Republicans have already started to campaign against Hillary Clinton although all amounts to mere speculation that she will be the inevitable Democratic Presidential Candidate for the 2016 elections….
By David A. Franklin, Jr.

Can we not see the fear in their eyes, the panic in their utterances and the disingenuous, deceitful analysis/treatment of the Benghazi attack? The GOP conspiracy theorists and their ‘hangers-on” in the likes of Fox News, Rush
Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, et al keep on being those “best players” who are nothing but hot-headed spectators at a game who always sit in the stands criticizing the actual players who are sweating it out on the field giving the game their all to make a win. 

These sideliners are espousing what they think the military should have done although the military explain why they made the decisions they did. These men (and women) are nothing but educated dunces choked up with greed who keep thinking they can play the game better than the experts in the military as is the case with spectators sitting in the stands. They need to answer to themselves firstly what could be the motive of the military not to respond forcefully. Do they think it was cowardice on the part of the military, a characteristic which is the embodiment of each and every one of these pundits since almost none of them can say they had served the county in any of the Armed Forces. 

Only a fool never learns and those on the GOP bandwagon are such fools. As Andy Williams sang A fool never learns to get away, just run away before his heart begins to break. A  fool never learns”

For Obama’s first term- four long years they have tried to sink his presidency and failed miserably and embarrassingly so at the 2012 polls when the very audience they were trying to convince voted against their stupidity. Instead of working to make America progress, they keep pummeling the Administration’s second term with these injudicious claims, calling for impeachment. When you think they have given up and found the folly of their ways they begin to go after future Democratic Administrations - to Hillary Clinton’s Administration which is only a figment of the imagination at this point. Although I must admit there is no illusion in this thinking if Hillary does decide to take up the mantle, and if
she does, they have a right to be scared sh*tless!!! 
School children around the globe (and if there are school children in Mars they too) can see through the GOP’s transparent efforts which they put forward as being responsible. It is obvious that all these head-spinning inquiries and indictments and conspiracy theories amount to, and are nothing but cheap dirty politics.  

GOP has decided that if they cannot render President Obama impeachable, then they will endeavor to emaciate his legacy by starving his administration of any passage of meaningful bills that would bring the country to recovery from the recession and to success. Since 2011 when the GOP took over the control of the House, Congress has earned the trophy for being the most unproductive since 1947. Republicans are known to vote against bills that they themselves put forward. Isn’t this just plain playing dolly house with the lives of Americans who are paying their salaries, providing the best health insurance for them and their offspring while ensuring a gravy-train of a retirement package for each and every one of these non-performers?



The Hillary Scare
There is a Jamaican proverb that says “If yu kyaan ketch Quaqu yu ketch ‘im shut” – meaning if you cannot get the guy you are chasing to cause him harm, then be satisfied with holding on to his shirt. Hold on to emblems of who he is or what he stands for. To really appreciate the translation you have to paint a mental picture. Picture a boy/man named
Quaqu or Barak being chased by an enemy namely the Republicans. In flight Quaqu’s shirt is out of his pants and his chaser can only hold on to his shirt which Quaqu promptly sheds and his pursuer then is left with only his shirt in hand. The pursuer can only be, and is willing to be satisfied with his shirt. So it is with President Obama (Quaqu) and Secretary Clinton (Quaqu’s shirt).  If they cannot get President Obama who in the midst of all their smear campaign and demolition derby his job ratings and popularity remain firm…. then let’s get his shirt (Hillary).


From minute one, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on CNN looking his crystal ball sees an opportunity to cast aspersions – mark you without any facts to back up his utterances but certainly high hopes of bringing down a Hillary Clinton Administration before it even emerges out of the illusion stage.  Paul said the Benghazi issue disqualifies her (Hillary) from ever again holding higher office! Oooops! This is unquestionably the early manifestation of fear of the Teflon Lady who has proven over her political and public life that scandals and accusations do not stick because in all precious instances as it is with this, the truth prevails and these have only served to strengthen her.

It has been the better part of eight months that these conspiracy theorists have been trying to stick Benghazi “cover-up” to this administration and they are fools, they cannot and will never learn that trumped-up accusations, twisted logics, repetitive inaccurate reporting of their evil schemes have never in the past worked, is not working and will never work! I repeat what my grand-mother and mother rivet in my head “good always overcomes evil”. 

I have over my life proven this to be true but when you are infested by bile, vitriol, anger and sourness as the Republicans are at the effrontery of a black man to be president of the country that they “must take back” then you are blind. And I refer this as a case that fits plumb with the saying that Matthew Henry’s (1662-1714) an English Presbyterian minister and writer polarized “There is none so blind as those that will not see.” Does America really want or need these blind Republicans – a party which is not just divided, it is not just broken but it is a party that is splintered, to be in charge? 

REPUBLICANS - BE HONEST....Oooops! Sorry.....That is one thing you cannot be!
“What is good for the goose should be good for the gander” has been the diktat of honest and fair-minded human beings.  When all the multiple attacks around the world were happening under George Bush these very same haters remained quiet, mum so as not as they claimed then, to “undermine the commander-in-chief while troops are in harm’s
Is the commander-in-chief of present day not deserving of their respect and if not, why so? Are they not now concerned about the troops being put in “harm’s way” now as they did during the Bush Administration? What is the difference? The truth to be told is that they really do not care about the troops. Their utterances of concern for the
troops are nothing but lip service, because most of them have never served their country in the ‘battle field” defending their country and have never given up or encouraged their loved-ones to serve - the troops are nothing but pawns to be used as they see fit to  embellish their political ambitions.

Let us take a brief look at the George Bush’s and the Republican Administration’s Benghazi equivalent. Excerpt from
“13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News” and I will add not a peep from Republicans! The Daily Banter - Bob Cesca, 5/8/2013.
A Few Of Bush's BENGHAZIs!!!!
January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. 5 people killed.

June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan.

Suicide bomber connected with al-Qaida attacks the U.S. Consulate. 12 killed and 51 injured.

October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of
“Bali Bombings.”  No fatalities.

February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. 2 killed.

May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al-Qaida terrorists storm the diplomatic compound. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb. 36 killed including 9 Americans

July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy 2 killed.

December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. 9 killed.

March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan A REPEAT ATTACK. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate. 4 killed, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. This was the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.

I join Mr. Cesca in asking if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.”

September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. 4 killed, 13 wounded.

January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a
rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities – attack none-the-less. Did Republicans question security at this facility?

March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen.
Members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school. 2 killed.

July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. 6 killed.

September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. 16 killed, including an American student and her 
(they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). The second attack on this embassy
in seven months.

In the witch hunt the ‘hunters’ so far over the eight months have been unable to unearth the witch of “Cover-up” or the witch of “Scandal” but they refuse to give up and go do the job they are being paid to do!!! This is the group who are advocating “Pay for Performance” for teachers who are provided with little or nothing in the form of supplies, salary, health insurance and the likes. Would they apply the very same evaluation criteria to  themselves? Because if they dare to do, I know even the least performing teacher who has not been provided with the tools to perform would fare much better than this bunch. Republican members of Congress would all be (and should be, and must be) fired.    
Should Hillary decide to go for the presidency in 2016 and I sincerely hope she does, I dedicate Bob Marley’s song “Bad Card” to her efforts and to her opponents – the Republican Party, the Tea Party, the Mad-Hatter Party, the
Alice-in-Wonderland Party, et al. 
You a-go tired fe see me face;
Can't get me out of the race.
Oh man, you said I'm in your place
And then you draw bad cyard

 Propaganda spreading over my name;
Say you wanna bring another life to shame.
Oh, man, you just a-playing a game
And then you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);

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BLAH, BLAH, BLAH...Republicans could not make him a ONE-TERM PRESIDENT so they are trying something else. A pot pourri of lies, deceptive politicking and call for impeachment. By David A. Franklin, Jr.
Thanks to the Republican majority I was Middle Class and Now I am Upper Poor!

