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Stupid Day
Friday, 11 July 2008 02:46
by Stephen P. Pizzo

Yesterday must have been declared "Democratic Party Stupid Day," and someone forgot to tell me. I mean, after nearly eight years of being soaked in GOP Stupid, I would have at least appreciated a warning so I could have prepared for a 180 degree change in stupid. A citizen could get whiplash.

We've been so focused on all the stupid things Republicans have pulled we non-Republicans had almost forgotten how we ended up with GOP rule in the first place; we were simply Dem-Stupided out by years of Democratic Party foibles.

But the Dems sure gave us a refresher course yesterday. Hopefully this was NOT a preview of coming attractions once the Dems are back at the controls next January. Because, frankly, the nation and the world simply cannot absorb another ounce of stupid.

Three things happened yesterday that were so stupid they almost defy belief. In no particular order -- because stupid is simply as stupid does -- here's what the our alleged saviors, the Dems, were up to in just one 24-hour period yesterday:

1) Just as the price of oil and gasoline had reached levels that would finally make alternative sources, like wind, solar and (here's a dirty word) conservation, attractive, what does the Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi suggest? Forcing the price of oil back down, thereby smothering infant alternatives in their cribs.

Pelosi: Tap emergency oil reserve to lower prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Bush to release oil from the government's emergency reserve to knock down gasoline prices she says "are helping push the economy toward recession." ... Pelosi, D-Calif., in a letter to Bush noted that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve has been used three times before and each time the action has served to stabilize oil markets and lower gas prices. ... Action is needed "to assist consumers and strengthen the economy," Pelosi said. (Full Story)

Of course this had nothing to do with "helping the economy," because what ails the economy is far and beyond simply the price of oil. What Pelosi was doing with this stupid proposal was offering her party a way to tell voters in an election year, "Democrats have a plan too." Never mind that it's a stupid plan, a plan that won't lower gas prices enough to keep you from, say, losing your friggin house in foreclosure. All she was doing was throwing up some election-year BS dust.

Memo to Nancy Pelosi: Nancy, we don't need "more" oil, any more than a crack addict needs more crack. We need to be weaned off the damn stuff, and the sooner the better. Since we've repeatedly showed we are not about to take the cure voluntarily, an intervention is needed. The current oil price shock is just the tonic we need to kick the oil habit. And, just as we have the patient at the treatment center door, kicking and screaming, you want to provide more oil and lower oil prices. Brilliant!

Look, we all want change. But no one is looking to simply exchange GOP Stupid for Dem Stupid.

(Or, as voters in Louisiana put it when they change party rule; "It was Just time to turn the fat hogs out and let the lean hogs in.")

2) Then we got a second reminder of just how stupid Democrats can be with this blast from the past -- "Rev." Jesse Jackson.

Jesse managed to pull off three stupid acts in one sitting. First he decided that, since no one else would provide him with his media fix for the day, to sit down with FOX News. Then, sitting right there in that neo-fascist media outpost, he proceeded to run his mouth -- his one true talent.

Next, assuming he was off-camera and -- even though he was wired up and cameras were pointing right at him -- Jesse assumed that his kind hosts at FOX would never do anything as underhanded as secretly taping his comments and then running them live later. So he proceed to badmouth Obama. Obama is "talking down to black people," he whispered furtively to the FOX host next to him. And, Jackson added, he was was going to "cut Obama's nuts off about it."

What Jackson was grousing about was Obama's statements that black men needed to get their family acts together, raise their kids, help them with their homework, be there for them. Jackson saw that as "talking down to black people."

Well, Jackson should know, because he's been talking down to black people for decades. Jackson has made both a career and a personal fortune assuring black folk that anything that goes wrong in their lives, families and communities is entirely the fault of white folk. Personal responsibility, in Jackson's creed, applies only to white folk, and that responsibility includes everything wrong in the black community.

Which is precisely the reason why he resents Barack Obama, while paying lip service to his candidacy. Because Obama represents nothing less than a living, breathing, talking repudiation of Jackson's creed of victimology. Obama, who is not only black, but white and, while from a poor background, highly successful.

Jesse Jackson has become, as someone once got in big trouble for saying, a "poverty pimp." And Obama is poaching his territory.

“As someone who grew up without a father in the home, Senator Obama has spoken and written for many years about the issue of parental responsibility, including the importance of fathers participating in their children’s lives,” said Bill Burton, a campaign spokesman.

