Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Thom Hartmann Show: "These Are Not Your Eisenhower Republicans": Todays GOP



I've been writing a lot lately about today's GOP, again as I'm going to call it because today's Republicans. In a lot of cases not everyone as I pointed out last night but a lot of them are only Republicans in name only, people who aren't crazy about Republicanism or even Democracy. If it gets in the way with their agenda, which is appealing to the Far Right that now runs the GOP. Today and I'm going to try to sound original here but I've been blogging a lot about this lately, so I'll do what. I cam but the thing is I've been hearing a lot of Constructive Criticism of today's GOP, from non Republicans lately, who actually like and still respect some Republicans, such as I and even work with them from time to time. But are just different ideologically and are not always able to work together obviously. Even from people like Senator Sherrod Brown a Progressive Democrat, who I'm sure has one of the farthest left records in Congress but at the end of the day is not a nut. And is also a legislature and is reasonable, who does have a record of working with Republicans, even with people like Senator Tom Coburn or Dr. No, he's a real life doctor, who probably. Has one of the farthest right records in Congress but is someone that people can work with.

What Senator Brown I'm guessing sees today someone who I believe is in his late 50s, from what I've read about him. Is someone who may remember the last years of the Eisenhower Presidency, started High School back in Ohio. During the Nixon Presidency, was already an adult by the time Gerry Ford became President, Reagan, Bush and so fourth. Grew up with an idea of what Republicans were, that this was the anti Big Government Party that use to be home to Libertarians. Government shouldn't be interfering with how Americans live their lives, until they interfere with how other Americans live their lives. That Economic Freedom is good and Socialism is bad and so fourth, that we have to be strong at home and abroad, that government closest to the people. Is the best government, that we need to be Fiscally Responsible and not run up huge debt and deficits. Senator Brown I'm sure doesn't agree with a lot of these things but probably sees them as legitimate policies, that a responsible party would believe in.

That GOP of then is basically dead and buried, Libertarians now have a Libertarian Party where, thirty years ago. The GOP would've been a nice fit for them but today freedom is not what the GOP is concern with but how Americans should live their lives, that they should live them the right way. According to Neoconservative Republicans, these are just some of the differences between the GOP that Sherrod Brown grew up with and the GOP of today.

CBS News: Mitt Romney: If My Grandkids Were Gay, "I'd Want Them To Be Happy"



Mitt Romney taking another stab at the Far Right by saying he would love any of his grandchildren that were gay. I deeply respect and agree with his position but I don't think it does him much good politically, since he needs the votes of Mental Patients to get elected President but we'll see.

CBS News: Mitt Romney: I Won't "Round Up" Illegal Immigrants and Deport Them



Looks like Mitt Romney is on a who can I offend next tour, yesterday it was 47% of the country. Today it was Tea Party Neoconservatives on Illegal Immigration, the way he's going whose going to be left to vote for Mitt.

Brave New Foundation: Law & Disorder: How the System Really Works

RIP Dennis Farina
Brave New Foundation: Law & Disorder: How the System Really Works

A lot of these law enforcement shows about the justice system, all though most of them are entertaining, only focus on a small percentage of the crimes. But again we are talking about entertainment here. Who would want to watch a show that’s about shoplifting, or traffic stops, drunk driving an so-forth. People need to be able to differentiate between reality and entertainment and many times they are not the same thing. But even if the law enforcement shows showed the criminal justice system for what it is that it a lot about drug crimes and drug offenders and that a lot of these supposed crimes happen in African-American communities in urban areas, these shows would be accused of racism. For always highlighting young African-American men as suspects and criminals.

If these law enforcement shows showed the criminal justice system for what it really is, that it is basically about low-level felonies like shoplifting and misdemeanors, who would watch? Again I get back to the entertainment factor here. A lot of these shows as far as the crimes and how the detectives and prosecutors do their jobs even though they aren’t completely accurate, are at least realistic. As professionals in the criminal justice system will tell you. And even though they do tend to concentrate on a low percentage of crimes that are committed in America, they tend to do a good and accurate job. And they are realistic in the sense that crimes in America are committed by all Americans as far as ethnicity and race. And they don’t focus on one racial, or ethnic group in America.

Again to go back to Hollywood and reality it’s not the job of Hollywood to show exactly what life if like and the subjects that they cover. There job is to be entertaining and hopefully realistic. Smart viewers want both, but unfortunately for lot of Americans they simply want to be entertained when they are watching TV. And even if these shows don’t show the criminal justice system for exactly what it is, again its Hollywood and if you’re a smart person you’re going to anyway how realistic the show is anyway by how informed you are about how the country works. And how much you know about current affairs in America including criminal justice, or whatever the issue is.