I DON’T RECOGNIZE MY COUNTRY ANYMORE

Yesterday in Austin, Texas, pro-abortion protestors gathered outside the Capitol and chanted “Hail Satan” and “Mary should have had an abortion”.

The last few weeks we’ve watched the public destruction of Paula Dean. Like a pack of wolves the press and the companies she enriched ripped her apart for saying the “N” word many years ago. Her livelihood has been taken from her.

Also in Texas an 18 year old has been in jail for four months for making a sarcastic comment (followed by “just Joking”) on Facebook.

In California a college girl was told to remove the cross she was wearing because it might offend other students.

A student was suspended and charged with a crime for wearing a t-shirt that supported the 2nd amendment.

All across the country grade school children as young as kindergarten are being suspended for pointing their finger and saying “Bang, bang” or drawing a gun or biting a Poptart in the shape of a gun or even talking about guns.

Religious organizations are being forced to provide birth control against their religious beliefs. Catholic adoption agencies are closing because they are being forced to adopt to gay couples.

Chick-fil-A has been banned from some cities because the CEO believes in traditional marriage and is closed on Sundays.

Tim Tebow, a fine young man who, in my generation would be highly regarded and considered a role model, is mocked and vilified for his religious faith.

The Tea Party and other Conservative groups are being harassed by the IRS. Asked for a list of their donors, speakers, members. Asked what books they read and a synopsis of those books and asked for the content of their prayers.

People who support a small, Constitutional government are being called racists, bigots, haters and terrorists when there is no evidence they are any of those things.

A school board recently ruled that Muslims could pray in school…..but Christians still can’t. A valedictorian giving the commencement address had the microphone turned off because he said the Lords prayer and spoke of the Constitution.

The First Lady said her husband’s nomination was the “first time in her adult life” she was proud of this country. She said we had to change “our conversation, our history, our traditions”. Recently she said being in the White House was like being in a really nice prison.

For the first time in our history our military was told to “stand down” and our Ambassador and three other Americans were murdered by terrorists in Libya. The President, the Secretary of State and their spokesmen then lied to the citizens of this country for weeks refusing to call this an act of terror.

At this moment in New York, Anthony Weiner, a man who had to resign his seat in Congress in disgrace for tweeting pictures of his penis to young women, is now ahead in the polls for Mayor.

Today if you are a California native going to our state Universities you will pay around $300 a unit for classes. If you are an illegal alien you will pay $65.

In the San Joaquin Valley, the bread basket of the country, water was shut off to hundreds of family farms in the name of protecting a one inch fish not even indigenous to the area. Farms owned for generations rendered worthless, tens of thousands out of work. Recent studies have shown the population of the fish hasn’t changed. There is no reason to continue denying water to the area, but Senator Boxer said “it’s more complicated than that”.

The Constitution says laws come from Congress and the President takes an oath to uphold them. This President decided not to enforce DOMA, a law passed by a majority on both Houses. This President went to the United Nations to get approval to go into Libya when it is Congress that is charged with that approval. This President is going to impose Cap and Trade when Congress voted it down.

ObamaCare was passed against the will of the people. It forces us to purchase insurance. It gives government access to all our medical records, all our financial records and tells us what insurance we have to buy. Many specialists have been told patients over 70 will get “comfort care” only.

Our colleges and universities who brag about “diversity” have speech codes and shut down any speech they disagree with. Conservative speakers aren’t invited to speak and if they are, they are shouted down.

A Muslim military officer kills 13, wounds 30 while yelling “Allah Akbar” and this administration calls it “workplace violence”. Victims are denied benefits they would receive if called an act of terror…..something the accused admits.

Between one and three million illegal aliens cross our border every year according to the border patrol. This isn’t “immigration”, it’s an invasion. Along with people “just wanting a better life” are the most violent gangs in the world, drug cartels, drugs and diseases not seen in this country in a hundred years, if ever. The citizens of this country have made it abundantly clear we want the border secure but our government won’t do it. And with 9 million fewer jobs now than in 2009, with higher unemployment for longer than anytime in our lifetime, our government is trying to pass an Amnesty Bill that will bring in 20 million more mostly poor, uneducated people to compete for jobs.

Yes, we are a country of immigrants. But in the past they came in measured amounts and times. They came legally. Criminals weren’t allowed. They came from different countries and wanted to be Americans. They learned English and assimilated. They supported themselves and didn’t get social services. That’s not the case with the illegal aliens here now. Their FIRST act was to break our laws…..many of them. If you or I used stolen identities, forged documents, committed voter fraud or tax evasion, we’d be in jail. These illegal aliens will be forgiven all those crimes. Equal justice?

