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GOP Distraction Issues

“Cut and Runners” and the “Islamo - Fascist Sympathizers” Who Love Them.

The GOP is busting out all of their small, shiny objects to distract voters. The “Cut and Runners” are now "Islamo - Fascist Sympathizers". (It's like they've passed out a memo to every "Conservative" commentator and pro GOP government agency. They're all parroting this crap.)
The real issue is America's concern with the flawed (B.S.) intelligence that led us to war, the mismanagement of the war and the failure to have an exit strategy.

The GOP is shining a spotlight on immigration, primarily Mexican immigrants.
The real issue is border security, or should I say a lack of it.
The Dept. of Homeland Security has failed to secure chemical and nuclear (nucular if you like) facilities. They have done little or nothing to secure our southern border. They have done nothing to prevent shipping containers from carrying terrorism into our ports.
They have failed at every turn when it comes to natural disaster response.

The GOP continues to shine a spotlight on morality, for example homosexuality, gay marriage, media decency and abortion.

The real issues such as oil and energy costs; education and healthcare have either been ignored by the GOP as in price gouging, secret energy meetings and manufactured reasons for hiking up prices or as in the case of education; Student loan rates keep climbing along with tuition costs. They have slashed funding from "No Child Left Behind." They have made it harder to get financial aid for poor and middle class students.
Healthcare was essentially turned over to pharmaceutical companies, HMO's and Insurance industry to do with as they pleased as far as their profit margin with no regard to the poor and elderly patients who suffer.

The GOP wants us to focus on Iran and North Korea and the impending doom they will bring to the United States citizens.

The real issue is the disastrous foreign policy of this administration and the castration of a GOP lead House and Senate. They have allowed the Bush administration to tarnish our world image to the point it may take decades to fix.

The GOP want us to fear everything.
The real issues are the the systematic erosion of civil liberties and an obvious disregard for the constitution and human rights

Let them bring out their small shiny objects, let's hope the voter's will not become fascinated again.
Focus on the real issues.

Posted by Andre M. Hernandez at September 14, 2006 8:11 AM
Comments
Comment #181213

By their own ideology, wouldn’t our “Dear Leader” and his neo-con group be Christofascists?

Posted by: mem beth at September 14, 2006 9:42 AM
Comment #181216

Andre
“The real issues are the the systematic erosion of civil liberties and an obvious disregard for the constitution and human rights”

“Focus on the real issues”

Bravo my friend! You ended a typical partisan rant (typical from BOTH sides of the aisle) with something of substance and great importance. Very well said sir.

You know, around 94 or 96, the people were concerned with these very same things and they took action. They then continued that action through 04.
Nothing has really changed though and I believe it is now the Republicans who will feel the peoples wrath. You guys will be given another chance in 06 and 08 and this cycle will probably continue for a few more decades.

Anyways, thank you for the above quote, I hope it makes people stop and think some.

Posted by: kctim at September 14, 2006 9:54 AM
Comment #181217

Andre:

One of the favorite memes from the left is that anything the GOP discusses is a distraction or wedge issue. This belies the condescenscion of some on the left who think they know, and therefore should be arbiters, of any and all public debate.

Take the gay marriage issue. Its not all that important to me, but it is to some. Its also very important to the left, which is typically favors allowing it. So….you have the left favoring it and trying to mainstream it, and the right disapproving and trying to limit it. That’s how the system works—its not a distraction but an actual debate over a difference of opinion. If it is so unimportant, then the left should simply let it go and not keep pushing for it.

The game for many on the left is to push for something and then complain if the right responds to it.

Much of what you use as examples simply are not accurate. For instance, you complain that nuclear sites are not protected. Yet I’ve done work at a nuclear plant and have seen the rigorous safety requirements and the intense security first hand. I can tell you that they are protected. As example, I stopped by the side of a road just outside a nuclear plant to make a phone call—-within 3 minutes a guard arrived to ask why I had stopped. They knew I was there, they observed my presence and acted on it. It couldnt have happened if they were not well prepared.

