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PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUCCESSFUL, EXPERIENCED TEAM
Joe Biden, Vice President. Served
36 years in the U.S. Senate, and four years as Barack Obama's vice
president. Biden was on the Foreign Relations Committee for his entire
Senate tenure, sometimes serving as its chairman. He carved out a
reputation as a brainy and talkative expert in international relations.
His focus was on Soviet relations, arms control, the Balkans and NATO
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State. Before serving
in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United
States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd
President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was the First Lady of
the United States from 1993 to 2001.
Jacob Joseph "Jack" Lew,
White House Chief of Staff. Served under Presidents Obama and Clinton
as Director of the Office of Management and Budget and earlier, was
Principal domestic-policy adviser to House Speaker Tip O’Neill. He is an
Senior Advisor. Ms. Jarrett has held positions in both the public and
private sector, including the Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, the
Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Chicago, and
Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. Jarrett also served as
Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Director of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Chairman of the University of
Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees.
Gene B. Sperling,
Senior Economic Advisor. Director of the National Economic Council
under Presidents Obama and Clinton, and now serves as assistant to the
president for economic policy.
David M. Axelrod, Senior Advisor. Was top political advisor to President Bill Clinton and ccampaign advisor to President Barack Obama during Obama's successful run for Presidency in 2008. He currently is Senior Strategist for Obama's re-election campaign.
Senior Advisor. A long-time Democratic Party campaign consultant. Was
campaign manager for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign in the
United States. He is credited with the campaign's successful overall
strategy in the race (primarily against Senator Hillary Clinton) for the
Democratic Party presidential nomination.
Robert Gibbs, White
House press secretary during the first term. After leaving the podium
in early 2011, Gibbs emerged as one of Obama's most ardent defenders
during the 2012 Republican primaries and on cable television as the
general election took shape. Gibbs was with Obama before Obama gained
national prominence during the 2004 Democratic National Convention and
understands Obama's message as well as anyone.
Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense. The
23rd and current United States Secretary of Defense, serving in the
administration of President Barack Obama since 2011. Prior to taking
office, he served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Panetta served as President Bill Clinton's White House Chief of Staff
from 1994 to 1997, Director of the Office of Management and Budget from
1993–1994, and was a member of the United States House of
Representatives from 1977 to 1993.
Admiral Mike Mullen,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Retired United States Navy admiral, who
served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1,
2007 to September 30, 2011. Mullen previously served as the Navy's 28th
Chief of Naval Operations. He was only the third naval officer in Navy
history to be appointed to four different four-star assignments; the
others being the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander,
Allied Joint Force Command Naples, and as the 32nd Vice Chief of Naval
Operations. As Chairman, Mullen was the highest-ranking officer in the
United States Armed Forces. He retired from the Navy after over 43 years
National Security Adviser. Is serving in the Obama Administration, and
has had a career as a U.S. political advisor, government official and
lawyer. Previously, he served as Agency Review Team Lead for the State
Department in the Obama transition, and as Deputy to National Security
Advisor James Jones early in the Obama administration. Donilon replaced
Jones as National Security Advisor on October 8, 2010.
David Petraeus America’s most famous general is now the CIA chief. His low-profile style has won the loyalty of the White House.
John Brennan, Counter-Terrorism
chief. Is serving as chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President
Barack Obama; officially his title is Deputy National Security Advisor
for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the
President. His responsibilities include overseeing plans to protect the
country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters, and he meets
with the President daily. Previously, he advised Obama on foreign policy
and intelligence issues during the 2008 presidential campaign and
Bill Gates, Obama business advisor and Billionaire
co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest
transparently operated private foundation in the world, founded by Bill
and Melinda Gates. It is "driven by the interests and passions of the
Gates family". The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to
enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand
educational opportunities and access to information technology.
Obama business American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.
He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th
century. Buffet is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of
Berkshire Hathaway and consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest
people. In 2012, American magazine Time
named Buffett one of the most influential people in the world. Buffett
is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent
of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates
General Colin Powell is
the first, and so far the only, African American to serve on the Joint
Chiefs of Staff. He is a four star general and served as Bush II’s
Secretary of State.
GOVERNOR ROMNEY'S ALARMINGLY FAULTED TEAM
Paul Ryan, Domestic Policy Adviser/Vice Presidential Candidate. Repeal ObamaCare advocate. Creator of a health care plan which turns Medicare into a voucher system, that costs seniors more for their health care, and slashes Medicaid services. The money saved ends up as a tax cut for the wealthy. There's no one on Romney's team who embodies the "half the country are moochers" mind set ( on that 47 percent video) more than Ryan.
Foreign Policy Adviser. A neocon pundit, Senor made his name as a
spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in the
aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, gaining a reputation as “the
spinmeister responsible for selling the early years of the occupation …
as a rosy time—even as bombs exploded daily and sectarian violence
ripped apart the country." He recently grabbed attention by getting “a little ahead” of Romney by backing an Israeli strike on Iran. Then Romney cited Senor’s book about Israeli entrepreneurship in his heavily criticized remarks that suggested economic disparities between Israelis and Palestinians could be chalked up to “culture.”