There is a war on everything that has made this country great. Our First and Second Amendments are under assault. Our religious foundations are crumbling. We are in moral decline. Responsible people are being punished, irresponsible people are being rewarded. The American culture is under attack. We aren’t supposed to have national pride. We aren’t supposed to show patriotism. Schools have stopped saying the Pledge of Allegiance or singing the Star Spangled Banner. Students aren’t being taught history. Thank you, Michelle, our history IS being changed. Students are told they can’t wear patriotic clothing or wave our flag……it might offend others. If wearing patriotic clothing or waving our flag IN OUR OWN COUNTRY is offensive to anyone they need to adjust, not us.

It isn’t too late, YET. We can reverse this. But we have to WAKE UP, AMERICA!!

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About madderthanhell

Retired casting director. Mother of two daughters. Grandmother of twin boys and two step grandsons. Lived in California all my life. Co-organizer of two Tea Parties. Past member of Republican Central Committee.
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3 Responses to I DON’T RECOGNIZE MY COUNTRY ANYMORE

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  2. callyjo11 says:

    Has the G.O.P. Gone Off the Deep End?

    By THOMAS B. EDSALL
    Thomas Doherty, patronage czar and political enforcer for former New York Governor George Pataki, reached the breaking point last week when he read that House Republicans were preparing to “slow walk” the Senate immigration bill to death.
    Doherty turned to Twitter:

    If Senate Immigration bill gets ripped apart and ultimately defeated by House #GOP I’ve decided to leave my political home of 32 yrs #sad.

    Doherty told me that he has

    come to the conclusion that my party has elements within it that dislike homosexuals and think America is still in the 1940s. And while we talk about freedom and liberty, that liberty and freedom only seem to be acceptable for some.

    Doherty, no liberal, is representative of the growing strength on the right of the view that the Republican Party has gone off the deep end.
    “Their rigidity is killing them. It’s either holy purity or you are anathema,” Tom Korologos, a premier Republican lobbyist and the ambassador to Belgium under George W. Bush, said in a phone interview. “Too many ideologues have come in. You don’t win by what they are doing.”
    A number of prominent figures in the Republican Party share this harsh view. Jeb Bush warned last year that both Ronald Reagan and his own father would have a “hard time” fitting into the contemporary Republican Party, which he described as dominated by “an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement.”
    A few months ago, Bush, who is expected to run for the party’s nomination in 2016, took it up a notch. At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in March, Bush declared:

    All too often we’re associated with being anti-everything. Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates, even though they share our core beliefs, because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcome in our party.

    Two months later, Bob Dole — the Republican presidential nominee in 1996 and a 35-year veteran of the House and Senate – was asked on Fox News Sunday: “Could people like Bob Dole, even Ronald Reagan, make it in today’s Republican Party?”

    I doubt it. Reagan wouldn’t have made it. Certainly Nixon wouldn’t have made it — because he had ideas.

    Dole added, “They ought to put a sign on the National Committee door that says, ‘Closed for repairs. ’ ”
    As early as September, 2011, Mike Lofgren, a staff member for 16 years on the Republican side of both the House and Senate Budget Committees, wrote on the liberal website TruthOut:

    The Republican Party is becoming less and less like a traditional political party in a representative democracy and becoming more like an apocalyptic cult, or one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century Europe.

    Bill Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard and one of the original architects of the bomb-throwing right, jumped ship 7 months ago:

    The conservative movement — a bulwark of American strength for the last several decades — is in deep disarray. Reading about some conservative organizations and Republican campaigns these days, one is reminded of Eric Hoffer’s remark, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” It may be that major parts of American conservatism have become such a racket that a kind of refounding of the movement as a cause is necessary.

    Needless to say, there are many on the left who share these negative assessments.
    My colleague Paul Krugman has made the case repeatedly and eloquently. Jonathan Chait, a New York Magazine columnist, has been no slouch in this regard either.
    Norman Ornstein and Tom Mann, scholars at the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution respectively, leveled the most detailed charges against the Republican Party in their book, “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism” and in their Washington Post essay, “Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.”
    How far has self-flagellation spread among Republicans? To see, I surveyed a number of strategists, lobbyists, pollsters and think-tank types.
    Ed Rogers, the chairman of the BGR Group (formerly Barbour Griffith & Rogers) and a top aide to both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, wrote in an email:

    The G.O.P. House has between 20 and 30 members who are ideological purists who think every issue and vote is black or white. Combine that with the members who fear a primary from the right, and you have maybe 60 votes that are hard to get. We have lost the art of governing in Washington. In the Congress no one is able to make and execute long-term plans.

