The wrong enemy

I know, the Obama administration has given us plenty to be angry about. And we’re right to point it out, loudly and often. But seriously, my friends, we need to take a break from it right now. There’s an election coming up, and we’re targeting the wrong enemy.

Of course, that’s what we idealists do. We liberal, progressive idealists. We know what we want, and we want it now. And if you don’t give it to us, well, fuck you. We just don’t have time to waste on petty politics and game-playing.

Take don’t ask don’t tell, for example. Good god, the president could sign an executive order, but he won’t. He says only Congress has the authority to change the law, never mind that Constitutional scholars, which he’s supposed to be, says he can do it.

I don’t agree, though, with those who bitch about the Justice Department’s legal maneuverings to support the policy. We raise holy hell when Republicans refuse to enforce laws. We shouldn’t expect Democrats to do that, even though it’s an odious law that should never have been put on the books.

The health care reform bill wasn’t even a shadow of what it should have been. Obama’s still backing Bush-era civil liberties transgressions. Wall Street reform? Please. The “state secrets” bullshit? It’s ok for the president to order an assassination? Of an American citizen no less? I could go on and on and on and on, and many have.

And what do our leaders tell us when we do? Quit whining. That was Joe Biden on Monday. At a fundraiser, the vice president urged Democrats to

remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives. This president has done an incredible job. He’s kept his promises.

Well, sort of. But still, where do you think we’d be if McCain had won the election? Worse than we are now, certainly, and very likely worse than we were on January 19, 2009.

Obama, speaking to college journalists on a conference call, wasn’t nearly as rude as Biden, and, in fact, made a lot of sense.

You can’t sit it out. You can’t suddenly just check in once every 10 years or so, on an exciting presidential election, and then not pay attention during big midterm elections where we’ve got a real big choice between Democrats and Republicans

We really do have a big choice, and there’s a world of difference between the parties this go-round. Obama and the Democrats, despite their incalcitrance, are not the enemy. The enemy is people like Mike Huckabee, explaining here why insurance companies shouldn’t be forced to cover “pre-existing conditions.”

It sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a pre-existing condition. Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, “I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.” He’d say, “Tell me about your house.” “Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.” And he’ll say “I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.” Well, no preexisting conditions.

The enemy is Christine O’Donnell.

You know what, evolution is a myth.

The enemy is Oklahoma State Rep. Lewis Moore, defending his support of a law banning courts from using Sharia law in their decisions.

Are we not at war with this ideology? Are we not at war with them? Then why would we give in to this?

The enemy is Sen. Jim Demented, who has crowned himself king and vowed to block every piece of legislation he doesn’t like.

“The Executive Committee of the Senate Steering Committee has asked the Steering Committee staff to hold all bills that have not been hotlined by close of business Tuesday,” his chief of staff said in an e-mail, referring to the conservative advisory committee that DeMint chairs.

“If there are any bills you would like cleared before we go out, please get them to the Steering Committee staff along with a CBO score, if applicable, by close of business on Tuesday.”

The enemy is Ron Johnson, teabag senator wannabe who could well defeat the most progressive senator in the Senate, Russ Feingold, in Wisconsin. Johnson opposes child abuse legislation.

I think it is extremely important to consider the economic havor and the other victims [the Wisconsin Child Victims Act] would likely create. [...] I believe it is a valid question to ask whether the employer of a perpetrator should also be severely damaged, or possibly destroyed, in our legitimate desire for justice. [...] It would also send a chilling signal to avoid this civic minded activity in the future. [...] I have no doubt trial lawyers would benefit, I’m not so sure the actual victims would.

The enemy is Sharron Angle.

I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.

The enemy is John Boehner.

Studies show that children best flourish when one mom and one dad are there to raise them.

The enemy is Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the racist, conserverati media.

They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?

The enemy is Sen. Charles Grassley.

You have every right to fear. You shouldn’t have counseling at the end of life, you should have done that 20 years before. Should not have a government run plan to decide when to pull the plug on grandma.

The enemy is Rep. Steve King, who can’t seem to open his mouth without saying something insane, like calling Joe McCarty “a hero for America.”

The enemy is Rep. Michelle Bachmann.

Literally, if we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.

The enemy is Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, who has spent the last six months running an anonymous blog viciously attacking the openly gay president of the University of Michigan student body, and Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who hasn’t fired the motherfucker.
The enemy is Newt Gingrich, who will do or say anything to get elected president.

I want to repeal the New Deal.

The enemy is Rand Paul, talking about how courts are so “jammed” with people suing because, you know, things just happen.

Yeah, those things just get so jammed — everybody playing the blame game. I mean, sometimes mines just collapse, you know? Nobody’s fault. I think it’s called gravity.

The enemy is Glen Urquhart, tapped to fill Mike Castle’s state house seat in Delaware when he lost to Christine O’Donnell in the GOP Senate primary.

Do you know, where does this phrase separation of Church and State come from? Does anybody know? … Actually, that’s exactly, it was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. He was reassuring that the federal government wouldn’t trample on their religion. The exact phrase “separation of Church and State” came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. Next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they’re Nazis.

Need I say more? I can, you know. And by the way, Urquhart is flat out wrong about Jefferson. Here’s the quote, in case some lunatic teabagger someday asks why you’re a Nazi.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

Clearly, my friends, the Obama administration and the Democrats, particularly those cowardly Blue Dogs who so fear losing an election that they act exactly like Republicans, have given us much to decry.

But now is not the time. We can do that again on November 3. Now, we must stop at least some of these ignorant and/or willfully wicked people from touching the reins of power. And there’s only one way to do that.

Vote.