Mourning in America

On New Year’s Eve, thousands of birds dropped dead mid-flight in Arkansas littering the streets. A similar mass fatality occurred in Louisiana. Scientists have struggled to explain what could have happened, guessing that perhaps the birds were scared by fireworks and went berserk flying into each other and trees and other objects. Everyone has missed the obvious explanation. The birds were liberals despondently anticipating today’s GOP takeover of the House of Representatives.

As Ohio Representative John Boehner accepted the Speaker’s gavel from Nancy Pelosi, the party of “no’ transformed into the party of “not anymore”. Affordable health care: not anymore. Financial regulation: not anymore. Anything even slightly progressive to move our country forward: not anymore. Now of course, the barrier between the House’s sworn intent to turn back the clock and reality is a Democrat controlled Senate and a Democrat in the White House. The “repeal” of the Affordable Care Act will be a symbolic exercise in scream therapy for the House but the Senate will never allow repeal. Even if enough crazy blue dogs team up with the GOP in the Senate, the President will veto the repeal and there won’t be enough votes to override the veto. This will be the first of many useless attempts at reactionary politics in the House. But the plot thickens even more.

One of my conservative readers commented the other day, “These new Republicans better not forget who put them in. We better get the budget we expect.” I had to laugh. It wasn’t one of my more optimistic days and I responded:

The GOP is going to disappoint you terribly. Here’s the deal.

The GOP of the Bush-era (the first six years) is the real GOP. You see there is no such thing as conservative fiscal policy anymore. We have a credit society … a debt driven society … a short-term satisfaction society. There are no grown ups anymore. This is not liberal; this is not conservative; this is a state of the current human condition.

A bunch of Tea Party folks will come into Congress on Wednesday and after a short honeymoon, the old-timers will tell the new guys to STFU and play the game the way it’s always been played: pork barrel spending and caving to lobbyists. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio will have their hands tied (assuming they were the real deal to begin with). John Boehner is old school. There will be no revolution under him and THAT my friends is what is needed right now. A legislative revolution on a par with what is going on in Great Britain.

Our fat spoiled society, underemployed by greedy bastard international conglomerates will go on just as they have for the past decade. The poor will stay poor, the middle class will become poor and the rich won’t know the difference and won’t give a damn. And all you suckers will identify with the have’s when you’re all a bunch of have-nots. You’ve said in the past that my allegiance to liberal politics will end me up in a trailer park in Gary, Indiana. Well my conservative friends, we’ll all be together one day in that trailer park where you can tell me face to face how effective your grand old party is. 👿

Clearly I wasn’t having a particularly good day. But unfortunately, I was also speaking the truth. Just within the 2010 campaign we saw radical Tea Party politicians like Rand Paul start to step things back a bit when they went from the primary to the general election. Do we really believe that after years of the House ignoring Ron Paul’s call for military budget restraint that suddenly his son is going to be taken seriously in the Senate? Who are we fooling? Look at our new Speaker. He’s been around since 1991. Boehner is going to bring fresh ideas to Congress and clean up waste and corruption?

There is not a lot to be happy about today. What is the prescription for liberals? I think our best course is to look at the good things the GOP wants to do, like cut the deficit and control needless spending and then hold them to it. Let’s not be obstructionist about good ideas just because they come from the GOP. Remember, idiot Republican Congressmen voted against stuff they once supported once Obama also supported it. We don’t want to follow that example. In the area of spending cuts, let’s push for serious Department of Defense cuts. Let’s make the conservatives truly share in this sacrifice they say we all must share in.

On Twitter today, the snark about John Boehner was in full bloom. Keith Olbermann tonight is fuming particularly noxious exhaust. I say we jump from the anger stage of mourning and go straight to acceptance. Accept who is in charge in the House and hold them to their promises to the American people. Our anger and disappointment from last November will be vindicated in the utter failure of the good old boys to get anything useful done. When the Tea Party patriots of the new House get a lesson in reality, it will be our turn to say:

How’s that hopey changey thing workin’ for ya?

