NC GOP Revolt(ing)

So, McCRory finally conceded his defeat, but now the Repubs are pulling another shenanigan. Trying to strip incoming Governor Cooper of nearly all his power so they can retain control. They say they’re doing it because the legislature is closer to the people than the Governor, yet this argument wasn’t made when McCrory was in office. I think the party has finally and completely gone over the deep end. They, the party that constantly sings about how they love America and all that jazz, are now making one of the boldest moves to completely upend democracy. The people don’t want HB2 and they don’t want McCrory. They voted him out and voted Cooper in. Put on the big boy pants and suck it up. It’s amazing to me every time they lose, instead of examining their positions on the issues, they instead try to change the system to suit their interests. They need to be stopped because if this gambit succeeds, it will set a dangerous precedent for the entire country. The chain of command must be respected and if other states see that they can literally take away the power from the elected officials and take the reigns of power away by force, it will spell the end of America as we know it.

When did the Republican party become such a bunch of whiny little children? Always throwing these hissy fits each time they lose. It’s sickening and we  have to put our collective foot down and demand an end to this childish behavior. They system only works when we all play by the same rules, but somehow Republicans have gotten it into their heads that there’s a different set of rules for them. Which of course there aren’t. If I could address them directly I would tell them the reason they keep losing is because their policies are out of touch with the real world. They keep choosing to stay on the opposite side of progress. They preach this false morality they expect the world to live by, yet they themselves don’t.

Trump seems to have ushered in a new era of corruption. Maybe that’s why they defend him so much. As long as he’s on top, they think they can get away with anything. I don’t know what kind of world they are looking to live in, but I can’t imagine that it will be all that great, based on the issues they fight for. I see for them a world where all minorities are subjugated, the environment is expendable, and all the wealthy live in a beautiful Utopian city while the rest of the country struggles as they serve their rich masters. How that is a sustainable future, I have no idea. They want to rule us rather than legislate. We are not here to serve them, but rather they are here to work for us. No matter the title, from the bottom of the barrel to the top of the ladder, they are and always will be civil servants. It’s time they started acting like it.

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A Big Day For GOP

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted and for those who actually like reading these things, my apologies. I’m trying to be better about it, but with so many other writing projects on my plate, it’s hard to find the time, but after the heaping helping of GOP nonsense yesterday, I felt the need to rant.
It was a big day for the Repubs yesterday. Two particular events caught my attention. First, and most reported I’m sure, the lawsuit against Obama was approved. So, let me get this straight. For the past 6 years they have dug in their heels for the one and only purpose of sabotaging our president. At every turn they would filibuster or obstruct and do everything in their power to stop Obama from doing his job, and when he was pushed against a wall and was forced to use his executive power to go around their obstructions, they would whine and call foul. When he was doing their job they’d bitch about him ruining the country and when they tied his hands from doing anything, they’d bitch about him doing nothing. All the while the country has been circling the drain slowly and all the time and energy that could have been spent fixing things was spent on this not-so-secret war against our first African-American president. Now they have been given the go ahead to spend taxpayer dollars to file a lawsuit against the president because they say he wasn’t enforcing a law that they didn’t want in the first place. So, the business of running this country is going to have to wait even longer because they want to pitch one last tantrum before the end of Obama’s administration. The outrage I feel is difficult to measure. The GOP has spent so much time with this pointless in fighting and finger pointing and now they want to tie up our system with this pointless lawsuit. Why the Hell are these guys ever re-elected. I realize the Dems haven’t always been saints, but come on! The facts are as plain as day. As bad as you may think the Dems may be, at least they have been on the job. They showed up and did what they had promised the people who voted for them. The Repubs have been scheming and plotting against us just to make Obama look bad, but all the while if they had just worked with him, we could have gotten this country back on track, but their hatred was more important to them than doing what was right. I think the good Obama has done so far, and he has done a lot, is a miracle. Sure there are problems. There always will be. I have no idea why everyone though Obama was going to solve every problem. Has any president ever done that? No. And I’m sure some of you out there will make the observation that he’s made some new problems. Maybe he has, but again, what president hasn’t? George W. Bush, anyone?
Secondly, the congress has officially went on the record to say they will not honor the Pope because he sounds too much like Obama. They don’t want to honor the Pope, the first one from America, because he speaks of equality and the evils of corporate greed. Are you serious? They are openly saying they don’t want to pat the Pope on the back because he advocates equal treatment of all people? I mean, this one is almost beyond my scope. I might have an aneurism over this one. It’s almost like they’re standing up and saying ‘Yes! We’re evil and proud of it!’. It just feels like doing this is them actually saying they don’t believe in equality at all. Really showing their true colors. And of course, they are quick to run to the defense of the corporate world, the only entity greedier than them. How dare the Pope speak out and call on the corporate weasels to actually have a moral conscience. We all know they’re greedy monsters who would see the world burn if they could make an extra buck, but they seem to think they hide their evil.
I don’t know what’s going on anymore. It seems like the GOP doesn’t care anymore about winning elections. They are hell bent on doing everything they can to undermine our government all for the purpose of making one man look bad, but in the end it’s them who will be judged harshly by history. I mean, at this point Obama could commit murder and still come out looking better than Boehner. Anyone who votes Republican after all of this has got to be completely brainwashed. See the light! Please!

