Alex Blaze

Republicans are only concerned with economic issues this cycle

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 26, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

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I haven't been following the midterms as closely as I did the presidential election two years ago or even the midterms four years ago. I'll fully cop to being one of those unenthusiastic left-leaning voters this time around, and not just because of the Democrats in Congress but also because of the candidates on the ballot. Even Republicans being run in other states would be better than this group of clowns, all to the right of Rush Limbaugh, with the exception of the Democratic US Senate candidate, Brad Ellsworth, who may just have a quibble with Dick Cheney at their next tea party.

Anyway, this segment from Stephen Colbert last night was one of the first times I saw someone in anything that resembles mainstream media talking about something I've posted about here on Bilerico for a long time: the Republicans think they can win elections if they reduce them all down to a penis size competition. Whip it out and grab a ruler; at least I'd save postage on absentee ballots.

He also took on endorsed-by-GOProud Scott Beilat's homophobia. I like his response to the "alcoholism is like homosexuality" argument:

And here's audio from a Michigan state house race, where the Republican candidate hairman of the Campaign for Michigan Families Gary Glenn is robocalling voters and calling Democratic candidate Toni Sessoms a "homosexual" who "doesn't share our values" about a dozen times.

He seems like a wonderful person! If he loses his election, he should move south of the border into Indiana. The Democrats will put him on the ballot for governor.

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The one thing that is very clear regarding the mid-terms is that the younger voters that made the difference in 2008 are not coming out to vote on November 2nd. They're mad at Obama.

How did that happen?

While I am not a younger voter, I have to believe the problem for the Democrats is basically they have not delivered on many of their promises. Particular those to the LGBT Community. The economy is still pretty dismal, the National Heath Care Reform promised turned into Insurance Company Regulation, that basically made people buy Insurance from the same people that have been increasing the costs to be insured, the promises to get out of Iraq turned into moving into Afghanistan, and the appearance of a lack of leadership on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. What is perhaps even worse the Democrats even when they had the super majority they claimed to have, did not get even pieces of legislation passed without problems. One need only look at he Hate Crimes Bill and recall it had to be attached to a Defense Spending measure to get it passed. What does this say to the people who pinned their hopes on the picture painted by Obama in 2008? Sorry we cannot get the job done until we have one hundred percent of the seats in both the House and Senate?

They painted the picture then said sorry we cannot deliver. That is why many do not care to vote for them again. That is why they have not energized their base. They have come out as liars or just inept.

Obama sold young people "hope." those of us that understand "political" hope realize that it isn't as good as actual hope. Politics isn't about promises - if it was it would have been out of business a long time ago - it is about "teams." It can only survive by playing the game of "us against them." Both teams play that game well. They use us.

That's what you learn after a few years engaged in "politics." It isn't a contract with voters, it is representation. You pick the team. When you do so you don't trade your vote for "promises," you trade your vote for possibility.

That's the problem with the mid-terms. Many young people misunderstood politics - it isn't a "deal" with voters, it is a game. It will continue for as long as possible. If LGBT-issues are resolved the two teams lose a lot of money.

We need to be bigger than politics. We need to take our issues to the people (the voters) instead of betting on a team. The people have the power, not the political parties. When we understand that we can change history. If we don't we remain a pawn in a winless game. The choice should be obvious.

I appreciate you comment. We can win, but we need to change our thinking.

Hope is not such a bad thing, unless it is being used against you. Politics should be a means to an end, not a purpose in and of it's self. Sadly both these statements appears to apply to the situation we find ourselves in.

Joanna Sue,

Thank you for your comments. I am in complete agreement.

In point of fact Gary Glenn was the president of the American Family Association Michigan Chapter the last I knew. He is a lawyer who is representing several conservative ministers trying to get a US District Court to declare the Hate Crimes Act unconstitutional, and has sworn to oppose any Non-Discrimination Ordinance in any locality within the State of Michigan. Basically this guy has a serious issue with anyone who is LGBT period. If he could get away with it, I am sure he would author laws that would make anyone who is LGBT a criminal and worthy of some manner of imprisonment if not worse. He was actually pretty toned down on his political message from what his real views are. Those being that anyone who wishes to assault, discriminate, or bully, any LGBT person should be allowed to do so.

As far as the Stephan Colbert clips, well it is amazing how he and John Stewart seem to cut to the issue better than most of the talking heads on the so called News Media.

I think the biggest rally in a long time will be Stewart/Colbert on October 30th. I think those rallies are suggesting "enough of the bull shit." That feeling isn't exclusively progressive, liberal or conservative - it is simply smart. Politics doesn't work. We continue to tolerate that and it makes us part of the problem.

Most people do not live or wish to make politics the center of their lives. We see the lack of compromise and nothing really getting done, while the country suffers. Both parties play the blame game and do nothing to address the problems we all see before us. Logic, and reason seem to be missing in our government. We instead are given a choice of two major groups that seem to prefer keeping things unsettled to resolving the issues we have. The question I have before me is what I do next Tuesday. I do not see the Republicans doing anything for me given their track record on LGBT rights over the last couple decades. So I appear to have little choice in the long run except to remain on the current ship until it goes down or manages to get to the place were I hope we will get to in the end.

I'm thinking the message of those rallies is "strengthen our brand" and "give our fans something to visit." I love me some Colbert and Stewart, but they're entertainers doing their thing, not political activists rallying people to build a better country.

He seems like a wonderful person! If he loses his election, he should move south of the border into Indiana. The Democrats will put him on the ballot for governor.

Hahahahaha! Don't give them any ideas, Alex!