“The plot is to tie the regular vote to extend the debt ceiling to the obliteration of the Affordable Care Act…Well, do the leaders of the Republican Party really intend to go this far? Do they really dare to sabotage the American economy and much of the world economy in order to defund a program, the Affordable Care Act, that is the law of the land? And will they go to this drastic extreme to intimidate the U.S. Congress or the President or both?
And if so, is this the extreme case where ideological zealotry trumps even the most minimal loyalty to the common national interests? Where anything goes? Where the ends justify whatever means there are to be had, no matter how menacing to the country or the world?”
“When I look at the Republicans, I am tempted to dismiss them as the Treason Party. Seriously, were a band of traitors to concoct a series of positions deliberately designed to weaken America, they would be hard pressed to beat the current GOP dogma — hobble education, starve the government by slashing taxes to the rich, kneecap attempts to jumpstart the economy by fixating on debt, invite corporations to dominate political discourse, balkanize the population by demonizing minorities and immigrants and let favored religions dictate social policy.”
“Regressives in Congress have substituted partisanship for patriotism, placing party loyalty above loyalty to America.
…True patriots don’t hate the government of the United States. They’re proud of it. Generations of Americans have risked their lives to preserve it. They may not like everything it does, and they justifiably worry when special interests gain too much power over it. But true patriots work to improve the U.S. government, not destroy it.
But regressive Republicans loathe the government — and are doing everything they can to paralyze it, starve it, and make the public so cynical about it that it’s no longer capable of doing much of anything. Tea Partiers are out to gut it entirely.”
“There’s one part of the book that I came across that you and I disagree on, and you and I are almost always in agreement. But I think this is perhaps a charitable read, a generous read, when you suggest that even President Obama’s staunchest opponents, since we’re talking about the Tea Party, you argue in the book that even his staunchest opponents are Americans before they are Republicans; they are Americans before they are Tea Partiers.
Well, theoretically, of course, you’re right about that. I’m just not sure that I’m persuaded. It’s plausible, but not a persuasive argument for me.”
“Anytime anyone says anything libertarian, spit on them. Libertarians are by definition enemies of the state: they are against promoting American citizens’ general welfare and against policies that create a perfect union. Like Communists before them, they are actively subverting the Constitution and the American Dream, and replacing it with a Kleptocratic Nightmare.”
“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first 42 presidents — number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child.
That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.”
“Now you’ve heard today a lot of people say that there are many little things that you all can do today to avert climate change on your own. But I will tell you this, it is more important than buying compact flourescent light bulbs or than buying a fuel efficient automobile. The most important thing you can do is to get involved in the political process and get rid of all of these rotten politicians that we have in Washington D.C. — who are nothing more than corporate toadies for companies like Exxon and Southern Company. These villainous companies that consistently put their private financial interest ahead of American interest and ahead of the interest of all of humanity. This is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors.”
“Mr. Hannity was outraged that any American would not cross her hand over her heart and repeat the hypocritical words, “one nation.” Whenever we come up on the Fourth of You Lie, I think of Frederick Douglas and his masterful oration, “The meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro.” Pledge the flag? I think not!”