And so it is with the millions of middleclass Americans. Republicans and their minions (or rather their bosses) the Tea Party continue relentlessly trying to make President Obama a one-term president although his first term is over! This twisted logic from a group of people who are so full of hate, envy and bigotry a group totally devoid of conscience is a big joke! Yes - a joke to the rest of the world but in the meantime, the American people are undergoing untold suffering and the country’s economy, global reputation and stature are going down the toilet. 

The Immoral Majority (the GOP) is incapable of learning that their evil doings will not, and have not so far, and will never overcome good.  That is the law dictated by the universe but they keep on keeping on with their barefaced lies, their attempts at twisting truths, their constant call for repeal - their attempts at undermining and besmearing President Obama’s legacy. 

Consider this: the House calling for repealing the Affordable Care Act for the 37th time although they know full well it will never make it through the Senate, and although the Supreme Court of the land upheld the Act June of 2012. They know full well it is a waste of time – the American people’s time, and Mr. Putty himself John Boehner acknowledges the effort as cathartic. Boehner and Eric Cantor continue to play politics with the lives of the 98% using this repeal vote for the only reason to wake up their members’ hostility for the law and draw attention to the Democrats’ support of it putting it on record for the 2014 elections. All these people have done since this president took office is play politics with people’s lives while they and their family and friends sit in cushy and ultra-comfortable lifestyles courtesy of the taxpayer! 

Then there is the constant call for impeachment. Every shadow created by their twisted and hateful minds is a reason for them to call for impeaching the President. They persistently and insistently go on mining expeditions to unearth dirt on him and repeatedly fail. Nothing sticks and it frustrates them to the nasty core of their souls (that is if they have souls?). One of the party’s last bastion of truth and honesty, the respected stalwart in the GOP, Senator John McCain, has openly said that under no circumstance will he support any move to impeach Barack Obama. The latest
threat is in response to the Benghazi attack that killed 4 Americans in Libya. House Republicans, and some in the U.S. Senate, continue to belabor the point that the Obama Administration is covering up something sinister regarding the
handling of the attack. It is like beating a dead horse. 

I can safely say the GOP is suffering from a bad case of Obama Derangement Syndrome. Courtesy: “Rocky Mountain Mike” – 
They claim that it is a cover-up worse than the Watergate Scandal which
eventually toppled Richard Nixon from the Presidency in 1974. How
laughable and sad is the GOP right now? Many find them pathetic and, as they run America further into the ground with their scare tactics and blocking of important legislations to move America forward, they must pay a heavy price at the polls come November 2014. 


Every Republican president, since Dwight D. Eisenhower, must be turning in their graves to see the degenerate party the GOP has become. They are now the laughing-stock of America and the entire world.

Instead of concentrating on creating jobs, as they promised in their election platform of 2010, they have done everything to make America, and this president fail. Have they no sense of shame or decency? I am really embarrassed for America. I write this article with a heavy heart. Putting all partisan politics aside, how can they honestly live with themselves? How do they sleep at night? 

Calling for Impeachment for various unfounded, hateful, immature and juvenile reasons
Senator Lamar Smith (R-TX)

For not securing the U.S. borders.

Date – 07/19/2010

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)

Obama not providing the long form of his birth certificate
Date: 10/13/2010

(Appointed/Not Elected) Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)

Using the 14th Amendment to declare the debt ceiling

Date: 07/07/2011

(Not appointed/Not elected) Allen Quist Republican out of 

"The Dream Act" -Immigration policy regarding Undocumented Students
Date: 06/26/2012

Wes Riddle Conspiracy-touting, Conservative Blogger of Texas

The reason for President Obama's impeachment
begins with the fact that the State Department is giving away seven
strategic, resource-laden Alaskan islands to Russia

Date: 06/22/2012

Dumbo Riddle, and his backer Ron Paul,
are not aware that this was ceded in a treaty to Russia in 1991 (when George Herbert Walker Bush was President) But when have they 
allowed the truth to stand in the way of hatred and vitriol? 

Grover Norquist - Republican CEO/Dictator

For allowing the Bush Tax Cuts expire

Date: 01/29/2012

The Republican Party rolled over, died and made Norquist God. But the American people refuse to accept this deity.  

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)

For ignoring Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court

Date: 03/02/2011

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)- Stopping Obama from “passing new laws”. 

According to Burgess "No American president can single handedly pass laws without 2/3 of Congress ratifying it"
Date: 08/09/2011

Rep. Steve King (R-IA): 
who has compared immigrants to dogs

Via Twitter: “If Congress doesn’t increase the debt ceiling and the Federal Government goes into default, Obama would be impeached!’
Date: 07/25/2011

Jon Kyl  (R) Former Senate Minority Whip of Arizona

“Impeachment is always a possibility if there are
shenanigans involved with Obama’s Immigration

Date: 06/26/2012

And Now It's BENGHAZI!!!!

..... and BENGHAZI!!!!!
All the aforementioned reasons failed horribly and blew up AND WILL BLOW UP in their faces as no sensible individual will take their
latest threats seriously. It is painfully obvious that the Republicans have not sat and thought of any viable solutions to
America’s economic or social
problems. Instead of duking it out over ideas and policies, they are acting like spoiled, rich, bratty kids who throw temper tantrums. The country is theirs and they must take it back – remember that utterance, embedded in which is pure, unadulterated bigotry.

And they remain in that “taking back” mode and will continue to the end of this president’s "second first term." (For they haven't given up trying to make President Obama a one-term president). I never knew that I would come to this but the devil (Republicans) made me do it - to quote Sarah Palin: “How’s that workin’ out for ya?!”

The American people will not stand for the waste of taxpayers’ money in an impeachment trial. They did it with Bill Clinton but, will not get away with it with Barack Obama. 

To put it bluntly, America is sick of the bull sh*t the right keeps dumping on the country!

In the blink of an eye, November 2014 will be upon us. What are you going to do America? Give Republicans a
majority or sweep them out of office? Have Democrats earned your trust? What can they do to earn that trust? Aren’t you tired? I know that I am!  

I deserve better…You deserve better…America deserves better! Don’t you think?

The time for talking is long over. Get politically mobilized from now and not wait until the appointed time. Come hell or high water, we will be ready to sweep the GOP, and by extension, all Tea Party types out of Congress. Switch off
Honey Boo-Boo and all those stupid “reality” shows and get going. When the dust settles and things remain the same (or, God forbid, get worse, if the GOP gets an even bigger majority in 2014) we have nobody to blame but ourselves. If we don’t act to get them in the minority, we have no right to bitch and complain when the crap hits the fan and everything gets totally ruined – becomes irreversible sludge, sewage and chaos. Don’t wait until it starts affecting you
directly before you decide to act to correct the havoc.

To quote the great progressive champion, Ed Shultz: “Let’s Get To Work!” 

Much respect America! 

