Rachel Maddow Sums It Up Beautifully

After an amazing night, where the country chose to progress forward into the 21st century, I was incredibly happy…and I slept quite well, I might add. I expected the President to win a second term, but I didn’t expect the Republican majority in the House of Representatives to shrink and the Democratic majority in the Senate to grow. I was pleasantly surprised that, for the first time in U.S. history, voters approved of marriage equality in three states and against discrimination in Minnesota. It was an incredible night for the entire country.

I am so proud to be an American. We finally have the chance to have a government that works for the 100 percent. Climate change can finally be seriously addressed. The United States now ensures access to healthcare, and we’re closer to achieving universal healthcare like the rest of the developed world. Marriage equality across the land is even closer to becoming a wonderful reality. The hundreds of millions of dollars spent by dark money groups to ensure the status quo remains ultimately meant nothing. Americans spoke loud and clear. Our democratic republic is alive and well.

Rachel Maddow summed up just what this election meant for the nation:

“We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade. There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this Court. We’re not going to repeal health reform. Nobody is going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance. We are not going to do that.

“We are not going to give a 20 percent tax cut to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kid’s health insurance to cover the cost of that tax cut. We’re not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control under the insurance plan that you’re on. We are not going to redefine rape. We are not going to amend the United States Constitution to stop gay people from getting married. We’re not going to double Guantanamo. We are not eliminating the Department of Energy or the Department of Education or [the Department of] Housing [and Urban Development] at the federal level. We are not going to spend two trillion dollars on the military that the military does not want. We are not scaling back on student loans because the country’s new plan is that you should borrow money from your parents. We’re not vetoing the Dream Act. We are not self-deporting. We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt. We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in January. We are not going to have, as a President, a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared gay kid, to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help, and there was no apology, not ever.

“We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton. We are not bringing Dick Cheney back. We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with architects of the Iraq War. We are not going to do it. We had the choice to do that if we wanted to do that as a country, and we said ‘no’ last night, loudly.

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“Ohio really did go to President Obama last night, and he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii, and he really is legitimately President of the United States, again, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month, and the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy, and the polls were not skewed to over-sample Democrats, and Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math, and climate change is real, and rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes, and evolution is a thing, and Benghazi was ‘on’ us, it was not a scandal ‘by’ us, and no one is taking away any one’s guns, and taxes have not gone up, and the deficit is dropping, actually, and Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, and the moon landing was real, and FEMA is not building concentration camps, and UN election observers are not taking over Texas, and moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in the country are not the same thing as communism…

“…in this country, we have a two-party system in government and the idea is supposed to be that the two sides both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems, and we debate between those possible solutions, and by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition between good ideas from both sides about real problems in the real country should result in our country having better choices, better options than if only one side is really working on the hard stuff…if the Republican Party and the Conservative Movement and the conservative media is stuck in a vacuum-sealed, door-locked spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived as a nation of the constructive debate between competing, feasible ideas about real problems…they [GOP] are going to have to pop the factual bubble they have been so happy living inside if they do not want to get shellacked again, and that will be a painful process for them I’m sure, but it will be good for the whole country, left, right and center.

What To Expect In 2012 (My Two Cents)

I’m going to take that crystal ball out of storage, polish it up and gaze into the future…..ok, so I’m just going to guess what I think the following year will bring based on what’s happening as this year comes to a close.

  1. One World Trade Center will be completed in 2012. The 1,776-ft. tower is on schedule to be completed by late next year. Opening to the public is scheduled for early 2013. The world (and this blog) is loving the amazing progress at the new World Trade Center site.
  2. Iran’s nuclear ambitions may cause a steep rise in gas prices. As Iran continues to invest in nuclear weapons, it faces the threat of economic sanctions from the United States and the European Union. So, Iran has threatened to close off the Strait of Hormuz (at the base of the Persian Gulf) from all oil exports if the US and EU go through with the sanctions. If this were to happen, a large chunk of the world’s oil supply coming from the Middle East would go nowhere and the price of gas would skyrocket. Let’s hope a deal is reached…
  3. Donald Trump may still try to enter the 2012 Presidential Election…as an Independent. Mr. Trump recently left the Republican Party (that’s a very good thing for the GOP) and re-registered as an independent. The infamous media whore and chronic attention-seeker has indicated he may still run. Sarah Palin has also flirted with running as an independent. If either or both of them decided to run, they would split the GOP vote, which would definitely give the President a second term.
  4. The crazy GOP field of candidates will hand a second term to President Obama. Michelle Bachmann. Rick Perry. Herman Cain. Newt Gingrich. Ron Paul. Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum. If you need any more explanation, you have been living under a rock the past 12 months. The GOP can’t decide on a candidate, each candidate keeps saying insane, insulting things, the economy is improving, and, as mentioned in my previous prediction, Trump and/or Palin may still enter the presidential race. These things combined equal a second term for President Obama. The crazy, far-right crop of GOP candidates is a sad reflection on American politics today….but it’s also incredibly entertaining. 😉
  5. Madonna’s 12th studio album will come out! I cannot wait for Madonna’s new album. Her new single, “Give Me all Your Luvin'” will feature Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. and is set to be released in late January. She will sing it live, along with a few Madonna classics, at the Super Bowl on February 5th. If the new single is anything like the demo that leaked a couple of months ago (entitled “Give Me All Your Love”), it will be an incredible album (Benny Benassi and William Orbit are co-producers). A world tour is expected to start in late 2012.
  6. Democratic revolution will continue to rock the Arab world. Many Middle Eastern dictators were ousted and one (Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi) was killed in the midst of revolution. Young people all over the Arab world are overthrowing the regimes of old in favor of democracy. The revolutions continue to rage; In Egypt, there’s an uprising against the military-led government…the military that took power after Hosni Mubarak was thrown out earlier this year.

