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‘Dear fellow Republican’…

DeeTee From DeeTee:  Although I’m a life-long Democrat, the above heading was what began the letter I received from Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio), along with a hate-mongering survey — “This official Census of America’s Republican Leadership was prepared specifically for you by the NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee] in conjunction with the House Republican Conference in Washington, DC” — for me to fill out and return.

Initially I planned simply to shred it… but upon further contemplation, I decided to fill it out and return, since the Republicans obviously value my opinion.  Below you will see some of the questions, quoted word for word, that I was asked to complete, along with some of my ‘answers’:

General Question #1: “Do you believe the Obama Administration and Nancy Pelosi’s soft-on-defense, reckless spending, higher taxes, and expansive Big Government policies are the right leadership for America?”  [I believe that’s what them lawyer-types call a LEADING question.]

Choices for reply were Yes, No, or Undecided.  I crossed out the leading words so that the question now read:  Do you believe the Obama Administration and Nancy Pelosi’s policies are the right leadership for America?” and answered Yes.

Another favorite, #3, asked me to check issues “Republicans should fight hardest for.”  Choices included border security; traditional marriage; balanced budget; right to life; etc.  Under “Other” I added:  “Giving Obama a fair chance”; “Cooperating w/Dems, using common sense for the good of our country”; “getting rid of right-wing extremists”; etc.  (I’m so glad they asked!)

Under “Domestic Issues,” #16 read:  “Is it important for the GOP to support marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman?”  That one I checked Undecided and wrote:  “By this do you mean that high-profile Republican politicians should stop visiting prostitutes and seeking ‘soul mates’ outside of marriage?”

#17, which asked if we should “resist the Democrats’ plans for government rationed health care…” I queried:  “What are you talking about?  Have you not read the proposals?”

I answered a definite No to #19, “Do you believe it is important to remove Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House?” and asked, “How do  you plan to do this, throw a government coup???”

I think you get the gist.  The survey also asked me to contribute financially “to help expand this Census Project to an additional 10,000,000 Republican voters nationwide.”  Unfortunately I’m not able to help financially at this time. 😉

It saddens me to think that this misleading piece-of-caca survey is actually being sent to unsuspecting Americans, and that a real congressman — that’s Mr. John Boehner, folks — would attach his name to a letter that, in part, reads:  “Their [Obama admin & Ms. Pelosi] ideas range from bad to disgraceful, and collectively their leadership represents a left-wing lurch towards socialism and ‘Big Brother’ federal control over nearly every facet of American life.”

My next post will deal somewhat with the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, and to what I see as the impending death of civility, fairness, and a willingness to work together for the common good.  I cry for those who would undermine our nation with mean-spirited lies, merely so they can ‘take control’ of the political arena once more.  I’d think people would be ashamed to associate their names with such viscious exaggerations and lies.

Time to mail in my survey in the included “no postage necessary” envelope…

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August 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

Reflections on a snowy day

DeeTee From DeeTee:  New Year’s Resolution #s 8, 25, 33, 48, etc. for the past few years:  Start a blog!

Well, finally we did… now we just have to remember to actually write in it.

I love the blog:  both the idea of it, and the actuality.  It’s nice to have a forum in which to share thoughts, and to try to write them in a cohesive and concise way — well, concise in a relative manner:  brevity is not my forte.

(I think that’s what I’d like my (eventual) gravestone to read:

“Life is short and so was she… although brevity was not her forte.”)

Yesterday was Christmas.  I always try to watch It’s a Wonderful Life  at least once each holiday season, and I’m still moved to tears every time.  Remembering that each of us has an impact upon others, and on the planet, that we may not always realize — that’s a good idea.

My religion has a different holiday instead, one of much smaller stature in religious significance.   I think I’m a bit unusual in my next statement:  I just don’t feel neglected on Christmas.  I don’t feel lonely or excluded:  it simply isn’t my holiday!  Sometimes I watch the holiday Mass and on TV,  just to appreciate the beautiful singing and ceremony.  I like imagining my Christian friends celebrating with their families, and the warmth of the fireplace, the turkey or whatever, the gifts and the merriment.  

But as for myself:  I just love the solitude!   Maybe I’ll go see a holiday movie; maybe I’ll simply curl up and read a good book.  There’s nothing like lighting a few scented candles,  putting on some good music, wrapping one’s self in an afghan, drinking hot cider, sipping hot soup, and reading:  yay!!  There’s nothing like watching the snow fall outside and being glad you’re inside.  Nothing like enjoying the peace-on-earth feeling, and feeling peace within one’s self.  It’s a gift, this holiday, this slowing-down time.

