Through some effort, I’ve mostly avoided politickin’ on the blog. Till today. I got a little rant going because of an email (below for your edification) from my Democrat-To-The-Death cousins. It’s supposed to be witty; maybe at another moment in time, I could shake my head and hit delete like I usually do. But I can’t let it go. Not only is it moronic and insulting, it’s intended to divide rather than educate or unify, perhaps persuade. McCain-esque in its arrogance. (Yeah, take that.)

The U.S. economy, hence its citizenry, is suffering and it looks to get worse before it gets better. Jobs are disappearing, inflation and foreclosures are booming. The "incentive" is likely spent and of no real help. Why do people waste time adding insult to injury? Because they don’t feel their neighbor’s pain, is all I can think. The times, they are not a-funny.

Both parties have given the U.S. both excellent and deplorable presidents. If the charming and personable Church Lady were running as a Democrat, ought we vote for her on that basis alone? Of course not. The person makes the party.

Obama_2MccainObama and McCain are the new Republicrats: essentially members of the same party. The only substantial difference between them is that Obama is not a smirking, arrogant warmonger, my friend. He has that going for him. Otherwise, both are for increased gun control. Both appeal to socialist ideals. Both will keep us in Iraq. Neither understands money or inflation, and both are big spenders. While McCain is racking up the trillions in Iraq for the next 100 years, Obama will do so there until we can "prudently" withdraw – slowly and expensively, no doubt – and on social programs in both countries. We can’t afford any of it.

We have bigger problems right now than which party’s shit don’t stink. The recession snowball is pounding down the slopes. The U.S. must stop spending. Stop spending and stop printing money. No more federal programs, at least no new ones. Stop spending money overseas on other country’s problems. Stop "spreading democracy," bring our troops home. All the troops. Let them spend their U.S. paychecks on U.S. soil with their families.

President Eisenhower (R) said, as poetically as Obama would have, "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children."

Republicans didn’t get us where we are all by their lonesome. Eisenhower is famous for keeping the U.S. in a prolonged peace. As opposed to Kennedy and Johnson who escalated the Vietnam war beyond all reason. Or Clinton who bombed the snot out of Kosovo to divert the world’s attention from his bidness. Oh, and for oil, of course, just like the Georges, I and II.

Dont_do_anything_i_wouldnt_doRead the book Addicted to War (online and free). And here’s an excellent article on how we’re doing right this minute.

Eisenhower warned us: "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex… Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." So far, we’ve ignored every word.

PaulMy man Ron Paul (R) not only understands money and that continued uncontrolled printing of it will bring the U.S. to its knees, he was the only candidate who promised to take us out of Iraq immediately. Not just because of his foreign policy but because the war is breaking the bank. He was the only candidate who, consistently and at every opportunity, voted against the war and all its spending. In fact, he has the most consistent voting record of any politician ever. He votes one way: constitutionally. Fortunately, he is continuing the campaign to bring the U.S. back to its senses. I’m in.

Always one to examine my motives, this surprised me: if Ron Paul, by some incredible miracle, became the 44th U.S. President, we would move back to the states. The times would be too exciting to miss. That was a wow moment. Sad in its truthiness, but that can’t be helped.

The biggest indicator of what a man will do is what he has done. History reveals McCain and Obama as big on compromising ideals. Neither has shown they have a clue how to mesh for peace and prosperity. God help them.

Original email: To be a good Republican one needs to believe…

  1. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of [deleted – I can’t even bear to read it here] and Hillary Clinton.
  2. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s Daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can’t find Bin Laden" diversion.
  3. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Viet Nam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.
  4. The United States should get out of the United Nations, while our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
  5. A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational drug corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.
  6. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches, while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.
  7. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.
  8. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our longtime allies, then demand their cooperation and money.
  9. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy, but providing health care to all Americans is socialism. HMO’s and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.
  10. Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
  11. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense, but a president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.
  12. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet. [Uh, like WHERE?]
  13. The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George Bush’s driving record is none of our business.
  14. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.
  15. Supporting "Executive Privilege" for every Republican ever born, who will be born or who might be born (in perpetuity.)
  16. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960’s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the 1980’s is irrelevant.
  17. Support hunters who shoot their friends and blame them for wearing orange vests similar to those worn by quail. Friends don’t let friends vote Republican.

Friends don’t let friends sent completely moronic and offensive emails like this.

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