Thursday, May 30, 2013
I don't do a lot of channel flipping; the television set stays on MSNBC, and I'm content with that. Last night,I got a healthy dose of clips of crazy things Michelle Bachman has said through the years. John McCain's former campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, brought everyone back down to earth by saying that the GOP now has a chance to win that district with a more reasonable candidate, and he’s right because Mitt Romney won that district by 15% points. I’ve come to respect Steve Schmidt because he’s a straight shooter.
There's nothing I like more than watching a good debate, and I was lucky enough to get one this morning. For the past week Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and whoever they had as guests (mostly journalists) got their turn to say how wrong it was for Eric Holder and the Justice Dept. to subpoena all those phone calls and emails to try to suppress the leaks. This morning the panel consisted of three journalists, Howard Dean and Joe and Mika. Howard Dean said he supported free speech, and he thinks that it was wrong for the Justice Dept.to take the steps they did but he said he doesn't feel sorry for the whining press.
Howard also said that the press uses unidentified sources, and journalists always state their opinion rather than just writing the facts. How often do we see a catchy headline, and then get disappointed because the article doesn't have any substantial facts? Joe Scarborough put on his political hat and said that the press can relentlessly go after a legislator and make their lives miserable using unnamed sources. One of the journalists agreed and said that his newspaper will stop using anonymous sources whenever possible. When the journalists saw that they were not going to get the free ride that they were accustomed to, they quickly changed their tone, and the conversation became informative. I've seen politicians completely change their demeanor when they're on Meet the Press from the one they show on Fox News.
Howard Dean explained the difference between a right winger and a conservative to Joe Scarborough. A conservative has a different point of view from a liberal, but it's based in logic, while a right winger is just a propagandist. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee is a conservative and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is a right winger.
I'm going to give you an opportunity to have another good laugh, Larry Marek. Your letter this morning puts you in the right-wing column. You called for Americans to wake up, but as usual, you stated what you are against but not what you are for or what will get this country moving in the right direction. Do you think a majority of Americans are worried about the government coming after their guns? Only about 30% of the population own guns (trending down) and about half of those agree with your concerns. Most of the people worrying are the ones hanging on to their jobs or looking for one.
The rest of us will reap the same misery, you say, you mean the 47% who voted for Romney knows best? Yesterday, we learned consumer confidence is up;home purchases are on the rise;automobile sales are up; the stock market is setting new records everyday but yes the misery is being felt by those whose wages have been stagnant for a long time. The GOP controls the House, but all they have done is repeal Obamacare (37 times) pass some abortion bills and yesterday; they renamed several post offices but for the most part, they passed bills that went to die in the Senate.
I think the 68,899,660 people (left wingers,progressives,liberals,Democrats and Independents) who voted for President Obama knew what his agenda was. The fact that he received 5 million more votes than Romney,332 electoral votes and 4% points more than his opponent was not a fluke. I don’t remember guns being mentioned on the campaign stump or in the presidential debates.
I think you should go to a PUBLIC LIBRARY and check out a good civics book. It might ease your fears, and you might discover how Congress has a role to play. For example, you say the president is cutting the military when he doesn’t have that power. The president can submit a budget, but they are usually dismissed. The fact is, Democrats would rather reduce defense spending than make drastic cutbacks on the social programs.
I can’t think of a remedy for your paranoia over gun-confiscation. If the fact that 90% of Americans favor a background check, and the United States Senate can’t garner 60 votes to pass a watered-down version doesn’t ease your fears; nothing will. On the other hand, more states are taking matters into their own hands without a nudge from the president.
Mr. Marek, after reading your many letters to our newspaper, I don’t doubt for a minute, that you are an avid viewer of the comedy channels.