Some attention-seeking idiots are touting Ted Cruz for President like they are doing for Marco
By David A. Franklin, Jr.   
The transparent intention is to get the Latino votes while
at the same time please the Tea Party – two total impossibilities.  .  Cruz… Rubio… these are names with a Hispanic flavor and flavor only. And the smell (flavor) might be the only thing going for them and I am not so sure if anything is in fact going? The dunderheads who are putting forward these names think Hispanics (the voting block the GOP needs to bring into the party) are so shallow that they will run in droves to the polls to vote for the Republican Party because their cousin Jose, and Uncle Diego and grandpa Pablo have the names Cruz and Rubio?

NEWS FLASH!!! Hispanics are just as smart as, and in some cases much smarter than these people who are making those utterances when they are weighing the pros and cons of where to put their votes. For one, they are not blinded by ideology… they think, they reason, they weigh and prioritize issue and then they vote. Vote for the party that exhibits sense and good judgment on issues that affect the country which they live in and are an integral part of.

But before I speak any further on “Cruz for   the Latino vote”, I want to bring attention to an article published in
today’s issue (May 1, 2013) of “The Atlantic” written by David A. Graham, entitled “Yes, Ted Cruz Can Be Born in Canada and Still Become President of the U.S.” It goes on to state: The Calgary-born Texas senator is considering a bid for the Oval Office. Let's nip those birther questions in the bud right now.”  

Holy sh*t! Are my ears and eyes serving me correctly?  

Graham’s article goes on to say: “But what won't prevent Cruz from becoming president is his place of birth. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, while his parents were living there. His father is now an American citizen, but was not at the time; his mother, however, was born in the United States …….

In short, the Constitution says that the president must be a natural-born citizen. "The weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion appears to support the notion that 'natural born Citizen' means one who is entitled under the
Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship 'at birth' or 'by birth,' including any child born 'in' the United States, the children of United States citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of one citizen parents who has met U.S. residency requirements," the CRS's
Jack Maskell wrote. So in short: Cruz is a citizen; Cruz is not naturalized; therefore Cruz is a natural-born citizen, and in any case his mother is a citizen.”
Where has this “scholarly legal and historical
been all this while which qualifies Cruz to run as president, the absence of which has to this day disqualifies Barak Obama who in fact has more qualifiers than Cruz?
- Their mothers were both natural born Americans 

- Cruz was born in Canada and Obama
was born in America of natural born mothers

Yet Obama is/was not qualified as a citizen to become the President of the United States of America but Cruz is. I’ll be damned! I leave the reasoning and the explanations and the obvious motives of the Obama haters to you reasonable and honest people out there because the logic eludes me. George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” has come to pass – “All men are equal but some more equal than others”!

Back to the million dollar misnomer - the Cruz name automatically captures the Latino vote? His personality is the Latino nemesis. Everything he stands for is antagonistic to the immigrant cause. 

As recent as in late March of 2013 Gary Segura of the polling firm Latino Decisions states that whereas immigration reform is very high on the Latino’s list of priorities, this might not bring a large number across to the Republicans, and for more than one reason. They look in detail and attitudes of the candidates and examine their sincerity and are able to differentiate between genuineness, honesty and bull excreta!

On immigration Reform:
1. Yet another Cuban-American who doesn’t understand 
     because he does not hurt like other Hispanics since 
     he and his countrymen continue to benefit from 
     the generous and humane “Cuban amnesty”.

2. Cruz, by having a hard-nosed focus on border security 
    at the expense of all other components of the 
    proposed bill is hurting millions of undocumented 
    persons even in his own state of Texas

3. He is opposed to earned path to citizenship because it 
    is “tantamount to amnesty” and as he said to Sean 
    Hannity on Fox News "I think that is profoundly unfair 
    to the millions of legal immigrants who have followed 
    the rules, who have waited in line."
Mr. Cruz sir, when 
    Cubans land in the United States and are given 
    permanent status after one year of their arrival, that sir 
    amounts to your people jumping the line in front of 
    millions of other applicants.

If it is that Cruz is posturing to create that presidential buzz” which I think he is, and to propel himself into the limelight, he will realize that the electorate is neither dumb nor deaf and not only will he not be president but he will assuredly fade into obscurity after he becomes a one-term senator. If he gets on board with immigration later on, his support will be viewed as insincere and self-serving. It will not help him or his party.

On Education: Quality education is another matter top on the list of issues for Latinos, a large percentage of whom lives in grossly underserved areas with underfunded schools. The access to quality education is rendered even more hopeless with state budgets for education being down-sized!

Latinos are mostly liberal in their views on issues and do not support bigger tax breaks for big business and for the top 2%, and they favor marriage equality by about 55%. Republicans it is clear consider Latinos only as a voting block and not as human beings who need human consideration.  The list of differences in thinking of this “voting block” compared to the values of the extremists in the Tea Party and Ted Cruz goes on and on. 

Ted Cruz is an upstart, a minion of the nut-wing of the Republican Party, acting as the true sycophant and bootlicker of the extremists of the ultra-radical arm in the GOP. Here is a Public Service Announcement:
That does not a president make!!!

By David A. Franklin, Jr.
"It will be cheaper, faster and easier for people to go
back home and wait 10 years than [go through] this process. That's why it's
not amnesty."
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) 4/14/2013 “Fox News Sunday”.

Yes Senator Rubio, it is certainly not amnesty what it is, is “Self Deportation”.

"They don't qualify for any federal benefits -- no food stamps, no welfare, no Obamacare…..They will have to
stay in that status until at least 10 years elapses ... and then all they get is a chance to apply for a green card." Anyone applying to stay in the country under the proposal would also have to pay an upfront fine

Rubio 4/14/2013 “Fox News Sunday”. 

We extract and analyze just one of the “no benefits” above.       
“No Food Stamps, No Welfare”
– Rubio and his like-thinking Republicans are convinced that people from developing countries love hand-outs. Rubio
and his cohorts should and must educate themselves of the fact that more than not, governments of these countries do not have the wherewithal to support any level of a welfare system. “Inhabitants” of these countries therefore have to develop self-reliance and take care of their families while applying creative, innovative ways of doing so to ensure varying levels of lifestyle. After doing so for generations, resilience, physical strength and strength of character, toughness, determination, resolve, grit, strength of mind and fortitude is what these people’s DNA is made of. They are not born in societies that welfare is part of the fabric of their reality.  All their lives and throughout generations they have had to do it on their own. Handouts and freeness is not at all available and the freeness-mentality cannot therefore be a personality trait. To highlight food stamps and welfare therefore in this conversation or in  any conversation related to
immigrants is an affront to these hard-working and proud human beings. 

This dependency theory that is sold in which developing and developed countries “work together to build and establish
thriving third world economies eventually making these nations equal players at a global level”
is primarily the cause for these “illegals” as Mr. Rubio stubbornly categorizes them. Since its inception over 40 years ago,  the Dependency Theory has seen millions of jobs shipped from America to third world countries where workers slave for big first world corporations for subsistence wages. It is no wonder that these workers hearing of the “land of the free and the home of the brave”, brave ocean waves and electrically charged fences to try to get even a smidgen more than slave subsistence wages. But when they arrive they realize they are rewarded close to zero pay in this new haven and in
addition have to live the life similar to that of fugitives and outlaws. Speak to any one of these “illegals” and you will know they yearn to be back in their natural environs where certain creature comforts are free and abundant, rather than being in an environment where their integrity, clothed in poverty is constantly debated and demeaned
These countries are put in a subservient position, not only by  the next-to-nothing wages for workers (off shoring) but by instituted sanctions and the free-trade policies attached to loans granted to them by the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund. A large percentage of the ‘inhabitants’ of these developing countries are kept poor in their own countries under the guise of help from developed countries bringing jobs to their shores so migration is seen as a way out whether legally or illegally.  

