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Do you ever feel like another blogger has occupied your brain? Well I certainly did when I read this guest post by the brilliant List of X one of my very favorite blogging buddies. Please send him a message in the comments — a strong message!
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From the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, every Republican leader and right-wing pundit has criticized Barack Obama for not being tough enough on Russians. If we could interview a generic Republican leader, the interview would go something like this…
Journalist: “Generic Republican Leader, would you have a few minutes to talk about Barack Obama’s response to the crisis in Ukraine?”
Generic Republican Leader: “Yeah, sure.”
Journalist: “Do you agree with the way Obama is handling the crisis?”
Journalist: “And do what?”
GRL: “Obama needs to lead.”
GRL: “By being a strong and decisive leader.”
Journalist: “Which is…?”
GRL: “Which is the opposite of a weak leader like Obama.”
Journalist: “So what, do you think, is Obama’s weakness?”
GRL: “He’s not a strong leader.”
Journalist: “But what he should do to become a strong leader?”
GRL: “He should act decisively.”
Journalist: “And by ‘act” you mean…?
GRL: “Not mince words, like he does.”
Journalist: “Should military option be on the table?”
GRL: “All options should be on the table – military, diplomatic… but not vegetarian, I hate that option.”
Journalist: “Do you think it’s time for diplomacy?”
GRL: “No, it’s time to send Putin a message.”
Journalist: “But not for diplomacy?”
GRL: “No, because we’re just going to send a message, and we’re not interested in anything Putin has to say to us.”
Journalist: “So what message should Obama send to Putin?”
GRL: “It has to be strong message.”
Journalist: “About what?”
GRL: “That we’re strong and we’re not going to stand for it.”
Journalist: “And what should we do if Putin ignores our message?”
GRL: “We should act.”
Journalist: “Act how?”
Journalist: “But what should we do exactly?”
GRL: “We should put an end to Putin’s imperial ambitions.”
Journalist: “Would you oppose Obama if he proposed a military action?”
Journalist: “Would you oppose Obama–
Journalist: “Sorry, I haven’t actually finished the question.”
GRL: “Oh. I thought you did. What was the question?”
Journalist: “Would you oppose Obama–
GRL: “Yes. Absolutely. My answers still stands.”
Journalist: “So what do you propose?”
GRL: “We need to send him a strong message.
Journalist: “To Putin?”
GRL: “No, to Obama. What about Putin?”
Journalist: “You also wanted to send a strong message to Putin.”
GRL: “Right. Then we need to send two strong messages. Or we can just send it to Obama and copy Putin on it.”
Journalist: “Shouldn’t Obama, as president, send the message himself?”
GRL: “No, he’s too weak.”
Journalist: “But it’s just a message. Obama can just type it and press ‘Send’.”
GRL: “No, Obama needs to physically print the message and walk to the mailbox to send it. Otherwise Putin will see that Obama is too weak to even walk to a mailbox. We need the president who can not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk. We need a strong president!”
Journalist: “Do you think Putin is a strong leader?”
GRL: “Yes, definitely.”
Journalist: “So do you think Obama should be more like Putin?”
GRL: “………….Have I told you that Obamacare will kill three million jobs?”
Journalist: “Thank you for the interview. Any last words for our readers, Generic Republican Leader?”
GRL: “Yes. Vote GOP in 2014! Unlike Obama, we have a clear, strong, and decisive foreign policy!”
You know that old phrase “Truth is stranger than fiction?” It’s true! And it is, in this case, beyond sight and sound. Which makes it much stranger than fiction in my book.
I learned this today when I was watching a news report about the Texas primary election, and Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Beyond the O-Zone).
OK, I wasn’t really watching it. I was reading a blog post.
But John was watching it. And he froze the frame with the DVR shouting:
“Now I know why Stockman is so weird! Look at him! What IS he?”
I looked back at my husband with love, respect and concern for his sanity; I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about.
“What IS he?” my husband of 27 years repeated.
As a political junkie and movie lover, John gets a special thrill when worlds collide. And if outer space is involved, so much the better. And tonight they did.
Because Steve Stockman, (R-Area 57) is clearly not of this earth. And finally, there was proof. Verification. Actual photographic evidence. And only the best sleuth/husband has so far identified it:
As John rightly pointed out, Congressman Stockman is from another planet. Remember Men in Black?
Stockman is clearly a Ballchinian.
I’m guessing that you now understand why I married this guy.
I’m shocked! Shocked!
I did not make this up. Nope. But I’m happy to pass it on:
Gallup headlined on 28 January 2014, “Democrats and Republicans Differ on Top Priorities,” and reported that the biggest difference between supporters of the two Parties concerned “The environment,” where 71% of Democrats said it’s important to them, versus only 32% of Republicans who did: a whopping difference of 39%, between the two Parties, considered that issue to be important. The second-biggest difference was on “The distribution of income and wealth”: 72% of Democrats, versus only 38% of Republicans – a 34% difference. Third came “Poverty and homelessness”: 82% of Democrats, versus 53% of Republicans – a 29% difference. Fourth came “Education”: 91% of Democrats, versus 70% of Republicans – a 21% difference.
Here were the four issues on the conservative end, the four issues where Republicans scored the largest amount higher (more concerned) than Democrats: First, “The military and national defense”: 76% of Republicans, versus 61% of Democrats – a 15% difference – considered that issue to be important. Second, “Taxes”: 69% of Republicans, versus 56% of Democrats – a 13% difference. Third, “Terrorism”: 77% of Republicans, versus 68% of Democrats – a 9% difference. Fourth, “Government surveillance of U.S. citizens”: 45% of Republicans, versus 37% of Democrats – an 8% difference (but if the President had been a Republican, Democrats might have been more concerned about that issue than Republicans would have been).
Clearly, selfish fears swept concerns on the Republican side, whereas concerns for others (and especially the weak) swept concerns on the Democratic side.
One can therefore reasonably infer from this survey that the main difference between Democrats and Republicans is the difference between compassion versus psychopathy.
Elections Matter. Don’t vote for any psychopaths. There seem to be more and more of them around the GOP.