Rutherford Political Blogger Alliance

38 thoughts on “Mourning in America

  1. 1. Rutherford, I expect many blogs in the future explaining why this monstrosity called Obama care is a good piece of legislation and worth the money.

    2. How are military cuts a “conservative” sacrifice? Isn’t Obama the Prez? Aren’t we at war? His war? Cuts are cuts. We either are trimming fat or we are weakening the military and, thus, all sacrificing.

    3. When Octavian and Mark Antony made their alliance, they both agreed to one another’s lists of people they wanted murdered, despite the fact friends and allies were on the lists. Let’s come together with our own “kill list”.

    Let’s play some fart tennis.

    I will serve.


  2. There’s really not much more that needs to be said…

    Poll: Only 22% Have a Favorable View Candidates Who Are Described as “Progressive,” Jumps to 42% for “Conservative”…
    Uh oh, this is bad news for folks formerly known as “liberals,” then as “progressives.” Seems Rasmussen Reports finds that “conservative” is the most positively viewed political label, while “liberal” and “progressive” are in the negative.

    “Forty-two percent (42%) of Likely U.S. Voters say they view it as a positive if a candidate is described as politically conservative. Twenty-one percent (21%) say it’s a negative description, and 36% rate it somewhere in between the two,” Rasmussen said.

    Wasn’t that long ago that being seen as a progressive was equally as positive as being called a conservative, according to Rasmussen.

    “Being described as a progressive, on the other hand, is a positive for 22% of voters and a negative for 34%, with 41% seeing it in between,” Rasmussen said.

    “But in the previous survey, voters were evenly divided, with 29% saying progressive was a positive description and 28% describing it as a negative.

    “This marks a continuing downward trend for progressive which little over three years ago was slightly more popular than conservative.”

    Interestingly, Rasmussen finds that “Tea Party” is virtually a wash as a political label with likely voters. For the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey might say), go here.

  3. You’ll be saying “How’s that hopey changey thing workin’ for ya?” I thought “hopes and dreams” was your guide. Hmmmmm. . .

  4. Whatever happened to “Yes We Can!”? We are the generation America has been waiting for? Hope and Change? The earth beginning to heal? Reads to me like Hades has let loose the Kraken, because his boy Obama has been soundly defeated.

    This is too easy…

    But I’ll make a promise to my sad adversary, who I used to call friend and now call as crazy as the rest of the loons.

    If this new Republican Congress becomes the old Republican Congress, you won’t have to speak of their shortcomings. I’ll do it for you loudly.

    And I agree with you about defense. It’s got to be a large part of the cut. Even more so, entitlements have to be chopped big time. However, we need to meet our obligations to the guys currently serving and who have honorably served. Whatever promises were made past, we need to fulfill. Care, pensions, etc…

  5. I’ll join you in that, Tex. Hopefully the adults are in charge of the House. Which of course removes the ability to substitute actual accomplishment with lame references to “hopes and dreams” or delusions of skittle-shitting unicorns (thanks for that one BiW — it always gets a laugh) to excuse miserable performance/policy.

  6. Rutherford, are you so bitter that you’ve now resorted to blatant dishonesty? Outright lying? Or are you an incredibly bad judge of results and character?

    @nancypelosi You did a good job. You should be very proud.

    At her final press conference as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us. It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go.”

    The numbers tell a different story.

    When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 – a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years.

    Furthermore, the year over year federal deficit has roughly quadrupled during Pelosi’s four years as speaker, from $342 billion in fiscal year 2007 to an estimated $1.6 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2010.

    When I first read you Rutherford, you were more honest than you are now. Comments like that make you read ridiculous and damage your personal credibility for the sake of nothing but partisanship.

