No matter how much the extreme Tea Party fanatics try, they can't seem to derail the Obama administration.After all, this is their sole mission. God forbid these lunatics work towards building a better country; their only goal seems to defeat their own countrymen... and they call themselves patriots? The whole Tea Party scene is a farce, but when you look to the likes of a Ted Cruz for leadership, what else do you expect but calamity? Try as he might, Cruz's zany rhetoric can't even fool his own party. Senators like John McCain can see what Cruz is up to: building up his own tattered resume. Leave it to the right-wing states like Texas to continue to vote in morons. The only salvation may be our Hispanic friends (& Wendy Davis) there to get out the vote and defeat insanity. Now if we can only do something about Kentucky. What can you say about a state which elects Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning? Rand Paul looks almost sane compared to those buffoons.
As we look across the globe, despite the horror of Syria, diplomacy may actually be working not just there, but maybe even Iran is coming around to giving up their extremist ways and can make peace with their arch enemy America. It really could be time to bury the infidel and fatwa business and get back to being part of the family of (civilized) nations. President Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani actually spoke on the phone recently, and their counterparts are speaking of working out some negotiations which could end decades of hate and betrayal which began in 1979. It was President Carter and the then Shah of Iran which marked the last time these two countries were considered allies. We know what happened when the Shah fell from power, and both nations share in lashing out against the other. America was instrumental in overthrowing a duly elected Iranian leader in 1953 (Mossadegh). That kind of interference came back to haunt us and the relationship between our two nations. Making peace with Iran, and working through the viral hatred between that nation (& others in the Mideast) and Israel could begin a startling new era in the Mideast and around the world. The opportunities here are endless, but it is not assured.
At least some rational negotiations are possible with Iran, and maybe Syria via the inclusion of Russia and it's idea of diplomacy. No matter what the extreme right-wing nuts claim, Russia's move to try diplomacy with Syria in ridding that county of chemical weapons, simply would not have happened without the threat of a missile strike by Obama. Others may say Obama was overshadowed by Putin, but who cares who gets the glory, it's what happens in the name of peace and resolution that matters. The Tea Party crowd would improve their standing as reckless dimwits in seeking a diplomatic solution rather than dire threats of shutting down the government. They may be delusional enough to actually think of themselves as patriots, but their uncompromising ways help spook the economy and drive down America's chances to move away from government by crisis. Already their brand of threats and loud mouth accusations based in fiction (I mean, come on-death panels arising from Obamacare?) do nobody any good unless you are a brain-dead Ted Cruz fan. If that's the case-do humanity a favor and don't reproduce.
The examples between real diplomacy abroad and trying to work together at home could not be more extreme. The Republican moderates are few and far between, but they are captives of their own party which was taken over by the extreme right. This situation will not last forever since changing demographics will put out to pasture that reckless faction which still tries to hang on to outmoded ideas such as being anti-gay marriage, continuing the failed war on drugs, anti-background checks on guns, and other obvious issues which beg to be resolved after decades of wasted time fighting the inevitable. Logic and pragmatism simply cannot live in the infected extremes of the far right-wing.They are dinosaurs waiting for one more giant meteor to wipe out a breed better left to the ash heap of history.
As far as Obama Care goes (aka- the Affordable Care Act), I don't think too many Americans are happy with it as it stands now, but that can be corrected over time. As Obama himself said, medicare was not popular when it began, and it too was tinkered with over time. Go around and ask older people how much they like socialism in the form of medicare and social security. Call it communism if you want, but I doubt too many recipients are willing to give it up. Another tired old trick from the extreme right is calling any new attempt at helping the masses as 'communism" or "socialism". The neanderthal hypocrites of the right-wing media can call people socialists, but they'll take their social security when it's offered. That kind of name calling works because the hicks who listen to their shows, buy their books, or watch Fox News (like it's really informative), are too stupid to realize this kind of media doesn't represent their best interests. Would these middle class clowns really buy into doing away with social programs because it might contain some socialistic type of arrangement in the way it was developed? Of course not, and that's the farce of the extreme right.As America devolves from a country where a middle class income (& connected benefits) were almost guaranteed for those who worked hard, to an environment where a college education can bankrupt a student even before they begin a career, something like affordable healthcare may be vital in the years ahead. Say what you want, but Canadians and Europeans aren't going broke because they get sick. Their lifespans are as good if not better than ours. Our mistake was making our healthcare system a for-profit enterprise.How we can perfect that from what we begin with in regards to Obamacare is a formidable challenge, but it is a beginning.
You don't have to be a liberal or progressive to agree with my point of view. I am conservative on a number of issues, and genuine conservatives are a needed breed in America. It's the extreme right which is holding us back. I don't remember this crowd screaming loudly when George W. Bush NEVER vetoed a spending bill, until the Democrats won back congress in 2006. I don't recall the extreme right protesting Bush when he cut taxes and didn't pay for it; began two wars and CUT TAXES (something no president in history has ever done)..how do you pay for two wars when you cut taxes? I just can't remember the extreme right screaming in outrage when he got the Medicare Part D drug bill passed (costing $1 Trillion over 10 years) and NOT paying for that either. Along with the housing bust and Wall Street crash in 2008, is it any wonder America almost went into another Great Depression after Bush got done governing, or trying to? All I'm saying is America needs some good old fashioned compromise and pragmatism. It's what helped us become the great nation we are , and should continue to be if we can keep the flakes in snowfalls and cereal, and out of government.