If you happen to think that North Korea and Iran are merely distractions, then you are simply wrong. I’m just guessing, but I imagine that if something happens with regard to these countries, you might be among the first to castigate the admin for not paying ENOUGH attention to them. See, that’s how you can have it both ways. Before anything happens, complain about it being a distraction. After it happens, complain about not enough having been done. But by all means, complain. Loudly. Often. About anything. Continously.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at September 14, 2006 9:56 AM
Comment #181279

jobagodonuts,

If you choose to believe N.Korea and their Dong(Korean for Dud)is an iminent threat that’s your choice.
I’ve watched the GOP ratcheting up the fear on too many occasions to be fooled any more.
Ex. Iraqi WMD “Mushroom cloud”
Hezbolah and Isreal “WWIII”
Iran “poised to strike”
Iraqi war “Battle for all of civilization”
Terrorism “It’s not a matter of if but when”
Yikes!!!!!
They think if they scare you enough you’ll hand them your civil liberties and stand back and watch them bend the constitution. They’ll convince you it is all done for your safety.
Look at what they’ve done about 1)Healthcare
2)Wealth disparity 3)Education 4)Our image abroad
5)World trade 6)Our allies 7)Debt 8)civil liberties 9)The constitution 10)Human rights
11)Gov.Representation based on wealth 12)Waste
13)FEMA 14)New Orleans 15)Our military strength
16)Cronyism 17)scandal and corruption
etc.etc.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at September 14, 2006 1:38 PM
Comment #181311

Andre,

You are absolutely right…

Communism and/or socialism would take care of the bulk of the issues you list.

Go for it…

Posted by: william at September 14, 2006 5:13 PM
Comment #181314

Talking points and B.S. thats all repugs offer.

Posted by: Jeff at September 14, 2006 5:20 PM
Comment #181324

Andre:

I don’t believe I used the words “iminent (sic) threat” in my post. That would mean they are words that YOU inserted into the discussion for some reason.

What I said was this: “If you happen to think that North Korea and Iran are merely distractions, then you are simply wrong.”

Both are serious issues that need to be dealt with. North Korea was important enough for Bill Clinton to work out the KELO agreement regarding nukes, which was reneged upon. The North Korean situation has been important enough over the past few years for Dems and Republicans alike to call for action, and for other countries like Japan and China to intervene in. Same with Iran, where other countries and the United Nations have seen fit to involve themselves in the nuclear buildup that is going on.

Yet you call both situations distractions. Considering that you’ve labeled them as such, then you ought to want us to not be involved at all in those situations. So…we should leave Iran and North Korea alone, not monitor the situations, not engage in dialog with them or with other countries about them etc. Is that really what you are saying?? If so, I disagree with you fully. If not, then why label them as distractions?

Please clarify your stance so that I can understand where we agree and disagree.

To be fair, there are things the GOP overstates. Its really rather common in politics to do so, and the GOP is hardly alone in this. They just happen to be in power right now, so their’s are the decisions being acted upon. Remember that the previous administration, for instance, focused a lot of time and energy on the “gays in the military” issue—-hardly an issue that would make your list of vitally important issues.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at September 14, 2006 6:11 PM
Comment #181332

Andre,

Good article. Now, I know this is somewhat off topic but I know how much we all love the Diebold Machines.

Check this out this brief video:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marty-kaplan/how-to-hack-a-diebold-vot_b_26301.html

I linked to it from:
“Marty Kaplan: How to Hack a Diebold (Ivy League Edition)” on Huffington Post
http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060914/cm_huffpost/029414

KansasDem

Posted by: KansasDem at September 14, 2006 6:49 PM
Comment #181456

jobagodonuts,

I never said you did. The Republican spin machine that has gone into overdrive with November elections pending did.
The point of the piece is that the GOP has stepped up the distractions to get swing voters to be afraid, very afraid and not focus on the many failures the GOP has stockpiled since being in control of the House, Senate and Whitehouse.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at September 15, 2006 9:40 AM
Comment #181737

Andre:

You attributed your words to me. Its all in writing.

jobagodonuts,

If you choose to believe N.Korea and their Dong(Korean for Dud)is an iminent threat that’s your choice.


(empahsis mine)
Posted by: joebagodonutst at September 16, 2006 12:28 AM
Comment #181741

A clarification by a non-gay person who is concerned - the Republican Religious Right focus on gays and gay marriage is not about morality; it is about their bigotry and a form of gender racism. How they cannot see this simply baffles me. I share this thought with my Christian friends and they stare at me blankly. Hmm …

Posted by: Stephen at September 16, 2006 12:38 AM
Comment #181742

A clarification by a non-gay person who is concerned - the Republican Religious Right focus on gays and gay marriage is not about morality; it is about their bigotry and a form of gender racism. How they cannot see this simply baffles me. I share this thought with my Christian friends and they stare at me blankly. Hmm …

Posted by: Stephen at September 16, 2006 12:43 AM
Comment #182236

joebagodonuts,

I stated that you seem to have chosen the GOP stance that N.Korea is an immediate threat to the U.S..
Please tell me you can get past this 1 sentance.

Posted by: Andre M. Hernandez at September 18, 2006 9:34 AM
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