What the hell is going on?

While GM has opinions about politics, he never engages me in conversation about politics. He generally will avoid being brought into a conversation with me or anyone else that attempts to take him into this unsavory realm. And every once in a while GM and I entertain the idea of moving back to the States.  Recently, in the context of that conversation, GM brought politics up.  While there are things about returning to the States that he finds appealing (business transparency, dependable infrastructure and the respecting of road rules, to name a few) the other day was the first time he had mentioned the disturbing tenor of politics in the US as reason not to return.  It really made me think.  I have been disturbed for years by US politics, specifically the agenda of George W. Bush.  I am somewhat immune to the very clear ignorant and hate filled fear that the “fringe” demonstrates everyday.  But the fact that it had given GM pause for thought alarmed me.  He thinks something has fundamentally shifted in our political culture.  Its a violence, a radicalism, miltantism that  and it’s not good and it’s not going to get better anytime soon.  So maybe now is not a good time to go back.  After reading the below, he might have a point.  Although, I HAVE to believe, the truth will prevail.

I am not even sure I understand this. All I know is that its LAME!

A most frightening quantitative indication that there are a lot of  people who are so afraid of a black man, facts don’t matter.

No, it’s not 1965, Even though this certainly sounds like it.

Nice visual from Sarah Palin..are those crosshairs?

And speaking of gun violence, did you know April 19 (15th anniversary of Timothy McVeigh killing 168 people) is the big 2nd Amendment March.

In good news, we have passed a Healthcare Reform Bill. Obama signed into law the Senate’s Bill.  Every indication is that despite the GOP trying to obstruct the House’s reconciliation with antiquated procedural delays,  Congress will take care of business.  While it’s not the perfect bill it is the first step in the right direction.  Here is some historical context.  Got to love this LBJ quote,  “Care for the sick. Serenity for the fearful”.  He was someone who transformed himself as the world changed, too bad more people cannot be inspired by his example.

When I get really down..I look at this.

Jackson Health System Primary Care Doctor Merja Clegg (R) speaks with her patient Lamar Jeffers as U.S. President Barack Obama, seen on a live streaming video, attends the signing ceremony for the healthcare insurance reform legislation on March 23, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Jeffers seeing Dr. Clegg , at the Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center, for a medical issue said that he felt the passing of the health reform issue was important for people like him that have little money but need medical help. (Getty Images)

and this..which reminds me that we have only just started, and I am not giving up on my country yet.

About Elizabeth

Wife and mother of four. This blog is personal, political and hopefully relevant with a sense of humor. I got to have a sense of humor with the tough crowd I deal with everyday, and they cant even vote, drink or drive.

4 Responses

  1. GM’s more observant that you realize. There is a dark and dangerous undercurrent to US politics and the prevailing climate of know-nothingism can’t put it into any kind of historical context. The Republicans succeed by dividing us, they can’t succeed without manufacturing some dreaded Other.

    The path the right wing has taken can’t have a happy ending. The masters of the right have unleashed some truly frightening impulses and instincts and they seem to be harnessing all of that hate and fear to try to get back into power. The only problem is that rabble can’t be led.

    Sorry to sounds so glum but stay where you are!

  2. bielie

    “The Zoo has and African Lion
    The WH has a Lyin’ African!”

    Why does one have to explain everything to liberals?

    All they see is the word “African” and then the Pavlovian reflex kicks in and they shout “RAAACIST!”

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