The Audacity Of Supremacy

Reaganomics has failed America: The Trickle Down Theory will never create prosperity for all Americans.

A culture of privilege and wealth without active civic responsibility infected this country thirty years ago and if not corrected, it will bring an end to the United States of America, the America that our forefathers saw as a beacon of light and hope for all humanity.
The Reagan Administration ushered in a new breed of self-serving Republicans called Neo-Cons in 1981 and America has been on an economic downward turn ever since. President Ronald Reagan welded a power in America never seen before. His presidency was the marriage of a professional actor with the role of president, a winning combination in a country that idolizes screen and stage actors.
The trickle down theory was borne out of this administration. With this theory, the Neo-Cons were able to convince the American public that if they would allow the owner class the privilege of not paying taxes, as is required by our Constitution, that they would create jobs for all, and the whole country would grow and prosper as the accumulated wealth of the upper class trickled down onto the middle and lower. This theory to date has failed miserably. Reaganomics has brought the quality of life down for most Americans because it has had a reverse affect; rather than wealth trickling down, money has been whisked up and away from the middle and lower classes creating a huge income gap.
Union busting also became the preoccupation of this new Corporate Republican Party. The battle to retain and acquire bargaining power for the public and private workers stepped up and the demonetization of hard working Americans had begun. Curiously, three unions left alone by the GOP prospered and gained enormous power, The American Medical Association, The American Bar Association and The National Rifle Association.
Deregulation of private industries and reversal of laws and policies put in place to protect and serve the nation began during this presidency and the affects have been devastating.
In his book titled, Tear Down This Myth, Will Bunch illustrates how the right wing has used the legacy of Ronald Reagan to strengthen the failed ideology aptly-named, trickle down economics. In 2008 all GOP candidates for president claimed Reagan’s mantle, showing us that the misconceptions of the Reagan Presidency remain. For all intent and purposes Reagan has become their god.

Stealing the Social Net: Why Rove Should Give Up 501(c)(4) Status

According to the IRS description of a 501(c)(4) tax exemption must fit into certain parameters. It is the contention of this author that Karl Rove et all is not operating within the guidelines set by the Internal Revenue Service and that his tax exempt status should and must be revoked.

On Face the Nation yesterday, Karl Rove twisted the meaning of the Tea Party and the agenda of the GOP in-order to defend operating under 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. The code states that in order to be tax-exempt and listed as a social welfare program, the organization must comply with certain markers.

First marker: Is the organization set up for profit? This is a very good question that Mr. Rove does not have to answer since the bill that would have made full-disclosure in campaign financing a law was struck down in the Senate by one vote; it should also be noted that not one Republican voted in favor of this type of transparency.

Second marker: The organization must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare. Really? The Tea Party/GOP is operating for the good of all? Maybe for mostly Caucasian affluent American and foreign investors, but certainly not for all Americans, regardless of race, gender, or religion. The Tea party promises openly to out-right destroy certain social programs such as, VA Health Care, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, the list goes on…

Third marker: If the organization engages in excess benefits for a select group or individuals who act with great influence over the organization, then an excise tax may be imposed. In light of the great power and visibility of Karl Rove and the Chamber Of Commerce in this year’s campaign fundraiser from anonymous donors to benefit only the Tea/GOP, surely a hefty tax outta be imposed.

Fourth and final marker: Is the organization operating to further the common good and general welfare of the people? When looking at the agenda of the Tea Party and The GOP , the answer is a loud resounding, no!
White supremacy and threats of violence have marred this *grass-roots* from the top down organization since it’s inception. The Party of No has joined allegiance with a group of individuals who , in the opinion of this author, think only of themselves and their families, friends, people they consider to be *them*.

What a tangled web...

American Pie: The Incredible Story of Leonard A. Danna

I would like to introduce you to Leonard Danna. He was my father-in-law, my worst critic, and my greatest mentor.

Leonard Danna was born in 1910 in Buffalo, New York to a soon-to-be single mother. His father abandoned his family to go play the French horn with John Phillip Sousa’s band in 1912. This really affected Leonard’s view on raising children because he raised not only his five kids, but every kid brought home to meet him. Everyone was welcome at the Danna house.

Leonard as a childLeonard met his father for the first time while he was playing in the yard in front of his home in Buffalo. The stranger walked up to Leonard and said, “Hello Leonard, I’m your father.” Little Lenny shouted, “No you’re not!” and kicked the big man in the shin and then ran into the house, salty tears stinging his little face and eyes.

It would be many years before Leonard saw the man again. Leonard always said of his father, ” He was a great musician, but a lousy father.”

Lenny survived the 1918 influenza pandemic, the streets of Buffalo, and two heart surgeries, one in 1973, the other in 1986. He had a strong spirit and philosophy that affected everyone around him. With Leonard you either wanted to emulate him or you were green with envy; he had an aura about him.

He also had a fierce determination to exercise. “Eat real, exercise, and stay away from the doctors!” was one of his all time favorite sayings. Leonard swam across the Niagara River Parkway to Fort Erie, Canada right next to the Peace Bridge when he was 19 years old. Talk about survival of the fittest!