    There is a striking correlation between the rise of conservative talk radio and the difficulties of the Republican Party in presidential elections. In an April Reuters essay, “Right Wing Talk Shows Turned White House Blue,” Mark Rozell, the acting dean of the George Mason University School of Public Policy, and John Paul Goldman, a former chairman of Virginia’s Democratic Party, wrote:

    Since Rush Limbaugh’s 1992 bestseller “The Way Things Ought to Be,” his conservative talk show politics have dominated GOP presidential discourse – and the Republicans’ White House fortunes have plummeted. But when the mainstream media reigned supreme, between 1952 and 1988, Republicans won seven out of the 10 presidential elections.

    The authors continue: “The rise of the conservative-dominated media defines the era when the fortunes of G.O.P. presidential hopefuls dropped to the worst levels since the party’s founding in 1856.”
    John Feehery, the president of Quinn Gillespie Communications and a former aide to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, wrote in an email:

    Talk radio has been very destructive when it comes to coming up with new ideas to solve current problems. Talk radio is very good at attack. It is not particularly good at thinking deeply about public policy problems and coming up with effective solutions.

    Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, raised similar questions:

    It seems to me that some on the right, at least in their rhetoric, don’t have a proper appreciation for prudence. There’s a tendency among some to elevate every political skirmish into a clash of first principles. And some on the right seem eager to go over a cliff with their flag waving.

    But Bill McInturff, a founder of the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, argued in a phone interview that at least for members of the House, the Republican strategy of relentless opposition to Democratic initiatives has paid off:

    Look at the quotes from 1993 and 1994 when Republicans were blocking Clinton’s health care bill, and again in 2009 with Obamacare. The exact same stuff, the same handwringing, the same, except one led to a 50-plus gain and the other a 60-plus seat gain in the House.

    McInturff sees presidential politics as relatively insignificant to most Republican congressmen:

    There are very few Republican Congressional incumbents who wake up and have that concern. At an individual level, they are acting as rational actors, on the basis of their own perceived political interests.

    Noting that only 16 current Republican members of the House represent districts carried by Obama, McInturff observes that “the rational political incentive for most elected Republicans is to be sure they don’t lose to a primary challenger.”
    McInturff put his finger on the problem: House Republicans are invested in their own reelection and not in the long-term viability of their party. Those who put the lowest priority on presidential politics are those most worried about a primary challenge from the right, and it is this cohort that forms the backbone of the Tea Party faction in the House — the cohort most wedded to nativism, intolerance and hostility to the poor. These are the members nudging the Republican Party over the cliff.
    A part of the Republican dilemma lies in the party’s disproportionate dependence on white southern voters. These voters are well to the right of the rest of the nation and they elect the dominant block of hard-right conservatives in the House. Of the 234 Republican members of the House, 97 — two fifths — come from the 11 Confederate states, and these 97 are almost uniformly opposed to negotiation of any kind with Democrats.
    It is the southern conservatives who, along with their northern Tea Party colleagues, seek to kill immigration reform and who insisted on removing the food stamp program from the recently passed Farm Bill.
    These members of the House are what Feehery describes as “nostalgia” Republicans who define conservatism as “the ability to fight progress.” They produce a flood of statements and declarations that Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, calls “offensive and bizarre” and which he claims are turning his party into “the stupid party.”
    It is these politicians whom the opinion writers of the Wall Street Journal had in mind to when they wrote

    The dumbest strategy is to follow the Steve King anti-immigration caucus and simply let the Senate [Immigration] bill die while further militarizing the border. This may please the loudest voices on talk radio, but it ignores the millions of evangelical Christians, Catholic conservatives, business owners and free-marketers who support reform. The G.O.P. can support a true conservative opportunity society or become a party of closed minds and borders.

    The Republican Party is struggling to resolve the conflict between its pragmatic establishment wing and its ideological-suicidal wing. Speaking right after President Obama’s re-election, Haley Barbour, a former governor of Mississippi and a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, summarized the party’s dilemma succinctly. At a meeting in Las Vegas of the Republican Governors Association, Barbour said: “We’ve got to give our political organizational activity a very serious proctology exam. We need to look everywhere.”

    PUBLISHED JULY 17, 2013

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/17/has-the-g-o-p-gone-off-the-deep-end/

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