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Thread #141413   Message #3259051
Posted By: Don Firth
17-Nov-11 - 09:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: Occupy Wall Street; The 99%
Subject: RE: BS: Occupy Wall Street; The 99%
(Sorry, Jack, but it's got to be said. Then, like static on the radio, which also conveys nothing of substance, I shall strive to ignore it.)

Judging from what he/she/it has said repeatedly, GfS hates Obama with the kind of purple passion that one would expect to find gurgling in the gut of the Grand Dragon of the KKK, which sets one to wondering what its motives might be. Not politics, because just about everything it has accused Obama of, from the circumstances of his birth to his religion to his alleged incompetence (lack of successful in getting the Republican Congressional brick wall to cooperated) is pure Fox News blowhardery. And be it noted that in the past, GfS has more than amply displayed rank prejudice in relation toward certain minority groups, especially about granting them their full civil rights.

Now, it's right that both parties are corrupt, but to keep lumping the two together the way some folks here are wont to do (such lofty pronouncements make one appear—or, at least, feel—wise, hence far above all the naïve, brainwashed rank-and-file voters) despite the fact that the two parties are not equally corrupt. If one were to be a good enough citizen to take the time and effort to check the voting records of a number of Senators and Representatives (you DO, at least, check those of the Senators from your state and the Congressional Representative from your district—don't you? Well, don't you?), you would see that there are politicians in the Democratic Party who think democratically or progressively, and not only do they talk the talk, they walk the walk.

This is not to say that there are no Republicans with integrity. There, indeed, are. But the Republican Party argues from a set of principles quite different from what I believe is the right direction in which the country should be moving. Hence, I am forced to throw in my lot with the Democratic Party (I, however, am not a member of the party).

As has been pointed out many times before that, in this country, third parties and their candidates, some of which are far preferable in terms of reflecting my own ideas, have NEVER managed to put a candidate in the White House and only rarely into Congress. More's the pity, but unfortunately that's the way it IS. So one votes for a candidate who comes closest to reflection one's values and who has a real chance of winning. To do otherwise may be idealistic, but thus far, it has proven futile.

[My hobby horse of Preferential or Instant Run-Off Voting would change all of that, however.]

Is this person a Republican? Or, at least, have they displayed Right Wing sympathies? Well, the attacks have all been directed at Obama and the Democrats and the "liberal loonies," with shots taken at "old hippies who never grew up," and other such rightist-style epithets. And this person thought the Tea Party was just peachy-keen, but keeps attacking the Occupy Wall Street movement with everything including the kitchen sink, provided by the Fox News Plumbing Company.

So—what do YOU think? What was that old saying about, "It looks like a duck, it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck. . . ?"

Don Firth