Not only did I get a number of on-line responses about my political post last night, I also received four letters and a phone call. So I'll briefly try to clarify some misunderstandings.
--One letter writer said I was being a "snob" for calling the town hall meeting protestors "dirtbags." She said that I was making fun of the working class.
Hardly. I grew up working class and still consider myself working class. But when I said "dirtbags" I didn't have class in mind. To me dirtbags are people (irrespective of social class) who espouse the belief that
Obama was not born in the United States
That Obama has "Nazi" leanings of any kind
That the US government will get into your bank account if the public option is passed
That Obama will kill your grandma
On the latter subject, if you saw Jon Stewart last night you saw him destroy Betsy McCaughey, the insurance industry's favorite witch.. She made the mistake of bringing in the first half of the thousand page congressional bill now being proposed. She slammed it down on the desk, thinking she was very very smart. Unfortunately for her Stewart made her read the section pertaining to the so-called death panels. He let her interpret the section first. It was clear that she was using "hyperbole" (the polite term for lies) in her reading of the bill. Then he destroyed her. He gave her two segments and he humiliated her. You could tell she thinks of herself as pretty hot stuff. Not by the time he got done with her.
--Three of the letter writers said I was left wing. You know, until Bush's invasion of Iraq there were Republicans I still voted for. I've always voted split tickets. On my office door is a large black and white photograph of Dwight Eisenhower. Whenever liberals say that LBJ passed the civil rights bill I remind that them, no, he didn't--Ev Dirksen did. The Dixiecrats were against it to a man. Dirksen got LBJ the needed votes by appealing to his fellow Republicans. For all the terrible things he did Dick Nixon passed more poverty legislation than any president in our history. A number of Republicans turned against Nixon early in the Watergate investigation. I wrote political speeches for five years. The man I admired most was a Republican governor, a moderate, the first major GOP figure to come out against the war in Viet Nam. I wrote the speech for him. The GOP was stunned.
I want a two party system but as Bill Maher says what we have now is a GOP party that is truly ready for a mental hospital and a Dem party that is now as conservative as the old (legitimate) GOP.
I mean Governor Hair in Texas talks about secession and just today sleazebags Jim DeMint and Michelle Bachmann advocate
nullification of if Obama gets his health care plan. In case you don't know what that means, here's Josh Marshall's definition:
"Nullification, the constitutional theory that states can block enforcement of federal laws they find objectionable, was crackpot from the start and hasn't been seriously entertained anywhere in the county since the Civil War (with the exception of feigned attempts in the South during the Civil Right Era). Nullification, to give you a thumbnail idea, is sort of like secession a la carte."
I'm left wing because I'm against people like this? The GOP is a regional religious party that may just win a lot of seats in 2010. There's a new Gallup poll out today that shows Obama's support falling steadily--among Dem progressives.
This is the last I'll write about politics for a long, long time.
I also won't be posting for awhile. I'm going through a number of medical tests now and they're pretty draining. The first couple I held up all right but the one today has me pretty tired.