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When Is Enough Enough?

by VC

A poll of Americans today would likely reveal most generally accept as an irrefutable fact that to become president of the United States you campaign for years through a long drawn-out process.  The actual governing of a country as vast in space, huge of population and as diverse as is the USA, ought to be a team effort with checks and balances.  The Founding Fathers thought so.  The Constitution decrees it.  Consequently, you would think it is commonly accepted that once the winner has been declared, politicking would pause and, as president, you get the opportunity to work *WITH* the members of each branch of government for the progress of the entire nation.  In other words, victory (or defeat) ought to be what pushes the pause button on campaigning and grandstanding, so that the will of the people can be respected and enacted …… at least until the next round of elections.  It ought to be commonly accepted, but it is not!  Instead, by their actions, Republicans have continuously displayed contempt for the democratic process and it has been heartbreaking to see them stomping all over opportunities for governance, even in areas that previously were relatively straightforward.

As we all know, when Barack H. Obama (along with Joe Biden) won a decisive victory to lead the USA in November 2008,  senior Republicans met secretly less than three months later,  to plot a strategy to derail the nation’s legally elected leader, …..

…and their chosen strategy was to deliberately and unanimously prevent the USA from pulling itself out of a major financial slump by never supporting any of the new president’s proposals!

To this day I still find it shocking that Republicans took great pride in their decision to deliberately sabotage the government!  They broadcasted it shamelessly, stating their primary goal was – not to govern, but – to make President Obama a one-term president!

Theirs was an audacious goal and an even more audacious dereliction of the duties attached to their jobs, and Republicans have continued to play the ‘Block-the-President’ game since 2009 with painful repercussions for civilians and veterans alike.  The fact they have been able to get away with deliberately hurting actual citizens for so long, even after the majority of Americans gave the Obama-Admin a second term, is scary.   In addition, watching them in action it is hard not to conclude that the media have played a major role in encouraging the Republican leadership to dismiss the result of both elections. The MSM have done so, IMO, by not highlighting, en masse,  GOP malfeasance when it occurred, and not calling out the fact that Republicans have a tendency to routinely ignore results that don’t go their way.

 “If democracy means anything it means that, if you are outvoted, you accept the results and prepare for the next election.  Republicans are refusing [have refused] to do that. It shows contempt for the democratic process.”  ~Thomas Friedman  – NYTimes 

The Republicans’ persistent obstruction has been the only issue on which GOP politicians have been consistent, and unfortunately no one (other than the president, and an odd media voice here and there) have challenged them consistently re this blatant disrespect to the American people.  For over six years Republicans have loudly stated they would not do their jobs; and they not only haven’t done so, they have faithfully, religiously, and gleefully stood in the path of others attempting to do theirs.   They have tried blackmail tactics re budgets, engineered one government shutdown (and are muttering about another), and have attempted dozens of repeals of the same law] all while collecting a handsome salary!   Nowhere has evidence been found that Republicans have once considered the impact of their non-participation in governing on average Americans who may be suffering through difficult financial times.  In fact, they actually celebrated their decision to shut down the government in 2013!!!

This is unconscionable behaviour – behaviour that Republicans have been able to perpetuate to their advantage over the years!  Tell me, why is there no mechanism in place to curb this type of bad faith governing?  That the nation has to suffer through deliberate and destructive tactics for years until the next election shows a weakness in the system that ought to be addressed, don’t you think?  Americans young and old – veterans, food stamp recipients, underpaid women and others – all have been caught in the trenches of the GOP war against one man – the president of the USA!  There is little doubt that the Republican Party’s total focus on thwarting any recovery President Obama tries to accomplish has hurt the nation fiscally in different ways.

In summary, Republicans have replaced governance with blackmail, or hostage taking, or with bad faith bargaining.  They have plotted with allies [Netanyahu] and tried to plot with enemies [Iran ayatollahs] to embarrass the head of the government.  Nonetheless, President Obama and his administration have persevered and we have seen tremendous accomplishments in many areas.  For example …….

We cannot forget that all that has been accomplished in government has been done in the face of continued GOP malfeasance.  Republicans have contributed nothing – their latest slap in the face of the nation was the realization that not even a handful of Republicans in Congress saw any merit in the Iran Deal!  How is that leadership? Right now they are muttering about another possible government shutdown; that is, of course, easier for them to do than to prepare the budget that is their job.

Given the fact they clearly have no moral or empathy compass for US citizens, ‘How much more will Republicans NOT do?’

