Friday, January 27, 2006

A ray of hope?

I attended a large Roe v. Wade Anniversary event at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago last night which celebrated choice for women while we still can. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Congresswoman Melissa Bean, Commissioner Forrest Claypool, Illinois congressional candidates Dan Seals, Tammy Duckworth and a number of other elected Illinois officials were there to proudly and openly support the group.

Congressman Mark Kirk (R-IL) was also there and had the political sense but not the guts to even wear a name tag identifying himself as a member of a party that equates choice with murder and probably just got the fifth and deciding vote on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Over 800 other people at the event had no problem wearing a name tag but Rep. Kirk wanted to have it both ways again - attending a Planned Parenthood event without bringing too much attention to himself when he's there. Perhaps it's because he has given campaign contributions to fellow congressional Republicans who are strong opponents of womans' reproductive rights. Or perhaps it's because he doesn't want to remind people that he is simply a good little foot soldier in the army of W, Delay and Hastert. Since 58% of Americans now view President Bush's second term a failure and 52% see his entire presidency a failure I can understand Rep. Kirk's embarrassment of his party. In 2004 John Kerry got 53% of Illinois' 10th Congressional District and Americans are now more likely to vote for a candidate in November's congressional elections who opposes President Bush according to a poll released Thursday. Can you say former Rep. Mark Kirk?

The poll went on to tell us that fewer people consider Bush to be honest and trustworthy now than did a year ago, and 53 percent said they believe his administration deliberately misled the public about Iraq's purported weapons program before the U.S. invasion in 2003, the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed in the latest poll -- 62 percent -- said they were dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States and 64 percent said things in the United States have gotten worse in the past five years. A majority of those polled said the president -- who campaigned as "a uniter, not a divider" -- has been a divisive leader.

So there is a ray of hope that people have had enough and see a Republican Party rotting from corruption, incompetence and the inability to talk honestly to the nation. They've damaged our national image, they've eroded our civil rights, they've weakened our military, they've betrayed a CIA operative, they've invaded Iraq and Iran won, they haven't been able to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Mullah Omar, they haven't prevented Iran or North Korea from pursuing nuclear weapons, they've given subsidies and tax breaks to the oil industry as it make record profits, they've sent billions of petrodollars to the worst terror funding regimes in the world, they've lost an entire American city, they've sold our children's future to the Chinese through deficits and they tell you they are a success. With that measure of success I'm the greatest, most hit and most profitable blog site on the internet. The "internets" if you believe W and a majority now don't. Welcome to club.

BONUS POSTING: Yesterday I commented on W's lame excuse during his press conference that the 1978 FISA law was "too out of date" to be effective today. Helen Thomas had a great question ready for W if he had the guts to have called on her. If the 28 year old FISA law was too old to be effective and thus "out of date" then what about the U.S. Constituion? It's over 200 years old. Is it out of date too?


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Someone should ask the "out of date" bozos why the Bible is a guidebook for government - it being just a few years older than 28.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

The only thing W reads anyway is last month's comic book.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Bj said...

The right would change parts of the constitution that serves them. As for the fisa being out of date, sad this moron couldn't think of a more intellectual comment to make..but what else is new eh ? He can't spit out a complete sentence without sounding like a dumbass. That's our President!

Polls are down, even Faux News had polls showing Bush at a 41% approval rating. But the dirty and vicious spin from the right never ends.. They play dirty, they are dirty, their morals are dirty. period.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

Great and dumb minds think alike.

4:48 PM  
Blogger phinky said...

The Right hates the Bill of Rights, except for the Second Amendment.

8:22 AM  

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