Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Oct. 26, 2013
"From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that...but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats." (Nixon Strategist Kevin Phillips May 17, 1970 New York Times)

My how times haven't changed.

We are in 2014 and most southern and several northern states are still fighting the Civil War. It seems many of our citizens can not and will not accept the fact that a black man and his family lawfully reside at the White House. There has been blatant and not-so-blatant racism of elected representatives, who would rather de-legitimize President Obama's accomplishments or even existence on our national scene.

When the history is written, the three black American figuresmost likely to dominate the history books will be Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and President Barack Obama. They are all pioneers in American history.

With that said, WHY are Republicans doing everything in their collective power to suppress African Americans and women instead of getting them on THEIR side. Mrs. Clinton will be the likely front-running candidate for the Democrats and right now the radical right dominates the GOP. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and the more moderate Chris Christie. 

Each one of those Republican politicians have said and done things during their tenure to alienate African Americans OR Women. That is a lot of voters. Women make up 51% of the electorate alone.

The southern states and states like Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia and North Dakota have enacted radical abortion laws. The state Republican legislatures, aided by their GOP governors have ramrodded anti-abortion measures and closed health care clinics. This has forced women to circumvent these laws by crossing state lines to get abortions in other states. The kicker is that abortion is LEGAL in all 50 states. It has been upholded by the U.S. Supreme Court since the early 1970's.

Someone explain to me how alienating women is a good way to win elections in 2013? 

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was even in the polls this past spring with his Democratic rival for governor Terry McAuliffe. McAuliffe is a moderate Democrat and Cuccinelli has championed anti sodemy laws, anti-abortion measures. Cuccinelli is a crusader against many social issues that have spiraled him out of contention. As Attorney General, he has also gotten himself into the same mess as the current governor of the state for taking "BRIBES" from a businessman in the area. He also is leading a charge to get many Democrats purged from the voter rolls in Virginia. Cuccinelli is now 10 points behind in that race.

North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory "Promised" not to touch the abortion laws in his state during his campaign in 2012. Half way through the year his state passed some of the most draconian anti-abortion laws. North Carolina is also in a war against it's own black citizens. There were cases in college towns where the GOP-run election boards tried to dispute the residence of it's college students. These boards also shrunk the amount of polling places in those cities making it very difficult to vote for students. Students who were able to vote ON CAMPUS now had to take a bus and walk down narrow roads to get to the polling place. That, of course, is in the more Democratic precints. The college in the Republican precinct will have no trouble voting on campus.

Call it whatever you want to call it. I call it "FUCKING STUPID." These are stupid people running the show. They are not embracing anyone except white people. We don't live in a "WHITES ONLY" country anymore. Those battles have been waged and lost by these narrow-minded manipulators of far right thinking.

I know Fox News and it's programming has a BIG following. The numbers are astounding but only in a small demographic. The amount of people who blindly follow Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and even the looney tune Ann Coulter do not make up enough to even make a dent in a national election.

So what do these "Journalists" on the right do? They make money off like-minded "Conservatives." People who USED to associate themselves with the "Conservative Wing" of the GOP are looking at a whole NEW ballgame since 2009. These Michelle Bachmann's, Eric Cantors, Ted Cruz's are GREAT at raising money from THEIR constituents. Since only 21% of the American electorate are registered Republicans (and shrinking), it is THAT money that drives them to speak more radically to raise more money.

This latest government shutdown pissed off the business people on Wall Street enough to start backing more moderate Republicans next time (2014). There is a great chance that the House of Representatives will be in play for the Democrats. There is one problem...It won't be the most radical Tea Party members who are in danger of losing. A few of them will, but they are in relatively safe districts unless someone spends a lot of money to defeat them in their primaries.

We may see Democratic organizations shell out big bucks to defeat the Tea Party candidates.

The old "Southern Strategy" is not working anymore. Whatever this NEW "Southern Strategy" is failing on an epic level right now. 