Karl Rove, Republican strategist. Known as “Bush’s Brain” he is back in a big way. Co-founder
of the conservative super PAC American Crossroads and its affiliated
non-profit Crossroads GPS, vowed to spend $300 million on the election.
By far the biggest spender this election cycle, with a donor roster that
is a virtual reprise of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that ran
attack ads against Democratic Sen. John Kerry in 2004.
Grover Norquist, Lobbyist. Founder
of the advocacy group "Americans for Tax Reform" (funded by the
billionaire Koch brothers). As one of the most influential figures in
Republican politics, Norquist required
that Romney, like all other Republicans in Congress, sign a pledge to
never raise taxes. This pledge is in direct variance with the American
John Bolton, Foreign Policy Adviser. Bush-era ambassador to the United Nations. It's never a bad day to bomb Iran advocate, John Bolton has been pushing for an Iran strike for years. He recently said he thought the Israelis should have bombed Iran "three and a half years ago."
Economic Adviser. Hubbard, a supply-side economist who was George W.
Bush’s first chief economist and the architect of the Bush tax cuts, is
an odd choice for this assignment, since any criticism he makes is
undermined by the clear failure of his own policies in comparison with those deployed by Obama (which is described by the New York Times as showing “persistent economic growth”).
Robert Bork, Judicial Adviser. Bork was a failed Supreme Court nominee under President Ronald Reagan who played a controversial role in the Watergate scandal. According to Ted Kennedy,
"Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into
back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters,
rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids [and]
schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution." Could he be in the
wings as a Supreme Court nominee?
Harold Hamm, Energy Advisor. Self-made American oilman worth $9.7 billion. Advocate of ending federal control of drilling on government land and giving states the authority to frack and mine government lands. The New York Times calls this "a radical shift from decades of policies under both Democrat and Republican presidents." According to Rolling Stone, Hamm has also given nearly $1 million to Romney's super-PAC.
General Tommy Franks, Military Adviser. Retired commander of the US Central Command who led the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Complicit in perpetrating the weapons of mass destruction myth in order get congressional approval for the Iraqi invasion. Once the war was over, he had no plan to deal with the aftermath. Oh, and he is the guy who lost Osama bin Laden when they had him cornered.
Reince Prebus, Republican National Committee Chairman. An inarticulate
neo-con leader of the RNC. Priebus is known for his constant racial
"dog whistles" about President Obama's birth certificate, gutting
welfare, and supposed "un-American" stances. That
this anti-American garbage is turning up nationwide, now that Priebus
is running the RNC, is of no surprise given his history of scheming to
deny legal voters their right to the franchise.
Tom Ridge, Former Pennsylvania Governor and DHS Secretary. Political cheerleader for Mitt Romney. Otherwise employed in private sector endeavors.
Sheldon Adelson, Billionaire
casino magnate, has been the leading contributor to outside groups
supporting Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates this election
cycle, donating tens of millions of dollars. His company, Las Vegas
Sands, is also the focus of a federal investigation into possible violations
of bribery laws at its casinos in Macau, China. He stands to make
billions if Romney is elected as well as having the federal
Billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama. They provide
$100's of millions to organizations fighting legislation related to
climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks,
and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition
campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from
health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political
circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus. Their
father was a founder of the John Birch Society. Much of their vast
wealth comes from coal. Is it any wonder why Romney is such a booster of
this dirtiest form of energy?
The Misinformation Team, Rush
Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Rupert Murdoch, Roger
Ailes, et al, will continue to misinform and twist the truth no matter
who gets elected. If it’s Romney, they will be emboldened in their
is not a one issue campaign. The world is a complex place and we really
need a Chess Master to think out the game long term, rather than a
vacillator who does not have the intellect or integrity to think past
next President should be someone who has the intellectual capacity to
make the right decisions. President Obama has time and again
demonstrated his towering capacity to make the right choices. He has
been right on a great majority of issues while Governor Romney has a
sorry record of misjudgments and position changes.
SNAP-CAP is completely based on the New York Times endorsement of
President Obama. We have cut and pasted so the two candidate’s positions
are compared side by side. Every word, except some of the titles, is
from the Times endorsement. The Rational majority has not inserted any
words or opinions:
CHARACTER & INTEGRITY
We have criticized individual policy choices that Mr. Obama has made
over the last four years, and have been impatient with his unwillingness
to throw himself into the political fight. But he has shaken off the
hesitancy that cost him the first debate, and he approaches the election
clearly ready for the partisan battles that would follow his victory.
Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has gotten this far
with a guile that allows him to say whatever he thinks an audience wants
to hear. But he has tied himself to the ultraconservative forces that
control the Republican Party and embraced their policies, including
reckless budget cuts and 30-year-old, discredited trickle-down ideas.
Voters may still be confused about Mr. Romney’s true identity, but they
know the Republican Party, and a Romney administration would reflect its
agenda. Mr. Romney’s choice of Representative Paul Ryan as his running
mate says volumes about that.