In their country, welfare is an embarrassment and folks are stigmatized if they take hand-outs. Welfare is so rare in these people’s reality that it is only the depressed of the depressed, the poorest of the poor, the most destitute that by utmost necessity have to rely on the meager governmental resources (welfare). In some countries welfare is called paupers’ roll and no one wants to be considered a pauper. The ‘illegals’ as Mr. Rubio calls them do not suddenly shed their pride when they arrive in America and overnight adopt 
a freeness mentality. No sir they don’t so please stop disparaging these people. 

It is apparent that Rubio has completely divorced his thinking from his origin as a “third world-er” himself. He has surgically removed from his mind and persona that back home, the land of his origin, is a place where his cousins, his aunts, his uncles continue to live and that they, I am sure are not takers relying of food stamps. They are proud individuals living with their pride and integrity as their main assets. These are people who have had to over the past decades of the US embargo had to repair motor cars with parts from bicycle, (total innovation).

Rubio and his fellow Cubans cannot fully understand the plight of Hispanics since they arrive in this country under refugee status and they get handouts to start over in America. Cubans who make it to the shores of America are generally permitted to stay in the U.S. and adjust their status the following year! This is contrary to the experience of “illegals” Mr. Rubio.

As a result, Rubio through no fault of his own, is not able to understand the plight of ‘illegals’ and so is certainly a misfit on any group trying to fix the immigration problem. By virtue of having a name that has a Hispanic flavor does not qualify him to speak and negotiate on these people’s behalf. He like the Republican media commanders (Fox, Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh et al) has his sights on personal gains. 2016 is his target; the Presidency of the United States is in his drooling, slobbering, dribbling vision. It has nothing to do with the wellbeing of his fellowmen.
He in his own style has joined the conservative media and relentlessly continues to whip these people because all he and his cohorts are into is getting rich, staying rich and become even richer. Their stated worry for what undocumented people are costing the country has little or nothing to do with real concern but for selfish gains and their mission is as transparent as a piece of thin, clear plastic.

Like most of these so-called “exiles” Rubio was born in Florida and know nothing about their motherland other than what they are fed by these Republican media commanders who themselves have zero first-hand knowledge of the place. He might not have been born in the lap of luxury but certainly in the cradle of comfort. A cradle that America has provided for himself and his family and so his reality disqualifies him to be the voice of suffering undocumented workers. While he pretends he is a force in fixing the immigration ‘problem’ at the same time he keeps in his back pocket the curse of welfare and food stamps which he pulls out as it becomes convenient to feed as red meat to the right wing of his party. Thank God and America he has not had to swallow his dignity like so many ‘illegals’ have had to and avail himself of welfare. 

These people do not need handouts – what they need are good jobs.

It is plain. Just look at how hard they work for subsistence wages and the sterling work ethics they exhibit and you see that these people are not takers.

In conclusion, let me just say that there is an absence of decency and good sense whenever the Republicans are involved in any workable legislation. Although there is bipartisanship with this Gang of 8, I have a hunch that Republican members of this clique will vote against their own bill; Rubio included.

 He's acknowledged that he could break with the Gang of Eight over amendments added to the legislation. And though he's said the bill is only a "starting point," that could be revised, he's also said he may walk away if it changes too much. Rubio has a fine line to walk on the issue, and if he sees a final bill as too lenient for conservatives to swallow, he could bow out to avoid their ire.
By Jon Terbush | The Week – Mon, Apr 15, 2013

He like most elected Republicans fear a far right fringe revolt against them. It has started already. It is already evident. Rubio is a self-appointed point-man for the ‘gang of eight’, to showcase the bipartisan bill and he is cloudy and shifty in the bill’s support and in its presentation depending on the bully level of his conservative host or audience.  
Senator Marco Rubio is all fluff and no substance only seeking a meteoric rise in his first term in Washington but his transparency shows his lack of depth and total lack of readiness to assume greater responsibilities. He is not proven that he is even qualified to handle the post he now occupies as a Senator! His days in Washington are numbered and I really cannot see him being re-elected to a second term. He lacks backbone and political courage to do what is right. It is all about maintaining his job as a U.S. Senator at all costs and  his mouth watering hankering to be president post
The bill, or parts of it, is basically endorsing what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaigned on---SELF DEPORTATION! It is just repackaged. 

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Contrary to your beliefs, the American People suffered defeat ...not the President. Senators think their sole job is to secure their positions in the Senate and protect themselves against the ire of the NRA and other lobbyists. They are advised to remember – The American people are the final arbiters and contrary to their shallow-minded thinking, voters have a long memory… they will meet you at the polls and they will not forget that you care absolutely nothing about the wellbeing of their children and their grand-children, their mothers and fathers, sisters, brothers, uncles, family members and friends that they are maimed and scarred and killed.  
These Senators are mindful only of their own interests; of getting funds and funding from the gun industry.  The American people will not forget that in their suffering you and your cronies categorize and relegate them to mere “props” in a political game. Be warned…. Elections 2014 and 2016 are at hand. 

By David A. Franklin, Jr.
I woke up this morning hoping it was a nightmare but regrettably it is not. The embarrassing, shaming, mortifying truth is that the hateful, vile and despicable Senate Republicans except for a decent few (John McCain, Roger Wicker, Pat Toomey and Susan Collins) and four coward, scaredy-cat, chicken Senate Democrats (Heidi Heitkemp, Max Baucus, Paul Begich and Mark Pryor) peddled their consciences (I now wonder if they have any) for  the surety of re-election. I ask these minions of the NRA “Who do you think travel to the voting booth on election-day and who put their mark of approval beside your names?” It is not the NRA - believe me.

By voting against Background Check:
·        YOU voted for Terrorists - domestic and foreign
·        YOU voted for
Hardened and Repeated Criminals
·        YOU voted for Violent Rapists 
·        YOU voted for
Violent Gangs
·        YOU voted for
Vicious Domestic Abusers
·        YOU  voted for
guns to be in the hands of the Mentally Challenged
·        YOU voted for criminals across the United States

YOU voted against the people of the United Statesthe very people who elevated you to a position with the sole purpose of looking out for their safety and wellbeing. You are being paid hefty sums and are working against your employers the majority of whom have no jobs or are underemployed, the majority of whom subsidize you and your families’ health insurance while you vote against them getting healthcare. Your pensions and easy lifestyles are financed by your employers’ taxes while many of them live a subhuman existence.  I will not ask a question, I make a statement
“You have no shame! You have no conscience! And you must be replaced by honest human beings who have backbones as part of their endoskeleton.”

Mitch McConnell in a show of solidarity for the groups for whom he and his cronies voted, makes a mockery of the 90% of Americans who are in favor of gun regulations. Simultaneously with the failure of the gun legislation in the Senate on Wednesday, a disgusting meme was posted by one of his supporters on his Face Book page. The meme depicts Harry Reid (D-Nev.) asking for reasonable amount of gun control with McConnell showing a formation of a zero with his fingers.  McConnell’s response to this contemptible post is: “We love the memes you send us! Keep them coming!” If nothing else, this old man who we should look up at as a patriarch is stuck in the sewers of hatred (for the President), self-aggrandizement and pitiful, vomit-worthy behavior.

