Note to the GOP candidates

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  1. I think you were a little hard on the Pres, Pied. Maybe it’s because you want to be even-handed, but honestly, look what he had to “work with”. Even the term is a joke because what he had to work with, the Tea Party, wouldn’t work with him at all. Their single-minded, openly-admitted top objective has been not the welfare of the country but the unseating of Obama! How can we expect him to get anything done with people like that? Even on the ACA (Obamacare) the GOP was the impediment in providing cost reduction – the Public Option that you acknowledged.

    I agree that he was wrong about Gitmo, but what he misjudged was not how badly the image hurts America in world opinion but just how vulnerable to demagoguery the body politic would be about bringing terrorists onto American soil for trial. You would think the underwear bomber had the power of Godzilla and King Kong for God’s sake.

    As for immigration reform, that would have been nice, but then there’s the Tea Party again. Even McCain who once sounded sane on the issue had to reverse course. Politics is like making sausage. Ug. As of now, considering the clown lineup you describe so well, Mr. Obama is on pace to get my vote.

    Nicely and amusingly written, Pied. Well done.

    1. I had to stop somewhere, so I didn’t extend my diatribe to Congress. Talk about a bunch of obstreperous, bickering children! I want to reach through the screen and strangle the GOP candidates every time they condemn the president for doing nothing the last two years when they know full well that, as you note, the GOP’s declared Number One purpose in Congress has been to unseat Obama and/or block his every move. Two years devoted not to doing their jobs, not to finding solutions for the country’s urgent problems, but to blocking the Democrats and the president at every turn. I hope they choke on their self-righteousness in November.

      The Gitmo thing is absurd. The prisoners there are mere mortals, just like every prisoner held here in the US. They are not radioactive, they are not plague-ridden, and they have no way to magically call in armies of their friends to break them out of prison (otherwise they’d have been out of Gitmo years ago). There are already more than 350 terrorists imprisoned in the US, according to an excellent article in Slate. Among those here in the Colorado supermax are Omar Abdel-Rahman, the “blind sheikh” who organized the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; Zacarias Moussaoui, one of the Sept. 11 plotters; Richard Reid, the shoe-bomber; Theodore Kaczynski, the “Unabomber”; and Terry Nichols, who helped plan the Oklahoma City bombing. I doubt the men mouldering in Gitmo, all of whom deserve trials by the way, are any worse. I want my country back, dammit, and it’s my unreasoning countrymen who are destroying it, not the terrorists.

      Illegal immigration is a huge problem, and I resent several successive administrations for having done nothing because they insist we must have “comprehensive” reform or none at all. All sides agree we need to seal the border, for example. Why can’t we at least do that much? Half a loaf, or even a few slices, is better than none, as I’ve written before. And why don’t we at least enforce the laws that are already on the books?

  2. Us libertarians are only laughing because we’re cried out. For years we’ve been ridiculed for our slippery slope analogies and even the historical evidence of their accuracy until we no longer have any qualms about voting for people with no chance of winning because all the alternatives haven’t a dimes worth of difference between them.

    This time around it looks like the Democrats and Republicans are too stupid to stop denying we’re the worlds most flagrant imperialist bankrupt socialist aggressors and are ready to continue nominating Obama/Bernanke/Lenin/Hitler wannabe’s and so my only logical choice will probably be New Mexico ex-governor Gary Johnson.

    1. Lenin? Hitler? I’ve always thought those allusions were the tactics of fear-mongering rightwing extremists …

      If I vote at all, it will probably be for Obama; I prefer to vote for (or against) viable candidates.

... and that's my two cents