Friday, September 4, 2009

There's Nothing Grand About the GOP These Days

Barack Obama is going to use a nationwide TV hook-up next week to speak to kids around the nation about the value of an education and the importance of finishing school. And that has brought the Republican loonies out in full force.

Typical is the chair of the Florida Republican Party, Jim Greer, who says he is “appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama’s socialist ideology.”

Greer is either a liar or an idiot. There is no Door Number Three.

Surely, he knows that Obama is not a socialist … not even close ... in which case he is a shameless liar. If he truly believes Obama is a socialist, he is woefully ignorant and a fool. Personally, I’ll bet he’s a combination of the two, but with a big edge going to “liar”.

There have been any number of deliberate and contemptible Republican deceits in the past weeks, most having to do with spreading misinformation – lies – about health care reform. But nothing better exemplifies the blind, unreasoning, paranoid partisanship of the Republican right than their outraged howls over Obama’s speech to school children.

These are the same people who wear little American flags in their lapels and brag about how much they love their country. Bullshit! They’re more than willing to put the health of millions of their fellow Americans at risk for the chance to make Obama look bad. And they want to prevent school kids from hearing an inspirational message from their president, a message that could inspire many of them to overcome daunting personal obstacles and actually make something of their lives.

These hypocrites demand a bi-partisan approach to dealing with our country’s problems, when their real intent is to delay, obstruct, and prevent. It’s time to ignore them … time to go around them.

Or, better still, I say we go right over them.


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