I’m just going to say it now, I’m voting for President Obama in 2012. There isn’t ONE viable Republican Candidate out there who could possibly make me believe for one tiny little second that they would be good for this country.
I thought, perhaps, Newt Gingrich. Alas, the man let me down. He attacked Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan – which honestly I don’t have an opinion on, yet – and then he lost his nerve and his cajones and APOLOGIZED after being attacked by the far and not so far right for being honest. The man gave an honest answer to a question and then backed away from it, which sucks because Gingrich is a centralist and now he doesn’t stand a chance. <sigh> Here are two of your Republican 2012 Candidates.
Michele Bachmann – Bachmann wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her on her ass and stayed there. She is the new Sarah Palin – someone pretty that just distorts the truth. Unfortunately, people who like her don’t bother to go and check to see if she’s telling the truth. Want an example? According to both FactCheck.org and Politifact.com, “on Saturday, March 26th, 2011 in a speech at the Conservative Principles PAC Conference”, Bachmann said the following:
“One. That’s the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office.”
And, she’s wrong. She’s not just wrong by a little, like she said one and there was really 3 or 4. That I would call a mistake. She’s off by at least 199. That’s a lie. A baldfaced lie made to get her followers all up in arms and mad at President Obama. Why wouldn’t you want to get your followers all up in arms about something Obama really did that burned your butt? Nope, Bachmann relies on lies and distorted truth to get her point across. I know there are smart women in the Republican Party, so why don’t one of them run?
Tim Pawlenty – Pawlenty just announced this past weekend. Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about him. So, I did what I always do and I started looking him up on the Internet, find out who his was (former Governor of our neighbor to the north Minnesota) and where he stands. I found a video on CNN.com where Pawlenty is speaking to CPAC. I’d like to see the whole video, but I’m sure I can find it somewhere. But, here’s the part that bugs the hell out of me:
“Our freedom is the very air we breathe and make no mistake, the policies of the left encroach everyday on the very freedom that has made this country great. We will never ever ever stop fighting for our freedom.”
Now, I understand that Pawlenty was speaking to a conservative group, so he’s going to lean very far to the right. However; over the last thirty years, (maybe more) the Republican Party has spent more time taking away your rights then they have spent protecting them. Just a couple of examples:
- They have made it harder and harder to get an abortion. Perhaps you agree with that, but I’m sure if you do, you’ve never been in a spot to need one.
- The Patroit Act – no comment needed
- Um, Gay Marriage anyone?
- Oh, and isn’t it the Republican Governors who are taking away worker’s rights.
Put it anyway you like, but it isn’t the Democrats encroaching on my life. It’s the Republicans.
I’ll review a couple more Republican Candidates soon. It’s gonna be one LONG year until the election.