Harry Reid Gives Me Credibility, Which Is More Than I Can Say For Him

I love it when “progressive” Democrats put me down for stating that there’s not much difference between Democrats and Republicans because then Harry Reid goes and proves me right.  Actually, Reid also proves the BIG difference between Democrats and Republicans: with the Republicans, you know what you’ve got. They are overtly destructive to the middle class and you can see through their every lie.  The Harry Reid Democrat talks about introducing liberal legislation but that’s as far as he goes—just talk.  Dianne Feinstein got the assault weapons bill out of committee with great fanfare.  The majority of Americans are on record as supporting a total ban on assault weapons. So what does Reid do? He refuses to bring the bill up for a vote in the Senate. Why? Because he claims he only has 40 votes and not the 60 required to end a filibuster.  And why is there still a filibuster in the Senate?  Because Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, left it in place despite all the calls from liberal Senators to have it eliminated.

Oh sure, Reid may introduce the assault weapons ban as an amendment to another bill the Senate Republicans may be forced to vote for, but he knows any gun control legislation is DOA in the House, so once again he looks like a good guy instead of the weasely wimp that he is.

Why would he do this? Because Harry Reid is a lousy and incompetent Majority Leader.  In the House, Speaker John Boehner typifies how the GOP frames itself.  He’s just as incompetent as Reid, but he projects the image visually and aurally of a politician at the peak of his power, which in a way is true because the Tea Party still controls the House as it gives him his marching orders.  In fact, the Republicans ALWAYS act as if they’re in power.  With Reid, he always acts—or refuses to act—as if he’s AFRAID of losing power.  It’s his timidity that is projected loud and clear visually and aurally. But in his case, he may be the Senate Majority Leader but it is clearly the coalition of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the fake Democrats who control the Senate.

Reid has FIFTY-THREE Democrats in his Senate, and he can only convince FORTY of them to vote for the assault weapons ban.  Fake Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp , Max Baucus and Mark Pryor may be proud of their pro-gun stance and their Republican-friendly stance on other major issues, but some other stealth fake Democrats get just plain worried about having their names linked to a “No” vote on banning assault weapons, especially with 2014 looming ever closer.  If Reid keeps the filibuster in place, these phonies are spared the embarrassment of revealing their right wing natures to their possibly more liberal constituents since the vote will be blocked by the Republican filibuster.  A real majority leader would tell the fake Democrats to either toe the party line or get used to not getting any prestigious committee assignments or pork for their home states.  The only choice left to those phony Democrats would be to switch parties and take their chances with the voters in the next election. But Harry Reid isn’t a real majority leader.

Another handy use of the filibuster is that enables Reid the opportunity to position himself as a Democrat, to excoriate the Republicans for acting like Republicans,  and to otherwise do absolutely NOTHING in the way of bringing Democratic legislation to the floor of the Senate.  It’s all for show and—that’s all, folks!

Reid is too much of a chicken heart to employ the tactic of introducing the assault weapons ban to the Senate and then sitting back and allowing the Republicans to preen and filibuster it until it is dead.  Let the Republicans take the hit come 2014 for their blocking of stricter gun ownership laws and their focus on pushing anti-abortion ones.

Trouble is, there are fellow Democrats who might be forced to publicly take sides during the filibuster, and we wouldn’t want to embarrass our fellow Democrats by having them unmask themselves to the national electorate as the gun nuts their constituents already know they are, would we?  Hence, the safe protection of the filibuster which also enables Harry Reid to do absolutely nothing and get plenty well for not doing it.  Lyndon B. Johnson may have been a scoundrel, but he knew how to get Democrats to be DEMOCRATS and pass laws that would benefit the country as a whole.  With a Democratic majority in the Senate, no Democrat crossed him and no Republican caused much trouble if they knew what was good for them, professionally and personally.  If Reid had been Senate Majority Leader in the sixties, we wouldn’t have to worry about cuts to Medicare and Medicaid because neither program would exist.  I’d hate to think what other programs—Social Security—would also not be around had Reid been head of the Senate in 1935.

At least with Republicans you know what you’ve got: they intend to cut all social programs out of existence.  With Reid, he talks about protecting social programs and then agrees to start implementing these same cuts behind closed doors.