Former Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, is reported to have said…

“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”                                        

For over a decade, the Republican Party has done little to advance the U.S, and its members have done a whole lot to ensure the nation does not move forward.  In fact the party has, more than once, perpetuated actions that would cast doubt on the USA’s very integrity on the world stage.  Instead of helping to govern, Republicans have been blatantly obstructing, playing word games or behind-your-back games, and calling upon foreign leaders to interfere in US Executive Branch decisions.   My questions really are:-

Isn’t it time a system that has gone so far out of sync these last seven years be recalibrated?   And, how does one recalibrate it?  How can Americans, real Americans (who love their country and want to see it daily working towards a ‘more perfect union’; who genuinely want to live as “e pluribus unum”) take their country back?

When is enough enough?


122 Responses to “When Is Enough Enough?”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    September 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

    FURST. HA, HA, VC. IN YOUR FURST POST TOO.

    • September 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

      If you were a gentleman – 🙄 – you’d have left furst to the goosey author.

      Thank you soooooooooo much VC, outstanding contribution, huuuuuuuuugely appreciated!

      • 3 amk for obama
        September 19, 2015 at 11:53 am

        gentle what?

      • 4 vcprezofan2
        September 19, 2015 at 11:55 am

        CC, I thank *you* for the opportunity!

        • 5 0388jojothecat
          September 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

          Wonderful post vc, very succinct description of the republican party. When people say Bush was able to push through his horrible agenda and govern so easily I keep repeating myself (one friend says this all the time) that the DEMs are not “just like the Republicans”, they will compromise to keep the government going. PBO has had many victories in spite of GOP but you hear all day long rw radio, fox news, and msm who make it sound like it’s PBO fault that the other side will not work with him and has to do things another way. He does get it that people who are giving Congress low grades are giving low grades to DEMS and DEMS are giving low grades to GOP. Everyone loves their representative and until people who are moderate Republicans vote for DEMs instead of the obstructionist party them expect their candidate to go against their party is just crazy.

          • 6 vcprezofan2
            September 19, 2015 at 12:52 pm

            President-elect Barack Obama said something in Grant Park in 2008 that I’ve never forgotten, because that was the first time I’d heard it expressed at a moment of political victory. Certainly it was the first time it registered so forcefully with me – that moment when he affirmed that he was in fact the president of all Americans whether or not they had voted for him.

            • 7 0388jojothecat
              September 19, 2015 at 1:49 pm

              He knew that many people especially in the south did not vote for him because of his race and lies said throughout the primaries and general election. There were many who did not vote for him because they felt HRC should have been president instead of him and voted for McCain/Palin. When GWB was appointed president by SCOTUS I did say he was not MY president and after 9/11 I and many people stopped saying that. Then when he was re-elected on a thin 49% margin, he still won.

            • September 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

              I’ll never forget that night. I was home alone and savoring every minute of this speech. My friends had called and asked me to meet them for a celebratory drink at a place around the corner from my apartment. I sat there a few minutes after PBO’s speech, tears streaming down my face. We’d done it. We’d really done it. Then I walked down to join my friends at the bar and the place was packed About half the crowd was wearing Barack Obama masks. People were hooting and hollering in the street, horns honking, everyone grinning ear to ear. As I walked home, I wondered if it was all a dream. It was just really incredible.

              • September 19, 2015 at 2:44 pm

                It was such a Beautiful Night! I’ll CHERISH the memory forever though I cried very hard. The last reaction I thought I would have.
                I thought it would be like winning my teams FIRST SUPERBOWL! Jumping up and down and screaming, but no, sobbing very vocally!
                But happy tears of relief. 💙 ☀️

                • September 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

                  Yes, I think it was about relief. We’d all worked so hard for so long and it all came down to one night. We knew which states we had to win and then BOOM!! How could we be so fortunate? A flood of tears. I remember answering my phone just after he was declared the winner and it was a friend who didn’t even say hello, was just sobbing and we both just kept saying OMG, OMG, OMG between long sobs. Just unforgettable.

                  • September 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

                    I babbled something similar and I’m not sure what Hubby did, I’ll have to ask him. He didn’t cry. 😉 We were to be more blessed than we could ever hope for. ❤️

              • 12 MightyPamela
                September 19, 2015 at 2:47 pm

                I popped the champagne just as the text message arrived to thank all of US for making it possible, thanking all of US who worked, donated and made what seemed impossible happen. “This all happened because of you.” “Thank you. Barack”. I have my text printed off into a photo and framed, resting among my estate!! I should send a copy of it to The Obama Foundation, shouldn’t I?? ❤

                • September 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm

                  Oh, you were quite brilliant to do that!