7 Days A Week?

Okay. This got my blood boiling. It seems Wisconsin Republicans Glenn Grothman and Mark Born have authored some state legislation that would effectively create a 7 day work week for retail employees. And guess what. They’re circulating this piece of legislation on behalf of the state’s largest business organization.

Think on that.  A bunch of overfed CEOs are gathered at the table in some boardroom complaining they aren’t making enough money. They can’t afford the latest Ferrari or they can’t add that eighth room to their mansion. Poor guys. Solution? Make the workers work longer hours. Squeeze a few more drops of blood out of those lazy, minimum wage  earning drones. Maybe that’s over dramatized, but basically that’s what is going on and the GOP is taking the side of the business owners. To hell with the little guys. I guess it’s better for them to make sure the little guy stays the little guy because if ever the day comes they rise up, the GOP is in for a world of hurt. It seems like these days the GOP is doing exactly that. They are doing everything they can to make sure those that are on the bottom stay there.

I say that the minimum wage workers of the nation need to band together and bang on the GOP’s front door and tell them in no uncertain terms that they are not mindless drones, or machines owned by these companies. They are not mere equipment to be used by their employers until they break down and are replaced one day. They are human beings with families and dreams and a desire to live their lives, not work in your stores/factories. They didn’t come out of school with the dream of standing on their feet for 8 hours  a day, 7 days a week, checking groceries until the day they died. They maybe wanted to travel to Europe, or simply wanted to raise a family. Whatever their goal in life is, they have as much right to pursue it as anyone else, but the fat cats above are trying to take that away now. Even that much freedom is too much to allow. Where the hell do they get off? I’ll tell you CEOs what. If your profits are down and you need more people working, get off your own asses and do it yourself! It’s your business. The responsibility falls ultimately to you. Pull all those vice  presidents you’ve got and get them out into the trenches with other workers. Fill in a few shifts yourself. You say you’re too old to be doing such work? Well, I’m certain you’ve got many employees older than you doing that same work, so spare me that excuse.

The corporate culture in this country has grown so lazy and shiftless. They want more profits, they cut their employees benefits or salaries or they just force them to work more hours. They don’t want paying for health insurance to cut into their profits, so they cut workers hours, and therefore make them ineligible for decent benefits. The corporate kings of this country are raping and pillaging us and we’re letting them!

The GOP fight for them claiming that a higher minimum wage would cost jobs and hurt the economy, yet at the same time all their policies have not only not helped our economy but have hindered it. Billion dollar companies don’t pay taxes while struggling families are forced to carry the burden. I have been paying attention long enough to know what’s going on. The GOP has chosen to represent a small portion of this country with all the money. They do this because who’s going to finance their re-election campaigns? For instance, consider the Koch Brothers. They have been pouring millions of dollars into GOP campaigns for congress and senate so that when their boys get in there, they will do what they want them to do, and they will do what they want them to do because they want their money. It’s a vicious, corrupt cycle that needs to end before our government becomes nothing more than a prop. Honestly though, I don’t know how much longer the Koch Brothers’ wealth is going to last if they keep dumping all this money into politics. It’s just about the worst investment you can make. Look at all the backers who hedged their bets on Romney. They lost big time. Bad investment. And a lot of those guys supposedly make their money investing money and advising others how to invest. Kind of tells you something, doesn’t it?

The GOP fight against school lunches, yet have no problem with their free meals. They don’t want affordable healthcare for the public, but have no problem with their healthcare packages. They make millions in the private sector, but still take their federal pay and then complain about all the money we’re wasting on education. It just seems there is a major corruption of priorities here. They live in their ivory towers like royalty and hold court over us like we should be grateful.

I know this isn’t going away. It never will. They right the rules and their first priority is naturally to protect their own interests. Although if a day ever comes that we can fix this, I say we take away all of their salaries. In the beginning, senators and congress people didn’t get paid at all. If they must be paid at all, they should have to earn the median income of their constituents, and if they make any money in the private sector, they shall be ineligible for federal pay. They must live in their districts and spend the majority of their time there. They should receive no greater benefit than those they represent. The certainly can no longer vote for raises for themselves. I have no idea how that happened, but that has to stop. Remember last year when Congress voted for a raise for themselves? A raise is an increase in pay as a reward for a job well done, but they didn’t do a good job. If they were regular employees, they would have been lucky not to get fired. When did we allow them to raise themselves up above us like this? They are to be for the people and of the people. Right now, they aren’t.