Nel's New Day

October 10, 2011

Next Blog In Two Weeks

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 7:17 PM

When I started this blog six months ago, I thought I might run out of ideas for topics. Now it seems that I am far behind in writing everything that I want. Despite that, I’m taking the next two weeks off.

It’s an exciting time: two upcoming Republican presidential debates possibly with altercations about religion, the gearing up (maybe) of the “Supercommittee,” the issue of net neutrality (more about that later), the conservatives’ determination to destroy the country through its austerity politics, the growing Occupy Wall Street protests, Congressional failure (in fact, total disinterest in attempting) to solve the unemployment problem—the list goes on and on.

In a letter to the Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon), William (Chico) Schwall wrote about how hard it is to be a Republican in these times. “You have to believe that people are lazy and greedy, that if you provide universal health care people will abuse it. A good Republican would rather spend twice as much than his European counterpart for health care than share it with others at half the cost.

“You have to believe that other people are out to get you. That immigrants (like our grandparents) are trying to take over the country. That Muslims want to impose Sharia law inAmerica. That if people of color gain too much influence they will disenfranchise white people (as white people did to them). That gay people are trying to take over the school system.

“You have to believe that abortion is murder, but that capital punishment is not.

“You have to believe that rich people create all the wealth in this country and that working people should give up what they negotiated with their employers because the employers want out of the deal. [I’ll add that you have to  believe that wealthy people work 480 times harder than you do—that’s why they deserve that much more money.]

“You have to accept as legitimate candidates for high office people who compete to see who can sound the dumbest. You have to believe that scientists are liars, and that choices about reproduction belong with the state rather than with the individual or family. And you have to dislike renewable energy (I’m not sure why).”

Meanwhile, I want to leave you with some humor, albeit dark. My favorite local editorial columnist has skewered the Republicans who decided to run for president and those who have decided against it. David Sarasohn’s columns have cheered me and made me laugh for several years. If you like this one, you might want to find more of his writing.

I’ll be back in two weeks!

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