After falling in love with a beautiful young blond secretary named Bernice, they married and had a wonderful, loving family. Leonard lost his wife in 1991 to cancer, the robber of so many, and had to continue on his own. He would never even consider finding another mate. Bernice was irreplaceable as far as Lenny was concerned.

When my father-in-law was 90, my husband Rick brought him up to Buffalo to visit an “old girlfriend.” They went to her little apartment, she served them coffee and cookies, and they reminisced for a while. After the little visit Leonard and his son stood in front of the elevator door. Lenny shook his head and said to his son, ” She was old!” Age is relative in this life; you are truly as old as you perceive yourself to be.

I saw him at the library one day sitting at a round table alone, writing furiously in a little composition book with a black and white cover. “What are you writing?” I asked him. “My memoirs!” Leonard said as he looked up from the table. “Really, are you writing about me?” I asked. “I haven’t gotten to you yet!” was his reply.

Leonard A. Danna died in 2006 at the young age of 96 and he is sorely missed by his family who surrounded his bed with love of family and respect as he parted this life.

The Groaning: Seating Judge Sonia Sotomayor On The Supreme Court Bench

Why do we never get an answer?
When we’re knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war
— The Moody Blues, “Question”

America is in pain; she is growing once again, trying to stretch the face of her legal mind to fit the people she serves and as always, there are those who would hold her back. I am referring to a portion of our population who are afraid of change. Whether you are a journalist or a blogger, use Twitter or are a politician, whether you are a conservative, a Republican, a Democrat or a flaming liberal like me, you want someone to hear your voice!

A mother lode of domestic and foreign problems has been dumped on President Obama since the election in November of 2008 and in trying to keep his promise to move us in a new fresh direction he has chosen Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be his first nominee for the Supreme Court. What a victory this will be for the American Latin community. I await her seating with hope and joy. This country has mixed views, to say the least, and I am afraid that racial hatred is rearing its ugly, hideous head.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was on twitter Monday calling Judge Sotomayor a racist because of a much publicized statement she had made in regards to how a Latina woman from an impoverished background might be able to interpret the law differently than her predominately English white male counterparts. I must ask, “What’s wrong with that?” Even my husband was not offended by Judge Sotomayor’s statement. The reasoning behind it is clear enough; she would bring a fresh eye to the court and as a Latina woman she would poses a certain empathy towards people that may be absent in others from a more privileged background. Here is Newt’s tweet: “Imagine a judicial nominee said ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman’ new racism is no better than old racism.”

I found his generalization and taking of Judge Sotomayor words out of context not surprising, as I believe conservatives and the Republican Party to be desperate to regain their fleeting and tenuous hold on America’s psyche and that certain individuals in their ranks will say and do anything to accomplish this. Here is what Judge Sonia Sotomayor actually said in her 2002 speech at UC Berkeley: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

I would like you to consider the video Race to the Bottom, which was compiled by Media Matters for America. I actually find the material and language used here to be so offensive that I do not want to type the words on my keyboard! Please judge for yourselves and decide what you think of these observations.

We are so sharply divided in this country right now and it is evident in almost every aspect of our lives. Nowhere more than when you read the online newspapers. Thanks to the wonders of the cyber-world we can now give instant feedback to whatever we read, think, or feel. Right this minute there are 2,140, and counting, comments under a story in the Huffington Post, with a headline reading “It’s Only Outrageous When She Says It!” The hot button topic of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is practically spilling out of the digital papers as blog after blog and report after report proclaim they have the freshest angle on her or the most information and statistics on her even the style section of the Huffington Post has a question and a little opinion poll to go with it titled “What kind of style will Judge Sotomayor bring to her court robes?”

From The New York Times to this article you’re reading right now we all want a piece of the story of the day. I am motivated to write about Judge Sonia Sotomayor after reading the most vile and hateful words describing the President’s pick. I want to counterbalance this whirlwind of words and pictures, facts and statistics with a message to tone down the rhetoric and politicization of this very able woman.

Rachel Maddow on MSNBC explains the attacks and criticisms against Judge Sotomayor by using “props.” She compares the makeup of the Supreme bench to a whiskey sour; the four Republicans are the sugar, the two Democrats are the lemon, and the two independent thinkers are the whiskey. This is going to be just one more fight in an already too long line of them amongst our political factions in the United States today and it is really sad that we don’t talk to each other anymore.

