Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Meghan McCain - FINALLY, A Sane Republican, Blasts Tancredo, Palin and the Tea Party Movement

Meghan McCain had some choice words for Sarah Palin, former Rep. Tom Tancredo and the conservative Tea Party movement as a whole during her appearance Monday on ABC's "The View." McCain, was particularly scathing in her assessment of Tancredo's speech on the opening day of the National Tea Party Convention on Thursday in Nashville. In the speech, Tancredo said people "who could not spell the word vote or say it in English" elected a "committed socialist ideologue" because the country does not require a "civics literacy test."
"It's innate racism, and I think it's why young people are turned off by this movement," McCain said. "And I'm sorry -- revolutions start with young people, not with 65-year-old people talking about literacy tests and people who can't say the word vote in English."

Though speakers at the convention repeatedly rejected the "racist" label during the three-day event and held sessions on ways to attract young activists to their cause, McCain pointed to Tancredo's speech as a sign of what's wrong with the Tea Party movement. "This rhetoric will continue to turn off young voters, and anybody that says different is smoking something -- period," she said.

McCain also criticized her father's former running mate for comments she made during an interview with "Fox News Sunday." In the interview, Palin suggested that President Obama could improve his re-election chances by declaring war on Iran. "You should never go to war unless it's the absolute last circumstance," McCain said on "The View." On "Fox News Sunday," Palin also called for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to "step down," in part for using the word "retarded" in a strategy session last year which only recently became public -- but at the same time, Palin defended conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh's use of the word as "satirical." McCain said that assessment is "exactly what is wrong with politics today."
"We can't placate and say Democrats can say one thing and Republicans can say another thing," she said.


Dee said...

You are NOT getting it. Just so you understand:

McCain said Tancredo's recommendation to institute a "civics literacy test" were "innate racism".

She said Palin was duplicitous. She said you cannot complain about Emmanuel using the word "Retard" yet say it is ok for Limbaugh to use the same words. That's why McCain said, "We can't placate and say Democrats can say one thing and Republicans can say another thing."

Additionally she chastised Palin for advocating war in Iran. McCain said, "You should never go to war unless it's the absolute last circumstance."

I agree with everything McCain said.

Anonymous said...

So who appointed her the big decider of what is racist and what is not? Who appointed her to that role? It is merely her OPINION.

Let's face it anything the Republicans or the teabaggers would say you and others that hate them will twist them into to something negative.

By the way, if you are going to reply to be then at least have the guts to post what I said first. What are you afraid of?

Vicente Duque said...

Latino network wants all to participate in census - This will help California to retain a House Seat and Texas to gain four new House Representatives

If everything goes right, then California won't lose U. S. House Seats and Texas will gain four new districts ( Representatives in the U. S. House )

The government appropriates funds and congressional representation ( House of Representatives ) , using the Census Data, Immigration could make the difference in 12 or 13 congressional districts.

Latinos could gain more Political Power if they participate in the Census.

News Transcript
Latino network wants all to participate in census
February 10, 2010

Latino network wants all to participate in census


Some excerpts :

The Latino Action Network (LAN) is urging members of New Jersey’s Latino community — including undocumented immigrants — to participate fully in Census 2010, and said it is opposed to efforts by a minority to encourage a boycott of the national population count.
According to a press release from the LAN, in the coming months the network intends to sponsor several statewide events aimed at fostering an understanding of the importance of the census.

LAN is partnering with the National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) as part of its Latino Census Network.

Frank Argote-Freyre, interim chairman of the LAN, said, “We reject all calls for a boycott by those who argue it will pressure the federal government into enacting comprehensive immigration reform. The immigrant community, documented and undocumented, is struggling for acceptance and a boycott sends the message that they do not want to participate in this society.

“The vast majority of immigrants have come to build this great nation. They are proud of the United States and want it to reach even greater heights. They want to participate and be recognized for their contributions,” he said.

Youth, Minorities, Politics :


Vicente Duque

Anonymous said...

If you are going to do a follow-uo comment to Anon, have the decency to post Anon's comment. If you do not post that comment, we have to think that no one made a comment and that you are trying to reinforce what you just said. Get it?

Dee said...

Any of your comments that uses profanity or calls me names will NOT be published. Period. Those are the rules and I will CONTINUE to enforce them regardless of what you say!

