Why I’m so excited about Rand Paul!

The scale of the Tea Baggers’ inevitable spectacular failure continues to grow as the general public learns more about what “smaller government” really means.

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What if the birthers are right?

As if the existence of a “paranoid style” in American politics required any further proof,  the birther movement refuses to die. It’s adherents claim, contrary to all available facts, that Barack Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen and is therefore ineligible to serve as President. Like all good conspiracy theories, it will never completely go away no matter how much evidence there is to disprove it. Ignorance and hatred are powerful things and the American right-wing has a shortage of neither.

Aside from the fact that the birther movement appears to be little more than another in a long series of attempts by the right-wing to delegitimize their opposition rather than engage with it, there is amidst all of this sound and fury, an important question that has yet to be thoroughly explored: what if the birthers are right? What if Barack Obama was born in Kenya rather than Hawaii? I have read speculation ranging from the idea that it would actually make Obama a British subject to the constitutionally unsound notion that he would be designated as ineligible and that therefore John McCain would be President.

I believe the answer is quite simple and that it is not one the birthers will like: even if Obama really was born in Kenya, he would still be a U.S. citizen. That’s right, being born in Kenya would not disqualify Obama from being President.

Think about it. John McCain was born in Panama, but no one seriously question his citizenship. Why is that? Is it a simple case of racism and double standards? No. John McCain is a citizen because his parents were citizens. The children of U.S. citizens born overseas are U.S. citizens.

But wait, you say, Obama’s father was Kenyan. Fair enough, but it doesn’t matter, Obama still meets the criteria.

  1. His mother was a U.S. citizen;
  2. She lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years before he was born; and
  3. A minimum of 5 of those 10 years were after her 14th birthday.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_nationality_law#Through_birth_abroad_to_one_United_States_citizen

Case closed. Not only are the birthers idiots, they’re wasting their time. Even if they could somehow prove their conspiratorial fantasies, they would STILL LOSE. What morons.

Obama Has al-Qaeda Worried

The news that al-Qaeda is not enthused about Obama’s victory must have conservatives scratching their knuckle-heads. Obama, you will remember was the candidate whose dangerous naivete would make us more vulnerable to attack. His habit of “palling around with terrorists” was practically an invitation to commit another 9/11.

I think that al-Qaeda is concerned about the incoming Obama administration. Worried that the U.S. will finally have a president who takes terrorism seriously, they have already begun to lash out.

I wonder what that crazy lady, the one who told McCain that she couldn’t trust Obama because “he’s an Arab” thinks about all this. Actually, I bet she doesn’t think anything about it because a) she doesn’t seem to be much of a thinker and b) chances are she doesn’t read the New York Times.

If al-Qaeda’s endorsement of John McCain wasn’t enough to do it, their racists insults against our President-elect should erase these harebrained notions from the public consciousness once and for all.

How W.’s Craptastic Conservatronic Wrecking Machine is Ruining America

P.J. O’Rourke said The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”  While I tend to agree with that statement, it’s a rather benign take on the conservative attitude towards government.

I just read an excerpt of Thomas Frank’s new book, “The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule” and I feel like crawling inside a whiskey bottle. Make that a ripple bottle.

The conservative assault on America is no crime of passion, according to Frank. It was premeditated.  Of course this is not a new idea to anyone familiar with Grover Norquist’s desire to shrink government down to the size where it can be drowned in a bathtub.

Frank puts the destruction in a fresh perspective. It isn’t merely the result of an antipathy towards “big” government – it is the byproduct of conservative greed. Since conservatives don’t believe in good government, it follows that their only reason for wielding power is self-enrichment.

“Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction; it believes in entrepreneurship not merely in commerce but in politics; and the inevitable results of its ascendance are, first, the capture of the state by business and, second, all that follows: incompetence, graft, and all the other wretched flotsam that we’ve come to expect from Washington.”

The catastrophic subversion of our government has reached has finally reached it’s zenith under George W. Bush. Why on earth any sane citizen would vote to perpetuate the hollowing out of our institutions by casting a vote for a Republican baffles me, quite honestly.

This massive public ignorance can only be due to the constant flow of disinformation from the corporate-controlled media, which conservatives have cleverly tricked millions into believing has a liberal bias.  Combine that with the politics of fear and smear and you have a formula for electoral success.

The problem with that strategy is that it can’t keep working indefinitely. I hope that it fails before the Republicans can complete their reversal of the New Deal. Eventually the public has to realize that it’s been duped. Actually, there are some encouraging signs. When Bush tried to unravel Social Security via privatization there was massive resistance to the plan – proof, I suppose that all is not lost.