Letters from the Heart,
Letters from the Heart,
Well Grover, I think, you’ve got your man. The truth about the real strategy coming from the right-wing is becoming more and more obvious for all of America to see. Grover Norquist gave a speech back in February of this year at the CPAC gathering in Washington, DC. This is what he had to say:
“All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate. […]
Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”
Well, as they say, you need to be careful what you ask for. Let’s go back to January 20, 2009.
They, your party members and some of it’s backers, put their nefarious plot together on the day President Obama was inaugurated. That meeting at the Caucus Club in Washington DC, was designed to put into motion a plan to attempt to gain control of the House of Representatives (which they did) and the Senate. To gain control of as many State House’s and Legislatures as they could (they were marginally successful with that), obstruct the President at every turn, and use whatever successes they had at the state level to suppress the President’s support.
Your guys used a jobs meme at both national and local levels, in the mid-term elections of 2010, to gain control. Your group co-opted the tea-party groups as part of your plan, coincidentally, a group whose enmity for the president is matched only by [your groups] enmity for them, and immediately pivoted away from the jobs promise, which would have helped the country and by extension the President, distracted the entire country with an assault on what had been accepted social norms, and then, set about using every tactic they could to suppress the vote.
Then came the primaries and you, and your cohort’s, in spite of the more qualified available party members (Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, Jon Huntsman and Jeb Bush), Mitt Romney became the party’s choice. But lets think about that. You didn’t pick Mitt because of his intelligence, you picked him because of his statuesque stance. You didn’t pick Mitt for his time as CEO of Bain, you picked him in spite of it. You didn’t pick Mitt because of his plan for America, you actually picked him because he didn’t have a workable plan. You didn’t pick him because of his positions on the issues, you picked him because of his many different positions on the same issues. This election wasn’t supposed to be about him anyway.
All you wanted from him was “enough working digits to handle a pen.”
Then, the “Mitt” hit the fan.
In the month since the Republican National Convention, the campaign has almost completely come off it’s rails. Beginning at the convention itself, except for the final night, your candidate was pretty much a prime-time afterthought. Even on that thursday night, Mitt found himself upstaged by Clint Eastwood and a chair. Your convention was, then, upstaged a week later by what, the concensus says, was a very successful convention by the Democrat’s.
The next week, the “October surprise” came early, and a possible chance at redemption presented itself. The attack on the consulate in Lybia (with the assassination of Ambassador Stevens), and the uprising spreading from Egypt and middle-east, gave Mitt and the party, an opportunity show America, and the world, how you would handle yourselves in a crisis. Well that didn’t work out very well. Mitt’s planned, but premature, attack on the president, based on what was found to be incorrect information, was a complete fail.
Then just as you were starting yet another reinvention of your candidate, this video of Mitt, speaking so casually and with such disdain, about half of our population was revealed. Really Mitt? 47%?
What you now have is a candidate that is trailing in virtually every demographic, in virtually every poll. Down ticket candidates are abandoning Mitt left and right. Right-wing pundits are assailing Mitt, questioning whether he is up to the task of unseating President Obama. The answers I’m hearing from them do not show a lot of confidence. But Grover, you got what you asked for.
As for you, Mitt my man, you’ve been played. You were at the CPAC weren’t you? Didn’t you hear what Rick Santorum had to say? “Money will not defeat Barack Obama, ideas will.” Didn’t you hear what Grover Norquist had to say, about those digits?
Well Grover (can I call you “Grove”), there’s one thing you, and your buddies, can say, when you sit around the Caucus Club and talk about the mess you, and your party, find yourselves in.
YOU DID BUILD THAT!
To the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Despite the lack of evidence of “voter fraud.” Despite the fact, that for years people have voted with other “acceptable forms of identification.” Despite the fact, that the stated objective of the “Voter ID Law,” passed by the PA legislature, is to insure a Romney victory in the Commonwealth, over President Obama, in the November election. Despite the fact, that older citizens, college students and minorities are disproportionately affected by this law. Despite all of these facts, Judge Robert Simpson of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has decided to uphold the PA Voter ID law.
This from CNN.com: “Judge Robert Simpson, with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, on Wednesday issued an order expressing no constitutional reason to stop the law from taking effect, despite writing in his decision that he had “sympathy” for the witnesses.