Comment For The 112Th Congress


The 112Th Congress is proving by their actions thus far, that they will be the most egregious legislative body ever to be seated in the Peoples’ House. Their total lack of respect for the health and well being of this nation is shameful to say the least.
The Government of the United States has grown for a reason, to serve its large population and the growing needs of today’s society. Anyone who thinks otherwise is in my opinion an anarchist and shouldn’t be part of a government that they so despise.
A final word for all those that repeat the same talking points over and over. I have one of my own to add: The United states Of America is not a business, it is a Nation. And wanting to preserve the social net doesn’t make us all Socialists, it makes us humane…

Shutting-Up The Free-Thinkers: Keith Olbermann, Right-Wing Media and The New GOP

Countdown with Keith Olbermann #1 Rated News-Opinion MSNBC

Allow me to ask a question. Do you believe that the First Amendment applies to all citizens? The firing of Keith Olbermann host of Countdown number one rated news opinion show on nighttime only, left-leaning MSNBC should be a wake-up call to all, not only liberals, progressives and Democrats who believe that the First Amendment must be protected and up-held.
It appears that many factors have led up to this decision to fire Olbermann by the recently merged-media monstrosity of MSNBC and Comcast, among them Keith’s recent suspension for donating money to the Democratic Party, staff and ownership changes, and Kieth’s supposed own wish to move on.
If we compare the size of Keith Olbermann’s personal contribution to the untold amounts of money that the SCOTUS has allowed the Republican party to accept without disclosure laws allowing them to gather funds from corporations and individuals at home and abroad in secrecy, then we must cry foul! You might say to yourself that the Democrats are free to also use this dissimulation but you would be wrong.
The Democrats do not have a history of acting this way; they represent the people and this fact has become perfectly clear since the Republican’s 112th Congress has begun. The 112th lack of respect and total disregard for the American people’s well-being is palpable. In session only three days they threaten the very fabric of our society by attacking our social programs. Social Security, in place to help seniors no longer in the workforce and the disabled are now on the chopping block as well as the Affordable Health Care Act, the first comprehensive and inclusive health care plan ever to be signed into law. This Bill signed into law, is just one of many and will be considered President Obama’s crowning achievement. The GOP want it gone! In only three session days, the 112th congress has also attacked Woman’s rights to choose and make overt threats and innuendos that they will unfund much needed and relied upon programs that for many of our seniors and working poor families such as Medicare and Medicaid are crucial to their survival.
This new version of the Republican Party, is made up of a combination of corporatist, Tea-Party advocates, right-wing Christian Coalition extremists and left-over Neo-Cons from the Reagan Presidency. Democrats, Liberals and Progressives must stand up and unite or America will become what we all fear most, a Plutocratic Theocracy and the right-wing controlled media is well on its way to bringing this nightmare to fruition.
The FCC’s egregious decision to allow the merger of the two media giants, NBC Universal and Comcast makes the newly formed network one of the most powerful right-leaning media outlets & communication networks in the world. Consider, if you will the fact that this organization is privately owned and not in any sense of the word, apolitical. Which is why Keith Olbermann’s firing Friday night on-air with little warning to him or his faithful audience -forward thinking progressive, liberals and Democrats is an indicator of the right-wing wish for forbiddance of liberal political thought and expression in America.
As far as his personal wishes to move on, this blogger will wait to hear from Keith Olbermann. Right now there is much speculation and concern for Keith and his Countdown staff. It also did not go unnoticed that the only Sunday show that mentioned the abrupt removal of Countdwon from MSNBC , was CBS Sunday Morning.

The Fool’s Game

We, the people, are not fools...

Whom do the banks, the corporations, and the GOP think they are fooling? Anyone can see that this wait-obstruct-and-stall game that began immediately after Obama took office is still as strong as ever. While these people sit on the stimulus money, refusing to fuse it into the system, America is falling into insolvency and bankruptcy. Nevertheless, do they care? Why should they? Obviously, they are hoarding resources and profit, doling it out only to the stockholders who sit quiet as they collect their dividends and watch others suffer.

I once wrote an essay titled “The Heart of The Conservative Soul: A View from the Center.” I no longer have a copy of this article, and I certainly no longer think of myself as the middle. In this essay, I made the assertion that what the GOP/conservative philosophy was lacking was empathy.  After watching the Republican nominee for the Senate in Alaska Joe Miller discussed with Bob Schieffer,   his stance on the distribution of power in the government and his support on decreasing federal aid money to states:

Schieffer, “First you say you want to phase out Medicare. You want to privatize Social Security. I have to say there are a lot of people in Alaska who are on Medicare and are getting Social Security. Isn’t that position going to be a problem for you in the [general] election?”

“I would suggest to you that if one thinks that the Constitution is extreme, then you would also think that the founders are extreme,” Miller said. “We just simply want to get back to basics, restore essentially the constitutional foundation of our country.

“That means the federal government becoming less onerous, less involved in basically every item of our lives,” he continued. “What that means is there does have to be some transition. With respect to Social Security, what we’ve said consistently throughout this race is that if you’ve paid into the system, if you’re dependent on the system, we have got to get the fiscal house in order at the national level so that we can continue to pay those benefits. But to suggest that there is nothing that can be done, that we have to continue as the way things are, ignores the fact that the trust fund is empty – it’s full of IOUs.” – Joe Miller

I will once again say that I was correct. We, the people, are not fools…

(This article was published first on Blogcritics, where this Face The Nation’s  video can be viewed in it’s entirety)