I responded to your earlier comment because you totally misunderstood what she said and I clarified.

Per your response, you do finally understand what she was saying, even if you don't agree with what she said.

Anonymous said...

And those Americans who voted for Bush needed a literacy test also. So what is the difference?

Anonymous said...

I am still waiting for an explanation as to how what Tancredo said was racist. He never mentioned any particular race so how did race get interjected into this? There are stupid, illiterate white people also obviously because they were the majority that voted Bush into office.

Vicente Duque said...

The Joe Wilson Fan Clubs - The Greatest Troll against the U.S. President - The Pledge of Fans for Vulgarity and Grossness

I got these news :

There is an organization called Joe Wilsons Fan Clubs that groups all the many Fan Clubs of this House Representative from South Carolina.

They recruit new fans inside the Tebaggers Parties.

Pledge of the Joe Wilson Fans :

1) We will lack sensitivity or discernment, we will be unrefined, offensive and disgusting against all these Communits Liberals. We will award a monthly prize to the brutishly coarse in behavior, the aspiration to be crude and unpolite.

2) We will combat with strong heckling and other forceful measures the Empathy of that Communist Obama and Communist Justice Sonia Sotomayor and we will demand our country back. Fight Empathy and Sympathy against the Other and the Otherness.

3) We ask for more heckling against Obama and ask representative Joe Wilson to unfurl the Confederate Flag in the next joint session of Congress with the President.

4) We demand that all glasses of milk and cookies are denied in schools to children that look Latino or Immigrant, whether paid by the taxpayer or not, or by private monies. And we demand that all hospitals and clinics deny attention to "coloreds" that look immigrant. That way we can exterminate those Mexican Cockroaches. They will die of their own filth.

5) We demand the construction of 1,000 new locomotives and 10,000 cattle wagons to evict the "12 million" spics and beaners that infest our country. And don't forget the steel rails.

6) We ask for a march on Washington, dressed in Confederate attire and camping on the Lincoln Monument to protest against Martin Luther King and Obama, the Antichrist.

7) We ask of all our Christian Churches to exclude all people that are not perfect White Milk and to return to the Good Ole Bible Precepts. We will sing "Return to Plantations".

8) We demand the extermination with our Powerful Drones of all that people that wear turbans and white pajamas. Air strikes against those parasites will bring perfect security for America the Beautiful.

9) We demand bombing Iran and destroying that sanctuary of Mecca with Hydrogen and Neutron Bombs, the Neutron Bombs are for places where we can do sacking and pillage.

10) We demand that our wars are fought only by Nato Allies and Stupid Third Worlders, so as not to endanger the valuable American Lives. Use the Cannon Fodder, the Turk Heads, and use the cat's paw to draw chestnuts from the fire.

11) If you don't have confederate attire then you can use the Klu Klux Klan robes of your ancestors. If you are too poor for either one, then wear a cardboard box with a sign of "Joe Wilson for President".

Signed : The JoeWilsons


Vicente Duque

ultima said...

I don't believe any reasonable person would construe remarks about the need for literacy and fluency in English as a condition for citizenship and voting privileges to be racist. It simply isn't so. The current English requirement for citizenship is a farce and we all know it because otherwise there would be no need for multi-lingual ballots and other official govenment publications and proceedings. What an incredible and unnecessary waste!

I believe there is a difference between a show biz personality using the word "retard" and the president's chief of staff using it. Shouldn't we be able to expect higher standards in the White House? Oh wait! There was some guy named Clinton who debased the office of the presidency with his sexual peccadillos and grossness.

Vicente Duque said...

Super Right Wing Weekly Standard : Battle of two Republican Tyrannosaurs in Texas - If they bite very hard each other, then a Democrat Asteroid will kill them

The Prize for this battle is 4 or 5 new seats in the House of Representatives for Texas and lots of Federal Money - Texas has many Electoral Votes for a Presidential Contest.

Weekly Standard
Texas Deathmatch
Two GOP heavyweights in a fight to the finish.
By Fred Barnes
February 22, 2010

Texas Deathmatch

Some excerpts :

Last week, Palin returned to Texas to speak at a rally for Perry outside Houston. (She noted Trig was “almost a Texan.”) Perry is facing a primary challenge from Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Palin took up the theme of his campaign: He’s the Texas candidate, Hutchison belongs to the alien world of Washington. “What’s it going to be,” Palin said, “the way they operate in D.C. or the way y’all get things done in Texas?”