‘At the end of the day, however, I do not have the luxury of deciding this issue based on my sympathy for the witnesses or my esteem for the counsel. Rather, I must analyze the law, and apply it to the evidence of facial unconstitutionality brought forth in the courtroom, tested by our adversarial system,’ Simpson wrote.” http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/15/pennsylvania-judge-upholds-voter-id-law/
Though the ACLU and others have vowed to continue this fight, next, to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and if necessary, beyond, the PA GOP has declared victory, and is sure that this legislation has given them a leg up, an advantage, in their efforts to retain control of the Commonwealth, and to defeat President Obama, in Pennsylvania, in November. But, their celebrations could be a bit premature.
Let’s look at a few other facts:
There are 8,478,509 registered voters in Pennsylvania:
• 4,311,203 registered Democratic voters
• 3,132,039 registered Republican voters
• 38,031 registered Libertarian voters
• 997,236 registered all other party voters
(Note: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pennsylvania’s voting age population is estimated at 9,829,635).
Since Jan. 2010, a total of 345,439 approved new voter applications were processed:
• 149,806 registered as Democrats
• 103,518 registered as Republicans
• 6,537 registered Libertarian voters
• 85,578 registered all other party voters
This data can be found at: http://gantdaily.com/2010/11/02/nearly-8-5-million-registered-to-vote-in-pa/ More complete data can be found at: at www.dos.state.pa.us.
Now, it is projected that up to 10% of registered voters in PA could be affected by the voter ID law, perhaps as much 20% in urban areas. Even if those projections are correct there is no guarantee that the objectives of the PA GOP can be met. Indeed, due to the collateral consequences of their voter suppression efforts, it is more likely that those efforts will energize what might have been an apathetic, over-confident, Democrat base. There is another collateral consequence that possibly wasn’t considered. Independent voters are watching these efforts, as well. It is not difficult to discern what is happening here, and American’s don’t particularly like to see people trying to game the system. I don’t believe they are taking into consideration, that Americans want their competitors to “play fair.”
The Democrat Party has people working hard to get voters properly ID’d and registered, but what I find truly remarkable, is that groups like Rev. Al Sharpton‘s “National Action Network,” and Rev. Jesse Jackson‘s “Rainbow/Push Coalition are actively working to see that “all” eligible voters have the required identification, and are registered and prepared to vote. Listening to the Reverend’s Sharpton and Jackson, I’ve not heard any talk about party, except that one party is disproportionately affected by these efforts. They, simply, want all eligible people to vote. They “are” playing fair.
Notice, also, that Democrats are out registering Republicans, in the Commonwealth, by almost 50%. This will have a significant impact on the PA GOP’s voter suppression efforts, as well.
All of that being said, let’s look at the worst possible outcome. That the law stands, and all of its negative projections are met. Based on the statistics, a 10% loss of the Democrat electorate would not give the GOP a majority of the vote in Pennsylvania. (This is with voters voting along strict party lines.) When you factor in the Presidents current lead among independents, and several other demographic areas, this entire voter ID episode could end up being, just an expensive charade.
But let’s not take anything for granted, Pennsylvania. I’ve got a challenge for you. It’s “EACH ONE REACH ONE.” If each eligible, properly credentialed, voter takes a moment to insure that a person, a neighbor, a co-worker, a family member, has the proper identification, then, all of these PA GOP voter suppression efforts will be, nothing but, a waste of time and money, on their part.
That waste of time and money just may be the most important part of this entire episode. I have deliberately stayed away from talking about the groups that stand to gain the most from these voter suppression efforts. Groups like the people behind the Super PAC‘s, that are spending vast amounts of money to influence your/our elections. When we stand up to them, when we let them know that our elections are not for sale, when they see [that] there is no return on this, and these types of investment(s)…., well they are businessmen and women, practical thinking men and women. There is a better way forward for America, a “fairer” way forward for America. When this episode is over, perhaps, we can direct our combined efforts towards finding, that better, fairer, way.
In the meantime, citizens of Pennsylvania, “EACH ONE, REACH ONE!”
And then, on November 6th, VOTE!!!!!
My pick for the story of the week is the August 1st implementation of a significant part of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare,” if you will.
47 million women in this country are now eligible for expanded healthcare services.
Think about it, for 47 million women, to quote Rep. Nancy Pelosi, “being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition.” They will pay the same as an equivalent man for their insurance.
For 47 million women there will be no out-of-pocket payments for certain preventive and diagnostic care procedures.