The GOP is going down and will remain down because the sensible Republicans, in a moment of greed (to win at all cost), allowed the body-snatchers (the Tea Party) to take over its organization. The
Republican Party deserves all that it got, having welcomed these nuts into its ranks. GOP has worked hard for its own destruction and no one should deprive them of the Ted Cruzes and the likes, who continue to spew cringing stupidity.  A nauseating example is Cruz’s lie – his claim in the Senate that the new Bill includes the creation of a national database of gun owners knowing full well that the legislation explicitly barred a federal registry. But no! Never let the truth get in the way of defamatory, dishonest self-serving gains.

I must mention and commend Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
(one of the apparently few sensible Republicans who have escaped the body-snatchers – Tea Party).  He was fit to be tied in utter shame for his party. He said it correctly these Senators will “Pay at the Polls” and “We are the 90%; we’re asking for background checks”.

Indeed, I echo:

·        Former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford’s (D-Ariz.) warning "I will not rest until we have 
         righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our 
         laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your 
         children safe."

·        Her statement that this is a “Senate in the Gun Lobby’s Grip”

 ·        Tucson Shooting survivor Patricia Maisch “Shame on you!”

 ·        Mark Barden, who lost his son in the Newtown massacre "We will not 
          be defeated. We are not defeated, and we will not be defeated,"  "We are here 
          now; we will always be here because we have no other choice. We are not 
          going away."

Listed ON THE WALL OF SHAME PAGE are the Twitter handles of the infamous senators who voted “No”. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), voted against the amendment on procedural grounds. Each one of us is invited, implored to let them know in no uncertain terms just how we feel and remind them we hold the handle and they the blade. 
Let them know it is far from being over….We’ve only just begun!!! 

“We've only just begun to live, ………..
Before the rising sun we fly, So many roads to choose
We start out walking, And learn to run, 
And yes! We've just begun
Sharin' horizons that are new to us,
Watchin' the signs along the way
Workin' together day to day, together,
And when the evening comes we smile
So much of life ahead………And yes!
We've just begun”
The Carpenters

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By David A. Franklin, Jr.

It was back in 1994 when James Inhofe (Republican of Oklahoma) coined the phrase “God, Guns and Gays!” as the theme for his U.S. Senatorial campaign. This has been a constant nauseating GOP mantra to this day.

The Republicans have been obsessed with these topics ever since.

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently deliberating Same Sex Marriage. Great! As a straight man, I hope that gays are allowed to marry and have the same rights as straight married couples? This nation is absolutely not a one-religion (Christian) nation and nobody, especially Democrats, wants to take away anybody’s guns. Americans simply want gun owners to be more responsible and to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, children and the mentally unstable. Is that too much to ask? Why fight against stronger gun control laws? Haven’t we learned anything from the rash of school shootings in recent years? Logics would dictate that it would be the decent thing to pursue. It seems not. What will it take for common sense to finally prevail? Are Republicans that afraid of the National Rifle Association? (rhetorical question).

I find it hilarious, but at the same time somewhat deeply disturbing, that right wingers and Christians think that America was founded, and is built on Christian principles. If we care to analyze history we will see that America was founded on genocide, murder and mayhem. Just ask the Native American Indians who were on the land way before Europeans arrived? When
the European settlers arrived, they came with diseases, murdered people who were here before them, looked different than them and others died because of genocide through evil enslavement. The same applies to African-Americans who went through hell for hundreds of years because of slavery. We saw a near total annihilation of a people due to greed, hate and xenophobia. Sadly, it is human nature to destroy when we are not educated on a particular subject. Kill now, ask questions later. That is, and has always been, the “American Way” for some - whether it is the refusal to educate themselves about cultural customs, or demeaning a race because of the color of their skin which amounts to sheer ignorance and idiocy.Regrettably, some in America up to this day, swim in the cesspool of ignorance, intolerance and bigotry. And to put the cream on the
top of all this folly, enter the Republican Party and the sycophants of the Tea Party – Republicans who are nothing but fawning flatterers of the Tea Party, they ingest the Tea Party’s madness for no other reason but for personal gain - it has nothing to do with “good of country”. And this nightmare refuses to end.
Prior to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, it was the Democratic Party who harbored such ills that permeated society. Some hated the idea of inter-racial marriage, the black person’s right to vote, a woman’s right to vote, and the long list goes on. Because of the courageous stance by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the landscape of the American electorate changed drastically and forever. The Dixiecrats, or the old time Democrats, switched to the Republican Party in droves. The “New” South was born and the “Southern Strategy” employed by Republicans from Richard Nixon to Mitt Romney. Sadly it has taken 45 years for America to wake up and strike that thinking down. The demography and ethnic build of America has over time experienced dramatic change, yet the GOP refuses to change with the times. Good for them! Only a fool refuses to
learn from his/her errors.  The Republicans’ actions can only be defined as lunacy. Whenever one keeps employing a strategy which fails time and time again and in the case of the GOP, refusing to recognize the obvious – demography and the all important distinction of each group (women, young voters, gays, people of color). Republicans have seemingly adopted the “Back to the Future” fiction and have jumped head-long into Doc Holliday’s Delorean; they keep going back to 1968. Mitt Romney tried to employ the “Southern Strategy” and failed  embarrassingly. After all, this is the same GOP who makes stuff up as they go along. They are out of touch, outclassed and out of their minds when it comes to reality, and seem not to be within earshot of what Barack Obama and the real America is about today. They have failed to come to grips with the new and evolving American electorate soon to be dominated by the “Minority Majority”.It makes them mad to a point where they say they will change but persist in doing the same ridiculous nonsense that causes them to humiliate themselves daily. It is the new norm and their stupidity, their hate and tantrum shine through their transparent hypocrisy.

As a Democrat, I hope they continue on this self destructive path. But, is it good for America? Absolutely not!!! They have repeatedly proven how incompetent, inept and out of their depth they are when it comes to knowing what is right for America. And those who continually vote for these crazy, fanatical, extremist clowns need to really do some self evaluation of their own sanity and question their character. Who could vote for a party that continues to assault the rights of women, working class people, minorities, undocumented immigrants, gays, etc.? The very definition of crazy is doing something over and over expecting different results. Sigmund Freud would have a field-day examining the minds of such sociopaths.

The godfather of conservatism, Newt Gingrich, has been married three times. Reality star Kim Kardashian was married for 72 days. Pop princess Britney Spears was married once for a whopping 55 hours. Their patron saint, Rush Limbaugh, has been married four times. Other straight Republicans who have been married multiple times are Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and, as statistics show, that there are most divorces in the Bible Belt of America than anywhere else. Mark Sanford eloped from his wife and family to go his sweetheart and is now representing himself as candidate. But… “The Belt” is where the bastion, the fortress of Family Values emanates. In this region there are many people who fit into that country/western and aggressively prejudice stereotype. They swear up and down that they are Christians (and most are Republican) yet their lifestyles are hardly consistent with the "conservative" or Godly ideal.

They need to get off their high horse and get with the times – times are a-changing. Who are they to question someone else’s lifestyle when theirs is so imperfect? Stop with the hating of gay people! If gays want to get married let them be. If we couple Christianity with some true interpretation of its doctrines we see God the Almighty could have mandated mankind to do all good but didn’t. He gave us the option to choose between good and bad.  How dare Christians then to dictate that gays are society’s outcasts while the doctrines of the Bible plainly show that condemnation is reserved for and should be between the sinner and his/her God? The Christ in Christian said to the condemning crowd “He who is without sin, cast the first stone”. Unlike the crowd in Jesus’ time, this Christian crowd is casting the first, second and third stones and any other missile it can find or create at these groups they have so self-righteously condemned! 
Conservatives should worry about their lives and not what others want to do with theirs - gay or straight. There are more pressing things of importance in the here-and-now; these people need to wake up and come from the 1800s. Americans need more jobs, more opportunities for prosperity to live and realize their “American Dream”.