Sharply contested primaries are often defended as invigorating for political parties. But this one is more likely to be harmful to whoever wins. Perry and Hutchison have portrayed each other in harsh terms—Perry as a patron of cronyism that borders on corruption; Hutchison as an aloof, Washington big spender—that practically write the TV ads for the Democratic candidate, probably former Houston mayor Bill White. Perry is regarded as the stronger primary candidate, Hutchison the better vote-getter in the general election because of her appeal to moderates. At the moment, Perry leads Hutchison by double digits in primary polls. Against White, both run about 5 percentage points ahead.

The trepidation of Republicans is twofold. Should White win the governorship, he might sweep Democrats into office at the state and local level, particularly in Houston and Dallas. Even if Republicans retain control of the state legislature, White as governor could force reapportionment of congressional districts into the federal courts just as Texas is gaining as many as four or five House seats thanks to population growth. That could cost Republicans seats.

At a time when the party is just recovering from heavy defeats in 2006 and 2008, the loss of Texas would be a major setback—and awfully embarrassing. For the past two decades, Texas has been one of the biggest arenas of Republican success.

But the anxiety, while not un-founded, is overblown. I suspect one reason for the angst is that the Perry-Hutchison battle has become a blood feud. Another is that it was unnecessary. Hutchison is the most successful Republican office seeker in Texas history. She has never received less than 60 percent of the vote in her four Senate races. She wanted to run for governor in 2006 and tried to force Perry to withdraw without a primary contest.

One more thing. The agony of a bitter primary for Republicans may extend past March 2. If the third Republican candidate, Debra Medina—a Ron Paul follower—attracts enough votes she could deny Perry or Hutchison a majority and force a runoff on April 13.

Given that Perry voters are the most likely to vote, his chances in a runoff look good. But unexpected things can happen in politics. Hutchison, should she lose to Perry, may make the perfectly sensible decision to stay in the Senate. If that happens, Republicans may get what they’ve wanted all along: to keep Governor Perry and Senator Hutchison. No doubt Palin would be pleased, too.

Youth, Minorities, Politics :


Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque said...

The study of Authoritarianism and Authoritarians - Political Science and Psychology - Scholarly Work - Authoritarians in Tumultuous Times

Huffington Post
The Tea Party Movement Is a National Embarrassment

By Stuart Whatley
Stuart Whatley is a Huffington Post Associate Blog Editor in the Washington D.C. bureau. Other than HuffPost, his writing has appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Guardian, TruthDig.com, The American Prospect, Free Inquiry and other outlets.
February 9, 2010

The Tea Party Movement Is a National Embarrassment


Some excerpts :

In Authoritarianism & Polarization in American Politics, a revealing work of political science published last year that unfortunately went somewhat unnoticed, Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler describe a specific worldview—authoritarianism—which they argue lies at the heart of political polarization in modern American politics. (It should be noted: their use of the term is not related to the more quotidian and overly negative connotation associated with despotic regimes; rather, it describes a particular lens through which certain people view the world, based on a wide range of scholarly work spanning the fields of psychology, sociology, political science, and other cognitive sciences.)

According to Hetherington and Weiler, authoritarians tend to rely more on emotion and instinct in decision-making, view politics in black and white, resent confusion or ambiguity in the social order, and are suspicious of specific groups who they believe could alter that order (typically gays and immigrants). The difference between authoritarians and nonauthoritarians, according to the authors, becomes far more pronounced during tumultuous economic or social periods when there are more perceived “threats.” During such times, authoritarians in particular lose accuracy motivation and, “become much less interested than nonauthoritarians in seeking information that [is] balanced in its approach, and much more interested in pursuing one-sided information that reinforc[es] existing beliefs.” Or in other words, they are highly susceptible to misinformation campaigns, the likes of which pervaded the health care reform debate last summer.

Most every characteristic of an authoritarian worldview lends itself well to the impassioned rhetoric of the tea party movement and the shrewd players operating behind the scenes and atop the soap box. The movement’s overly simplified, often-confused solutions to complex problems align with authoritarians’ Manichean worldview.


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