47 million women will have access to contraception, with some religious exceptions, with no co-pay.
There are provisions made for needed maternity care, even counseling for domestic violence where necessary.
These provisions are now added to approximately 30 provisions already in place. Provisions such as: No discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies cannot drop coverage when a person get’s sick No lifetime limits on insurance coverage. Keeping an eligible child on parent’s insurance until age 26.
American’s are [now] better able to see the benefits promised back in March of 2010, when President Obama signed this Act into law.
This moment and those to come, more than a dozen provisions are yet to roll out, are moments some on the right hoped would never come.
Other than the complexities involved in implementation, which has stretched this process out, I can’t help but believe that there were delays built-in, by the right. I believe that they were hoping that this bill, that became law, could be made unpopular, using distortions and outright lies. (Death panels???) Or, by bringing multiple challenges before the courts, up to and including the Supreme Court, that the Act could possibly be struck down.
Those on the right knew that the more of the Act’s provisions that were made available to the American public, the more difficult it would be to overturn, repeal or replace.
Imagine what it must have been like, in March when the Act was before the Supreme Court. Those on the right must have been feeling pretty good about the chance of the Act being overturned when Justice Scalia, and others, raised the “broccoli mandate” question. Now fast forward to June 28, the day the Court upheld the mandate (as a tax), keeping most of the Act intact, and they were left scrambling to find a way to, again, bring down the law, in the court of public opinion. (Back came the “death panels”)
They realize that with each roll out, with each provision implemented, the American people would appreciate, more and more, what this President’s administration has accomplished, with little or no help from the party on the right. This legislation was passed, with not a single republican vote [for] in the House and only marginal help in the Senate.
I believe, given the expansive nature of the act, this signature piece of legislation is going to have significant impact, up and down the ballot. The gains made by the right in the 2010 elections could quite possibly be recovered by the Democrat Party. All that is required is that the party’s candidates remind the American people [of] what their lives were like before Obamacare. All that is required is the truth.
Honorable mention went to Gabby Douglas, winner of 2 gold medals in gymnastics at the Olympics. She won both for team performance and for the overall gymnastic performance. Congratulations Gabby!
Have a good week-end.
I hope you get this before you leave on your trip. I’ve got some things you should think about before you go.
First the UK. Now be careful what you say there. If you’re asked about their olympics, don’t be too critical. It’s kind of like weddings, nobody wants a recently married couple to critique their ceremony. Just say something nice. If you must speak about how successful the 2002 Winter Olympics were, under your management (I know it’s agoing to be hard for you to resist), then be sure to tell them how, then president George W. Bush’s administration gave your olympic committee 1.4 billion dollars to complete the preparations. It would, also, be a good idea if you were to support Ann’s horse, in the “Dressage.” After all, they are representing America, too.
Now when you get to Israel, you’re going to have to be real careful there, as well. Try to disguise your “real” reason for being there. I know, I know, you will be meeting primarily with American’s there, and raising money, but the image of raising money for the “American Presidential Election” overseas is not a good one. Make sure to examine where all the donations come from. We don’t want any foreign money to invade our process. It would be like hiring foreign workers to care for your property. You wouldn’t want to do that, you’re “running for office, for Pete’s sake.” With Israel being a divided nation, you will have to walk a fine line if you are asked to comment about the state of their country. Try not to offend either side. Whatever you do, don’t attempt to draw any comparisons between Israeli’s and Palestinian’s. If you say something nice about one, then, say something nice about the other. That shouldn’t be so hard, should it?
Finally, Poland. This is the final leg of what should have, up until now, been an “awesome” trip. I know you’ll be tired. Your staff will be pretty tired, too. So now will be the time to get a tight grip on your subordinates. We know you are going to be “tight,” that’s your nature, but we can’t have somebody, probably fatigued, flying off the handle, losing it on camera, perhaps using profanity, bringing your whole trip down.
When you’ve finished this grande ch…I mean parade, you will have erased the memory of then Sen. Obama’s trip in 2008. Who will remember that he went from Jordan to Israel, to Germany, to France and England without a serious gaffe. That he was well received at all of his stops. The images of candidate Obama standing in front of 200,000 cheering people in Berlin will fade away.
If you follow these simple steps, this will be an “awesome, awesome” trip. The people of America will be thinking about this trip all the way to November. If you don’t, well, the people of America will be thinking about this trip all the way to November.
Oh well, there’s always “his” birth certificate!