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World News: Conservatives Worldwide continue to lose ground.

January 21, 2013 in 2012 Elections, Politics

Der Speigel reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a setback in Sunday’s state election in Lower Saxony, where her center-right alliance was ousted by the center-left opposition. The defeat comes just eight months before the general election and indicates that her bid for a third term could be tighter than expected. By David Crossland more… 

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IFLIZWEREQUEEN COMMENTS

In the USA everyone but the far right Republicans seem to understand than in November of 2012, the USA shifted to the left and the world continues to shift to the left.

Many of us could see this shift to the left coming a year ago–long before the USA elections in November of 2012.  Mainstream American media continued to pump sunshine (even through Election Day) about how close the race was between Obama and Romney–to the point that even Romney thought that he was going to win up to almost the end of  election night, despite election poll reports to the contrary. He was so delusional regarding his win that he didn’t even write a concession speech.

In February of 2012, when corporate sponsored mainstream media continued to report on the possibility, not only of Romney winning, but also the far right taking over the Senate, I published the following post, February 21, 2012:

Moving to the Left will be the Unpredicted Result of Many Elections worldwide in 2012

And who was correct? An Internet reporter, or the legions of our corporate-sponsored mainstream media?

Of course, the questions also remain: Did the mainstream media pundits also realize the shift to the left was happening and wanted to lessen the impact by predicting results to the contrary? Or is mainstream media, like Mitt Romney, that out of touch with reality?

We will never know the answer to those questions because none among us are mind readers.  Only they know for certain, but with their propensity for lying, are you going to believe them?  Remember that old adage:  ”Fool me once.  . .

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    Newt Gingrich is the guy who fired up the progressive Democrat base against Mitt

    December 1, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Politics

    How quickly people seem to forget what really happened. it was the Republicans who did themselves in.

    It wasn’t Obama or an Obama PAC or any Democrat that initially attacked Mitt Romney with the Bain Capital story and rallied the progressive base of the Democrats. It was Romney’s fellow Republican Newt Gingrich.  Some say that they are surprised that Romney didn’t fight back against the verbal attacks by the Obama campaign against Romney’s association with Bain Capital.  By the time Obams got around to criticizing Romney about Bain, the LAST thing Romney wanted to do was to try to defend Bain. He was already worn out from the efforts by the time Obama began to even act like he was going to campaign.  He wanted that topic to go away and the less said the better for him. The Internet was long saturated with indignant chatter and literally millions of sites with videos of the story about what happens when Mitt Comes to Town.

    The Democrats should give old Newt a pat on the back. Newt was the one who educated the public on Bain Capital.

    Campaign ads typically run 30 seconds which fills the half-minute blocks of airtime TV stations sell for ads. But the ad from the pro-Newt Gingrich PAC “Winning Our Future” ran for nearly three minutes. It was unforgettable with the quality of a mini documentary. It was riveting.

    I don’t know how long or how many times the three minute ad was aired but  a full 30 minute version of it called “When Mitt Romney Came to Town” was on the Internet from early January. [Today when I searched under 'when Mitt Romney Came to town,'  I got a list of 12,600,000 sites.   The full complete version shown below was made available on the Internet on January 11, 2012 but there are thousands of  copies of it and excerpts from it all over the Internet.  This one example alone has 341,120 views. It created more sustained buzz than any political ad ever--I have no doubt.

    Then of course there were hundreds of various shorter clips of it.  The one shown below was released on January 7, 2012 and is only two minutes long.  This one example has 22,501 views.

    The Obama campaign’s attacks on Bain and Romney were peanuts to what Gingrich did. By the time it was Obama’s turn, Romney was already freaked out on the topic. He barely survived Gingrich’s assaults.  Furthermore, the ad threw the Republican Party into shock.  What had happened here?  They had a Republican candidate for President who was tearing down capitalism.  There were no tools in their arsenal to deal with such a turn of events.  Then, if you will consider this followed a six month assault of Wall Street lead by Occupy.

    Of course Mitt helped a bit too.  Instead of walking down the middle of the road and being himself, he put on a phony act of being a hard-right populist.  There are few things more distasteful to Americans than a phony.  Today the USA is on a different path and the momentum is such that it is highly unlikely the Republican brand will ever recover or attract new young members and people from the diverse and growing non-white sector of voters who are increasingly engaged in voting.

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      A comment on: How President Obama Won a Second Term

      November 25, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Politics

      Rolling Stone published an interview with political strategist James Carville.  How President Obama Won a Second Term

      “…Carville marvels that Romney, a businessman whose core sales pitch was competent management, entrusted his campaign to second-rate crony consultants who were so divorced from reality that they had him convinced to the bitter end that victory was all but assured. . . .”

