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The Pink Flamingo can remember an evening, when we were watching Walter Cronkite’s newscast.  We always watched Walter Cronkite.  My grandfather Froehlich preferred Cronkite, so we all watched his show. My grandfather Froehlich thought that Alan Greenspan and his economic theories would one day ruin our economy.  He had no use for Greenspan and any of his associates.  He considered them irrational, with their philosophies based on some godless pervert.

One needs to understand my grandfather Froehlich in order to understand his take on the world.  He literally built the largest independent dairy in Florida, starting with six borrowed cows.  By the time he retired at age 80, he had negotiated a multimillion dollar land sale that, today, would be in the hundreds of millions.  He as part of THAT world.  He loaned insurance magnet John D. MacArthur the money to start his business.  MacArthur would come to my grandfather, not the other way around.  He was on land commissions, water commissions, and was one of the first Republicans to recognize that the over-development of South Florida was destroying the natural aquifers.  He was also one of the first men of prominence in the state to advocate for limits in development around the Everglades, to preserve it.  Today, he would be one of those mega-rich – except for the fact that he had a conscience, honor, decency, and standards.

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I digress.

I was sitting in the library of my parents’ home in the during the Iranian Hostage crises that began in the fall of 1979.  My grandfather and another relative on my father’s side, were there with me watching Walter Cronkite.  We were talking.  I was the news and political junkie in the family.  Suddenly my cousin harshly told us both to be quiet. He was watching something.  My grandfather and I looked at one another. We both instantly knew what was going on.  We also immediately knew that one of the alphabet soup agencies was involved.  My allegedly mild mannered cousin who spent his time discussing Liza, Judy, and Barbara transformed, right in front of us, into a very interesting individual.  He grabbed the phone, asked us both to leave the room.  Ten minutes later he was packed, heading for DC.  He was oh so ‘square’, projecting this almost gay about town attitude.  The next thing I knew, he was one tough, hard-line, you now what.

A few months later, when he was visiting, he began talking about someone he knew, George H. W. Bush.  He was running for President.  He said he was one of the finest individuals he had ever met.  We needed someone like that in the White House.  Maybe I ought to start playing with some politics.

I took his advice, supporting GHWB, and then Ronald Reagan.  When Reagan was elected, and inaugurated, once again my cousin was visiting, as were my grandparents.  My grandfather was so very pleased.  I discovered that Ronald Reagan, along with Cary Grant, were my grandmother’s favorites.  She was absolutely thrilled to have a real President in the White House.  So was my cousin.  He said that, under Reagan and Bush, the world would begin to change because they understood what we were facing.  He was right.  He said then, that Democrats couldn’t be trusted with foreign policy and the intelligence services.  We won’t even get started on what he thought of Frank Church.

We’re talking rational law & order, protecting the country, keeping us out of a nuclear war, and having a major intelligence service where agents were not betrayed.

“...Yesterday Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) who is a Romney surrogate, released sensitive information on Libya.  Why is Issa investigating Libya instead of  Chairman Rogers of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence?  Is it because Rogers wouldn’t allow public hearings or leak information on Libya because he always puts Country over Party?  That is not a trait that some of today’s Republicans want as they will say and do anything including lying to get Romney elected.  This stunt by Issa should immediately remove the Libya investigation from Issa’s Committee to Chairman Roger’s Intel Committee because Issa and Chaffetz cannot be trusted with sensitive information:…”

Throughout The Pink Flamingo’s life-time, the Republican Party has been the one that stood for a strong national defense, through a viable military, practical technological developments, and the logical use of an intelligence network.  Over the years the Democrats have been the ones infamous for gutting the military and the intelligence services. For my family, the strong intelligence service was personal, and that’s all I’m saying about it.

Ronald Reagan most exemplified these things.  He beefed up the military, modernized it, and literally broke the Soviet Union.  He also sought to give our intelligence services and agents abroad what they needed.  We all knew that loose lips ended up getting our agents, and those working with them, killed.

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This is the world in which The Pink Flamingo came of political age. It was one of strength through character, a projection of a strong American presence, and not doing anything stupid. That is what being a Republican was, until Mitt Romney took over the GOP.

Alternet

No longer is it about our national interest.  It is about our political interest.  It is about a group of very weird, extremely rich white men who are connected through the John Birch Society, the Mormon Church (that’s what is so weird) and this perverted desire to get us into a war with Iran.  They want to protect Israel they say, never mind that the country would be reduced to radioactive glass within hours after making the rash decision to go to war with Iran.