The GOP is imploding and that is NOT good for America. We must have a strong two-party system.

This next year will be the MOST important year in recent political history. The entire political landscape is on the line and the midterm elections will tell us exactly what to expect.

Oct. 25, 2013

Robin to Batman: The way we get into these scrapes and get out of them, it's almost as though someone was dreaming up these situations; guiding our destiny. (From "Batman" TV series, 1966)

How is it all gonna play out?

How will Obama and Biden maneuver their way through the political rubble that is now Washington?

Will our heros be able to squelch the fierce opposition of the Joker (John Boenher)?

Will the elder Catwoman (Nancy Pelosi) survive the evil radicals on the right and take back her gavel?

Will Alfred (Harry Reid) once again resort to fisticuffs with the Penguin (Mitch McConnell, or will the Penguin just disappear in the night in November, 2014?

What about the Riddler (Paul Ryan)? Riddle me this...Will he really come out with a GOP Healthcare Plan?

The big question that MUST be answered is will the evil villains shut the government down again in January and destroy their party in the process. The villains have been on a course of self destruction since November, 2010 when Gotham City was overrun by Tea Party Radicals.

Will the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare actually have a chance to succeed? Will more Republican governors follow Jan Brewer and John Kasich and expand Medicaid bolstering their state coffers in the process?

Will the 37 congressional seats (including Paul Ryan's) actually turn back over to the Democrats, or enough to give the Dems the House of Representatives?

Will the GOP pick up any senate seats in 2014?

Finally...Will the GOP give up on defunding Obamacare, or will they just make up stuff about the LAW BEING BAD, because their website isn't functioning properly, much like Bush's "Medicare Part D" debacle of 2006? In those days, many of the members of congress now screaming about the ACA glitches were imploring the country to be patient about the glitches for "Medicare Part D."

We will all find out "Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel."


Oct. 17, 2013

"The American people are completely fed up with Washington!"
  (President Obama 10/17/2013)

Read between the lines. President Obama includes himself and his administration in that one statement, along with the least productive Congress in U.S. history. 

We have all read the stories this past month. We know all the players, heros and villains alike (depending which side you favor).

The President and congressional leadership met several times in the final week of the shutdown. Speaker Boehner went on all the news outlets and gave several press conferences and raised his level of rhetoric to an alltime high. 

I thought Boehner did a great acting job of sounding angry: "This is not a damn game" he shouted out one morning in a press conference, but it really was a game that played out in a strange Kabuki-like atmosphere.

Boehner was ALWAYS going to take a deal. He really had no choice. His caucus full of radical Tea Party advocates insisted he drag everyone down and get concessions from Obama and his team. President Obama pledged NOT to ever negotiate again after that August, 2011 Sequestration debacle.

I contend that the leaders all cooked up the timetable in the oval office, even at the expense of $24 Billion. Obama knew that Boehner had to take this to the wire. I believe Obama, Boehner, McConnell, Reid and Pelosi played this hand together. Everyone played their roles perfectly throughout the crisis.

This was a political conspiracy in which they ALL participated and the end game may be the elimination of Tea Party dominance of the GOP. Our country NEEDS a strong two-party system.

My question will be answered in the next few weeks IF any of Obama's 3 end-of-year agenda items (Budget, Immigration & Farm Bill) are acted upon in a bi-partisan way. If Boehner brings ANY of these 3 Seanate-passed bills to the floor and allows Democrats to vote along with Republicans, without having to have a majority of Republicans behind the bills, then we will know.

If John Boehner lets Congress start working its will as a whole body, then we can look back on this episode and we will know leadership and Obama teamed up to thwart the Tea Party hold on our country.

Oct. 9, 2013

10/10/13 UPDATE:

The Koch Brothers sent a letter to congress and the White House yesterday walking back their involvement in the "Defund Obamacare" part of the government shutdown and their support of " Raising the Debt Limit." 