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      Iflizwerequeen comment

      Romney was not a “competent manager” any more than Donald Trump is a “competent manager.”

      Both men are out-of-touch wackos who were given daddy’s wealth to play store with.

      On numerous occasions both men were bailed out by their father’s wealth and by their father’s business connections.

      Obama won by default.

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        49 Reasons to be thankful!

        November 22, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Politics

        More good news! In California alone, 3 more races have been called for Democrats since Election Day, including the inspiring story of Dr. Raul Ruiz (seriously, this story will bring a smile to your face).

        Check out all 49 new Democratic members of the House >>

         

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          Why Rove is escaping the wrath of those he duped

          November 21, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Politics

          From the Huffpost we read this morning:   “Despite burning through some $390 million worth of GOP donors’ fortunes, Karl Rove is still very much poised to be a central player in the Republican Party’s rebuilding. That should only be surprising to people who don’t know the first and only bipartisan rule of the Washington and Wall Street elite: There is no such thing as failure.

          “If Karl had worked for these millionaires’ companies he would have been fired,” said Wayne Slater, a senior political writer for the Dallas Morning News who co-wrote the biography “Bush’s Brain” and has known Rove for a quarter of a century.

          But the rules for accountability in Washington are different, Slater said. For Rove, a master of flattery, “even if he doesn’t deliver this time, he promises next time he will … that’s a formula for success.”

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          COMMENTS FROM IFLIZWEREQUEEN

          First of all, I told you that we had not seen the last of Rove.

          Rove is a shield for the willful blindness of the GOP.  If they admit that he failed, then they have to look at their ideology which is at the heart of their failure and none of them are willing to do that.  They are like the creature from Stephen Crane’s poem “In the Desert”  He sees a creature eating out its heart as asks him why.  The creature replies:  It’s bitter but its my heart and I love it.”  We have to remember that the majority of these people are descendants of southern confederates. They will go down with the ship regardless–anything but change.

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            Republicans only say they are against abortion to get elected: Ask Pete Sessions

            November 19, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Politics

            Federal election records show that more than $30,000 did come rushing in at the last moment to save scandal-scarred Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R).  Democrats unseals court records detailing DesJarlais’ multiple affairs with his patients in his 2000 breakup with his then wife.

            Those who live in the US Congressional 32 District might be interested to know that National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman, Pete Sessions (R) donated $2,000 to his embattled colleague.

            For those of you you think that the Tea Party is any less hypocritical, please note that the Tea Party Express-affiliated Our Country Deserved Better PACK thought DesJarlais should be re-elected and gave him $1,000.

            In other words, the Tea Party think that “better representation” for our country is a man who cheats multiple times on his wife and who  according to documents released Thursday, revealed also the startling news that the anti-abortion, pro-family lawmaker had mutually agreed with his then-wife on her having two abortions.

            This is what the Tea Party and its affiliates think  is “better”?  Please spare our nation form the Republican and Tea Party hypocrites.  I wonder how many people in the 32nd district made the decision to vote for Pete Sessions because they believed what he said about being against abortion?

             

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              Ask Mitt, Rove, McConnell, Cantor, Limbaugh and Boehner to explain what happened in California

              November 17, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Economy, Nation

              Robert Scheer asked some very interesting questions yesterday about the outcome of the election in California in an article he wrote, “The Land of Milk and Honey Once More.”

              Scheer:  How is it that the state that incubated the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan is now so deep blue Democrat that Mitt Romney hardly bothered to campaign there? Why did voters, including huge majorities in the state’s two wealthiest counties, approve a tax on high-income earners to increase funding for public education?

              Scheer:  Not only did President Obama garner almost 60 percent of the vote there, but the Democrats who already controlled all branches of the state’s government gained a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the state Legislature, the first time one party has done so since 1933, when the Republicans were in power. The Democrats have not managed such a feat since 1883.

              Limbaugh and other racist pundits who attribute Obama’s win to people who “want stuff” will have a hard time explaining how the measures to raise corporate taxes on businesses based out of state and raise income taxes on the wealthiest residents passed 63% in San Mateo and in Marin County where annual income rank in the top 20 of all U.S. counties, the margin was even higher at 68.2% compared to 31.8% statewide average.  Brown and black voters are barely present in these two counties.

