"It is embarrassing," Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., admitted Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." Warner asked: "Can we, once again, inflict on the country and the American people the spectacle of a near government shutdown?"
I've gone from being angry to being sad. Very sad.
This wondeful country that I adopted as my own over 20 years ago is in crisis. And with apologies to my friends who think a little differently politically to me, it is all...repeat ALL...because of the current crop of mind-bogglingly dumb Republicans. I'm not saying Democrats are perfect, we know they are far from it. But ask yourself these questions:
Who is holding the government to ransom AGAIN over giving victims of Hurricane Irene the kind of federal help that Americans should be able to take for granted? Inhumane.
What motivates NYPD officers to mace innocent, quiet, protesters in New York City? The answer lies in what they were protesting: Wall Street's greed and corruption and its active role in bringing this country close to the Second Great Depression. Despicable.
What drives the head of the NYPD to go on '60 Minutes' and brag about the fact that his city's police force has "the ability to bring down an airplane" and that it has secret "operatives" in cities around the world? This man should be immediately removed from office for stepping so far beyond the bounds of his job that it is criminal. He is undermining the Department of Homeland Security and the CIA and bringing ridicule down on one of the world's great cities. Unthinkable.
I am more sympathetic to so-called conservative views than many realize. Because like most rational human beings I can sympathize without agreeing. If only the far right had that same ability. It does not -and proves so time and time again.
The pressure to just give up, to stop writing stuff that alienates even friends, or people you thought you had something in common with, is relentless. And I've almost given in to it several times.
But looking at those poor women maced by the NYPD...I felt sad.
Looking at people who lost everything in the flooding that followed Hurricane Irene...I felt sad.
Looking at Ray Kelly bragging about capabilities the NYPD should legally not have...I wished I were the one intervewing him so I could challenge his right to undermine this country rather than help it. Then I felt sad.
Looking at a Governor crying for federal aid as his state burns...after letting go most of the state's firefighters to save money and still claiming that climate change is fiction and that god has all the answers...I felt sad
And I realized that if Americans had backed down when the same kind of people wanted to keep African Americans "in their place" and earlier when they wanted to keep women "in their place" and now they want to keep gays "in their place" progress would never have happened.
"Their place" is America. I'm just not sure America is the place for these new, brutal, heartless right-wingers. As I've said before, I have to call them Republicans because that's what they are. But I would never call all Republicans brutal, heartless right-wingers.
Please take back your party before it is too late for us all.
Do you know the saddest thing of all? If you Google "declining values" every search result is about house prices.