Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Politicians Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn't......Well You Know!

Minutes after the November Presidential election, Democrats, mainly those in the media, began talking about how the Republican party was in disarray. The words in every left-leaning newspaper around the country were about the downfall of the party and conservatism. Well you know that old saying:

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Over the last month, it seems more than apparent that the Democrats glass houses have a few cracks in them. I am not even referring to the glass ceiling that Senator Clinton spoke of in regards to the women's movement.

Since the election, President-elect Obama has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle. The right thinks he is not conservative enough (obviously) and the left doesn't believe that his agenda and cabinet appointments are radical enough. Of course every President faces this issue just before taking office.

It would be a normal period in time for the Democrats if not for a string of bad luck since the election. First, they suffered two defeats in Georgia and Louisiana. (Not really a big deal after the issues that have since followed.)

Second, the Governor Blagojevich scandal continues to give Republicans fodder on a daily basis. Was Rahm Emanuel involved? How much did he know and when? And as if the lingering questions about the Obama staff's meetings with the Governor weren't enough fun, we now are being entertained by the Governor's ego appointment of Burris to the Obama senate seat.

Today's events were just icing on the cake for the Republican party. Watching Mr. Burris attempt to enter the Senate with all of the cameras flashing was a pure political comedy act. The only thing funnier was the disgust on the face of Bob Beckel on Fox News trying to defend the actions of the Democrats.

Imagine what that glass house looks like when I throw in the fact that Governor Richardson had to withdrawal his name for consideration for the Commerce Secretary position. I don't know something about a Grand Jury investigation. Don't forget the mess in New York over who will replace Senator Clinton. Could it be Caroline Kennedy?

So for all of those who were talking about the down fall of the Grand Ole Party, I have just one thing to say:
Be careful where you throw those stones of yours!
Sorry, but I just couldn't help myself.


Becky Sue said...

Glad you did.. perfect analogy!

An American Liberal said...

It really isn't that bad, it has just be distorted by the evil MSM.... Oh wait, that's not our patented excuse.

Hmm.... Having the rats flushed out before inauguration is a good thing. BTW, I agree with Senator Reid on the whole Blago affair. He may not be on the right side of the law, but morally, he is doing the right thing.

Speaking of the right thing,Burris should have told Blago, no. IMHO, he discredits himself, and his party over a matter of ego. What is with all of these men in their seventies selling their souls for one last dance? Shameful behavior all around.....

BTW, Panetta as Director of the CIA?! Has the transition team lost their bloody minds?

What about Wagner?! Having the defacto leader of a hate group is tacky as heck. And please, his rhetoric is not about the sanctity of marriage, he simply hates homosexuals.

Warmest Regards.
An American Liberal

Stacy said...

Why American Liberal are you a self deprecating Liberal? Are you actually criticizing your party? Maybe Grace is having an effect on you....lol

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An American Liberal said...

LOL! Just because I don't drink the fruit punch every day doesn't mean that I'm changing my political affiliations.

But just to get it all off my chest, I do agree with James Carville and his predictions for the Party in the immediate future.

And when I read about Obama talking about deficit spending for the foreseeable future, I almost drove my car to D.C. just to slap him upside his head.

Of course listening to Senator McConnell present himself as a fiscal conservative made me want to gag. There is a Republican in desperate need of being replaced.

Someone please shut Feinstein pie hole. I love her to death, but she hasn't met a mic she didn't want to talk in to.

And just so you don't I've somehow turned, here is a little Bush hate:

On domestic policy, Bush was asked if he made progress in some areas for which he hasn't and probably won't get credit. Topping his list was his unsuccessful drive in 2005 to reform Social Security. Bush said his effort showed it's politically safe to campaign on changing Social Security and then actually seek to change it.

He also said it was important to have raised private investment accounts as an attractive option in reforming Social Security.

Um, Bush, you did notice the tanking economy right? Never mind, just leave the keys by the door on your way out.

Warmest Regards.
An American Liberal

JP said...


Just an example from the real world, not an ivory tower or a faceless blog.

My mother worked for over 20 years - paying into Social Security. She passed away when she was 66. My parents lost everything over the course of her 17 year battle with cancer. If she had been allowed to put even a tiny percentage of her SS $ in a private account, that could have helped my father after her death. You see, one of the key elements of privatization that those on the Left love to leave out is that, unlike Social Security - which belongs to the government - that small amount of money could be kept, or passed along as inheritence to family after death. Instead, Harry Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Dennis Kucinich, and GOP members of Congress are spending her money. How nice.

And we didn't even get a thank you card.

So for me, it's easy to ignore the silly sloganeering and ad hominem attacks by the 'leftistphere' and the media about how "evil" people on the right are, because I live in the real world where I desire freedom and individual responsibility, not a caretaker society that took from my family to "give" to other more deserving folk.

I'll remember that the next time I stop by her gravesite.

An American Liberal said...

First of all, please, accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of your mother to cancer.

Regarding the rest of your post:

"My parents lost everything over the course of her 17 year battle with cancer."

As I have stated a number of times, the Right are generally full of good people who for some perplexing reason have a knack for choosing the wrong enemy.

