Gingrich, janitors, the 1%, and you and me

First of all, do yourself a favor and watch this movie:

http://www.philosopherkingsmovie.com/

The defining moment during this Republican presidential primary season came for me when Newt Gingrich suggested that school systems get rid of most of their janitors in order to hire students.  It wasn’t just what he said, it was the subsequent response and lack of response that cued something off in me. Yeah, I was upset that he feels that it’s OK for 12 year olds to mix together chemicals, stand on 10 foot ladders to change light bulbs in the gym, and mop up their classmates piss.  I get that.  I’m a father of a teen.  And I realize that this policy will end up causing some kids to be the target of abuse from a slew of their classmates as they intentionally urinate all over the floor so the poorest of the poor can mop it up.

What got me more was that he has no problem suggesting the mass firing of what I consider to be hard working under appreciated blue collar working class men and women who simply trying to provide a life for themselves and, perhaps, their family.

And what REALLY got to most of all was that the vast majority of well, us, didn’t even notice this last part.  Most focused on the comment about the kids.  We didn’t see that we’ve got a major presidential candidate who’s calling for a policy in which perhaps thousands of “union member” janitors lose their jobs.  Had to use those words “union member” for effect of course. Continue reading Gingrich, janitors, the 1%, and you and me

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It’s been a while…

I’ve spend so much time away from this blog, it’s as if it isn’t mine.  Last years elections wore me out as I got sick of the mudslinging between the candidates supporters.  But I’m back. Some thoughs:

The mainstream media loves Barack Obama like the way a college student loves beer.

The Republicans haven’t seemed to learn much from their losses.  They still talk about taxes, taxes, taxes and show intolerance toward the fact that we really are a diverse nation.

The Democrats are weaker than they believe themselves to be.   They’re in uncharted territory.

Gay marriage, while important to many and a legitimate issue to consider, is irrelevant to the vast majority of voters.

Barack Obama isn’t a socialist, but he’s coming close.

But then again, a lot of hard-right Republicans aren’t fascists, but some of them come close too.

Nancy Pelosi irritates me, politically.  She also has a smile that will someday will break her face.  She encompasses what I can’t stand about the Democratic Party.

Rush Limbaugh ecompasses what I can’t stand about the Republican Party.  Toss in Dick Cheney with that.

Newt Gingrich can make sense when he’s not being overly harsh.

This is no longer a center right country.

Mitt Romney’s description of Barack Obama’s approach to overseas issues as being a “Tour of Apology” is crap.  Trying to relate and point out past mistakes is completely appropriate.

But showing the world pictures of American personnel hurting and torturing Muslims isn’t.  Other innocent Americans will lose their lives because of it.  Including U.S. soldiers.

It wouldn’t bother me one bit if James Van Brunn, the white supremecist that shot to death security guard Stephen Johns in the Holocaust Museum, dies from his wounds.  In fact, I hope the bastard dies.

Being a white male, it would be nice to know what Sonia Sotomayor meant by that wise Latina/white male comment.

And Afghanistans and Paksistan are the new players in a 21st Century of the Domino Theory.  That’s very, very scary.

Well, that’s it for now.  Time to hit the sack.