  7. Everybody going to buy their children and grand children the new, politically correct version of Huckleberry Finn? 🙂

    There’s the real mourning in America – a dearth of common sense.

    I told my friends this kind of censorship foolishness would happen at least 20 years ago, and sure enough, it has happened. Everyone I know is rolling their eyes at this one.

  8. Heinrich Daley as Chief of Staff. 😆 Huey Long not available? Undoubtedly, somebody didn’t understand the message of last November 2nd.

    But defeat is so close! Dimocrats can almost taste the bitterness of yet another crushing loss…

  9. State-sanctioned book-burning is next….



  10. But aren’t you just peeing yourselves in anticipation of that wonderful new adaptation of the clean, articulate and charming Holden Caufield?

    😆 You guys are on a roll…

  11. Good News Rutherford. Ellen Weiss, who fired Juan Williams at NPR, stepped down today. One bitch down; one to go.

    But they didn’t bag that uppity CEO Vivian Schiller. Why? Says she will retain her position, but will forgo her 2010 bonus because of “concern over her role in the termination process.”

    Bonus? We’re paying bonuses for that rank leftist shit?

  12. Now Tex,

    They work hard at National Propaganda Radio. They deserve a little sumthin-sumthin for carrying all that water for a certain political persuasion, an let’s face it…you really can afford to pay it, and it isn’t really your money anyway, now is it?

  13. BIC,

    We need to pile on NPR a little longer and get this Vivian Schiller frogmarched to the curb too. That arrogant **** needs to be kicked in the teeth.

    I guess Graychin and his wife’s ginormous donations to the three different stations who carry NPR that he and his Mrs. listen to during the Juan Williams affair, must have fallen a little short to save this jackboot. 😆

    When Juan Williams calls you a leftist propagandist and Pravda, this Ellen Weiss skank must be one step short of Stalin.

  14. “@nancypelosi You did a good job. You should be very proud.”-Rutherford

    Lol. I want this to be the next blog post. “How Nancy did a good job and made me proud.”

    Can you imagine being so partisan? Can you imagine replacing sports and fan hood with politics?

    If I was Nancy Pelosi, I swear I would respond like the Mick used to:

    “Kid, I aint no role model.”.

    Its hard for me to resist analyzing why some men chose to castrate themselves. Do you think Rutherford’s confusion of team sports and politics has anything to do with “belonging”?

    It makes me want to thank God for all of those who remain free. Even those with ideology I disagree with.

    Rutherford has pawned his freedom of intellect. Why?

    Maybe R creates a virtual sanctuary for himself. One where he doesn’t feel the gaze of superficial morons who can’t get over the fact that not everyone looks the same.

    In the world of partisan politics, all you have to do is check your independence at the door and your accepted with the million open arms of cold zombies.

    Maybe being a zombie is better then a freak.


  15. They still don’t get it, DR.

    Pelosi droned on and on about all they had accomplished and it never once occurred to her that it was those “accomplishments” that lost her the title of “Speaker of the House.”

  16. Speaking of stupid…Let’s try that again. I’ll take my first mulligan of the year.

    Nancy Pelosi has one glaring shortcoming that can’t she will never be able to overcome.

    She’s stupid.

    But it worth repeating. 🙂

  17. Rutherford,

    I’m glad to see a new post! Looks like all your fans have expressed their gratitude in the usual way. 😆 It’s like a Pelosi punching party. Fun stuff.

    I’m anxious for some real legislating in the upcoming session. Put up or STFU. Less talk, more action. Chisel at that huge MIC that can’t even keep books or this worthless Homeland security appendage. Gnaw that sucker off where it grew.

  18. Poolman, do you write school boy fan mail to disgraced politicians too?

    Man, I can tolerate a lot of Rutherford opinions, but this fan boy shit, I don’t know.

    A high pitched voice from the crowd at the bar mockingly mimics Rutherford as he enters the pub: ” Nancy, you did a good job. You should be very proud.”

    Laughter erupts.