It would literally bring about a very real, very modern version of Armageddon, where tens of thousands of young men and women would be slaughtered.  They wouldn’t be slaughtered to protect our national interests.  If our national interests were in play, Mitt Romney would sensibly recognize that the extreme financial measures taken against Iran were on the verge of working.  The country is suffering from hyper-inflation.

We are now dealing with a GOP who doesn’t give a damn about our CIA.  They don’t care about the foreign service.  They are only interested in ruining Barack Obama and getting Mitt Romney into office.  In order to achieve this, they apparently will do anything, including betray our agents in the field, and their operatives. What Darrell Issa has been doing is deplorable.  If he were a Democrat, they would be denouncing him, demanding his resignation, and damning him for treason.  Since he one of Mitt’s buds, he’s A-Okay!

“...House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has placed several Libyans lives at risk in the course of investigating the alleged security issues regarding the deaths of four Americans in Libya on September 11, 2012.

Issa uploaded scores of sensitive material and didn’t redact names of Libyan civilians or local leaders, exposing them to physical danger from the very people the Obama administration is investigating regarding the September 11, 2012 attacks.

Speaking to The Cable, an administration official said, “Much like WikiLeaks, when you dump a bunch of documents into the ether, there are a lot of unintended consequences. This does damage to the individuals because they are named, danger to security cooperation because these are militias and groups that we work with and that is now well known, and danger to the investigation, because these people could help us down the road.”

This comes after Issa already outed a CIA base in Libya during the course of this (one of many) partisan witch hunt, allegedly based on concerns over security. As Richard Clarke explained, however, anyone who thinks that initial information is correct knows nothing about terrorism or combat.

Issa is doing the exact same thing his party did when we first discussed going into Libya and they were warned by their own party policy makers to stop giving aid to our enemies just because they wanted to cause problems for President Obama.

So, Darrell Issa has leaked important information while investigating alleged leaks of security — again. He is doing more damage in this investigation than our enemies could have hoped for. This is hardly Issa’s first go at hacking up a partisan witch hunt of this administration…”

This is NOT the action of a rational Republican.  This is the work of someone who doesn’t give a rip about the men and women whose lives he is destroying or the disaster he is making.  All that matters is getting Mitt Romney elected.

Foreign Policy

The Pink Flamingo would like to see how the GOP defends this.

“…”Certainly there are people who made reckless decisions and put lives in danger in this situation and these people have motivations to discredit efforts to hold them accountable rather than having their true motivations be the security of people on the ground,” he said.

The administration failed to protect sensitive information when it fled the compound during the attack, so its complaints about Issa’s release are hypocritical, Hill argued.

“This is the administration that had all sorts of information sitting around the consulate. Where was their outrage and urgency when all that was happening?” he said.

Hill discounted the administration’s official’s assertion that the public outing of U.S. government sources and contacts on the ground in Libya places those people in any danger.

“None of these folks would seem to be surprising folks to be talking to U.S. officials considering the organizations they represent and the types of activities they were involved in,” he said.

The Cable pointed out that even WikiLeaks had approached the State Department and offered to negotiate retractions of sensitive information before releasing their cables. Hill confirmed that Issa did not grant the State Department that opportunity but said it was the State Department’s fault for not releasing the documents when they were first requested….”

LGF

Several months ago a former friend accused The Pink Flamingo of going all “Charles Johnson, Little Green Footballs” on the GOP.  At the time, I told her she was crazy.  You know something, she’s right. This is NO longer my GOP.  I don’t recognize any of these people.  It is like they are possessed with some spirit of moronic suicidal stupidity.

Balloon Juice

If you think The Pink Flamingo is going to be a part of this, support this, or even pretend to turn away while men and women were working to change their world, just to get Mitt Romney elected, well you are wrong.

The only reason The Pink Flamingo will continue to call myself a Republican (until a viable new party arises from the ashes of the monster the minions of the far right created) is to make life as much of a living hell for these people as possible.

Darrell Issa is a danger to himself, the GOP, and the country.  For his towering stupidity on Too Fast and Too Furious, he should be removed from office.  THIS is nearly treason.  Let’s be honest here.  The only reason Issa is doing what he is doing is to ruin Barack Obama and get Mitt Romney elected.

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The worst of it is the far right is only interested in getting rid of an occupant in the White House who has a very serious problem – the color of his skin.  The far right is so dishonest, no one will bother mentioning what Issa has done.  All they care about is destroying Barack Obama.