                  I have a pass to the DNC 2008 nominating convention the night of his acceptance speech. It has this great image of PBO and it’s a hologram. So incredibly cool. I’m also wondering if I should send that. I’ll probably wear it the day he leaves office. {{{{sniffles}}}}

            • September 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

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        • September 19, 2015 at 7:16 pm

          Wonderful post VC…you have laid it all out plainly for all to see,,,,

          Right ON Right on!

    • 16 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2015 at 11:53 am

      FURST to you too, Amk! I’ve almost gotten accustomed to your novel greeting.

    • 26 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      smh

      BTW, PBO’s weekly message for this week would fit right into this post – right where it mentions his tremendous accomplishments!

  2. September 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Exceptional synopsis, VC. I hope they take my advice and read it.

    Thank you!!!

    #FORWARD Together

    • September 19, 2015 at 11:57 am

      btw VC, I decided to read the thread before responding to ‘leave a comment’ … a novel concept, I realize …. 😀 😀 😀

      • 29 vcprezofan2
        September 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm

        You are way ahead of me, Bfr. For some reason I can’t seem to catch up on the threads this morning – and I woke up in such a bright and cheery mood! Thanks for your encouragement.

        • September 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm

          It’s an excellent post, VC. Hope you do more of them!!!!

          • 31 vcprezofan2
            September 19, 2015 at 12:22 pm

            TY, Bfr. For years now I’ve been fascinated (in a jaw-dropping way) by what Republicans do, and don’t do, in the name of governance. I know they can be voted out, but in the meantime they can wreak real havoc. If President Obama had been another kind of leader, one without firm and explicit goals and without that backbone VP Joe touted, the U.S (and the world) would be in a much weaker position today.

  3. 33 MadameSoph
    September 19, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Before I read VC’s post, I just have to comment on FLOTUS’ gorgeous black dress on the last post from the Phoenix Awards dinner! Wow!

  4. 35 MadameSoph
    September 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Bravo VC! (I am a very fast reader 🙂 ) The fact that PBO faced this kind of opposition and STILL has been one of (if not the) most accomplished liberal presidents makes the last six years even more impressive. Vicki mentioned that Jorge Ramos has been complaining about “broken promises” on immigration or some nonsense. When I hear people complain like that, who are in the business of informing themselves and others, I just SMH.

  5. 36 MadameSoph
    September 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    O.k. off to work for me but, before I go, just wanted to leave Lupita and Stephen doing silly walks. My friends and I used to do silly walks (inspired by Monty Python) and crack each other up. LOVE that Lupita Nyong’o gets a kick out of doing them also!

  6. 40 MadameSoph
    September 19, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Here’s the original Monty Python sketch:

    • 41 MightyPamela
      September 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Both these skits seem quite appropriate to the topic of VC’s thread. It occurred to me how well this describes the gop, however, they are dangerous and stupid, and these others are talented and provide much needed comic relief in a world of stress. ❤

  7. 42 desertflower
    September 19, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    VC! This is really spot on…thank you so much for this:) (shy, quiet one may have to be revised)

  8. September 19, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    V.C? Absolutely brilliant!
    I have to go back and read it all very slowly while taking my own notes.
    Now, I know why sleep is not easy to come your way.
    Your brain does not turn off thinking and writing like this.
    And you had the audacity to insert factual videos!
    I have so much to do today but all of that is null and void now.
    I am going to tweet this until my fingers are sore.
    First tweet to the CBC and my narrow minded family members.
    Thank you, Madame.

  9. 48 amk for obama
    September 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    The voters also share equal, if not more, of the blame for the treasonous behavior of the goppers. They Built That regressive and repulsive majority.

    • 49 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      IMO voters share some of the blame because many are not interested enough to educate themselves. However, given the unrepentant bias of today’s media I’d argue that even those voters who try to be informed can be easily stymied. We have only to consider what happens on a Sunday on the media *news* shows to acknowledge that those busy citizens who choose Sundays to catch up on the news can remain ignorant no matter how religiously they watch each week. If we are going to partition blame I’d give the vast majority of it to the MSM.

  10. 50 amk for obama
    September 19, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    gunnite.

    well done, vc. from today onward, you are It.

