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Bill Clinton, last night at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C.....
"You see, we believe that “We’re all in this together” is a far better philosophy than “You’re on your own.”"
I have a number of policy and political strategy differences with the former president, just as I do with President Obama.....but one thing is for certain.....not one political leader inside the Republican Party is even worthy of shining Clinton or Obama's shoes.
Obama and Clinton are the major league sluggers of politics. Republicans have a team filled with batboys.
Republicans have made it clear that they reject any form of collectivism...."we're in this together".....and instead, favor 'each individual is on his own.'
Oh sure, Republicans pay lip service to those who are "really" down and out.....and they promise to "strengthen" and "save" all safety net and entitlement programs which smack of collectivism. But promises don't mean much. It's actions that tell the tale. And ever since the Tea Party insurgents captured the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans have worked overtime in D.C. and in red states to do damage to our collective United States economy. To what end? To fulfill Mitch McConnell's number one priority of making Barack Obama a one term president.
That's how much Republicans despise a collective view of the United States. As I mentioned yesterday in the blog, the very night of Obama's inauguration in 2009, GOP operatives met with Machiavellian wordsmith, Frank Luntz, to calculate how they would go about preventing Obama from being a successful president. Newtie was there.....and so was Paul Ryan.
In the very nucleus of the explosion of the Bush-era financial collapse......while 700,000 to 800,000 American workers were losing their jobs each month.....while the stock market crashed and homes were being foreclosed upon in record numbers.....Republicans were "giddily" brainstorming on ways to stop the newly elected Obama from successfully dealing with the Wall Street-caused depression.
For several hours in the Caucus Room (a high-end D.C. establishment), .....plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama's legislative platform.
Here's a list of who was present at the meeting to undermine Obama presidency at it's inception.....and at a time when the nation's economy was teetering on disaster...
Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, several years removed from his presidential campaign, and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith.
Wonder why no legitimately-Republican, Republicans voted for Obama's stimulus in February, 2009? Wonder why elected Republicans voted en masse to stop any Obama version of federal assistance to all of the states in the Union in the midst of a freefalling economy that had fallen 9% in December, 2008 alone? Wonder no more. Republicans had decided to hell with the collective United States of America. Let the states suffer, and then we'll blame it all on Obama.....just like R&R and GOP'ers are doing right now leading up to November's election.
No cooperation from Republicans, no compromise.....no nothing.....at a time when Americans were bracing themselves for the largest tidal wave of economic doom and gloom since Herbert Hoover. After the Tea Brigade captured the House in 2010, red state governors and legislatures joined in.....not to control the damage from the depression.....but to make it even worse. "You're on your own."
As if American working families weren't suffering enough from the Bush-era depression.....in 2011, 22,000 public sector jobs were lost EACH MONTH. Republicans were attacking the "collective".....and saying to all the American people...."you're on your own....we won't lift a finger to help you."
All because on the night of January 20th, 2009....key Republican officials set a course to damage the "collective" and cripple Obama's presidency.
So, yes, we (the collective) are better off today than four years ago. Four years ago, 800,000 jobs were being lost each month.....today, positive private sector job growth (29 straight months). The collective....the American people....are better off today than 4 years ago.
And we will remain better off if we, the collective, give president Obama four more years. Why? Because Republicans have been hard at work these last four years, doing everything they can to make the lives of the collective.....the millions of lives of ordinary citizens.....worse off....in order to regain the White House.
Republicans have been working for four straight years to damage these collective United States just enough......as their plan from January 2009 makes clear....so that voters would turn away from Obama in 2012. Causing needless pain and suffering for millions of American families in their rabid and desperate frenzy to oust the Democratic "enemy."
Our response to this new 21st century form of political treason should be to rise up as a collective voting block and deal Republicans the electoral beating they so rightly deserve. Because, by god, we ARE in this together.