You and your family were victims of our current health care crisis. Efforts to try and help people like yours have been going on for quite some time, but the promise of Clinton looks like it may actually come to fruition under an Obama presidency. We shall see....

Oh what the heck, one more link on the health care crisis.

Warmest regards.

JP said...


Speaking of the wrong enemy...

We were not victims, we were just like tens of millions of others over the centuries who dealt with those nasty little malignant cells that destroy healthy ones. The victim mentality is not recognized in my family.

The word 'crisis' is not one I use glibly, like the media. The Tsunami was a crisis, Hurricane Katrina was, just fyi. The healthcare struggles we have, have been exacerbated by the government poking its nose into places it doesn't belong over the past 30+ years. I remember going to the doctor and the hospital growing up and we either paid immediately for their services, or worked out a payment arrangement. My parents did not need, or want, the government's help. Politicians of all stripes have only made things worse.

And it's the 'promise of Clinton' that I fear. I do not want politicians dictating my healthcare options. I want the freedom to do it myself. I'm amazed at people who decry monopolistic institutions in the private sector (big, evil corporations give us no choice) but run with reckless abandon to make the government one.

Something to think about:

"The Founding Fathers knew a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose."

You can guess who said that, just for fun.

I appreciate your sincere sentiments on my mother's passing, but she would sit you down and gently read you the riot act for calling her a 'victim'...after making sure you had something to drink and a comfortable seat.

An American Liberal said...


Okay, I have to admit that the last paragraph of your post made me smile. I grew up in the south (Florida) and truly can appreciate the comments.

As to the rest of your post, congratulations for staying on point with regards to the conservative philosophy. While your family refuses to admit that they were victimized by the current health care system, the Big Business of Health Care continues to mug people for all their worth and in their most desperate hours.

I find that kind of greed despicable, and something needs to be done to rectify that situation. What that solution is, I do not know. I would prefer that the medical system remained privatized, but irregardless, the rampant and unsustainable greed factor needs to be removed or greatly reduced from the equation (including lawsuits).

Statistically speaking, the much maligned Canadian universal health care system is a better system than ours at almost every measurable level(other than American opinion). We spend far more and get far less than any other country at our industrial level?!

We, as a people, can do better, and with all due respect to your tough as nails persona, as a Christian, I do not want to let another loved one (especially a child) to die, and another family to lose everything while we debate ideology for another twenty years. IMHO, it is time for people to drop their pride in our health care system and admit we got a problem.

If those sentiments make me worthy of scolding, then so be it.

Just because you ended your note with something funny, let me reciprocate with something a bit more scandalous, but incredibly funny - CNN reports Porn Industry Seeks a Bailout?! Larry Flynt doesn't really want a bailout, he is making a point about the whole bailout mess. Who would have thought Larry and I would actually agree on something, anything - ever?

Warmest Regards.

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An American Liberal said...

Well, since we are off topic....

I don't know if all of this is true, but as someone who used to live in Arizona, I know for a fact that most of it is.... Enjoy!

(oh heck yes, I love this guy- and sorry the post is so long)


You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well..........

Oh, there's MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!

Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over and the County Supervisors said okay.

The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who'd like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. Teresa and I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered, and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78.

The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc... He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system, and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand. He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat, and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 - $8 for the Holidays, and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the Prison.

Yup, he was reelected last year with 83% of the vote.

Now he's in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn't doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He's kind of a 'Git-R Dun' kind of Sheriff.





Sheriff Joe Arpaio (In Arizona) who created the ' Tent City Jail':

He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away their weights. Cut off all but 'G' movies.
He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.
Then He Started Chain Gangs For Women So He Wouldn't Get Sued For Discrimination.
He took away cable TV Until he found out there was A Federal Court Order that Required Cable TV For Jails So He Hooked Up The Cable TV Again Only Let In The Disney Channel And The Weather Channel.

When asked why the weather channel He Replied, So They Will Know How Hot It's Gonna Be While They Are Working ON My Chain Gangs.
He Cut Off Coffee Since It Has Zero Nutritional Value.
When the inmates complained, he told them, 'This Isn't The Ritz/Carlton.....If You Don't Like It, Don't Come Back.'

More on the Arizona Sheriff:
With Temperatures Being Even Hotter Than Usual In Phoenix (116 Degrees Just Set A New Record), the Associated Press Reports: About 2,000 Inmates Living In A Barbed-Wire-Surrounded Tent Encampment At The Maricopa County Jail Have Been Given Permission To Strip Down To Their Government-Issued Pink Boxer Shorts.
On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 Degrees inside the Week Before.
Many Were Also Swathed In Wet, Pink Towels As Sweat Collected On Their Chests And Dripped Down To Their PINK SOCKS.
'It Feels Like We Are in A Furnace,' Said James Zanzot, an Inmate Who Has Lived In the TENTS for 1 year. 'It's Inhumane.'
Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates: 'It's 120 Degrees In Iraq And Our Soldiers Are Living In Tents Too, And They Have To Wear Full Battle Gear. But They Didn't Commit Any Crimes, So Shut Your Mouths!'
Way To Go, Sheriff!
Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can't afford to have for themselves.
If you agree, pass this on. If not, just delete it.
Sheriff Joe was just reelected Sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona

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