  11. September 19, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Great post with essay, VC!

  12. 57 Vicki
    September 19, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    VC—This post is so wonderful. It has a truthful look at what we have been seeing.
    YES—the GOP is only about grabbing power and keeping it by any means necessary.
    YES—PBO has driven them crazy because he has not yielded. No matter what they do.

    My eyes were opened when the GOP cheered that the USA lost in its bid to host the Olympics. WHAT??? I asked myself. The so-called Patriotic republicans cheering when USA loses?

    As VC says—it is not country first.
    It is “we have the power or else.”

    Thank you, VC for sharing this thoughtful look at current reality. I hope you share more of your views with us.

    • 58 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks, namesake. 😀

      The sad part is that Republicans do not know *what* to do with the power they crave. Look at what they have done with the control of House and Senate – nothing worthwhile!

  13. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    September 19, 2015 at 12:46 pm

  14. 60 Nena20409
    September 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Hello TODable TOD Village!
    Wow! Wow! Wow!
    What a Fantastic Post, VC.
    In_deed, when is enough, Enough?! Thank you VC. Job well done.
    Happy Birthday to Dudette. Have a Blessed and a Wonderful day.
    Congrats Amk on your FURST 😉 Au ⭐
    Congratulations to all the Gold ⭐ 3 posts back.
    Excellent R&S, Chips.

  15. 61 Nena20409
    September 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm

  16. 62 Nena20409
    September 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  17. 63 Vicki
    September 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    VC—In answer to your final remark—question—we take our country back at the voting booth. In every election big and tiny—voting for the best (D) on the ballot. By best I mean least DLC/DNC types.
    But in a pinch, any and every (D) every time. In our states, cities, towns, school boards, local leaders, every position every single time.
    Even if the (D) candidate is not our personal favorite.
    Plus we encourage every person we see to come with us to the polls.

    That is what the GOP has done. Spent millions to do.

    Easy to see what needs to be done.
    Now, how to get the DNC out from under the bed and stage a vigorous effort to engage (D)………..beats me

    • 64 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Part of me knows this, Vicki. Another part wishes more citizens would agitate enough in a positive way so that the media could begin to do their jobs the way it should be done. We all know (from the 2010 and 2014 results) that if voters only get the pablum that the MSM have been consistently providing, they lack the energy needed to bring change. As LadyHawke used to remind us …

      http://www.journalism.org/resources/principles [Journalism – Principles of]

      Over time journalists have developed nine core principles to meet the task. They comprise what might be described as the theory of journalism:

      1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

      2. Its first loyalty is to citizens

      3. Its essence is a discipline of verification

      4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover

      5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power

      ……..

      Journalism as we have been exposed to under PBO is so far off the mark!

      • 65 Vicki
        September 19, 2015 at 2:02 pm

        You are right, VC
        What is hard for me to see is how anything we do will affect a bought off and well paid for media. We turn off MSNBC. The ratings plunge and they go further right.
        We stop buying newspapers and they go out of business. But
        The RW news teams thrive.
        maybe I am missing something.

      • September 19, 2015 at 2:47 pm

        You must tweet this, vc.

        • 67 vcprezofan2
          September 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

          I really should send it to the attention of a couple of the networks. 😀 Maybe I’ll put them on one sheet tomorrow.

    • 68 idon
      September 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      YES a 1000 times

  18. 69 andogriff
    September 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the great post, vc! You nailed it completely, & so did the Eisenhower quote!! 👍😘

  19. 71 Anna
    September 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    VC, excellent post! I would like it to be required reading for all.

  20. September 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Brilliant post VC!!!! SPOT FUCKING ON!

  21. September 19, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    This whole thing just gets better by the minute. #BestBlowbackEver

  22. September 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    So Donald Trump doesn’t think it’s his job to defend Barack Obama. If you had any class or morals you would do so even if it wasn’t your job. Specially when you know it’s a lie. But Trump has no class or morals. I am willing to bet if someone in a crowd at a President Obama event were to say something about Trump which was a lie, President Obama would not allow them to get away with saying it.