An ideological assault from the right has started to undermine the
vital health reform law passed in 2010. Those forces are eroding women’s
access to health care, and their right to control their lives.
Mr. Obama has achieved the most sweeping health care reforms since the
passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The reform law takes a big
step toward universal health coverage, a final piece in the social
It was astonishing that Mr. Obama and the Democrats in Congress were
able to get a bill past the Republican opposition. But the Republicans’
propagandistic distortions of the new law helped them wrest back control
of the House, and they are determined now to repeal the law.
would eliminate the many benefits the reform has already brought:
allowing children under 26 to stay on their parents’ policies; lower
drug costs for people on Medicare who are heavy users of prescription
drugs; free immunizations, mammograms and contraceptives; a ban on
lifetime limits on insurance payments. Insurance companies cannot deny
coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. Starting in 2014,
insurers must accept all applicants. Once fully in effect, the new law
would start to control health care costs.
Romney has no plan for covering the uninsured beyond his callous
assumption that they will use emergency rooms. He wants to use voucher
programs to shift more Medicare costs to beneficiaries and block grants
to shift more Medicaid costs to the states.
economy is slowly recovering from the 2008 meltdown, and the country
could suffer another recession if the wrong policies take hold.
President Obama has shown a firm commitment to using government to help
foster growth. He has formed sensible budget policies that are not
dedicated to protecting the powerful, and has worked to save the social
safety net to protect the powerless.
Obama prevented another Great Depression. The economy was cratering
when he took office in January 2009. By that June it was growing, and it
has been ever since (although at a rate that disappoints everyone),
thanks in large part to interventions Mr. Obama championed, like the
$840 billion stimulus bill. Republicans say it failed, but it created
and preserved 2.5 million jobs and prevented unemployment from reaching
12 percent. Poverty would have been much worse without the billions
spent on Medicaid, food stamps and jobless benefits.
year, Mr. Obama introduced a jobs plan that included spending on school
renovations, repair projects for roads and bridges, aid to states, and
more. It was stymied by Republicans. Contrary to Mr. Romney’s claims,
Mr. Obama has done good things for small businesses — like pushing
through more tax write-offs for new equipment and temporary tax cuts for
hiring the unemployed.
CONGRESS: Mr. Obama has impressive achievements despite the implacable
wall of refusal erected by Congressional Republicans so intent on
stopping him that they risked pushing the nation into depression, held
its credit rating hostage, and hobbled economic recovery.
We are confident he would challenge the Republicans in the “fiscal
cliff” battle even if it meant calling their bluff, letting the Bush tax
cuts expire and forcing them to confront the budget sequester they
ROMNEY: Electing Mr. Romney would eliminate any hope of deficit reduction that included increased revenues.
In the poisonous atmosphere of this campaign, it may be easy to
overlook Mr. Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out
the economic stimulus,
OBAMA: Saving the auto industry. Improving fuel efficiency standards.
The Dodd-Frank financial regulation was an important milestone. It is
still a work in progress, but it established the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau, initiated reform of the derivatives market, and
imposed higher capital requirements for banks.
re-elected, Mr. Obama would be in position to shape the “grand bargain”
that could finally combine stimulus like the jobs bill with long-term
deficit reduction that includes letting the high-end Bush-era tax cuts
expire. Stimulus should come first, and deficit reduction as the economy
strengthens. Mr. Obama has not been as aggressive as we would have
liked in addressing the housing crisis, but he has increased efforts in
refinancing and loan modifications.
Mr. Romney’s economic plan, as much as we know about it, is regressive,
relying on big tax cuts and deregulation. That kind of plan was not the
answer after the financial crisis, and it will not create broad
Mr. Romney wants to repeal Dodd-Frank.
FOREIGN RELATIONS: The United States is embroiled in unstable regions that could easily explode into full-blown disaster.
Mr. Obama and his administration have been resolute in attacking Al
Qaeda’s leadership, including the killing of Osama bin Laden.
He has ended the war in Iraq.
Mr. Romney, however, has said he would have insisted on leaving
thousands of American soldiers there. He has surrounded himself with
Bush administration neocons who helped to engineer the Iraq war, and
adopted their militaristic talk in a way that makes a Romney
administration’s foreign policies a frightening prospect.
OBAMA: Mr. Obama negotiated a much tougher regime of multilateral economic sanctions on Iran.
Mr. Romney likes to say the president was ineffective on Iran, but at
the final debate he agreed with Mr. Obama’s policies.
OBAMA: Mr. Obama deserves credit for his handling of the Arab Spring.
OBAMA: The killing goes on in Syria, but the administration is working to identify and support moderate insurgent forces there.
At the last debate, Mr. Romney talked about funneling arms through
Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are funneling arms to jihadist groups.
Mr. Obama gathered international backing for airstrikes during the
Libyan uprising, and kept American military forces in a background role.
It was smart policy.
the broadest terms, he introduced a measure of military restraint after
the Bush years and helped repair America’s badly damaged reputation in
many countries from the low levels to which it had sunk by 2008.