“Nuts” Isn’t The Word….

This election cycle keeps getting more and more crazy.

First, Michele Bachmann announces she is running for President and wins the Iowa Straw Poll (which is pretty easy for religious-right candidates to do) and then Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he’s running. Oh yeah, he also held a prayer conference/rally in Houston where he invited America’s other 49 governors to come hear crazy, bigoted rants from religious zealots who believe it is their job to radically change the United States…and that Oprah is the harbinger of the Antichrist and gays are evil. So much for separation of church and state.

As I’ve written about before, Bachmann is a darling of the religious far-right. Her pseudo-therapist husband was busted for practicing conversion therapy at his Minnesota office. Conversion therapy, in case you aren’t familiar with it, is a medically unsound, mentally dangerous practice where a doctor tries to change the sexual orientation of his or her patient. The American Psychological Association and several other professional, credible organizations all condemn conversion therapy as dangerous. But to a woman who believes gays are a “part of Satan,” what ever those “secular” organizations have to say is irrelevant to Bachmann and her husband.

Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Perry held a prayer rally called “The Response,” where various evangelical speakers and leaders prayed for the nation to “come back to God.” This event may have looked like a modern conference with large television screens, good lighting and special effects, but it contained the same fire-and-brimstone rhetoric that “old-time” preachers and televangelists have been spewing for decades.

I could simply provide the incredible quotes of the loons who helped put on The Response. However, I think seeing and hearing them makes more of an impact…

This goes far beyond politics. Debating on what the tax rate for the richest Americans should be is one thing. Believing that we’re living in the “end times” and that gays, feminists, liberals, and any other group that is not a part of the religious right are all evil is completely different. Exactly how can you be an effective leader when you see your opposition as evil? Where does the insanity stop? If you think you’re chosen by God “bring America back to God,” what’s to stop you from trying to abolish the First Amendment or use the power of the law to discriminate against whole groups of people?

Please, GOP, PLEASE nominate someone who is not Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry. I realize the Tea Party and Moral Majority made you nutty, but please don’t embrace and promote such extremists as candidates for the most powerful position in the world. Sincerely, the rest of the world.

My Two Cents on Bachmann’s Extreme Beliefs

The more that is revealed about Michele Bachmann and her beliefs, the more insane the thought becomes that she could become the presidential candidate for a major political party in the United States. “Crazy Eyes” is not only far from the mainstream, she’s downright dangerous to our democracy.

For example, Bachman adheres to Dispensationalism, the fundamentalist Christian belief that the return of Jesus Christ is nigh. This eschatological system flourished in the early 20th century in direct opposition to rapid societal change. Rather than adapt and accept new attitudes and scientific discoveries, dispensationalists formed religious denominations, such as the well-known Assemblies of God, and closed themselves in from the rest of society

This explains why in the year 2011, we still have people who believe the earth is 6,000 years old, Darwinian Evolution is false (despite the massive amounts of evidence), homosexuals can be “cured” or should even be arrested and/or put to death and that women belong exclusively in the home. It also explains why in early the 21st century, despite great scientific, technological and societal advances, millions of Americans believe that the end of the world is near.

Bachmann had this to say in 2006 while praying for a friend’s anti-gay ministry:

Lord, the day is at hand. We are in the last days. You’re Jehovah God. We know that the times are in your hands and we give them to you, but we also, Lord, are astute enough to recognize the blossom on the fig tree is opening. The day is at hand, Lord, when your return will come nigh. Nothing is more important than bringing sheep into the fold and bringing new life into the kingdom.

When someone believes that the return of Jesus Christ is “nigh,” we simply call them “nutty.” However, when someone who sounds like a crazy televangelist is close to becoming the most powerful person in the world, it is frightening. Who cares about diplomacy, global stability, making the world a better place or advancing humanity into a global civilization when Jesus is comin’ ’round the mountain?

It should also come as no surprise that Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, has been exposed as a fraudulent therapist. His “quality, Christian counseling” office was busted for practicing reparative therapy, a dangerous and unsound “treatment” aimed at curing patients of their homosexuality. The American Psychiatric Association, The American Medical Association, The American Psychological Association, The American Psychoanalytic Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics and The American Association of Social Workers all state that sexual orientation cannot, and should not, be changed. But who cares what they say? They’re just evil, secular organizations bent on destroying the American family and bringing about the Anti-Christ, right?

Mrs. Bachmann shares her husband’s sentiments on homosexuality, claiming homosexuals are in “[spiritual] bondage” and a “part of Satan.” And this woman wants to be President of the United States of America??! (She has said countless other insane things, as I’ve written about here and here)

Michele Bachmann may be a favorite of the religious far-right, but she’s bad news for the rest of the country and the world. The thought of someone like her in control of the nation’s nuclear arsenal and military is frightening. The thought of someone like her directing any kind of policy should be enough to make anyone vote against her.

Crazy Election Theatre: Enter Michele Bachmann From Far-Right…

As the 2012 Presidential Election draws near, political craziness has been exponentially increasing. Mitt Romney’s short-lived campaign has essentially been decimated by fellow Republicans. Newt Gingrich has been abandoned by his own staff. Small government, libertarian conservatives are sparring with big government, social conservatives over issues like same-sex marriage and what the tax rate should be. So far, the Republican side has Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum…..and Michele “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann.

Stimulus? What Stimulus?!

It turns out the stimulus worked….I know crazy, right?! Despite slow-but-steady economic growth, many are claiming The Stimulus didn’t work….many who benefitted form the Economic Stimulus and are now claiming credit for it.

On yesterday’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow brilliantly showed her viewers the political hackery of 2012 Presidential Election candidates Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney.

Watch: