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September 16, 2013

Blame fellow liberals for America's mess

I blame the liberals.

Yes, for the putrid, polarized, paralyzed state of politics and governing in this country, I blame the liberal Democrats.

Hey, this isn’t coming from some anti-abortion rights, pry this gun from my cold, dead hands, Rush Limbaugh “ditto-head.”

No, fellow liberals, or progressives, or whatever it is we’re calling ourselves these days, this is coming from a member of the family — mishpucha. C’mon, I’d be a card-carrying member of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood except that I’m not much of a joiner.

But, gee, isn’t it the far-right-wing conservatives in Congress who won’t pass any bill that President Barack Obama would want to sign? Hasn’t it been said about Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “If the doctors told Sen. McConnell he had a kidney stone, he would refuse to pass it”?

Well, sure.

And isn’t it the conservative majority on the Supreme Court that opened the gates for billionaires to spend millions to elect the candidates whom they feel will help make them trillionaires?

Absolutely.

But whose fault is that?

It says here that it’s all the fault of liberals who can’t be bothered to vote when it’s not a presidential election year.

And yeah, some of the blame goes to the moderate, middle-of-the-road Democrats and Republicans who need directions to their polling places because they haven’t been there for four years.

Meanwhile, all the gun-loving, abortion-hating, Obamacare-loathing, “you damn kids get the hell off my lawn”-shouting, tea party “patriots” would find their way to the voting booth even if they were in an iron lung.

That’s to their credit. They’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing. They’re not breaking any laws. Quite the contrary, they’re exercising their rights as Americans. They’re voting.

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