SUPREME COURT: The
future of the nation’s highest court hangs in the balance in this
election — and along with it, reproductive freedom for American women
and voting rights for all, to name just two issues. Whoever is president
after the election will make at least one appointment to the court, and
many more to federal appeals courts and district courts.
Obama, who appointed the impressive Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia
Sotomayor, two very fine Supreme Court appointments, understands how
severely damaging conservative activism has been in areas like campaign
spending. He would appoint justices and judges who understand that
landmarks of equality like the Voting Rights Act must be defended
against the steady attack from the right.
Mr. Romney’s campaign Web site says he will “nominate judges in the
mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito,”
among the most conservative justices in the past 75 years. There is no
doubt that he would appoint justices who would seek to overturn Roe v.
The extraordinary fact of Mr. Obama’s 2008 election did not usher in a
new post-racial era. In fact, the steady undercurrent of racism in
national politics is truly disturbing. Mr. Obama, however, has reversed
Bush administration policies that chipped away at minorities’ voting
rights and has fought laws, like the ones in Arizona, that seek to turn
undocumented immigrants into a class of criminals.
WING: Nearly 50 years after passage of the Civil Rights Act, all
Americans’ rights are cheapened by the right wing’s determination to
deny marriage benefits to a selected group of us. Astonishingly, even
the very right to vote is being challenged.
DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL:
The military’s odious “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule was finally
legislated out of existence, under the Obama administration’s
DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT:
There are still big hurdles to equality to be brought down, including
the Defense of Marriage Act, the outrageous federal law that undermines
the rights of gay men and lesbians, even in states that recognize those
Though it took Mr. Obama some time to do it, he overcame his hesitation
about same-sex marriage and declared his support. That support has
helped spur marriage-equality movements around the country. His Justice
Department has also stopped defending the Defense of Marriage Act
against constitutional challenges.
Mr. Romney opposes same-sex marriage and supports the federal act,
which not only denies federal benefits and recognition to same-sex
couples but allows states to ignore marriages made in other states. His
campaign declared that Mr. Romney would not object if states also banned
adoption by same-sex couples and restricted their rights to hospital
visitation and other privileges.
Mr. Romney has been careful to avoid the efforts of some Republicans to
criminalize abortion even in the case of women who had been raped,
including by family members. He says he is not opposed to contraception,
but he has promised to deny federal money to Planned Parenthood, on
which millions of women depend for family planning.
these and many other reasons, we enthusiastically endorse President
Barack Obama for a second term, and express the hope that his victory
will be accompanied by a new Congress willing to work for policies that
This 5 minute video will strip the Governor bare in front of your eyes, and he does it all to himself. He is doing an interview in Iowa with a friendly conservative radio host. Watch him expose his paranoia, his mendacity, and his strongly held other-worldly beliefs.
See how he handles this soft ball conversation and then decide if this is the man you want negotiating with world leaders, the Congress, or frankly, with anyone.
For those who plan to vote for Governor Romney, please give this just 5 precious minutes before you go to the polls. If you are voting for President Obama, be sure your Republican and undecided friends see this – IT’S IMPORTANT !
the past, if someone knew nothing and talked nonsense, no one paid any
attention to him or her. No more. Now such people are courted and
flattered by conservative politicians and ideologues as “Real Americans”
defending their country against big government and educated liberal
elites. Sadly some of these Know-Nothings are Republican politicians
legitimate press interviews them and reports their opinions seriously
without pointing out the imbecility of what they believe. The hucksters
of FOX News and the right wing radio wing-nuts orchestrate their loyal
followers who are deaf to reason and listen to the voices bought by the
powerful financial interests who will take away their rights. This cabal
of evil knows that they can make their cool-ade drinking chorus believe
almost anything. They know that for the ignorant and the bigoted, their
lies sing a siren-like song. Haven’t you heard them crooning these
The government is coming to get your guns.
could easily list many more such commonplace delusionary myths believed
by Americans. They are kept in circulation by hundreds of right-wing
political and religious media outlets whose function is to fabricate an
alternate reality for their viewers and their listeners. They are sure
that “The Big Lie” will work. It’s up to us to PUNCH BACK.
is sometimes the greatest of historical forces. What we have today is a
rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. They love politicians
who rail against teachers and resent the ones who show an ability to
think seriously and independently. The ignoramuses can always be counted
on to vote against their own self-interest; but they are not ignorant
all on their own. Hundreds of millions are being spent to keep a
cacophonous symphony of misinformation blaring out to the uninformed and
perpetuate the aforementioned lies.
a theory that’s out there, it’s got some gaps in it. In Texas, we teach
both creationism and evolution. I figure you’re smart enough to figure
out which one is right.” … Texas Governor Rick Perry (GOP), creationism advocate.
"theories of evolution and the big bang are lies straight from the pit of hell.” … U.S. Representative from Georgia, Paul Broun (GOP), who serves on the House Science Committee, science denier.
Obama is a Muslim.
Global Warming is a hoax.
The president is forcing open homosexuality on the military.
Schools push a left-wing agenda.
Social Security is an entitlement, no different from welfare.