Not everyone believes in a deity. To say America is a Christian nation is a tall story even by the definition of Christianity! Stop ramming this thinking down people’s throats while trying to convince yourself that it is. Most importantly, stop being judgmental!

And there is the gun debate that absorbs so much precious time to be used in fixing the economy, for example, providing more jobs, addressing education, climate change, the poverty rate, prisons and crime, women’s rights,…… The obvious thing for Republicans to do is to listen to the people. Why is it so hard to hear that the American people cry for universal background check, limiting/reducing clip capabilities, closing all loopholes for the sale of guns at gun shows and private sales and a ban on all assault weapons.

I know Republicans are dumb but are they also deaf. Both qualities add up to being a mute. 

The time for “God, Guns and Gays!” is over. Let us do what is right by providing good American jobs, eliminating Corporate tax loopholes, making laws protecting women, the environment, gun control,
comprehensive immigration reform, proper infrastructure, education, etc. The time to act is now! Let us stop the foolishness and get cooking with what is necessary to compete globally in the 21st Century. America deserves better… No deserves the best! 

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Dedicated to Tomas Young, my dear Uncle -Chief Petty Officer John Ferguson(Retired), Spl. Victor Pagan(Retired) and all the brave men and women who have served, and are currently serving in the U. S. Armed Forces around the world.  To those who have paid the ultimate price and to those who continue to server repetitive tours of duty.  No words can ever express how much we love you and appreciate your  sacrifice....thank you!!!!   
By David A. Franklin, Jr.
Why aren’t the treasonous monsters who are responsible for the failed invasion of Iraq have never been tried, found guilty and put in prison? They must be held accountable for their deliberate lies and the selfishness and greed that have caused death on both sides numbering in the hundreds of thousands and untold suffering to countless of families in Iraq and here at home. America’s bravest (please note that not one in the Bush or Cheney family is numbered among these bravest) who are ‘lucky’ to return home (almost 40,000 from Iraq alone) come back with untold suffering ranging from seemingly simple conditions of generalized body aches and pain, to severe fatigue, memory problems and mood disorders and instability.

PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) rolls off our tongues with such ease that even me myself do not give due consideration or cannot fully appreciate the gravity of this condition which our men and women have to live with and the stress their families and friends have to undergo to be there for them. And all this, because of lies, deceit, greed and the wickedness of a few whom the rest of us trusted to run the country and as an extension, run our lives.

But I put this forward, that even if the laws of the land omit to deal with these individuals, there is a higher power called God, or the Universe whichever you prefer who/that will deal with this injustice and avenge this wrong! Their blood lust
and all for greed for Iraqi oil will eventually get them as karma always gets revenge on the wicked while they are yet alive.

Karma never fails!

Not only have 4,500 Americans soldiers died, but the dead also include up to 3,400 U.S. contractors approximately 11,000 Iraqi police, 318 allied military, and 62 humanitarian workers. An additional 39,926 Americans have been severely injured. America is now experiencing severe bankruptcy with a large contribution of this ‘legacy’ resulting from this war.

Brown University commissioned a study which shows that, since the unjust Iraq War began, the American tax payer has footed the bill and the Federal Government has borrowed a lot to fund this stupid war. It currently stands at $1.7 trillion and this is before adding future care for veterans and interest on war borrowing. Adding anticipated future costs for veterans care, Iraq's share of the $4 trillion spent and obligated for Iraq and AfPak rises to over $2.1
. Foreign Policy:  The Iraq War: Ten Years in Ten Numbers - Neta C. Crawford Wednesday, March 20, 2013

There is an excruciating pain in our collective hearts –(at least for the majority of us who do have a heart) to read about the veteran, Tomas Young of Kansas City, Missouri, who wrote a letter chastising both Bush and Cheney on their main/major roles leading up to war with Iraq. What has happened to this young man and the countless of other men and women was avoidable. But, because of falsehoods and outright lies, he awaits and inches towards a horrific death. Can Bush and Cheney for a moment imagine themselves in the position of this young man? See themselves as an insurgent’s AK-47 bullet pierces and shatters their spines to pieces. Tomas Young was only five days into his tour when that unfortunate gunfight happened. Can they picture themselves in this young man’s reality where he has not been able to walk since. He was only 22 years old then. Can you Messers Bush and Cheney imagine the pain and horror he
must have undergone, and still is suffering? No I darn well know you cannot begin to imagine? Neither can I! This soldier is the subject of a 2007 documentary “Body of War” which chronicled his recovery and the Iraq War. Screening the film to the audience, he addressed the crowd. He admitted that he wanted to end his life because of the mental,
physical and psychological pain he is undergoing even to this day. Messers Bush and Cheney do as he pleads – stand up for one minute and apologize and just pretend you are human and that you do have a heart.
Republicans want to say today that the war in Iraq was to liberate the Iraqi
people from a tyrannical ruler. That is a lie! Republicans said then that the
reason which dictated invasion was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass
destruction and had to be stopped. That too is a blatant and downright lie! But
then having held these Republicans under the ‘integrity microscope’ since then
we have proven that they are pathological liars! They cannot control themselves when it comes to lying; they are inflicted with the mental disease of lying.
 Al Qaeda had no presence in Iraq before the 2003 U.S. invasion.   But a new organization, known as Al Qaeda in Iraq, has since formed and has attacked U.S. and Iraqi forces, and wages regular attacks on Iraqi
civilians. Additionally, by 2013, AQI had spread offshoots and technical know-how to Syria, Jordan, and Libya. If Iraq became a "front" in the war on terrorism, as Jessica Stern, former member of the National Security Council and current fellow at the Hoover Institution, and her co-author Megan McBride, say "it is a front that the United States created."
Facts researched and assembled by some of the 29 contributors to the Costs of War
based at Brown University.

TOMAS YOUNG - paralyzed from his chest down by snyper's bullet in Iraq...
There is no obvious reason for the invasion but to rob the Iraqi people of their oil, plain and simple. A spade is a spade so let us call it what it is.  As Dick Cheney said in a new documentary “The World According to Dick Cheney”,if he had to do it all over again he would. No hint that he would have approached it in the slightest of different way. And with all the evidence of abject human mental and physical suffering and the extended suffering to the total American population; with unnecessary spending causing and contributing handsomely to poverty in the country this heartless (no pun intended) and evil man shows no remorse?

What is more puzzling is that Barack Obama kept most of the policies in place. The Obama Administration should investigate and prosecute those criminals involved for war crimes against humanity. Sorry to say this because I love my President but I must ask - Are decisions made whether or not to bring to justice deeds such as these based on what could happen to me should I have one misstep and the powers that be at that time come down harshly in

France and Britain attempted nation building after World War II in the Middle East and they failed miserably. Does America think they can do a better job of nation building today post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan and if invasion is encouraged and not vehemently dissuaded post-Iran? So far, the Iraq war has been a colossal and embarrassing failure that turned out to be too costly in human and financial damage.

