If we were having coffee…

IMG_20160609_141651I would start with a smile, and a nod, and just say, “Hillary.”

It’s about damn time.  Although Hillary hasn’t made the final hurdle yet, to think that we haven’t even had a woman run as the nominee of a major political party is pathetic.  Supposedly we are the “leaders of the free world,” but we are way behind in this area.  Do you know how many countries have had a woman leader before us? Well, there is:

Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, Denmark, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, France, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Malawi, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

– shout out to Greg Laden’s Blog for putting that list together.

Of course I love Bernie, and I’m hoping that Elizabeth Warren will balance out the ticket, but I am proud that Hillary made it.  It’s a step we have to take.  It reminds me of when Condoleezza Rice, though a Republican, was consumed with emotion after President Obama won the election in 2008.

 

Of course, if we
were having coffee
and you were a liberal…
I’d probably be a little more rude
while discussing the rest of this year’s
election cycle.

First off, we’d have to congratulate the Republicans.

This is a cause and effect,
we get what we give,
world. For Obama’s entire
presidency, you all refused to
work with an immensely qualified,
dignified beyond words, man
that came into office seeking
compromise. Now, after all of
your hard work at shutting down
every facet of government, you
are being bestowed with a leader,
the black hole of graciousness,
Donald Trump, that you yourselves
can’t work with. After years of
stoking the kindling
of “subtle” racism, you all
suddenly have a bonfire
of bigotry at the helm.  You
finally have a leader
you deserve… but
does the world
deserve him?

Thomas Marshall comp.preview

I guess that it is fitting that the Rebuplicans are freaking out in a year when their standard bearer of “jurisprudence” died. The guy had a way about him, but…

He used charisma as
an alchemist’s tool for
turning venom into wine, for
spreading darkness with a smile
and making you believe
that it was light. I always thought
Scalia had the power
of the force, but in the tradition
of Darth Vader searched
the darkness for its source
– destroying worlds of people
with the power of his thought, and
a righteous loathing to
bare justice on the
peons he oversaw.

Yes, I feel bad talking about the dead in this way.  Sadly his own people turned politics before he was even in the grave.  That says something about the shadow he cast.  That says something about the legacy that will last.

It’s pretty funny how the “protectors of the constitution” don’t want to allow Obama to replace him? Maybe that’s because we remember…

We remember how
they replaced Thurgood
Marshall with Clarence
Thomas, as if the color of
his skin could overlook the
injustice of replacing an
icon of freedom, with a slave
to the heathens of a
corporate, indoctrinated,
only the strong survive,
old boys club.

I also find it hilarious that the Republicans are forcing themselves to kneel before Trump, when Hillary is really the only true conservative left in the game.  Conservative as in status quo.  Conservative as in not so far from what was fiscally sound before the Tea-Partiers lost their minds over a black man running the show and ran the Republican party over a cliff.  You would think that anyone considering themselves a moderate, would be flocking to her.

If you look at where the candidates stand on the political compass from the last four election cycles, they have been racing each other to get as far over to the right, and become as authoritarian as possible.  Hillary is as far to the right fiscally as George Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney, though thankfully she is way closer to the median on equal rights and personal liberty on the Authoritarian/Libertarian scale. Check out these graphs via The Political Compass:

This falls in line with Noam Chomsky’s claim that, “In the US, there is basically one party – the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies.”

There’s a chance however
that we may be having coffee
and you are not a liberal…
then,
we’d probably talk about
the weather.

Oh, and to further light the fire within my conservative readers, because of course I love you all too, let me add this Obama video talking about gun control.  Wow, is there any comparison between the President and Trump on the “purely dignified” front?

Mr. President, we will miss you.

 

Written for the Weekend Coffee Share over at the Part-Time Monster blog.  

As always, feel free to bash me in the comments.

 

Featured image via http://www.umad.com

9 Comments

  1. You are right, your post is definitely partisan. And, of course, I completely agree with you. You have covered so much territory and laid out that position very well. The graphs, pictures and videos you chose are perfect. Well done!

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  2. While I can appreciate the idea of a woman being nominated for President by one of our major parties, I cannot appreciate that it is Hillary. For far too many reasons, she is somebody I simply cannot vote for. You point out a number of them just by pointing out how conservative she is. And I also cannot vote for Trump. Which means that in November I will be voting for everything else on the ballot except the Presidency. This is the worst Presidential election in my lifetime.

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  3. I don’t like Santa-ism…. I don’t like those who are always on their iPhone , or trolling the social media, looking for some viral videos I guess that makes me a conservative…. that’s why I’m voting for Hillary.

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  4. Well, I have to admit that I skimmed through some of your post as I’m Australian. We are going to the polls Federally soon too and I’ve lost faith in both so-called sides of politics. I’ve become quite cynical about politicians and I’m far from alone. I can’t believe any of their promises so in the process of subtracting that, I’m wondering what is left…
    xx Rowena

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  5. Interesting take on things, particularly the way the Republicans ways have circled back around on them. As a liberal, I would be nodding in agreement, and I would say I agree about Hillary in that it’s about time. I will vote for her, but would have preferred Bernie. I love President Obama’s answer to the gun question.
    Thank you for the coffee. 🙂

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