Those People Voted

New U.S. House: Women and minorities to the left; white men to the right is a headline on CNN this morning. Of course, it is no surprise to political junkies.  Actually it ought not surprise too many people who paid only cursory attention to the election. The GOP is stuffed with old white men.

Washington (CNN) — When the incoming U.S. House freshmen of the 113th Congress take their class photo, the image will reflect two very different visions of the nation.

On the Democratic side: Women and minorities — a coalition that, along with young voters, largely helped re-elect President Barack Obama — collectively will for the first time in the nation’s history outnumber white male Democrats.

On the Republican side: The majority of the House seats will be held by white men — a group which far outnumbers the now dwindled numbers of House GOP women and minorities after the losses of two minority members and about a half dozen women from that caucus.

The stark truth in black and white. And brown. Seems like the GOP of 2012 reflects those portraits on display at the Capitol of the first Congress back in the 18th century. White males. Missing are the wigs.

Yesterday former GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan slipped up when he said that ‘the urban vote was larger than they expected.’  You know, those people. That damned 15th Amendment. Yes, those people voted even though many of the states [read Ohio] tried to disenfranchise their vote. Perhaps that was why Karl Rove was so puzzled on election night and remained in a state of shock throughout most of the evening.

So the 113th Congress will be one to be remembered in history books. Browns and blacks to the left.  What a shame,eh?  Those people should be working in the lunch room, cleaning the toilets or parking the cars for the white men on the right side of the aisle

“I want my country back!”

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10 thoughts on “Those People Voted

  1. The Fiscal Cliff and other after election lies from the fringe…….

    President Obama claims the voters sent him a mandate to increase taxes. Paul Ryan claims the voters did not send a mandate because they returned so many Republicans to the House.

    On average during every voting cycle, ONLY THREE incumbent Representatives are replaced with new people. Seems incumbents have an unbelievable advantage in elections.

    Ryan also claims that his tax plan balances the budget not by raising taxes on anyone, but closing “loopholes” in the tax code. This one I didn’t understand because isn’t closing loopholes the same thing as raising the amout of tax you pay? Got my answer by hearing something Glen Beck is pushing. After a little research, it seems that the “loopholes” they want to close would fall mainly on middle class taxpayers. And it wouldn’t increase taxes on the wealthier Americans as they already are not eligible for these “loopholes”.

    Some “loopholes”:
    – Deduction for interest on home mortgage
    – Deduction for paying personal health insurance
    – Deductions for other medical expenses
    – Deductions for children
    – Deductions for charitable contributions

    And remember, any change to Social Security benefits or Medicare would NOT affect the defict because these benefits are already funded separately by payroll taxes.

    And you’re going to hear a lot about The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Not as scary as they make it out to be and won’t apply to most taxpayers.

    1. Yes, NWO, lots of scary stuff to be heard from the right-wing loonies in the next few weeks. Considering all of the mandates and demands, one might have assumed that they won the election.

      Laughable.

  2. M_R, I hope that we can put the election behind us somewhat. I hope that we can move to an examination of why it is that we can see what needs to be done, but a large majority can’t. You Know?

    The governmental situation is bleak, maybe dire; the country is threatened
    with disaster. Woth that background, I want to offer a little recollection of previous threatening circumstances which the country found itself in.,
    namely, the period before the Civil War, the period before the POrogressive movement, and the period of the Great Depression. Prior to reform in each of those cataclysmic events, there was a work of literature which brought the
    consciousness of the country to bear. For the Civil War it was “Uncle Tom’s
    Cabin”; for the Progressive Period it was “The Jungle”; and for the New Deal
    it was “The Grapes of Wrath”. These were works of Literature, novels,
    by Stowe, Sinclair, and Steinbeck, which the American public read in the millions. Indeed, when Stowe visited the White House during the Civil War, Lincoln said on being introducted to her “so your the little lady that caused
    this war!”

    It seems to me, M_R, this is what we are lacking in this growing crisis. There is no concise work of literature being read by the masses that can get them to see thier own positions in the lives of the people in the novel…We can rant about all the inequities in American life here, but that is as far as it goes.
    I think that probably a majority of the population still thinks that the
    “American Dream” is still alive and reachable. There is no esprit de’corps
    yet of the larger group. In previous times it was a novel that did it. Is that what is necessary in this time?

    1. Relax, my friend and savor the fruits of our labor. Take time to watch the buffoons on the right defend their collective idiocy- and laugh!

      The Lame Duck Congress will continue its idiocy for a few weeks, tossing scatter grenades of terror at The People who, incidentally, no longer care what they have to say. The People have moved on to the humdrum of their own lives and rather than reading the literature that you note [There is no concise work of literature being read by the masses…] they are quite content in reading Holiday catalogues, recipes, 20 Shades of Gray…

      Lame Duck reminds me of the scene in The Christmas Story of the family forced to eat at a Chinese restaurant. Especially the line regarding the cooked duck, “Could you cut the head off?”

      Yes, could we cut their head[s] off?

    2. We don’t have a book, just Fox News and the likes of Glen Beck. I sometimes watch Fox & Friends in the morning and am aghast at the lies they blatantly parrot. And I am sometimes around people who totally believe whatever piece of crap Glen Beck is pushing that week.

      I think both you and Mr. Mud are old enough to remember the beginning of computer usage. If you wanted something to be believed without any question, you’d print it out on computer paper (8 1/2″ X 11″ with tractor holes down each side). For decades we have grown to trust people like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite; and the news teams behind them. So now you get Glen Beck and Sean Hannity on the TV and people are believing whatever because “it must be true, it’s on TV”. And in your lifetime, have you ever witnessed FIRSTHAND the outright racism we are seeing today? You don’t have to travel to the South anymore when you got it on your TV 24/7.

      I was warmed when I saw students at Ole Miss doing a candle lit vigil to show that the nastiness of the day before was only by a small minority of students (I’m guessing freshmen who will be flunked out before the year is over).

      1. and people are believing whatever because “it must be true, it’s on TV”.

        My right-wing brother-in-law often tells us that he ‘heard it on WSPD’ as if that Clear Channel/right-wing radio station has any merit at all.

        1. I occasionally drink with somebody that works there. He’s the one who believes you should own land to be eligible vote. And remember the momma’s boy who went by CommonSense; this guy* I know also claims to carry a copy of the Constitution in his pocket. Do you think they forget what’s in it?

          This guy also criticized President Obama because our President signed over the sovereignty of the United States to the United Nations. That’s another untruth that has been floating around since the election. That “agreement” also includes confiscating all privately held guns.

          * He’s also the one who pulled a gun on me in the bar. I thought if you carried a concealed weapon into a bar, you weren’t supposed to drink.

          1. NWO- you are too kind in your use of the word, untruth. Whatever happened to the word, lie? BTW, what’s going on in that alternate world in which Mama’s Boy spouts his venom? Surely they have to be blaming the dog, the mailman or the TV pundits for their loss last week.

        2. I noticed that too, M_R, when we were in Toledo a week ago…Hard to be believe that the station my family used to get its morning news from Jim
          Uebelheart has degenerated into what it is now….

  3. Ryan and all of his wacko followers have been vanquished nationally. It is up to us to keep them that way!

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