The Brothers Koch have created a monster in backing all these radical right wing Tea Party organizations and now they are having trouble holding the reins on this runaway faction in congress. This is the monster THEY created. It would greatly affect THEIR bottom line. They will lose billions if the Debt Limit is not raised and they realize it.

The Koch Brothers NEED Paul Ryan more than ever right now. See below for solutions.

10/9/13 Post:

"... this doesn't have to be another crisis. It could be a breakthrough. We have an opportunity here to pay down the national debt and jump-start the economy, if we start talking, and talking specifics, now. To break the deadlock, both sides should agree to common-sense reforms of the country's entitlement programs and tax code."
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in Wall Street Journal (10/9/13)

This is how the stalemate is going to end. 

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has the ear of the radicals in the house on the right and is helping Boehner and Cantor walk back a lot of the demands the GOP has made, causing the government shutdown.

Ryan is the budget guru in Congress for the Republicans and seems to have the key that will open the government doors. Keep in mind he must walk a fine line with the Tea Party. Even though they trust and look up to him, they are wary of anyone rising to the top of their party. 

Just hours after the Op Ed in the WSJ....Ryan reiterated that he still "wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act." That is Ryan keeping the Tea Partiers at bay. These people really have to tred lightly.

President Obama is trying everything in his bag of tricks into getting the Republicans to go where they know they will eventually have to go. That is more to the center and take the "gun aimed at the American people's head" away and start negotiating whatever it is they decide really is negotiable.

The ACA is off the table as far as defunding and repealing, but it is not even close to perfect as legislation. They can all work together to improve it. At some point the nasty rhetoric congress will have to start walking back.

As of October 9, 2013 Congress has a 5% Approval rating overall. Right now there are 17 GOP House seats in play in 2014. The house could turn blue if the Tea Party takes us to the brink.

Paul Ryan could actually step up and take over the GOP if he plays his cards right. He really could be the voice of reason and keep the far right at bay.

One last Paul Ryan quote from the WSJ: "That's why I want a budget agreement—because if we don't make the tough decisions now, we'll face only tougher decisions later. We can work together. We can do some good. All it takes is leadership—and for the president to come to the table."

This is the real way it will eventually go down.

Sep. 27, 2013

(Update 10/1/13):

There is no GOP End Game for the current government shutdown. Obama is not negotiating with the Tea Party political terrorists who have a hold on Speaker John Boehner. Boehner MUST stand up to the Tea Party wingnuts and team up with Nancy Pelosi and get a clean Continuing Resolution passed. It is going to happen, but how much pain will Boehner endure. His Speakership is all but lost anyway.

9/27/13 Post:

"I will not negotiate over Congress's refusal to pay it's bills"
President Obama, September 27, 2013

I know I'm tired of this garbage in Washington. I would imagine most everyday Americans are weary of our government being held hostage by a few Tea Party members, who were sent to DC to disrupt government.

John McCain and his more moderate buddies need to start siding with the Democrats and re-building long-lost bi-partisan coalitions to stop this nonsense once and for all.

I don't need to explain for the umpteenth time how the GOP irresponsibility could cause our government to shut down for reasons that have nothing to do with the deficit. President Obama will NOT repeal his own ACA (Obamacare) legislation. "Not gonna happen" he told the White House Press core.

Obama also laid the law down about the upcoming "Debt Ceiling" issue. He warned Congress to "Pay your bills." The Debt Ceiling limit must be raised so Congress can pay the bills THEY have racked up. Ronald Reagan raised it 18 times in his eight-year term. 

John Boehner has postered that Obama WILL negotiate. I'm telling you he won't negotiate like he did in 2011.

The House of Representatives will have to figure out how to undo all the bad will they have created for themselves threatening to shut the government down and/or put the U.S. full faith and credit at risk with this Debt Ceiling Limit business.

President Barack Obama will NOT be the one shutting our government down. This one sits in Congress's corner.

Come on guys and girls...Get your shit together before it is too late.