Old and out of touch, please step aside

It is stunning that the Republican party — the infamous party of "NO" — has crossed its arms and turned its head again on legislation that is desperately needed: financial market reform. 

Less than 18 months after the collapse of our financial markets, which uncovered huge banking abuses over the past 20 years, and the GOP is promising to defeat the latest legislation brought forth by Banking Committee chairman Chris Dodd, (D) from Connecticut.  What's frustrating is not that the party is looking for a debate on the matter, because they're not — leaders on both sides of the isle know this reform is needed.  What is frustrating is that Republicans have come out swinging and spewing their fear-enticing rhetoric, that this legislation is nothing but a "perpetual bail-out of Wall Street."  More disappointing is that the Republicans promising to oppose this measure are not offering up any measure of their own!  Such bullshit.

It is no wonder that after the climax of the most historic presidential election in our nation's history 15 months ago, so many of us Americans are tired of how elected officials in Washington are acting.  Cynical?  You bet!  Ready to give up and move abroad?  HELL NO!  We just need the tired, out-of-touch politicians currently in Washington to step aside and let the fresh, new thinking take over the reigns.

2 thoughts on “Old and out of touch, please step aside

  1. 80 percent of Amerikans don’t trust the federal government!
    Patriot News Network – War on Freedom
    from http://www.brentjohnson.us‘ website
    WASHINGTON – April 19, 2010 – Amerika’s “Great Compromiser” Henry Clay called government “the great trust,” but most Amerikans today have little faith in Washington’s ability to deal with the nation’s problems.
    Public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. Nearly 8 in 10 Amerikans say they don’t trust the federal government and have little faith it can solve Amerika’s ills, the survey found.
    The survey illustrates the ominous situation illegitimate President Barack Obama and the Democrat Party face as they struggle to maintain their comfortable congressional majorities in this fall’s elections. Midterm prospects are typically tough for the party in power. Add a toxic environment like this and lots of incumbent Democrats could be out of work.
    The survey found that just 22% of those questioned say they can trust Washington almost always or most of the time and just 19% say they are basically content with it. Nearly half say the government negatively affects their daily lives, a sentiment that’s grown over the past dozen years.
    This anti-government feeling has driven the Tea Party movement, reflected in fierce protests this past week.
    “The government’s been lying to people for years. Politicians make promises to get elected, and when they get elected, they don’t follow through,” says Cindy Wanto, 57, a registered Democrat from Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, who joined several thousand for a rally in Washington on April 15 – the tax filing deadline. “There’s too much government in my business. It was a problem before Obama, but he’s certainly not helping to fix it.”

  2. Watch out for the politicians. They might just be declaring war on angry Americans before too much longer. Read this article to see my point.
    Lieberman Looks to Strip the Citizenship of 1 Million Americans Without Charge or Trial
    Keith Farrell
    May 8, 2010
    The climate of fear, created out of the well exaggerated Times Square incident last week has allowed Joe Lieberman and fellow establishment lawmakers to introduce a bill that would drive the final nail into the coffin of the Bill of Rights. Lieberman says the bill is design to “close loopholes” that allow individuals on the FBI’s terror watch list purchase firearms, explosives and to have basic rights of due process if and when they are tried for a crime.
    The dangers of Lieberman’s legislation are vast.
    Despite the fact that the FBI’s terror watch list has been repeatedly found to contain children, people of mistaken identity and individuals whose only crime was to attend antiwar rallies, the media is pushing the agenda as a fight over whether or not so-called terrorist should have any rights at all. The problem is that none of these people have been charged with a crime, let alone tried and found guilty by a trial of their peers. Nearly 1.5 million Americans would be stripped of their rights without trial and without recourse.
    Are we still the land of the free if we begin to strip people of their civil rights based on their political/religious beliefs? If we being to strip innocent children of their god given rights based solely on their names and do not provide any legal recourse or action of defense for these people, are we still a free society? Or has the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned of in his farewell speech grown to such proportions that it has swallowed this republic whole? Has the promise of security convinced us that we should relinquish our rights as Americans? Most likely not enough of us, which is why the media is doing all they can to frame this as a debate about terrorists. These are not terrorists; they are Americans who have committed no crime. If they have committed a crime, then they should be charged and tried publicly, not by military tribunal as Lieberman would have it, so that the American people can see the full evidence against them.
    A d v e r t i s e m e n t
    When we do not demand to be part of the system of justice and demand that the burden of proof lay with the government, not the accused, then we will continue to see more fear mongering and assaults on our liberties. One example, the recently demonized Hutaree Militia, was arrested and lambasted by the media for their supposed plans to kill police officers. Since then even the Judge presiding over the case as publicly questioned the government’s case against the men saying there is no evidence linking such a plot to the Hurtaree Militia. Yet, the media cannot be expected to recant or to reconsider their smear campaign against American’s who are active in militias, as this was their intended purpose. The Hurtaree case, the Times Square incident and second Times Square incident just yesterday (involving what the media called “a suspicious package”, yet turned out to just be a cooler) shows that the media is more concerned with pushing fear then they are with informing us.
    The dangers of Lieberman’s legislation are vast. Existing legislation, the Military Commissions Act, already allows for indefinite detention of Americans deemed “enemy combatants”. Now with Lieberman’s legislation, if passed, Americans can be in essence declared “enemy combatants” without even committing a crime. They can be stripped of their rights, convicted using secret evidence or anonymous testimony and shipped to a secret “black site” prison. No legal action or appeals process, only a direct act of Congress to reverse the law would save them- if it was even known who was being held where.
    We are in serious risk of crossing a line that cannot easily be undone. We are about to hammer the final nail into the coffins of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. If we do so; if we exchange our liberties for the illusion of security, we forfeit the very ideals that make America great. The concepts of individual liberty and equal justice that this nation was founded upon will be forsaken and we will join the ranks of dozens of other nations whose government’s chief task is to police the people.
    As Benjamin Franklin said: “Those who would surrender their liberty for security, deserve neither”.
    What do you think of this article?

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