Day: October 2, 2009

Texas Governor Rick Perry: A Disgrace Who Should Be Removed From Office NOW!

Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry has been governor longer than any other in the United States, and is seeking another four year term in 2010, with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison challenging him in the March 2010 primary.

Already notable for his statements supporting secession of Texas from the Union this past spring, and for many idiotic statements and actions in his nine years as Governor, Perry has now reached the stage where he should be removed from office immediately, as he is involved in a coverup of the execution of a prisoner in 2004.

This prisoner was convicted, in less than an hour, of committing arson which killed his three young daughters, an accusation that he denied right up to his execution in 2004, with the governor refusing to grant a delay or commutation due to widespread evidence that he was totally innocent and that arson had not taken place.

A state commission was about to reveal new evidence and proof that an innocent man had been executed five years ago, a political threat to Perry, so he fired three members of the commission, and appointed a political lackey to head the group, which now will indefinitely delay any report.

This is corruption at the highest level, and there should be an outcry demanding that Perry be removed from office immediately. Also, a civil legal action should be brought against the governor, holding him responsible for a wrongful act of knowingly having a prisioner executed when the evidence was clear cut that he was not guilty of the crime he was convicted for.

Texas has a reputation of being the leading “execution state”, and this outrage should promote a movement to suspend, if not end, the death penalty in Texas and elsewhere as “cruel and unusual punishment”, with too many errors occurring in the justice system and leading to the tragedy of innocent people being killed by the state.

Perry is an embarrassment to his state and to the whole concept of justice, and he needs to be held accountable for his corrupt behavior!

Sarah Palin And The “Base”: Does She Have A Future Nationally?

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin continues to be the center of attention, despite her resignation as Governor this summer.

She is still being speculated about as a possible Presidential candidate in 2012, despite her thin credentials. She continues to have a loyal fan base, while much of the country looks at her in disbelief, and many cannot stand listening to her speak.

Most Republicans with any sense in their heads fear that she could possibly win the GOP nomination for 2012, and the former McCain campaign manager thinks she would be a total disaster for the party, and would lead to a landslide on the level of the Barry Goldwater defeat in 1964.

But Sarah Palin needs to thank John McCain for her good future and present success. Just over 13 months ago, she was a nobody. Now, hard to believe, she is a best selling author of a memoir that is not due to be out until November 17, but is already number one on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, based on preorders, and selling better than Ted Kennedy’s memoir.

To compare Kennedy to Palin, and have her more successful in an unpublished book over a book already published by one of the greatest senators of all time, is a sign of the rapid decline of common sense and intelligence in this country.

It is indeed an indication of the decline of this country, and a desire to live in the past, rather than the future. The odds are good that Palin will seek the White House, and it will be the most interesting story of the next election cycle.

The Chicago Olympics Controversy And Mitt Romney

The Republican party, with the major exception of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, jumped all over President Obama for his decision to make a personal appeal in Copenhagen, before the International Olympic Committee, for his home city of Chicago to be the site of the 2016 Olympics.

Unfortunately, the decision of Obama and the First Lady to take this step failed today, as Rio de Janeiro was chosen, leading to glee by Rush Limbaugh and other talk show hosts, and continued criticism by Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and others.

The assertion that Obama was wasting time needed for other endeavors was preposterous, as all his brief trip did was rob him of sleep, and the GOP seems to have forgotten that President Bush attended the Beijing Olympics for four days last summer as the economy was in process of collapse.

Mitt Romney, who had been involved in the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002, was the sole leader of his party to applaud the effort by the President. He should be complimented for this, and he joins Lindsey Graham as two rare, responsible Republicans who are willing to give some credit to the President despite their party loyalty.

People such as Graham and Romney give the GOP some hope of a future that Americans might embrace, but the question is can these and others like them win back control of their party to prevent continued disaster in the fortunes of the GOP? We shall see over the next few years!

Hooray, Lindsey Graham, For Speaking The Truth!

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, while a strong conservative, comes across as a responsible opponent of the Democratic administration of Barack Obama. He is willing to speak his mind, and not be concerned about reaction by those given too much respect without deserving it.

He has come out with strong criticism of the “birthers” who continue to claim that they believe the President was born in Kenya. He has said that the Republicans need to police those who claim their party name, and yet make irresponsible, reckless statements and assertions.

Additionally, he has stated what very few other Republicans have been willing to do: that his party should challenge the right wing talk show hosts including Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, who are not to be regarded as leaders of the party, and should not set their vision for the future. They may make a lot of money, but that does not make them spokesmen for his party, Graham asserts.

President Obama, Graham declares, has energized young voters and drawn more Hispanics into the political system, and the senator is clear in his belief that that the attacks on Hispanics by the GOP is counterproductive.

It would be great to see Graham find a way to support more of the Obama program in a spirit of bipartisanship. That has not yet happened, but by attacking the whacko elements of his party and warning about the dangers to the Republicans of following extremist elements, Graham has made himself a leader of a small portion of the party that can be seen as mainstream. For that, I say we should applaud him!