  23. 78 JER
    September 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm

  24. 79 MightyPamela
    September 19, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    VC the BT!! WooHoot!! And an awesome task filled: Lesser BT’s, watch your back, or keep a glimpse out the corner of one eye, VC may be heading to stardom!! ⭐ ⭐ ❤ ⭐ ⭐

  25. 81 hopefruit2
    September 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Excellent post vc! Thanks for expressing so eloquently what we’re all thinking. Before we see any substantive change, one thing that needs to be re-calibrated is the MEDIA. And that includes the so-called “left-wing” blogosphere. Because a population that relies on the current media for information and decision-making is GUARANTEED to make the wrong choices. Not all politicians have the skill or the will to circumvent the toxic media and reach the people, as PBO has done.

    • 82 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      ‘Not all politicians have the skill or the will to circumvent the toxic media and reach the people, as PBO has done.’

      Exactly, Hopef, although circumventing a toxic media ought not to have been one of PBO’s obstacles! The MEDIA is where I actually see the greatest need for re-calibration because there is no point us expecting the politicians to introduce laws that punishes the kind of behaviour Republicans have delighted in. In addition, it’d be hard to create laws for punishment, or consequences, that would/could not be used inappropriately later on (the filibuster comes to mind). A perfect example of *something missing* I see would be a law that fined politicians who deliberately created waste by voting 50+ times on a settled issue. This clearly shows a lack of judgement and a disrespect for the process.

      A familiar lament comes to mind – if only we had or could finance a true ‘liberal’ media – and I don’t mean one that would mimic the GOP media approach. I mean a media in the same vein as we currently have a president who is for all the people.

      • 83 hopefruit2
        September 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

        “A perfect example of *something missing* I see would be a law that fined politicians who deliberately created waste by voting 50+ times on a settled issue. This clearly shows a lack of judgement and a disrespect for the process. ”

        PRECISELY! And here’s a fine example of how the media aids and abets this nonsense. Has Mark Knoller for instance (who obsessively and promptly counts and tweets out every golf game or vacation or weekend trip of PBO or First Family), ever tweeted the number of times the GOP has wasted taxpayer dollars with useless votes to repeal the ACA or such? No he hasn’t. He’s not really interested in reporting or documenting relevant facts. His interest in counting – which he tries to disguise as just a quirky reporter trait – is really all about inciting some of his rabid, anti-Obama followers. And sadly, most of the MSM is dominated by reporters who think their job is to obsessively and inappropriately scrutinize one set of people while giving others a pass for far worse behavior.

        • 84 vcprezofan2
          September 19, 2015 at 3:38 pm

          Funny enough I see Knoller as an inciter, but I’ve rarely thought of him as a credible reporter. Sad, really, because I do know that credible or not, ‘reporters like him do make a meaningful negative impact.

  26. September 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Thank you all for keeping me sane while I am surrounded in a rural world of Tea Partiers!

  27. September 19, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    BRAVOOOOOO on your essay, vc!! You speak for all of us. The idiocy and resulting frustration have been very hard to stomach. If people love this country so much, why can’t people do the right thing?

  28. September 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    So Jeb! is trying to assert that PBO has done a terrible job in international relations? BWWWAHAHAAAAAA!

  29. September 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  30. 95 jackiegrumbacher
    September 19, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    VC, your brilliant essay shines a light on the rot that has affected our governing system since the Nixon era southern strategy. At this point in our history the Republican Party works for big business and money interests and not the American people. The Republicans running for president or occupying seats in the US House and Senate have zero interest in servicing the public. They are there to incite fear and paranoia among the ill informed and to divert government resources to very rich. The US media exists to help Republicans incite fear, not to inform. Because many people are afraid and see conspiracies under every bush, they refuse to open their eyes to the lies that have been imposed on them for decades by the Republican owned media. Those Americans who reflexively vote R, have willfully blinded themselves to the fact that their party of choice is doing everything in its power to destroy what meager economic security they have, undermine their health care, deprive their children of a decent education and perpetuate constant war. Everything must be destroyed to deliver the goods to the big guys and to hell with the rest of us.

    As Vicki said above, it’s up to us to turn back this tide of ugliness. President Obama, as glorious and successful a president as he is can’t do it alone; nor can VP Biden, Hillary or Sanders. We have to fight for every vote, walk every street, correct every lie and both register voters and get them out to vote. At his second inaugural, President Obama spoke to the importance of citizenship because it’s the only weapon we have against the darkness. Never think that our work doesn’t make a difference, because it does. Every person we talk to, every door we knock on, every phone call we make, every petition we sign, every LTE we write is another blow for our side against those who hate democracy. President Obama started his career as a community organizer in a poor Chicago neighborhood and he went on to change the world. We only have to step out our door and we, and millions of those like us, can change our country.