              The Sacramento Bee put it this way: “California’s new electorate is multiracial, younger, more liberal, not very religious and less likely to be married with children.  The long reign of older white voters is coming to an end.”

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                The pinnacle of Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy in the 2012 campaign

                November 17, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Class War, Economy, Politics

                MITT’S PINNACLE OF HYPOCRISY REACHES TO THE SKY

                Mitt’s pinnacle of hypocrisy had to be that, on the day before an election that hinged on jobs, taxes and the middle class, Bain Capital, the company Mitt Romney founded, closed the doors of a factory in Freeport, Illinois, and shipped 170 good, high-tech jobs to China–all the while he is telling American voters that he stands for job creation and that he is going to be tough on China.

                The employees of Sensata Technologies (a Bain company that Romney profited from) were forced to train their Chinese replacements, and the American flag that long flew over the factory was reportedly removed while the Chinese engineers were visiting the site. A group of workers set up camp across from the factory — calling it “Bainport” — and some supporters tried to block the trucks hauling equipment out of the plant. According to Dave Johnson, there were several arrests.

                Sensata workers asked to meet with Mitt Romney and hoped to enlist his help keeping their jobs in the United States, but he refused, instead remaining on the campaign trail where he speaks often about “getting tough” with China.

                Mitt Romney will be remembered as the biggest liar ever to run for the highest office in his land.  History will remember his utter, unabashed mendacity and reflect upon it in amazement.

                It serves us all to remember history.  In the New York Times, Chrystia Freeland, author of “Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else,” wrote about the historical tendency of elites to self-destruct by extracting wealth from the broader community to such a degree that the society becomes dysfunctional and mired by social problems.

                It is no accident that in America today the gap between the very rich and everyone else is wider than at any time since the Gilded Age. Now, as then, the titans are seeking an even greater political voice to match their economic power. Now, as then, the inevitable danger is that they will confuse their own self-interest with the common good. The irony of the political rise of the plutocrats is that, like Venice’s oligarchs, they threaten the system that created them.

                And they themselves cannot even see what they have become.

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                  The 113th Congress is a Congress of Firsts

                  November 17, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Headlines, Nation

                  Though Congress remains whiter, older, and more male than the nation as a whole, the incoming class will be the most diverse in history.  ThinkProgress reports that the 113th Congress will be the most diverse in US History.  Twenty-four of those newly elected to Congress are women compared to 20 men.  Five of the 54 new faces are LGBT.  10 of them are Latino. 4 are African American.  6 of them are Asian American.  We also have our first Hindu representative and our first Buddhist Senator.

                  VIEW THE INFOGRAPHIC HERE

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                    The Fruits of Racism and Plutocracy have come home to roost for the Republican Party

                    November 16, 2012 in 2012 Elections, Politics

                    Republicans are about to learn what the Democrats learned in 1964:  Racism is as difficult to eradicate as a cockroach

                    The GOP will most likely end up like Moses wandering around in the political wasteland of the USA for the next 40 years.  That’s what happened when the Democrats signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.  Democrats lost their southern base and the Republicans grabbed onto them.  Forty years is no exaggeration.  In fact, it’s an understatement.  It’s been closer to 47 years since the Democratic Party has been a power to reckon with.  They are just now coming back into their own.

                    Finally the demographics have shifted enough and the white base of the Republican Party is no longer the majority.  Finally a majority of Americans realize the importance of voting.  Of course, the real test will be in 2014 when we have our mid-term elections.  In 2010 only 37% of the electorate showed up to vote.  If that happens again, the Republicans will have an advantage because they show up to vote during mid-terms.  That is how they won the majority in the House–because Democrat voters who were angry at Obama (and rightly so) stayed home.

                    Moving forward, the Republican leadership have a few choices:  1) They can buck up and do the right thing and distance themselves from the birthers and other racist nut cases and start rebuilding their party. (It looks like about a third of them are already distancing themselves from Romney and from the secessionists);  or 2) They can double down and wallow on the lower rungs of humanity with their racist base as they have been doing  and then hope that no one but Republicans show up to vote in 2014–in which case they will strengthen their numbers in the House and perhaps gain control of the Senate.

                    It will be interesting to see which path they choose.  I’m guessing it will be #2.  In which case they will be flattened in 2014 because I don’t think the Democrats are going back to sleep–ever again, even for mid-term elections.

                    The GOP  have spent the better part of the last fifty years garnering votes by running candidates who did little to hide their racism.  Some of them, like George Allen of Virginia didn’t even bother with dog whistle tactics, he just outright used racial slurs.

                    And now that long history of racism has come home to roost.

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