Obama hates white people.
The life on earth is 6,000 years old and so is the universe.
The safety net contributes to poverty.
The government is taking money from you and giving it to sex-crazed college women to pay for their birth control.
Coal is clean energy.
struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that
life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that
horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to
happen." … U.S. Senate candidate from Indiana, Richard Mourdock (GOP), anti-abortion advocate.
“legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy … U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri, Todd Akin (GOP), anti-abortion advocate.
is not an issue about denying anyone rights. This is an issue about
protecting the rights of a human being to live* – irrespective of what
stage in development they may be." … U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (GOP), anti-abortion and personhood amendment advocate (*unmindful of the life of the mother).
using) statistical tricks to distort their findings and intentionally
mislead the public on the issue of climate change.”
… U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, and current GOP Vice Presidential
candidate, Paul Ryan (GOP), global warming denier, quoting
unsubstantiated claims which were later proved untrue.
"voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax." … U.S. Representative from Minnesota, Michele Bachmann (GOP), global warming denier.
"HPV vaccine has a very serious risk of causing mental retardation," … U.S. Representative from Minnesota, Michele Bachmann (GOP), nonfactual assertion of "risk" associated with cervical cancer fighting pharmaceutical. This in spite of no known cases of "mental retardation" in over 35 million users in the US alone.
Bill Nye, the "Science Guy", hammered those who don’t believe in
evolution. To do so “betrays the best use of our brains". Evolution …was
discovered and the evidence for it is astonishing, it’s overwhelming.
He said Earth is more like 4.5 billion years old, as opposed to 6,000 to
10,000 years old, as creationists believe. “That’s science, those are
facts. You can’t just close your eyes and make them not true.
that we may face civilization-threatening temperature change by the end
of the century, once considered outlandish, are now coming out of
mainstream research groups. In the past, Mr. Romney has strongly
endorsed the notion that man-made climate change is a real concern. But,
in 2011, he softened that to a statement that he thinks the world is
getting hotter, but “I don’t know that” and “I don’t know if it’s mostly
caused by humans.” According to Public Policy Polling, only 21 percent
of Republican voters in Iowa believe in global warming (and only 35
percent believe in evolution). Within the G.O.P., willful ignorance has
become a litmus test for candidates, a test that Mr. Romney is
determined to pass at all costs.
educated, well-informed population, the kind that a functioning
democracy requires, would be difficult to lie to, and could not be led
by the nose by the various vested interests running amok in this
country. An educated, well informed population would vote for an
intelligent well informed president, and only one of our candidates can
sing that song.
Republican candidate says the President has no plan for the next four
years. Should the 2012 election give us the good fortune of Obama’s
reelection with a Democratic partnership at his side, for a starter we
will see much of the legislation that has been blocked by the Republican
Congress these past four years come to fruition. This will be in
addition to the new programs that an alert and informed President Obama
Republican Party “has become an insurgent outlier in American politics.
It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by
conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; unmoved by
conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and
dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.”*
get an idea of just how extreme the Republican Congress has become,
read this list of 60 votes on final passage, amendments, and motions to
recommit that House of Representative Republicans have taken during the
112th Congress that hurt middle class Americans and weaken the
you have any illusions that a Romney Administration will be
promulgating laws in your interest, the following list of what the House
Republicans of the 112th
have voted for, as well as the roadblock mentality of the Senate, will
wipe away any doubts. Arm yourself with the facts so you can be an
informed voter and help others learn the truth before they vote:
Source: THE Source
took a devastatingly horrible act of nature to give the doubters an
opportunity to have an epiphany. Some, exemplified by a leading critic
of the President, came to the conclusion that the man they had painted
in the most negative way was actually a horse of a different color.
Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the man who delivered the keynote
address on August 28, 2012 at the Republican Convention in Tampa,
Florida, said the following about President Obama in that speech:
“It’s time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House,”
“I believe in America and her history,” he continued, “There’s only one thing missing now: leadership.”
Christie has said as bad and worse since; including this May 2012
statement about the President: "He is the most ill-prepared person to
assume the presidency in my lifetime," Christie told some 600 Kentucky
Republicans. “This is a guy who literally is walking around in a dark
room trying to find the light switch of leadership."
forward to October 30, 2012 when The President and the Governor had a
chance to work together in the crisis environment caused by the brutally
damaging storm that blew through the East. The punishing winds blew the
ideological blinders off of the Governor’s eyes.
New Jersey Governor, who has been a leading presidential critic, got to
personally experience President Obama’s leadership. This frank and
honest man bravely threw political expedience out the window and spoke
from his heart about the President’s leadership under fire. Rather than
holding to the Republican Party line, Christy surprisingly lauded the
President for his leadership in the handling of Hurricane Sandy.