Christmas eve, a neighbor and I went to see Slumdog Millionaire.  Upon first glance, this may not seem to be a good holiday choice:  there is violence and much sadness and grief.  BUT:  it’s a movie about the triumph of the human spirit over amazing hardships — hardships that we, in this country, know little about first-hand.  It’s a story where even the tormentors wish the hero well, because he has courage and determination and goodness and decency.  Actually:  it’s a MUST-see movie!

And it reminds me a little of our own nation.  Even with cynicism running rampant, I still believe that most of us cheer for the hero; that we still believe goodness and mercy shall triumph over evil and greed.  Why else would we have elected Obama as our next President?

This is a real time of hope.  It’s time for new resolutions, for self-assessment.  Maybe progress forward is never so; maybe it’s more one step forward, another back, a few sideways… but then a half-step forward.  Maybe one foot in front of the other, slow and steady and shaking, is the only way.  And even if, at year’s end, we’re not as far along as we’d hoped… well, as long as we’re still walking that path and trying and hoping, maybe that’s an accomplishment all the same.

I still have many subjects I’d like to rant about — hey, politics in Illinois, what can I say? — but at least for today, I just want to offer my thoughts of peace and hope to this world, and to all of you (any of you?) who may be reading.

😉

December 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm 4 comments

Hope prevails over fear

DeeTee  From DeeTee:  A very brief entry, but it must be made.  When all is said and done — and a LOT sure has been said and done — hope prevails over fear.  Goodness and mercy shall prevail, and they did.  We may be fearful, but we value hope more.

As I watched Obama give his acceptance speech, I was once more struck at his amazing character:  hopeful yet realistic, serious yet elated, and above all else:  forgiving.  You could see it in his face, and in those who listened.

I am hopeful for our country!!!

November 5, 2008 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

She said, She said…

DeeTee  DeeTee:   Hello, everyone… Chie and I are sitting in a Caribou Coffee shop, opining and wining (actually, tea-ing) and we thought we’d share our words of wisdom.  Firstly, we apologize to all three of you for not writing lately… 😉 Sometimes  real life gets in the way of ruling the world.  But in these troubled times, we must make time to advise…

Chie  Chie: Advise? Hardly. Dee Tee is walking too softly. We must make time to CHANGE the world. Most advice, no matter how diplomatically given, or desperately needed, is rarely taken and sometimes a brick to the head is more effective. Of course I’m speaking metaphorically. (Or am I?)

DeeTee:  OK, let’s talk about CHANGE, since that seems to be the catchword of the hour.  Obama is for change, and now, so (allegedly) is McCain.

And we, the people, say  we want change, but in reality we fear the unknown.  It’s safer to stay the same and just bitch about everything.  BUT:  what if the only thing holding us back is our lack of belief?  People fear Obama because they believe he really CAN change things.   

Chie:  Well as much as I hate to disagree with DeeTee, I do not think that people fear Obama because they think he can change things. I think they fear/don’t like/won’t vote for him for lots of other reasons. He’s not black enough, he’s not white enough, he’s a Democrat, he’s a man, he’s from Hawaii, he’s from Illinois, he’s from Harvard, he’s…….whatever. This is going to be a highly adversarial election which has nothing to do with actual issues. Especially lately. It’s all emotion. And I also think that’s why Obama has stirred such passion in people (on both sides) because he touches something innate inside. He is the change. The very fact of him is what scares people.

DeeTee:  I think Chie and I are saying the same thing.  She’ll correct me if I’m wrong, but I think she’s saying that Obama being who he is — the sudden celebrity!  The new Messiah!  He came out of nowhere to a meteoric rise; will he now come crashing down like a falling star? 

Most importantly:  Is he real?  And how could  he be real when he’s so sudden?  So, he’s emblematic of our desire to change, but scary because the change could really happen… and what then? 

There’s an old joke, one of my favorites: 
[1st guy]:  Doctor, doctor, ya gotta help me, my brother thinks he’s a chicken! 
[2nd guy]:  Well, bring him in and I’ll cure him! 
[1st guy]:  Can’t right now, Doc, I still need the eggs!

Chie: While I think his meteoric rise makes a lot of people nervous, I am uncomfortable with using words like messiah and prophet. I know DeeTee is being facetious, but I can already hear our critics, if any exist, accusing us of “annoiting” Obama. For the record, we mean no such thing.

