How the Government Stole Christmas November 22, 2011Posted by Matt in politics, poetry.
Tags: politics, Democrats, Congress, Republicans, taxes, President Obama, US government, ineffectiveness, Grinch, deficit
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(With apologies to Dr. Seuss)
Liked their lifestyles a lot
But the Congress
On the extremes of America
They fought over things both in and out of season.
Standing in gridlock for no particular reason
In anger they yelled and they screamed at one other
Taking shots across the room one after another
Maybe it was their head or perhaps their shoes
Or the inordinate time spent watching cable news
Whatever the reason
Olbermann or O’Reilly
They stood at odds, plotting downfalls quite slyly
“Tax Cuts for the rich!” cried Republicans loud
Expecting a little to perhaps trickle down.
“It’s time to raise taxes on the top two percent!”
Yelled Democrats with a self-righteous bent.
With the deficit ballooning and no end in sight
The two sides stood firm with all of their might
The tea party and occupiers pushing from both directions
Ensuring the failure of every election
Compromise is not an option
Shouted opposing sides with glee
Unless you give up your convictions
And agree solely with me.
So as the country moves closer and closer to falling
It’s becoming clear we need someone who hears the calling
Someone looking for that missing middle ground
That is oh so elusive, but must be sought out and found
Some look to the President to stand tall, relieving fear
But they call him a Communist Muslim, you hear.
Others are chosen on the long campaign trail
But scandal always follows, and will likely derail
Who will take the reigns, to the challenge arise?
Will Congress’s heads and hearts increase in size?
Who will preside over the feast?
And be the reformed Grinch who carves the roast beast.
Random Five: Obama’s Speech September 1, 2010Posted by Matt in Random Five.
Tags: Iraq speech, President Obama
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I missed President Obama’s speech last night but, from what I heard it sounds as though it was somewhat meandering and uninspired. While I hate to hear that, I thought that now would be a good time to give our President some ideas about ways to make his next prime time address a bit more fun. So, here are five things that would make President Obama’s speech more exciting.
5. Bite the head off a live bat.
4. Do the entire speech in auto-tune.
3. Announce that he is joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars to provide a political counter weight to Bristol Palin and because he can’t stand David Hasselhoff.
2. Announce that he has recruited The Expendables to win the war in Afghanistan.
1. Come out for the speech dressed as DJ Lance Rock.
What do you think? What should Obama do to spice up his speeches?
Disinviting Division May 6, 2010Posted by Matt in Obama, politics.
Tags: false accusations, Franklin Graham, hate, Islam, martyr complex, President Obama, right wing extremists
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President Obama declared today a National Day of Prayer for America, asking all citizens to take a moment and pray for our nation and our world. It’s a reasonable request, much as it has been for the presidents who came before him, but what would anything be in this country without controversy?
Personally, I think this treads to near the invisible line between church and state, but this controversy does not involve those of us who would rather see the government stay out of religion altogether. No, this comes from within the Christian community.
The current contention comes from Southern Baptist Rev. Franklin, Graham, the son of the famed Billy Graham, and his disinvitation to today’s National Day of Prayer ceremony. The reason for Rev. Graham’s exclusion harkens back to public comments he has made in the past and still stands by today that proclaim the religion of Islam to be “wicked” and “evil.” In an attempt to avoid divisive speech, the White House then decided that it would be best if Graham were not a part of the ceremony.
Of course, to many conservative Christians this is tantamount to declaring war on Jesus, Himself. So, to fight back He has been on a media tour this week making the claim that he is being discriminated against by the Obama administration for his Christian beliefs.
Newsweek printed an interview with Graham, conducted by editor Jon Meacham and religious editor Lisa Miller, earlier this week in which he goes into a bit more detail. The interview seemed pretty contentious at times, particularly between the stalwart Graham and Meacham, who flat-out told Graham that his comments were “offensive” to him as a Christian.
There are a few things I notice in the interview that I found quite telling.
First of all, though they are obviously talking about Graham’s past comments, he goes off on a wild tangent.
Graham: 80 percent of America claims to be of the Christian faith. Ok, so there may be 20 percent that may be offended, but it won’t be 20 percent.
Meacham: I’m in the 80% and I’m offended.
Graham: That I mention Jesus Christ?
You see, this is an obvious ploy by Graham to turn the tables on the “liberal Christian” and plant the seed that he doesn’t actually believe in Jesus, even though that had nothing at all to do with the point of the conversation. It is all part of this strange martyr complex that conservative Christians drag around and thrust out into the public eye any time they either don’t get their way or they get called out for spouting ignorance.
Later Graham goes on to compare all of Islam to the terrorists from the radical fringe who attacked us on September 11, in the process trying to insinuate that Meacham must not think that was wrong. He then makes the claim that he has “not heard one Islamic leader around the world stand up and say that (September 11 attacks) was a terrible thing…If Catholics had flown into these buildings in the name of Catholicism, the pope would have been on TV that night denouncing them, saying this was wrong and what they did was sin.”
Perhaps he’s right and he never did hear them, but he might want to do a bit of research on the subject before he makes another inane assertion like that. Clearly, those attacks were denounced by the Islamic community around the world. I suggest Rev. Graham try Google sometime before spreading false information to people who believe every word he says.
He then goes on to complain about the Obama administration allowing Muslims to celebrate Ramadan at the Pentagon, but not having a Christian ceremony. Ending this particular soliloquy with the question, “Why can’t we as Christians have our own program?”
The real question is, do they need their own program? Perhaps the National Day of Prayer should be done the way Jesus intended prayer to be – not as a public ceremony. I know, I know, that pesky Sermon on the Mount always gets in the way, doesn’t it?
Graham ends the interview with this wonderful little diatribe, feeding his band of far right extremists and email spammers exactly what they want.
Graham: There’s still the concern with many people about what Obama really believes. Obama’s father was a Muslim, so the Islamic world sees him as a Muslim. Now he has told me personally that he believes in Jesus Christ, and he is a Christian. He said that to me again last week. And I said, “Mr. President, thank you for sharing that with me, I appreciate that.” So I believe what he says. The Islamic world, though, they see him as one of their own. So if the president and his administration wants to cut guys like myself out, that’s find. But it’s sending a signal to the evangelical community that, you know, our people aren’t important to him.
I don’t know what else needs to be said…