“The president has been outstanding in this and so have the folks at FEMA,” Christie said on NBC’s “Today” show.
whose state is among the hardest hit by the storm, made appearances on
several morning talk shows on Tuesday and applauded Obama at each stop.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe Show, Christie said “The president has been all
over this, and he deserves great credit. He gave me his number at the
White House and told me to call him if I needed anything and he
absolutely means it, and it’s been very good working with the president
and his administration.” In a later follow up Christie told of a
midnight call with the President and a quick 2:00 AM follow up call from
CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” Christie added that Obama
“has been incredibly supportive and helpful to our state, and not once
did he bring up the election.”
has been told that everyone who has personal experience with this
President comes away understanding his leadership abilities and his
solid character. Governor Christie joins a long line of converts who
agree that President Obama is a man who means what he says and he says
what he means, and then he acts to implement his words.
are still folks out there who can’t even give the President credit for
the things that he undeniably accomplished such as saving the auto
industry and ending Bin Laden’s life. These people would be well advised
to take the lead from Chris Christie who has the integrity to give the
man credit for doing a good job. This speaks as well for the Governor as
it does of the President.
would be remiss leaving our SNAP-CAP here. There is another leadership
lesson learned in the wake of this tragic event. This time the spotlight
of truth shines on the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney.
a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked
whether FEMA should be dismantled so that states can individually take
over responsibility for disaster response.
he said. "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the
federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right
direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the
private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal
budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what
should we keep?"
"Including disaster relief, though?" debate moderator John King asked Romney.
cannot -- we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the
future for our kids," Romney replied. "It is simply immoral, in my view,
for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on
to our kids, knowing full well that we'll all be dead and gone before
it's paid off. It makes no sense at all."
disaster response? This is one more indications of how completely out
of touch Romney is with reality. Imagine how damaging it will be for
this country to put a man who is so accident prone in making one wrong
decision after another and then changing his position with the advantage
imagine if he was the President and had implemented his plan to
privatize disaster relief. How irresponsible will it be to put this
inept man and his ham-fisted team of advisors in the oval office? Doing
so will put our beloved country at risk in this and so many other ways.
Replacing our very capable President with an incompetent power-craving
hack would be a colossal mistake of bigger magnitude and consequence
than the Perfect Storm that just caused us so much damage.
Get out and vote – and then get out the vote!
realized there was something wrong when the head of the South Florida
Tea Party, speaking on a televised debate, called President Obama a
Communist/ Fascist in the same breath. It was quite a shock that such a
high placed official seemingly didn’t know what a Fascist actually is
(they are the good folks who brought us WWII); and that a Fascist is the
economic opposite of a Communist.
the man had no idea that the Republican policies he was espousing were,
for the most part, the same ones Germany used to define Fascism. Our
fathers and grandfathers fought and died in WWII to save this country
from fascism, and now the Republican Party is practically the very
definition of the word.
is the scariest day of the year. Here are some examples that will spook
you from the thought that Mitt Romney could be taking over – so read
this and then GO OUT AND VOTE, and bring a friend.
1. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights
- Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the citizens in
fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in
certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way
or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long
incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
Republican policies gave us Waterboarding, the Bush Patriot Act, Abu Greb, and unlimited detention without trial.
2. Supremacy of the Military
- Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is
given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic
agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
agenda includes providing the military with $2 trillion more than they
are asking for and to thoughtlessly spend without regard to modern
realities. This Pentagon bound money will be allocated by the defunding
of fundamental domestic programs and services.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause
- The country is rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need
to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial ethnic or
religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
are vilified and dehumanized.
policy has brought back “Jim Crow” laws and intimidation to suppress
the African-American vote. Republican policy regarding Hispanics is
degrading and negative. Republican rhetoric has even descended to call
the President of the United States a communist and do every low
fabrication to make him the “Other”.
4. Rampant Sexism
- The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively
male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made
more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the
state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution
policy manifests in the need to hold women back by controlling their
reproductive systems and limiting their ability for equality in the
workplace. This explains the Republican bent to repeal Roe v. Wade and
oppose laws such as Lilly Ledbetter, i.e. equal pay for equal work.
5. Controlled Mass Media
- Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in
other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government
regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives.
Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
News and Rush Limbaugh are typical of controlled media partnerships
where only the party line is reported as real news. Fox News only exists
because Republicans changed FCC regulations to allow foreign ownership
in exchange for creating a right wing propaganda organ. At the same
time, independent media is marginalized and Republican policy will be to
eliminate NET-TV and NPR Radio if they are elected.
6. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
obsessive harping on the dangers of Iran and Muslim terror is typical
of Fascist fear mongering. In truth, fear and conspiracy theories are a
centerpiece of the Right Wing’s policy.
7. Religion and Government are intertwined
- Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion
in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric
and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major
tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's
policies or actions.
expressed Republican policy to “Return the United States to a Christian
Nation” is a watchword of the Republican agenda. The Republican party
panders to the ignorance of the Religious Right and the Tea Party. They
perpetrate backward social policies and rationalize the destructive and
greedy energy policies of their oil, coal and gas corporate supporters
led by the Koch Brothers, son of John Birch Society cofounder.