In fact Jesse Jackson has more in common today with Bill Clinton than he does with Barack Obama -- or anyone else in the black community -- excepting Al Sharpton. Both Bill and Jesse resent the hell out of this young, black Chicago street organizer now that he's pushed them aside and claimed Top Dog status in "their party."

Memo to Jesse Jackson: Shut the hell up.

3) Three Strikes and your stupid: Then came the vote of FISA. Holy turncoats Bat Man! What profiles in cowardice. I'm at a loss for superlatives I can hurl at the 21 Democrats who voted to gut the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.

It was a day and a vote which shall live in Democratic Party infamy. It will be a vote citizens must hang around the neck of their member of congress forever, never forgotten, never forgiven. And the minute a Democratic opponent of more solid character and courage comes along to challenge them, defeat the bastards who voted yes on this measure, and then let them know it was that vote that spelled their return to the dreaded private sector.

Most crushing was Obama's "yea" vote. How ironic that he should win the nomination of his party almost entirely because his main opponent, Hillary Clinton, had prostituted herself years earlier when she made exactly the same political calculation. Hillary calculated that voting for war with Iraq would make her a more appealing Presidential candidate. That calculation turned out to be Hillary's undoing.

Yesterday Obama made precisely the same political calculation. Fearing that conservatives would paint him as "weak on terror" if he voted against giving the administration the right to eavesdrop on us, and to grant law-breaking telecom companies protection against lawsuits for aiding and abetting.

Obama was, of course, entirely correct about that. The right would have pummeled him with all kinds of sleaze, painted him as a pantywaist, limp-wristed liberal, etc, etc. etc. We all know the drill by now.

And then Obama would have to spend time explaining his vote. It would mean he'd have to spend some time explaining the US Constitution to voters who haven't seen one since high school civics.

God forbid he would have to "waste" valuable campaign time defending the US Constitution.

Memo to Barack: We shall not forget this -- ever. And now, instead of having to explain the constitution we will demand that you fix this mess if you are elected. We need this undone, immediately, and if you fail to do so we will find someone with balls, like Russ Feingold, to replace you in 2012.

Ironically the phone rang last night and it was a very nice young man raising money for the Obama campaign. I explained that my wife and I have taken turns sending Obama a donation each month. He thanked me. But then I added quickly he will not be seeing anything from us for a while. "His vote for the FISA bill was outrageous," I told him, "So, we're cutting him off for now."

The young man did not protest. "I understand, completely." He said, and we parted ways. The line from the now vintage movie, The Candidate, rang in my head -- and, from his tone, maybe that young man's head as well:
"By the time a candidate wins his party's nomination for President, he no longer deserves it."
Very discouraging. So here's a tally of the votes yesterday. Pin it to your frig. And never let them forget. Never let them give a speech in their districts an not be challenged on this vote. Because it's nothing less than the congressional branch's Dred Scott.

Heres a list Democrats who voted for the FISA bill:

Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Obama (D-IL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
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PF said:

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One big, white spying party
Again, Mr. Pizzo's elitist rantings pollute these pages. Now the Democrats are "stupid," not collaborators with Republicans, the latter the conclusion that the majority of the population has already reached. The entire leadership of the Democratic party, including its putative presidential candidate, not only voted for the bill, but made it more draconian than even Bush wanted. Wake up, Pizzo. They are all in on the game. It is the mass of American people who are the targets of all this surveillance, and Obamatons want this power at least as much as the Bushies do.

While no fan of Jesse Jackson, Pizzo should re-think his racist tirades before he launches. Doesn't St. Barrack's attack on black "fatherhood" smell like B. Clinton's fake fight with Sister Souljah, or his execution of a mentally retarded black man during the 1992 campaign?

But more importantly, does Pizzo really think that the "crisis of the Black family" is unrelated to white racism? More than one million black men behind bars and another 3 million or so under parole supervision speak otherwise. Then there is the matter of black people still earning less than 70 percent of white salaries for the same work, the rampant unemployment in inner cities, the racial disparities in access to health care, etc., etc. Yes, there is room for personal responsibility in everyone's life, but looking at the picture more broadly, the role of racism is inescapable.

But really, all black men need is some lecturing by a Harvard-educated stuffed shirt to straighten out. That will change everything. Maybe one of these days Mr. O will deign to raise the issue of the racist arrest and conviction rates of black men, of their longer prison sentences, of the fact that whites use drugs more often than blacks, yet the latter go to prison while the former get good lawyers and "divesion" programs.
 
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