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Mike Coffman: Congressman, Republican, Ass.

On March 10, 2003, the Dixie Chicks performed at Shepherd’s Bush Empire Theatre in London. Before playing their song, Traveling Soldier, Natalie Maines, the lead singer, told the crowd, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

The ensuing weeks and months were, well, crazy. The Chicks were all but banned from country radio. Some stations held CD burning ceremonies. The group was damned as anti-American; anti-patriotic; anti-everything.

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A couple of days ago, a Colorado congressman named Mike Coffman, spoke to a group of Republican supporters. Toward the end of his speech, much of which was devoted to slamming the president, he said this: “”I don’t know if Barack Obama was born in the United States. But in his heart, he’s not an American.” In case you don’t believe me, here’s the audio from the talk …

Let’s recap: A country music group slams George W. Bush, and the GOP is up in arms, demanding apologies, citing the Chicks as liberal extremists, etc … etc. Now, an ELECTED MEMBER OF CONGRESS questions the patriotism and loyalty of the president of the United States … and what? Will be resign? Apologize directly?

Of course not.

Why? Because this is what the Republican Party does in 2012. The goal isn’t merely to defeat a sitting president. No, it’s to throw into question his loyalty … his origin … his devotion. First, we talked about his birth certificate. Then, when that fell through, his patriotism. After he ordered the mission that killed Osama, there had to be a slightly different narrative. He doesn’t want what you, Mr. Average Family Person, wants. He’s an extremist. He’s dangerous.

This election is going to get uglier than ugly. Fugly. And the Mike Coffmans of the world—idiot politicians who bide for the Tea Party loons—are leading the war.

Sigh.

 

10 replies on “Mike Coffman: Congressman, Republican, Ass.”

Forgive the reply unrelated to the actual blog post, but I refuse to “twitter” myself and needed to question one of your tweets.

You seem to currently be enamored of Mayweather for his pro-gay stance. As has already been pointed out to you, this is merely a jab at Manny Pacquiao and his recently revealed beliefs. To believe otherwise, given the timing, would be extremely naive.

Before you put Floyd on an equal rights pedestal, you may want to chat with him about his liberal use of the term “faggot”. (Which, incidentally, he has called Manny in the past)

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I thought it would take until the summer until the Red State vs Blue State, Fox vs MSNBC, Republicans vs Democrats pawns would start acting like this election means anything. As if there is any substantial difference between huge government, civil liberties-encroaching, jingoistic, anti-free trade, war-mongering, Wall Street-funded, crony capitalist drug warriors Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Take a step back from the simple dichotomy and realize both candidates – and both major parties – are screwing you. I know it’s not easy, after years of being stuck in a fun “RETHUGLICANZ EVIL, DEMS HOLY” paradigm, but just think about it, maybe read a few books challenging your world view, and it’ll come.

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But he apologized! He says he misspoke! Jeff, why are you being so mean? I would love if he was held accountable but he won’t be.

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I absolutely agree that an elected member of Congress shouldn’t be saying these things, and he should be forced to apologize. There are legitimate things to take Obama and Romney to task for, the “loyalty” and “birther” crap is, was, and always will be stupid.

Now, to get after Obama for some dumbassery (and not other things), what about this?

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/05/15/obama-drops-his-name-into-presidential-biographies/

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why doesn’t anyone ask these morons who are unsure about where obama was born why we are supposed to believe they were born in the US?

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Phony outrage alert! A politician pandered to a crowd of constituents by resorting to divisive rhetoric! I’m glad I was sitting down when I read that.

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Let’s back up… the reaction to that country band, was rather warranted. Looking back in time, the comments were when we were in a different place and spit in the face of everyone who was serving and risking their lives.

This old man is a footnote already and political sword rattling is never going to change.

There were two buildings and missing and a whole lot of families destroyed, the outrage could have been a whole lot worse for Ms. Piggy and her string quartet.

People need to vote with their feet if they don’t like something. Plain and simple.

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“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Sound familiar to anyone?

It was Barack Obama, at a 2008 Democratic fundraiser, speaking about voters in the Midwest and Pennsylvania.

“I’m not a ‘backwards’ rural thinker.”

Those of us in Colorado can recall those words were uttered, in 2010, by the Democratic Denver mayor — now governor — John Hickenlooper, who was dismissing the views of voters who did not live in the Denver metro area.

Those “foot in mouth” comments were forgotten by November… and so will be Coffman’s remark.

Frankly, the two Democrats’ comments were far more offensive, to a larger group of people, than Coffman’s was… and neither of them ever apologized.

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