8. Corporate Power is Nurtured and Protected
- The industrial and business aristocracy of a Fascist nation often are
the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually
beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
Republican policy of favoring corporations over citizens has a long
historical record, but never more so than now! Republicans are disposed
to funnel billions to huge corporations by providing tax advantages and
subsidies. In turn, the recipients support the regime with massive
campaign contributions to fund largely misleading advertising to help
them gain and retain power.
Cheney, in a secret cabal, let the power industry draw up our national
energy policy. The Result created Enron, baby Enrons and deregulation
that has led to massive oil spills and dangerous fracking that has
destroyed water sources and millions of fertile acres of American farm
9. Labor Power is Suppressed
- Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a
fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are
busting and wage suppression has been the hallmark of every Republican
platform in the modern era. This one is even bolder than ever before.
Some states such as Ohio and Wisconsin have gone ahead with draconian
laws against labor. These are only a precursor of what will happen under
a Romney administration.
10. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts
- Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher
education and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other
intellectuals to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the
arts and letters is openly attacked.
funding to the arts and eliminating affordable college loans and grants
are the Republican policies for maintaining a low wage workforce for
their factories. Hello banning books; bye bye Big Bird and NPR.
11. Obsession with Crime and Punishment
- Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to
enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses
and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is
often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist
witch hunts, Nixon’s failed War on Drugs, are only the tip of the
Republican attack on individual freedoms. We can thank them for the
largest prison population on earth and the obscenity of private prisons
for profit that are now absorbing more high paying American factory jobs
12. Fraudulent Elections
- Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other
times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even
assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control
voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the
media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to
manipulate or control elections.
Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are
governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to
government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect
their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist
regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or
even outright stolen by government leaders.
familiar? Republican policy is to suppress all blocks of voters who
might lean Democratic. This is going on in many states with a Republican
governor and legislature. There are even credible reports that Tag
Romney’s company has purchased the company responsible for counting the
votes in Ohio, Texas, and several other states. These machines can be
manipulated with ease.
you think the greatest theft on our national treasure was Dick Cheney
and his buds at Halliburton, wait till you see what happens when Romney
opens the vaults to the Koch brothers, Sheldon Addleson, and people like
his drug advisor Mel Sembler.
you doubt that our energy policy will be written by the Kochs or maybe
you think they are spending hundreds of millions on this election for
the hell of it? Romney and the Koch puppets in Congress will deregulate
and then it’s acid rain for your kids and golden rain for Koch’s coal
and oil profits.
and more manufactures will contract for prison labor and Mel Sembler
will fill the private prisons with docile pot smokers and non-violent
drug offenders. Sembler collects millions from Republican states to
support his front organizations, Dare and Partnership for a Drug Free
America. Mean Mel became infamous when it was revealed that his phony
rehab centers, Straight Inc. collected government funds for kidnapping
and torturing children, mostly young girls. Instead of prosecution, Bush
I rewarded him with an Ambassadorship. Today he stands at the side of
whole crew of corporate thieves that got rich from our misery during
the last Republican administration is already in place to do it again.
Add Romney’s Bain associates and the Mormon business network to the
equation, and you have an Old Boy shadow government beyond your wildest
fears. This makes the fifty billion or so stolen by Halliburton look
like chump change.
On October 23, 2012 the BBC posted the results of a global BBC World Service poll
surveying 22,000 people in 21 countries. To no one’s surprise, except
Right Wing diehards who live in their Alternative Reality, the poll
found a wide preference for President Obama against Governor Romney in the 2012 presidential race.
the President’s popularity is obvious to anyone paying attention, many
people are not paying attention and we can’t assume that even
intelligent voters have enough information on this issue. There are just
too many rumor-mails going around that mislead their readers by saying
that President Obama is widely hated overseas.
you are about to see, this is just another 180 U-turn on the truth. The
entire Right Wing, from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on the top of the
heap; to Rush Limbaugh and John Sununu on the bottom of the pile, will
make up their “facts” as they go – and then double down on each others’
lies the next morning.
result of the impartial BBC’s poll give lie to the lies being
perpetrated – and stunningly so! Obama “scored 50% favorable among all
respondents to Mitt Romney’s 9%. Almost a quarter, 24 percent, gave some
variation of an answer that it made no difference. Only 16 percent said
they didn’t know, a reminder of how closely the world follows American
caveat is that, although the poll was worldwide and sampled most
continents, there were some key countries that would have been
interesting to have results from. These include Russia, Israel, and at
least one Arab country.
is the BBC chart so you can see for yourself. With the exception of
Pakistan, which is angry over U.S drone strikes on their land, and who
don’t much like either candidate, every one of the other countries
favored Obama over Romney, and all favored him heavily.You
can peruse the chart and see the results country by country. It is
eminently clear that the world loves and respects the President of the
United States, while they either don’t know who Mitt Romney is (but then
who does know – he is not so sure himself) or they don’t care for him.