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I’m a Liberal—Not A Progressive

I just found out today I had been kicked out of a “progressive” Facebook group. This illustrates why I consider myself a Liberal and not a progressive. Apparently, progressives believe that it is dangerous and divisive to criticize a Democratic president. Liberals believe calling a right of center Republican masquerading as a Democratic president is delusional. We believe that cherry picking the good things he’s done while ignoring the bad stuff makes no sense because to ignore all that bad stuff is to perpetuate electing people to the presidency who will do some good but also do some really bad stuff that’s going to hurt a lot of people for years to come.

Call me either an idealist or a naysayer, but I’m at the point where I want a president I can be truly proud of; a president who  puts people before banks, who is truly liberal and not only when it comes to certain social issues.  If we continue to stick to the party line and support Obama just because he’s a Democrat, then we’re doomed to repeat this error in 2014 if Hillary Clinton is elected.  What people like the administrator of the ‘progressive” group fail to take into consideration is that many people vote Republican because they see no difference between that candidate and the Democratic one,  or they took a leap of faith and voted for the Democrat in the last election and feel they got burned.

A great many people who call themselves conservatives would vote for a liberal candidate if that person could break down his stance on the issues so that people could clearly see how they would benefit.  Obama remains horribly inept at communication which is why so many people still oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act but readily support the different provisions that benefit them personally.  It’s why many people favor cutting entitlements spending until it’s explained to them that these are not entitlements and cutting the programs will hurt them in their senior years or when they get seriously ill.

Progressive group administrator, I’m not a “progressive” Democratic sheep and so, you’re right, I didn’t belong in your group.  I DON’T want Hillary in 2016. I don’t even want Michelle.  I want a president with true liberal bona fides who embraces and will fight for actual change. That person may not be a Democrat but from an entirely new coalition party.  I don’t want to again be forced to vote for someone who talks “change” but maintains business (literally) as usual. I don’t want “progressive” change in small increments, which is a definition of progressive.  I want as much change as a truly effective, powerful and competent president can push through Congress.  We saw that during the FDR and LBJ administrations.  This country is sick; it may be dying, and it needs a Liberal dose of medicine to cure it.

Liberal Talk Shows—Best P.R. Right Wingers Ever Had

I turned on John Fugelsang’s Current TV show last night just for a moment but saw what epitomizes the frustrating state of most liberal talk shows today. Fugelsang and a panel were talking about Ann Coulter’s latest spew of vomit.  I have no idea what she said—and I don’t care. Once I saw what the topic was I turned off the show.

I don’t give a crap about Coulter but what bothers me is that I bet she gets more air time and mention on liberal talk shows than on Fox News.  I don’t know how many times she’s been on the Daily Show but I bet it’s more times than Stewart has had Bernie Sanders or Paul Krugman on.  I can’t stand liberal show segments like this one on Fugelsang or Stephanie Miller’s “Right Wing World” that discuss or play back comments made by right wingers for the sole purpose of fomenting ire and saying “Isn’t what they said OUTRAGEOUS????” The fact is hardly any wingers are watching Fugelsang and Miller so they’re preaching to the goddamn liberal choir who are already fully aware that anything Coulter says is self-serving, intentionally inflammatory shit. And guess what? If liberal shows didn’t repeat what was said—we wouldn’t even know about it.

OK, so Coulter first said whatever she said at CPAC and perhaps repeated it on Fox. So what? The people she would influence are already voting Republican and she’s not going to change or sway any Democratic minds so what the hell is the big deal? What WOULD be a big deal is if liberals like Fugelsang and Stewart would stop repeating her statements or give her a platform on which to make these statement she would be a lot less well-known. I’m sure Fox and the Repugs buy a lot of her books to boost the sales figures and then give them away free to whoever wants a copy.

The fact is the Right has not one pundit worth a shit so it loves when liberals do their p.r. work for them, even if it’s just chastising an assembly line right wing idiot pundit who’s never made a logical or incisive political observation in her professional life.  Just ignore her and those of her ilk. If Coulter had to maintain her infamy solely with her Fox appearances, she would go the way of both Sarah Palin and Dick Morris—both of whom Fox tossed overboard.

When I tune into MSNBC or Current TV, I don’t want to hear how lousy and corrupt Republicans and right wingers are—I already know that.  I want to hear what liberals and Democrats are actively doing to take our country back. And honestly, I haven’t been hearing much in a long while.