One thing I think is obvious: Whether you are pro-Obama or just anti-Bush, something’s gotta give. But first, let me clarify what I mean by change.

More than just a personnel change is needed in Washington. We need a cultural change.  Away from a government that looks for ways around the Constitution and back to a government that understands the importance of the Bill of Rights and our system of checks and balances. Away from a government that passes rules to allow torture as a policy and back to a government that follows the rule of law and Geneva Convention. Away from the attitude that  God is on “our” side and back to an understanding that God is not a Republican or a Democrat or white or black. Away from a petty partisan Congress that looks like 2nd graders at recess (I apologize to 2nd graders everywhere) and back to civil, respectful debate on the issues (I know I’m really reaching here).  And from what I have seen so far, a McCain/Palin ticket is not going to bring about that kind of cultural change.

Some people believe change can happen through the top-down theory that begins with leaders with vision. Others believe that change can happen via grass-root movements brought about by the masses. I believe that given the scope of partisan politics and the inertia that permeates government bureacracy, both methods will be needed to effect any substantial change. We need leaders with vision and a citizenry that’s invested.  Going back to something DeeTee said earlier, what if the only thing holding us back is belief. Maybe that belief extends not only to a Presidential candidate but also belief in ourselves. Belief in the power that WE THE PEOPLE can bring about change. Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world”.  Let’s start by making sure everyone gets out to vote.

DeeTee:  Yeah, get out and vote… for Obama!  ;0

Complete agreement for what you just said, Chie!  What worries me is the “we the people” part… so many people seem more concerned with the personalities than the issues you just mentioned.  Apprearance of change is not really change.  Example:  People say it’s time we have a woman in the White House.  Sure!  But:  how about a qualified woman?  Why do people think that just any woman will do… why do some women seem to believe this?  I wish everyone would read this great article by Gloria Steinem, “Palin: Wrong woman, wrong message”  (thanks for the link, Chie).  Other than gender, what difference is there between Palin… and Bush?  So it may appear  to be change (gender) but it’s really not (policy the same, ignorance of issues the same, mis-pronounciation of “nuclear” the same).

I agree that WE need to be the agents of change… to elect the persons best qualified to lead that change.  We all know a change is needed, but we decry it at the same time we demand it.  To trust a leader who we don’t truly know — who seems intelligent and thoughtful but is not a proven commodity — takes a leap of faith.  I think that will be required of us, that leap, that belief, if we truly are to make a change in our government… in our own lives.

Chie: Leap of faith? Crap – now we gotta talk about religion. Or not. Why don’t we just leave this right now and see what kind of comments we get.

DeeTee:  OK, over & out… for now.  Chie, are you really letting me have the last word? 

Chie: No.

September 17, 2008 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Mirror Mirror in the White House…

DeeTeeFrom DeeTee:  I keep hearing about how I’m supposed to want Hillary Clinton in the White House because she’s a woman; and if I don’t, it’s because I’m playing into the “gender-bias” that still exists.

Not saying that sexism doesn’t still exist… but really, does this make any sense?   Do all women have the same needs?  Because a politician is a woman, does that mean she represents — or will represent — all women?  How would that even be possible?

I’m not so naive to think that just because someone looks like me means they will represent me.  Also,  just because I don’t care for Hillary doesn’t mean I don’t support women in politics; it simply means I don’t think Senator Clinton is the best candidate.

While Senator Clinton certainly is knowledgeable and competent, she comes with huge baggage… her husband, of course, Mr. Plus/Minus:  to some he’s a plus, being a past president and all; to others — whose hatred of him hasn’t subsided after all these years — he’s the devil incarnate.  I firmly believe there’s enough Clinton-haters who will stop at nothing to thwart them, and I think that’s a major hinderance to the goal of achieving major change.

Also, I can’t help it:  something about Hillary makes me queasy.  She seems quite willing to do anything to get her way.  I keep picturing Lady MacBeth saying, “Out, out, damned spot…”

I’m looking for someone who has convictions and is willing to stand by them, unpopular or not; someone willing to listen to the input of others — not simply to modify their own image, but for major decision-making; someone who embodies fairness, decency and trustworthiness.  Someone who is able to inspire the masses to be greater than our piddly selves.

I believe that person is Obama.  I look nothing like him.  I’d like him just as much if he were my gender, race, and/or religion.  He is articulate, thoughtful, and inspiring.  Most likely he has his issues as well; but I’m not voting for the next saint, I’m voting for the next leader who hopefully has the vision, the will, and the skills, to turn this country around.

March 6, 2008 at 4:46 pm 6 comments


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