case in retrospect is far more grievous. Karl Rove is the teflon Don of conservative politics.

Ever since The Reagan administration politics have been getting more and more polarized, until now compromise is a dirty word. The quality of conservative candidates has degenerated to the point of craziness. Minnesota’s own brand of lunatic Michelle Bachman, makes me change the channel on the television every time I see her face.Minnesotans are very familiar with her zany theories and weirdness Only God know what was in the head of the constituents that voted for her. Luckily for everybody she will not run for re-election, she decide to quite while she was on top. look at the rest of the candidates that the Republicans fielded for 2012. Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich (who resigned because of ethics violations in 1999), Ron Paul, Michelle Bachman, Mitt (Mr 47%) Romney, Rick Santorum, and a host of other backward thinkers that would take us back to the 1800s. Haven’t we devolved enough? Deregulation of banks and Wall street have brought us to the brink of financial disaster. The disparity between rich poor is turning us into a third world nation and the only answers that the Republican have, is to get rid of the social safety net, Privatization of everything and to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the middle class. A conservative supreme court has opened the flood gates of corruption with The Citizens United ruling and our laws are being written by The American Legislative Exchange council (ALEC), an insidious organization that is ruining our country stealing our wealth, destroying the middle class and our ecosystem. 2014 will be a landmark year in politics the midterm election for all practical purposes will determine our fates. I’m serious vote for moderate sensible conservatives or better yet, vote for Progressive independents or progressive Democrats we need to go forward not back.

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