There ought to be a law that stipulates that members of Congress can only vote to go to war if they have a child enlisted in the Armed Forces. I bet
these war-hungry, power-thirsty, money-worshipers would think twice about voting
to go to war?
In closing, let us hold the collective feet of members in Congress to the fire. Regardless of political affiliation, Americans must never be so complacent and so willing to believe what they are told.  They should never follow blindly like lost sheep what these “servants of the people” put forward as facts. Right now, had Congress been in a regular business environment, their every action would be micro-managed because they prove they cannot be trusted to think or act logically.  We are smarter than that and we deserve better for a change. The chips are falling into place after ten grueling years of agony over a war that never had to be fought. The only way meaningful change can occur is if people pay attention to how their government works, what politicians do in Washington, D.C. and how they do it and how their actions affect everybody.  We need to get involved in some way in our political process. Let us step out of the zone of being dumbed down and let us wake up. 2014 and 2016 are just around the corner. Let us hope good sense will prevail and Eric Holder’s Justice Department will open the case against George W. Bush and Company. That is the very least we owe the heroes who have died so their deaths would not be in vain. That way, we can honestly say we tried to right a grotesque wrong. Try to show that democracy is real and not some silly story-book fantasy. Let us end all wars and bring home all our troops. With the money we save we can rebuild America and be stronger at home and be respected abroad. Let the flag of freedom and democracy fly high. Investigate and call to answer for the atrocities, injustice and war crimes against humanity by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and everyone responsible for war crimes against the people of Iraq and the unspeakable, incalculable grief brought to our fellow Americans!

"Non sibi sed patriae" .......(Not self but country) - “Semper Fidelis” ...............(Always Faithful) -
“ This (the US) We'll Defend" …….  God bless Tomas Young of Kansas City, Missouri, God bless our troops and God bless the United States of America.  

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How Republicans And Their Corporate Masters Continue To Destroy The American Dream
By David A. Franklin, Jr.
So, CPAC will be having their convention soon. The lineup of "regurgitators” of bile, hate, selfishness and crazy rhetoric boasts names as Rick Perry, Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Allen West, Ann Coulter, Michele Bachmann, Sean Hannity, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Savage, Laura Ingram, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Michelle Malkin, Marco Rubio, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and many more like-minded  unpredictable, unreal and some extraordinarily silly individuals. 

America, and the world, would do so well without these flawed, defective theorists who have the news cycles tied up
each and every day pushing their Neo-Con agenda in addition to the other several and varied beliefs of whichever wing of the splintered GOP they may represent.

In addition, and sad to say, to whatever proportion America views cable television and listens to conservative radio, (FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, the political propaganda machines for the House and Senate Republicans, et al) we are led to believe that the sequester is a big scare – a sham and an attempt by President Obama and Democrats to scare voters into voting for them in 2014 and 2016 and to vilify the GOP. 

-        The  president is using the sequester “to scare people in order to grow the size of government” according to Sen. 
         John Cornyn, R-Texas,

 -       Representative Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan, says “most of the nation will wake up and yawn” the Friday morning 
         when the sequester is supposed to chip in

 -       On March 6th, Fox News  ( ‘announced’ that Leaked email adds fuel to claims White House 
          playing politics over impact of cuts” 

-         Upon announcing that White House tours have been cancelled as a result of the sequester, Rep. Kevin Cramer, 
          R-N.D said on Fox News “It’s  politically motivated. It seems childish – take my ball and go home"

-          Rep Ted Poe, R-Texas said “the people have been banned from the people’s house”

But for those who listen to local news channels in counties, cities and townships, they not only hear but have begun to feel the early effects.  To the unfeeling and callous Republicans who mock the cuts as silly I invite them to bring their cynicism to the real flesh and blood Americans to whom they are employed.

Tell it to the air traffic controllers at the Detroit’s Coleman Young International Airport and the other 172 small airports around the country where the control towers are slated to be closed on April 7th of this year.  Let them speak to inherent safety issues where as a result of this shut down pilots will have to coordinate their own arrivals and departures

“Recovery efforts following a tornado in Atlanta are being drained of federal help because of sequestration related cuts. [WAGA-TV]

The Georgia Department of Labor is figuring out how to reduce unemployment
benefits by nearly 11 percent starting on March 31. [WSB-TV]

The Spokane County Meals On Wheels is looking at a $45,000 budget cut
. "I'm scared," the program quoted one official with the group saying. "How do we keep serving all the people that need it?" [KREM-TV]

Cleanup efforts following the Hanford nuclear leak in Washington state are complicated by171 million in sequester-related budget cuts
. "The largest part of those cuts would be in underground tank Management," reported
KCPQ in Seattle. "New leaks were just discovered in six of those tanks." [KCPQ-TV, KPTV-TV] 
Huffington Post, “The Sequester Cuts' Impact Goes Deeper Than White House Tours”, March 8, 2013

Within the first four days of the sequester, major airports were experiencing longer lines and processing time. We
have to remember that transportation has a real impact on business – from loss of man hours to late delivery of goods and services and for items as sensitive as organs for surgery/transplant. Airport security and immigration enforcement
personnel are not exempt.

The GOP has failed across the board in promoting their economic policies, they continue to try convincing voters that their ideological beliefs are best for
America and in the process they have lost the trust of the new “Minority Majority” and gained the chagrin of many other voting blocks. The aim of the CPAC convention one would think would be to come together and move out with a united thinking and mission and vision; but how can this be achieved with so many factions. This is “a house divided” that cannot and will not stand.The crumble is being witnessed in plain view. And while they fight and fall into decay, they take the American economy and wellbeing with them. 

Without self analysis and detailed mental examination of their thoughts and motives they will continue the fight for power within their splintered ranks and continue to be destructive to the party and to the American economy and to the moral fabric of which the country is made. 
But America is on to their game and this is evidenced in the polls. They continue to be deaf because they are steeped in their own mire of selfish and varied goals but come 2014 the people will speak at the polls, in a language one would hope they will be forced to understand or accept. And I say “hope” because the people’s voice was loud and clear in 2012 but Republicans are stone deaf.We are witnessing the official start of the Republican implosion and we are in for a treat. The distressing thing is that these “treats”are the bitter pills of a reversal in the economic recovery trend, job losses, increased poverty and an escalated clown-show which the rest of the world watches with a mixture of amusement, astonishment, horror and disbelief.  As I observed in one of my recent articles, the GOP’s internal war gets bigger with each passing day.

-Governor Chris Christie stood up for what was correct and now he’s paying the ultimate price for not toeing the party line. He was too close to Barack Obama after the Super Storm Sandy and called out people in his own party for playing politics rather than doing the honorable thing and help victims try to recover.

-A Republican majority voted against hurricane relief

-They pushed back environmental laws, fought against legislation promoting Comprehensive Immigration Reform, fought against renewing the Women’s Against Violence Act and  many more obstructions. Each faction (and in instances a faction comprises one individual) tries to outdo the other, to out stupid the other. It’s a destructive path but none of them will see the light because they are all too busy committing the deadly sins – greedfor their own pockets and elevated lifestyles, gluttonyenvy of the president and his popularity and his mandate which they work arduously to negate and to destroy anything he does even before he does it, lust to be in the White House outside of the
infrequent invitations to lunch.

And by God – sloth. 

Is there anywhere in the business of running an organization (the country is a complex business organization) that the highly paid employees take time-off to go home as often as the US Congress does? In real business, these persons would be fired, but Congress too is not immune from pink slips.Let us wait and see sequestration come 2014 and 2016 job evaluation will bring. 
There will be a real cut to Republicans from Congress!!