BBC report notes that, “The countries where Obama leads together make
up about 56.4 percent of the global population. Non-Americans sometimes
joke — or gripe — that they should get a vote in U.S. presidential
elections, given the winner’s potential impact on their country and
sometimes individual lives. If they did, it seems likely, based on this
poll, that Obama would win.”
as important as world public opinion is to indicate how the president
has pulled America’s standing up in the eyes of the world from the Bush
years, the real measure of America’s resuscitated standing is the
cooperation that the President has gotten from so many of the world’s
most outstanding achievement in this regard is the incredible coalition
that the President has crafted against the Iranian government. Any
reasonable observer would have said there was no chance that the entire
civilized world would come together to put incredible pressure on the
ayatollahs to end their nuclear program.
effort may or may not work in the end. If it does work it will save a
disastrous war. But whatever the outcome the President’s ability to pull
together this unprecedented disparate amalgamation, unbelievably
including Russia and China, is a tribute to his vision, leadership,
resolve, and his ability to produce results.
to all the Republican propaganda and you would think that this
President is in over his head. In truth, the entire lot of them could
never have pulled off what our Commander In Chief has done.
One of the basic tenets of our democracy lies in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Thomas Jefferson used the phrase “separation of church and state” to express an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Excise Clause of the First Amendment.
Specifically, the First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” and Article VI specifies that ‘no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” The First Amendment and Article VI provide for a wholly secular government with a “wall of separation between church and state.” Unless one wishes to rewrite history, this is pretty clear, and the President understands it.
The significance of the separation of church and state lies in the equality it provides each citizen against discrimination for ones religious beliefs or non-beliefs. In the United States of America, members of minority religions, agnostics, and atheists are free to pursue their beliefs without prejudice. Unfortunately, groups such as the Religious Right with the help of the Republican Party have been trying to breach the wall of separation.
In the Republican Platform of 2012, there is a pledge to support the right of students to engage in prayer at public school events in public schools. Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court addressed the issue of officially sponsored prayer or religious recitations in public schools. In Engle v. Vitale (1962), the Court, by a vote of 6-1, determined it unconstitutional for state officials to compose an official school prayer and require its recitations in public schools, even when the prayer is non-denominational and students may excuse themselves from participation. The Court noted that it is a matter of history that this very practice of establishing governmentally composed prayers for religious services was one of the reasons which caused many of our early colonists to leave England and seek religious freedom in America. Yet, as plainspoken as the Court was in its decision, today’s Republican Party still seeks to erode the essence of separation of church and state.
One of the more egregious examples of attempting to breach the “wall of separation” concerns the battle on teaching evolution. After the publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin in 1859, the idea that life as we know it had evolved was an active source of academic debate centered on the philosophical, social, and religious implications of evolution. Today, evolution is generally accepted by greater than 99.5% of scientists with relevant expertise.
With the development of the theory of evolution, public schools began to teach science that was considered by some to be at odds with the Bible. In reaction, several states prohibited the teaching of evolution. In Tennessee, this led to the conviction of John T. Scopes in 1925 for teaching evolution in his secondary school biology class. In 1927, the case was appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court who overturned it on a technicality, but the Court held that the ban on teaching of evolution did not violate the Establishment Clause.
Forty-one years later, the U.S. Supreme Court in Epperson v. Arkansas (1968) invalidated a 1928 Arkansas statute that prohibited the teaching of evolution. The Court held the statute to be an unconstitutional attempt to advance a particular religions viewpoint.
In a landmark ruling in 1987, Edwards v. Aguillard, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the State of Louisiana’s Creationism Act was unconstitutional. This statute prohibited the teaching of evolution in public schools, except when it was accompanied by instruction in “creation science.” The Court found that, by advancing the religious belief that a supernatural being created humankind, which is embraced by the term “creation science,” the act impermissibly endorsed a particular religious viewpoint. The Court also found that the provision of a comprehensive science education is undermined when it is forbidden to teach evolution except when creation science is also taught.
Some creationists responded to this decision by refashioning “creation science” to avoid any explicit reference to the Bible, to God, or to the beliefs of a particular sect. This version of creationism re-emerged as part of the ‘intelligent design” movement in the 1990’s. In the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District (2005) that was tried in Harrisburg, PA, Federal District Court, “intelligent design” was found to be a form of creationism, and therefore, unconstitutional to teach in American public schools. The case presented expert testimony over six weeks and was the subject of national media attention.
Despite all the decisions indicated above regarding separation of church and state in public education, the Texas Public School System now requires that a high school elective course on the literature of the Bible and history of that era be taught in all schools. House Bill No. 1287 also indicates that schools can add courses on other religious texts, but only the one on the Bible is required. The Texas legislature will no doubt attempt to claim that this course is secular and aimed at educating students on the importance that the Bible has had on history, civilization, or ethics. In any case, a lawsuit is likely imminent.
If the importance of the First Amendment and Article VI in defending individual freedoms and the course of our country’s progress is of major significance to you, it is incumbent on you to support those candidates who are committed to the principle of separation of church and state. If you don’t want the Supreme Court to fall into the hands of Creationists and worse, vote for President Obama. He is the only major party candidate who understands the Constitution and the importance of legal precedence. It is highly probable that a Romney appointed Supreme Court will ignore these factors and throw open the doors to Creationism becoming the dominant curriculum in our schools.