This is a man who has put a military and intelligence committee together, one which is as dishonest and incompetent as is he.  They don’t care what rules they break, or who they harm.  All that matters is getting Mitt Romney elected.  To prove how bad Obama is, FOX Tabloid News uses Mark Sanford, the disgraced former governor of SC, as an “expert”.

How low can they go?

TPM

In a way, I don’t know which is worse, misplace patriotism, or in Romney’s case, a cold hard psychopathic drive to make money for he and his mega rich supporters. It is about putting a seriously disturbed individual into the most powerful job in the world, making someone who is literally suffering from ASPD into office.

“...Romney challenged the moderator, disrespected the President, and showed America he is rude, obnoxious, and a schoolyard bully borne of arrogance, entitlement, and inability to acknowledge authority. One observation psychologists make regarding sufferers of ASPD is their behavior closely resembles that of convicted felons unable to recognize they are not a law unto themselves, or that as members of civilized society they are required to demur to authority, rules, and social conventions. School teachers are hardly surprised when petulant, overbearing children find themselves in trouble with the law as adults, and they can cite the same behavior and attitude Willard Romney displayed in the first two debates….

President Obama won the debate on Tuesday, and he won using facts and challenging every one of Romney’s lies and deceitful assertions. He also exposed Romney as a fraud because when his lies were stripped away, and the bully was smacked down, what was left was a sniveling little brat who has never been challenged or corrected. When he was confronted as a liar and bloviate incapable of showing deference to the President or debate moderator, he was exposed for what he really is; a bully that a school teacher would report as antisocial and in need of immediate intervention….”

We are inundated with photos of Mitt Romney’s perfect family.  Evidently, because they are white, and perfect, they are better than Black and normal. The Pink Flamingo thinks there is a tremendous amount of racism at play, here.  BUT – there is more to it.

It isn’t all about racism.  It is about demonizing anyone who dares to disagree with the agenda of American’s For Prosperity, Grover Norquist, Numbers USA, the Heritage Foundation, FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Michael Medved, Glenn Beck,Mark Levin, the John Birch Society, Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, Ralph Reed, the NRA, the Tea Parties, and any number of really good “Christians”.  One must be a friend of Israel (depending on who Sheldon Adelson considers acceptable), thumb one’s nose at our greatest friend, the United Kingdom, and be willing to allow a new Cold War to be created.

It is about suspending reality, and being willing to be spoon-fed, then brainwashed with information designed to keep you disturbed, upset, angry, and misinformed.  Count The Pink Flamingo out.  I’m no longer associating with Stupid.

“…These are the kind of people that are now Republicans in the House putting the Party and election of Romney over the Country.  Is that what Americans want from their House of Representatives?  I don’t think so and if the Democrats take back the House, they can blame people like Issa and Chaffetz who cannot keep their mouths shut even foreign affairs and intelligence operations.  Some Republicans will do and say anything to make Obama a one-term President even if they have to lie which we are seeing daily.  Any member of the House or Senate that has been involved in obstruction and releasing information that should not have been made public needs to resign, but that would take class and honesty but most of today’s Congressional Republicans have the class and honesty of a gnat….”

 

 

 

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  • jose maria says:

    Traditionally, my family has always been moderate Democrats. They call them Blue Dog Democrats today. My first lesson in politics began as a child when my grandfather campaigned for FDR. He took great pride in explaining to me that FDR stood for the working men of this country. I still have the election buttons I was given in those days. I grew up during World War II when the security of our country depended on all of us. They called those of us on the home front, the second front. “Loose lips sink ships” was a popular slogan. This was not like any other war. We knew that if we lost, civilization would be set back a thousand years. We would lose every freedom we held dear. Only our dead would be free. When it came to national security, we knew we had to keep our mouths shut or die. This meant not knowing where loved ones were at the front, not knowing what ships they were on or in what theater of war they were in. I once said to my mother, “Mama, where is Daddy?” and she answered with tears in her eyes, “I don’t know, I don’t know.” All we knew was that he was “somewhere in France.” My brother was “somewhere in the Pacific”. Everybody was “somewhere” but nobody knew exactly where. That is the political climate I grew up in. I’m not advocating anybody giving up freedom of speech, but it seems incredible to me that political parties, members of Congress are willing to leak classified and sensitive information affecting national security to promote their own agendas. I sometimes wonder if some of the people today have the personal fortitude to survive a World War II. One thing is certain, they would never have lasted a day in the French underground. Those people learned to keep their mouths shut or die.


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