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Politicians In Congress Should Be Chosen From Single Parents, Ex Military Personnel, Fast Food Workers And Farm Kids.....AND I AM DEAD SERIOUS 
By David A. Franklin, Jr.
Let us focus on the positives - what needs to be done to make this country begin to lift itself out of the pit of economic, environmental, social and mental poverty as listed by the President  State of the Union. 

     *  Immigration Reform
     *  Gun Control
     *  Climate Change
     *  Energy Efficiency
     *  Raising the federal minimum wage
     *  Initiatives aimed at spurring job creation
     *  $50 billion infrastructure building fund 
     *  Program to rehabilitate abandoned homes
     *  etc, etc

In addition, we must also focus on the negative elements in the society who most times have the biggest voices and furthest reaches for their doom, gloom and stubborn, stupid ideologies -  

CONSERVATIVES who understand the responsibility of the job for which they were elected is a mandate to support
the rich while themselves are getting rich. For those who are already rich their job is to protect what they have and to increase their wealth. 
Nothing is wrong with striving for upward mobility and wealth creation but not at the uncaring, unthinking and callous
expense of the others in society whose only purpose in the ‘game’ is considered to be pawns in the get rich/ get richer/ stay rich schemes.   
AND there are the “EXPERTS” who consider their prime reason for existence and their function is to analyze and
paralyze everything put out as possible solution.  If you note, they are always saying what cannot work and why and seldom if at all, give reasonable suggestions for alternatives.  

These two divisions (Conservative and ‘Experts’) differ widely and contradict each other to such extreme that nothing gets done and the country suffers - a suffering that has a ripple effect on all countries on planet earth. They seem to forget  or they simply don’t care if obstinate adherence to their ideologies and selfish agendas cripple and maim as long as their individual and collective egos are maintained. Earthlings live in a global village and not only breathe the same
air but live in intertwined and totally interdependent economies.

This dichotomy must be recognized and examined and wherever you are in your small corner it affects you,  it is absolutely imperative that in whatever way you can, you should speak out, act or throw your suggestions in the pot.
  • Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida so eloquently makes utterances which are only a repeat of the boring talking points of the Romney, the Santorum and the 2012 election. He does it so glibly without engaging his head or making     
    no effort to include any semblance of truth, reason or honesty, the oh so familiar list of criticisms of the president's approach
  • President Obama "told Americans that only his ideas matter, only his way is acceptable and only people that voted for him should have a voice in solving our nation's problems." This is the gibberish spewed by Rep. Kevin      McCarthy, the third-ranking House Republican. We will remember that Mr. Obama won with 51% of the votes and Rep. McCarthy and his cohorts are well advised to work on their amnesia or their downright dishonest thinking and      accept the fact that over 60% sometimes over 80 to 90% of Americans agree with the President’s policies he is putting forward! Mr. McCarthy says the President thinks that “only people that voted for him should have a voice…” Is the Republican Party still in that bubble that caused them untold embarrassment in the recent months where they refuse to accept results of polls?
  • Texas Rep. Kevin Brady: "The Obama economy is marked by persistently high unemployment, stagnant growth and excessive spending that is holding back hiring,"

"The Buck Picks Up Speed Here"
Rep. Brady and House Republicans and the GOP in general have as their mantra "the buck picks up speed here". They share none of the blame, and let me accept that, but where is evan a suggestion of an alternative?  Where is their coperative spirit and their recognition of their oath of office to manage the business of the country?


Americans 98% reality is lost on these Republicans because of the 2% blessings they enjoy as their reality.

It is reported that 48 million Americans were in low-income working families as at 2011 – the latest year for which data is available. “Experts” say that raising the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to $9.00 “would not be enough to lift many out of poverty”. Very true since an individual working 40 hour work-week would earn less than $19,000 per year which is still below the poverty level!

There is a Jamaican saying that goes “one-one coco full basket”. This means that if there is an empty basket, putting in one coco (potato-like tuber) at a time, the basket will be full at some point. Translated it means that rather than doing nothing to correct/alleviate a situation if you keep putting positives in the mix in small increments, even if over a short time you do not reach your desired goal, as time elapses you will be better off for having tried. 
Then again, the one-one-cocoa scenario cannot be appreciated by these egotistical, financially comfortable Republicans who even with their fat pockets continue to collect not $19,000 per year but $174,000, not Mr. House Speaker Boehner $223,500 per year (among the 10 top highest paid government worker).
These salaries are not for working 40 back-breaking hours per week but for working an average of 160 days per year!! 
And it is these 40-hour a week moochers (stealers, users, beggars, takers) who by law have to foot the bill for Congress’ excellent pay, healthcare, lavish perks and benefits:

1.      Free parking spaces at the airport in D.C.

      Guaranteed pension if they hold office for 5 years or more

      Social Security benefits without having to forfeit any part of their pension

      In addition to their pension, Speaker Boehner for example will receive an additional $1 million per year for up to 5 
         years after he leaves office “to facilitate the administration, settlement and conclusion of matters pertaining to, or 
         arising out of” his tenure as Speaker. A provision allows him to incur huge bills to “archive” and document 
         materials related to his time in office.  You will agree with me that there won’t be much to document or archive 
         since nothing is being done under his leadership. But he will be paid the $1 million per year none the less.
         Can you appreciate why Mr. Boehner will kiss all and any parts of the radical GOP’s anatomies so as to maintain 
         his job while screwing the people (the taxpayers) who gave him his job?

      Senators get $40,000 which is more than twice times the annual salary of so many moochers who have to live on 
         sub-poverty wages. This paltry sum of $40,000 and potentially more is used to furnish their home-state offices

      Members of congress deduct up to $3,000 for expenses while outside their home districts or states.

         Irrespective of this pampering, these moochers and takers in Congress will not, cannot or do not see it necessary 
         to do the job. That is why my firm belief is that single parents, ex-military personnel, fast food workers and farm 
         kids are much more equipped to do the job that congress is shirking.

        *  understand commitment - it is their second nature because  they live it every day

        *  They are outstanding problem solvers

        *  They are great at prioritizing and multitasking and are incredibly efficient because they have no 
            choice but to be efficient

        *  They keep multiple balls in the air, and truly understand the meaning of responsibility and 

        *  Know and respect the value and the importance of teamwork  because this is how they live and breathe

        *  They are dedicated and take personal responsibility for the results of their performance 
        *  They adroitly adapt to shifting priorities, to changes in focus and directions and the multiplicity of changes in 

        *  Their analytical and reasoning skills are strong and they know how to make decisions

        *  They accept that they are accountable for the task at hand and are reliable

        * They not only encourage teamwork but also lead by example.

        *  understand the value of best practices

        * They adhere to and work with a system that generates consistent, proven results.

        *  They truly understand the importance of productivity and deliver high output under steady, sometimes 
            unrelenting pressure.

        *  Will stay up all night to do the job/chore which is allotted to them – care for sick animal for example.

       *  These kids understand responsibility and sacrifice.

       *  Their mantra is “we do whatever it takes to get the job done”

       *  They are creative and find solutions to problems

       *  They are willing to accept responsibilities beyond their years and experience

        * They roll with the punches of situations outside their control

These are absolutely necessary qualities that are sadly lacking in the buffoons America vote into Congress.
Is it possible for us to select candidates that have even a fraction of these qualities? The country’s business would be taken care of with such efficiency and America could rise back up as a beacon for other countries to look up to and emulate.

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