Monthly Archives: March 2012
Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois was reportedly removed from the House floor after wearing a “hoodie” and sunglasses in protest of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.
“Racial profiling has to stop,” Congressman Rush said as he peeled off his suit jacket to reveal a hoodie underneath, at which point he pulled the hood over his head and replaced his glasses with sunglasses. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”
The Congressman then began citing passages from the Bible about the need “to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” and about being “sent … to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to recover the sight to the blind and to set the oppressed free …. I urge all men who hear these words to heed these lessons.”
Republican Tea Party Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi, who was presiding over the chamber at the moment, repeatedly hammered the gavel and tried to interrupt Rush, but he kept talking with a louder voice.
“May God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his family,” Congressman Rush shouted. He was still yelling as he was escorted off the floor by the House Sergeant at Arms.
Harper said Rush was removed for having violated House rules by wearing a hoodie and then felt the need to remind those in the chamber of the rules.
“Clause 5 of Rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session,” Harper said after Rush had been taken out. “The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”
Congressman Rush made a clear statement that the clothes do not “make the man”, while Harper demonstrated something entirely different. The entire Democratic Caucus needs to show up on the floor of the House in hoodies and sun glasses, and force someone like Harper to have hundreds of members of Congress escorted from the floor.
Well done Congressman Rush, very well done.
According to news reports Russian President Dmitry Medvedev responded to Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential frontrunner Willard Mitt Romney and his fellow political comedians (also known as GOTP presidential candidates) saying they need to flip their calendars out of the Cold War and stop making Russia out to be America’s “No. 1 enemy.”
“I always get very cautious when I see a country resort to phrasings such as ‘No. 1 enemy.’ It is very reminiscent of Hollywood in a certain period of history,” Medvedev said, through a translator, at the nuclear security summit in Seoul, South Korea.
He also said presidential candidates need “to listen to reason when they formulate their positions,” adding, “Reason never harmed a presidential candidate.”
The Russian President was responding to questions from the press about Romney’s declaration that Russia was “without question, our No. 1 geopolitical foe,” after an “open mic” incident involving Medvedev and President Barack Obama.
“My other advice is to check their clocks from time to time,” Medvedev said. “It is 2012, not the mid-1970s. No matter what party a candidate represents, he has to take the current state of affairs into account.”
Medvedev is exactly right, the GOTP candidates – particularly Romney – need to stop acting like its 1980 and the “Evil Empire” still exists; Romney’s in no way Ronald Reagan, and he really needs to stop running as though he were; of course it would help if his audience would also come into the 21st century.
Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopeful Richard John “Rick” Santorum is reportedly defending having cursed at New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny on Fox News as normal for a “real Republican.”
“If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of a campaign, you’re not really a real Republican, is the way I look at it,” he said on “Fox & Friends.”
So, “Real Republicans” use foul language? The only way to be a “real Republican” is to swear and rant at reporters?
Reportedly Zeleny asked Santorum about comments he made in Wisconsin that Romney was the “worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.”
“You said Mitt Romney is the worst Republican in the country,” said Zeleny. “Is that true?”
“Stop lying,” Santorum said irately, pointing his finger at him, claiming that he was only talking about Romney’s health care positions. “Quit distorting my words … if I see it, it’s bullsh*t.”
“It was just one of these harassing moments, and after having answered the question a few times, sort of comes back with the same old question, the same old spin. I just said, ‘Okay, I’ve had enough of this you-know-what.’ And so that’s what I did. Look, we’re out there slugging away. We’re the candidate out there that’s mixing it up, and we’re mixing it up.”
It’s understood the Tea Party rabble on the uber-right of today’s Republican party enjoy it when their candidates “mix it up” with reporters, but it isn’t particularly presidential to swear at them, or to lose one’s temper at legitimate questions, and it doesn’t speak well of the party of so-called “family values”.
Part of the “vetting” process of our presidential candidates is getting to see how they react under the daily pressure of campaigning; it allows the voter to get a glimpse of how the men and women wanting to be president will react to the ongoing demands of the job.
An “undoing” moment for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination occurred when she broke down and began to cry, it may have made her look more feminine but it didn’t look presidential.
Santorum has these ongoing back and forth moments between looking viable and looking sophomoric, and right now he’s leaning over sideways to sophomoric.
It’s being reported that while Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopeful Rick Santorum was visiting a firing range, during a campaign stop in West Monroe, Louisiana, taking a few shots at paper targets in front of an applauding group of supporters (cue the banjos) a woman called out (why am I not surprised), “Pretend it’s Obama!”
Because he was wearing hearing protection Santorum didn’t hear the moronic statement, and much to his credit he later told reporters he was glad he hadn’t heard it.
“It’s absurd,” he said. “No, we’re not pretending it’s anybody, but shooting pistols. It’s a very terrible and horrible remark, and I’m glad I didn’t hear it.”
This is one of those moments which defines a man’s character and adds to his stature and I applaud Santorum for standing up and saying the comment was wrong. It will no doubt cost him some votes with the type of people who say such things but in a tight primary season he did the right thing.
I like these little moments when I can see what his real values are, and that he knows when something is wrong. I disagree with most of what Rick Santorum believes in politically but I have a great deal of respect for him as a person and as a candidate because unlike other GOTP candidates his core values apparently can’t be shaken away and redrawn.