You’ve done your job and done it magnificently! You said no to the haters and doubters among us; those who preferred division to unity and common purpose and interest. Too many of us wanted to point fingers at evils that didn’t exist or at groups of people who are just like us except in gender or skin color or religious belief or the lack thereof. We too quickly threw off the mantle of our own innate divinity and instead embraced hatred and rancor. Somehow, through all that…..we overcame. Now that we have done what we are supposed to do as a Nation….make Obama do what he’s supposed to do as a President. Hold him to his promises, make sure you call his attention to mistakes in decisions or errors in policy; push your local elected officials to do the same. Your ballots are just the first step in this process called democracy. It doesn’t end with the election of any one official, it is an on going process. Choose the high ground of civility in the national discourse; don’t give in to the forces of darkness, hatred and FoxNews. This is only the beginning. Celebrate it but move on to the real work at hand of re-building America or if you like, improving it. At some point in the very near future…I’d like to think at the end of this week, we’re going to have to roll up our sleeves and get busy. For now, enjoy the moment.
It appears Eric Cantor’s declaration to Benjamin Netanyahu that the Republican Party would, in essence, stand with Israel against the President of the United States has become somewhat of a news item.
Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington. He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.
I like the one party rule reference, because in a way, the Republicans have done nothing but obstruct the Democratic party’s initiatives since Obama came to office. Remember, their stated policy/political goal, or rather as stated by Mitch O’Connell is to see that Obama is a one term president, so anything they can do to make him ineffective and look bad, is a plus for them! But what is also obvious is the “talking point” of mutual reliance.
Despite the fact that America has lived as an independent country far longer than Israel, it appears we cannot live without them any longer; our survival depends on whether Israel survives goes the rational and no one seems to find that insulting. What is apparent is that the Republican Party will magnify, out do the Democrats in pursuing the Israel agenda in Washington to the extent of becoming a lobbying agent for the government of Israel. Those efforts at appealing to Israeli leadership most probably will include more wars of aggression against Israeli enemies, who are presently not ours, at the expense of the American economy and lives; already several Republican party members since the elections a few short weeks ago have called for military action against Iran, while the Israeli economy prospers at the expense of America’s.
But what is truly pathetic about all the hoopla about Cantor’s remarks is the false indignation it has raised. Cantor has indeed done something he and his Party once criticized those outside his Party for doing during the Bush years, but ever since Obama’s coming to power, the Republicans have taken unprincipled stands against this present Administration in attempts to score political points and the future indicates the same strategy will prevail. Let us not forget who Eric Cantor is. He is quite comfortable with lying to suit his political agendas and wouldn’t hesitate to do so again for Israel which holds a special place in American politics. She is able to carry out the most egregious crimes in our name yet still command, nay demand rapt attention from American politicians and dismissal for her illegal activity, as well as the full faith and backing of America’s financial institutions. If you ask me, that’s where our outrage should be directed. Cantor is just one of many in the political system who’ve taken us down that road. Shame on him, yes, but shame on us for ignoring the bigger picture!
- Eric Cantor (R-VA) Should Be Impeached (firedoglake.com)
- Cantor pledges Republicans will stand with Israel against Obama (btw, Cantor is Jewish, does that matter?) (mondoweiss.net)
- By His Own Standard, Did Eric Cantor Just Commit A Felony? And More Importantly, Will Obama Let Him Get Away With It? (crooksandliars.com)
- Eric Cantor’s Pledge of Allegiance (salon.com)