    Fuck politicians, particularly the ones in the House the last couple years. Anyone stroking these privileged, botox injected cunts and hair spray dick heads needs to step out of the way. Fuck last years Congress. To hell with this years’ Congress.

    They need to earn our respect.

    As for Pelosi, I already thanked her. I bought her a couple rounds of Bailey’s Irish Creme on her fancy flights. We all did.

  19. Poolman, do you write school boy fan mail to disgraced politicians too?

    No fan mail to politicians. Everytime I write or call my congress critters I get the same BS. They never listen to what I say or write. They tell me how come they’re right. I usually get a huge packet in the mail with photo copies of all the articles they say support their side and decisions. It is this huge propaganda dump that we taxpayers pay for. If I call McCain’s office, the voice mail is always full. Kyl lets me leave a message and I get a guaranteed mail dump from them. If I stay on the line to talk with someone, I get a limp wrist and a “I’ll let him know” lie. If I send an email, I get a week’s worth of campaign crap in my inbox and sound-bite links to show me how savvy they are with technology. It’s a royal scam. Politicians are just salesmen, selling the latest propaganda to keep us duped and powerless.

    The only candidate that was real this last go round was defeated by a huge margin. Of course he wasn’t republican or even a democrat. Too bad, because he had a brain. The bulk of the voters do not use theirs. Heck most of them stayed home.

    Napolitano is worthless in her position. When she was here she kept both parties in check and things got done. She actually canvassed neighborhoods and visited folks in blockwatch parties and answered real questions, taking our concerns to heart. Now everytime I see her she has that “deer in the headlights” look. They did something to her. Or she is on some serious meds. Now we got Brewer who doesn’t have much brain power and can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. If it wasn’t for her handlers, she wouldn’t remember her name or where she lives. It’s so embarrassing.

  20. Gawd Poolman, how you compliment Janet “The System Worked” Napolitano?

    She left Phoenix as the kidnap capital of American and a disaster of drug cartels and illegal aliens.

    She should have been fired from Edsel’s administration three months after being in office, even insinuating the military our biggest terrorist threat.

    Don’t give us the crap the spinster is competent. She’s a buffoon.

  21. She did a good job for Arizona and she got both parties to work together. As soon as she got onboard with Obama, she was worthless. Worse than worthless.

  22. Sorry for the lack of comments gentlemen. Head down on the day job today.

    Still carved out enough time for a new post on your glorious GOP reading the Constitution. LOL. I should be in bed.

    More tomorrow.

  23. To the extent that Nancy Pelosi was Obama’s testicles over the past two years, yes … she did a very good job. Partisan hacks like Newt Gingrich warm the cockles of your heart but liberal partisans like Pelosi make your stomach turn. I like Pelosi because she didn’t bring flowers to a gun fight. 🙂

  24. I like Pelosi because she didn’t bring flowers to a gun fight.

    No, the flowers were for her office on our dime. She brought a gun to the funeral – the burial of America.

    One difference between Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi – besides Newt brilliant though flawed, and Pelosi perhaps the stupidest person this side of Maxine Waters in Congress. One you apparent missed.

    It’s called success during oversight. 😉

  25. Now we got Brewer who doesn’t have much brain power and can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

    I’m gonna go out on a major limb here but I’d dare say Palin was a better half-Governor of Alaska than that dastardly Brewer is for Arizona.

  26. We didn’t even elect Brewer and many of us cursed Napolitano when she left us in her charge. I was so sure her ignorance evidenced by the debate with Goddard would have sunk her chances at being elected. I did’t anticipate the ignorance of the electorate, though. I believe we would even elect a pile of dung to office in Arizona as long as there was an r after its name.

    Palin is/was a better looking governor. Too bad looks don’t matter in job performance. I don’t know which is worse. Of course Brewer isn’t smart enough to be conniving. She wears her syupid on her sleeve. Sarah is lot more sinister.

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