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The GOP: The Selfish Party

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I’ve found through my experience that the number one way to differentiate between Republicans and Democrats is selfishness.  Democrats work to help everyone else and support the poor, while the Republicans tend to worry about their own tax burden and sending their own children to school.  Republicans worry about the issue of their country being attacked, while Democrats try to consider the impact of any military options on the targeted country.  Here are some examples as I see them:

  • Health care reform.  Republicans tend to be against this, and especially against a public option.  Why?  Because their taxes may go up.  Because they may have to wait longer at the doctor’s office.  Because there could be a doctor shortage and their care would not be as good as it was.  (Please note that I don’t agree that these things would happen, but that’s what the right-wing media I’ve encountered seems to be saying.)  Do they care about the millions that can’t go to the doctor’s office because they don’t have any money or insurance?  Apparently not.  It’s all about them.
  • Gay marriage.  Republicans want to "defend" marriage.  In other words, they take some kind of pleasure in being able to marry and exclude others from having the same privilege.  A friend of mine put it best when he said he couldn’t understand how expanding anything made it worse.  It must just be elitism.
  • War.  Here Democrats are often just as guilty of shitty, selfish thinking.  The media irritates me so much in their coverage, but it exposes the way most people think about it.  A hundred civilian foreigners die in a car bombing?  Let’s bury it in a blurb a few pages back.  Ten U.S. soldiers die?  Front page news!  It seems most Republicans feel that fighting a war to protect ourselves is worth any cost whatsoever to the rest of the world.
  • Climate change.  Republicans don’t even want to admit it’s real because it would mean a possible change to their lifestyle or undercutting their profits.  The people and other life being affected globally because of their lifestyle don’t factor into their thinking at all.  Who cares if it’s hurting their children and every other future generation?  They don’t want to sacrifice a thing.

I’d continue but thinking about this shit just makes me too angry.  I’ll have to pick it up again some other day.

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Written by nelsonlu

October 12, 2009 at 9:04 am

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Government run health care

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I just overheard a stupid commercial saying that goverment-run health care would take decisions out of your hands and put them in the hands of bureaucrats. Do these insensitive stupid fuckers even realize that poor people can’t make any such decision since they can’t goddamn afford the health care in the first place? Good job missing the point, you elitist dumbshit motherfuckers.

Written by nelsonlu

June 30, 2009 at 8:58 am

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Dear Mr. Obama

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During your recent Internet town hall meeting, you very briefly addressed a question regarding the legalization of marijuana.  I am writing to let you know that I am deeply offended and disappointed by your disregard of the question.  It was a tactless and condescending way to deal with a very real issue that affects millions of Americans and others around the world.

I won’t go into statistics, as I’m sure you’ve had a flood of correspondence related to this, but I’d like you to consider one thing.  You’ve admitted to using marijuana yourself in your youth.  How would it have made you feel if you had been convicted of a felony and imprisoned for it?  How would it have made you feel to see your life disintegrate because of a plant?  How would it have made you feel to have your highest elected official laugh at your predicament?

Mr. President, marijuana does not wreck lives or kill people.  The prohibition of marijuana wrecks lives and kills people.  Please give this issue further consideration, and at the very least, consider not laughing at your constituents and erstwhile supporters.

Sincerely,

Lu Nelson

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April 2, 2009 at 7:48 am

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Abortion stops a beating heart

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…and so does hunting, the death penalty, slaughtering animals for food, fishing, Do Not Resuscitate orders, obesity, certain types of surgery…

I fucking hate that bumper sticker.  I really do.

Written by nelsonlu

March 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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Obama finally pissed me off

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/26/obama-takes-pot-legalizat_n_179563.html

I suppose it was bound to happen sometime, but I was caught up in the hype too.  I saw Obama as our savior, an intellectual light at the end of a tunnel of stupidity and greed.  But he’s certainly not flawless.

Earlier this week, Obama solicited questions through a website, which he would later answer in a symposium.  It was his way of connecting to the people, or so he says.  Overwhelmingly popular were questions regarding the legalization of marijuana.  These were not juvenile pranks, but legitimate comments on policy urging Obama to consider the revenue benefit from taxing marijuana, the cessation of gang violence both here and abroad, and to consider all of the harmless felons that are jailed or have been jailed for a victimless crime.  It was a good question, and one which needs to be addressed. It’s especially apropos at the moment given the recent surge in drug-related violence in Mexico.  (See here or other similar stories: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jbEJdi8La33B8KtK2gnldYMme7fwD97603U80)

Though I am personally against prohibition of drugs, if Obama had simply given a reasoned, well thought out answer, I’d have been happy enough.  The question Obama had considered asked whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation.  He and the audience just laughed and laughed about it, and then he gave a dismissive answer of “no.”  This is absolutely fucking inexcusable.  To insult and degrade his constituency in such a way is enough for me to very seriously consider any other candidates in the next election.  He was an asshole.  There is another way to describe how he answered that question.

Written by nelsonlu

March 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

AIG Bonuses

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A failing company paying out $165 million in bonuses while on the government dole is completely and utterly unacceptable behavior.  I cannot believe anyone would defend their actions or try to trivialize the amount as a small portion of the total bailout.

First, these people don’t deserve bonuses.  Had they not gotten the government money, they wouldn’t have been able to afford paying bonuses; they wouldn’t have even been able to stay in operation (supposedly).  So essentially, what they’ve done is to give themselves bonuses and pat themselves on the back for failing badly enough to get government money.  They’re getting paid for being good lobbyists rather than for being good insurers.

Second, $165 million is a lot of goddamn money.  That could pay for many schools, bridges, or infrastructure.  It could create new world leaders and doctors, a better standard of living for lots of people, help for people stricken by civil wars and AIDS in Africa.  But no, it went to line the pockets of already rich executives whose greed caused the entire world economy to fail.  How are they deserving of this?  How are they deserving of even one goddamn penny?

I agree with the bailout in principle.  The effects of huge companies failing could lead us down a very dark road.  But these people have to realize that bailout money is to save the company, not to continue their lavish excess and greed.  I think Congress needs to go further than their recent tax legislation taxing the bonuses 90% and criminalize this behavior.  It is completely counter to the whole reason we’re giving them any money, and it amounts to sabotaging the economy as a whole, if we’re to believe their company is as important as they say.  Throw the greedy assholes in prison or bring back the stocks — I can think of several million unemployed people who would love to stimulate some banking executives’ faces with some rotten tomatoes.

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March 20, 2009 at 8:03 am

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More info on MMR vaccine – autism link

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This will be somewhat of a link and run, but Ars Technica sums it up nicely here – http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2009/02/us-vaccine-court-sides-with-science.ars

Science and reason have prevailed in the courts, and thank God for that.

Also of note here, and maybe I should edit my earlier post on it, is that Andrew Wakefield seems to have lied in his original study that caused all the hoopla in the first place.  He already had questionable motives, and an investigative reporter from The Sunday Times of London found that the data from his study didn’t match the actual diagnoses of those involved in the study — more on that here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/02/british-doctor.html

Written by nelsonlu

February 13, 2009 at 12:20 pm