We don't often get into overt politicking on the GLONO flagship site but we're getting a little annoyed with what we're seeing out there. From neck stompings to detentions to crybaby-ism, we've had enough. So we have a few words for Glorious Noise readers of all political stripes: Grow Up.
We apparently have three kinds of voters in this country: Republican, Independent, and Democratic. We here at GLONO have messages for each of you:
To our Republican friends: Are you nuts? You're being duped by these guys again? If you're truly Conservative you can't possibly be considering voting these clowns back into office. Do you not remember the massive expansion of government, the exponentially growing deficits, the TWO wars (and counting), and the restrictions on basic civil rights these guys brought us during the Bush years? And if you're a "common sense" government-type then the likes of Christine O'Donnell, Joe Miller, Sharron Angle and any other sharpie running under the Tea Party banner must scare the shit out of you. Remember, Congressional politics and legislation is all about compromise. If you elect uncompromising ideologues then you get NOTHING. Let's not screw the whole country up to make a statement.
To our Independent friends: Make up your mind already and pick a team. How can a voting block who elected Barack Obama even consider voting for a bunch of lunatics like those noted above? That is insane, or at least shows a severe lack of knowledge about who is who in politics. Don't give me this bunk about "there's no significant difference between the parties" nonsense either. If you really believe that then read on to what we have to say to the Democrats among us.
To our Democratic friends: Stop being babies. It may not seem like it (because the opposition is awesome at...well...opposing) but this has been an incredibly productive two years since Barack Obama was elected President. No, you haven't gotten everything you wanted (especially you Liberal Dems), but complaining about that is like complaining that you got vanilla ice cream instead of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. And yes, it's disappointing that Congressional leadership seems to be running from what should be a rallying cry.
But let's get the heart of the matter here: if you're unsatisfied now with the amount of progress, wait until the Republicans hold a house...or two. Bill Maher said it best a couple weeks ago:
When it comes to voting, when we only have two choices, You gotta grow up and realize there's a big difference between a disappointing friend and a deadly enemy.
Make no mistake, if you lean progressive then the GOP is your political enemy. The strategic (aka, the grown-up) thing to do is to ensure they don't completely stop the slow rolling progress that's being made.
It's time to vote.
What Have You Done for Me Lately?
• Drastic draw down of combat forces in Iraq. No, the war's not over and Afghanistan is likely just beginning to get ugly, but it's a real start.
• The Democratic response to the Bush recession prevented the loss of 8 million more jobs, stopped unemployment from soaring to more than 16 percent, and will decrease our budget deficit by $3 trillion over the next three years.
• The Economic Recovery Act alone cut taxes for 98 percent of Americans.
• Not ideal, but healthcare reform is law now and it's just the first step. While some of the provisions are rolling out painfully slowly, the new Patients' Bill of Rights kicked in last month.
Americans are already benefiting from several important provisions that have taken effect. More than 4 million small businesses are eligible for $40 billion in tax credits, helping them offer employee health insurance coverage. Children with pre-existing conditions who have long been denied coverage now have access to a health plan in every state, including Maryland. Seniors in the Medicare Part D program are now receiving an annual supplement of $250 as the first installment toward closing the notorious "doughnut hole." No longer will seniors be forced to choose between food or heat and lifesaving medications. Early retirees are also benefiting, because the program helps employers continue their health coverage.
• Bailouts may have saved the American Automotive industry, ensuring millions more did not end up on the unemployment rolls.
• Financial Regulation overhaul. Again, imperfect, but at least some of the more egregious practices have been curtailed...theoretically. To be honest, this is one of the bigger thorns in our side too, but we digress...
• No Drama Obama: Other than the Salahi's party crashing, this has been a remarkably scandal-free White House.
• World opinion of the US greatly improved. And before any of you isolationists get all worked up with your "who cares what they think of us" indignation, let's not forget that we live in a global economy and under the threat of global terrorism. We kinda need to work with the other guys.
• We are very, very near a repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. We are as annoyed as anyone at the time and process to repeal this clearly unconstitutional infringement on privacy and equal protection (not to mention the unnecessary security risk posed by drumming out capable and qualified gay patriots), but there is sure and steady progress being made and repeal is within sight...unless Republican majorities in Congress stop it.
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