    • 96 desertflower
      September 19, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Well said. All of America needs to wake to this sad fact. Right now!

    • 97 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      ‘President Obama spoke to the importance of citizenship because it’s the only weapon we have against the darkness’

      Hi, JackieG, you are so right, and I am continuously encouraged by the way you practise what you preach. This direct involvement, though slow, does seem to be the most effective way to effect change going forward. I’m not sure where the strength of this belief comes from, but I have this strong feeling the Obamas are going to make a bigger difference in this area once they leave the White House. I can see them, once again, leading a citizen movement to increase the level of participation in actual voting.
      .
      Okay, so maybe it’s just my dream. 🙂

      • 98 jackiegrumbacher
        September 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm

        It’s not a dream, VC. I think that’s exactly what the Obamas are going to do–organize armies of people to get people to register and vote. That’s one reason why he’s pushing qualified immigrants to take the next step and become citizens. There are huge numbers of people who could restore integrity to our Congress if they only roused themselves to vote at the local, state and national level.

        • 99 vcprezofan2
          September 19, 2015 at 4:06 pm

          You’ve seen and felt it too, JG? 🙂 🙂

          It’s one of the reasons I really am not tearful (at least not at this stage) when I think of Pres O’s WH term coming to an end. For a while now I’ve been thinking of the WH as being somewhat restrictive of him putting in place more *mechanisms* to move the nation forwards. Of course, at the same time, I would love for the next president to be a forward-thinking leader too, ready to build on the base PBO has built, rather than wasting time posturing.

          • 100 MightyPamela
            September 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm

            “Eight years is just the beginning.” Barack and Michelle Obama, on the opening of The Obama Foundation

            • 101 vcprezofan2
              September 19, 2015 at 4:45 pm

              Yes. I’m waiting with patience for Barack and Michelle to put the squeeze on the Republicans like PBO did to Netanyahu. I figure it will take a while – but it will be done effectively … and ‘in style’!

    • September 19, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Bravoooooooooooooo Jackie G

  31. September 19, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    • 105 MightyPamela
      September 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Ahmed, you just shoot for the stars. This bad experience in Texas must be a distant memory in your mind already, less than a week later. While those who perpetrate the darkness and evil will be clinging to their rage and deserved shame for the rest of their pitiful lives.

  32. 107 vcprezofan2
    September 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Bennett – from November 2008 and GOPs still have their fingers in their ears – except when they take one hand out to vote!

    http://assets.amuniversal.com/bf4cf210620c012ee3c200163e41dd5b

  33. 109 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    September 19, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    THE REPUBLICANS ARE SICK BASTARDS…THEY WILL GET WHAT THHEY HAVE EARNED AND DESERVE FROM THEIR SLANDER!…NO DOUBT IT!

  34. 110 Anjo
    September 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Birthday blessings to Dudette who is celebrating same day as St Kitts Nevis who celebrate their 32nd Anniversary of Independence today also, Off to celebrate both grand occasions

  35. 112 a4alice
    September 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Excellent Post VC! 😀 Do more!!!!

  36. September 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you, VC!!!

    Happy Birthday Dudette!!!

  37. 117 sjterrid
    September 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    WOW, VC! Excellent job. Thank you so much for writing this.

    • 118 vcprezofan2
      September 19, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      Hi Terri, thank you. It really was something I had to do. I wish I had the inspiration and the means to make more voters *see* more clearly how what the Republicans have been doing impacts their lives.

      • 119 sjterrid
        September 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm

        I know. Unfortunately, I think people have these preconceived ideas, and it’s so hard to challenge them with facts. It doesn’t help when the media is complicit. I really don’t know how we can fix our broken fourth estate.

        It does help when we have sites like this, The People View, and a few others. The problem is getting them to listen/read it. I do think that social media has helped it this.

        • 120 vcprezofan2
          September 19, 2015 at 9:34 pm

          For sure social media has helped.

          It’s unlikely but it’d also help if we could find a billionaire to finance a genuinely ‘liberal’ media.

          • 121 sjterrid
            September 19, 2015 at 9:43 pm

            The guy from The PCTC, Please cut the Crap, site has been trying to get people to invest is such a program. I think it’s on Kick Start. Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of money. I do donate a little bit to his site monthly though.

        • 122 sjterrid
          September 19, 2015 at 9:51 pm

          The last part of that sentence s/b has helped in this


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