Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Republican Challenge is . . .


Before they can teach the rest of America about the finer points of healthcare, deficit-finance, taxes, cap & trade, regulation of financial markets,immigration reform, and constitutional law, Republicants have to master the language which is written and spoken here.

I hope that's not too elitist for me to say...


  1. You are welcome. Your new site loaded right up.

  2. Adjusted my links, I like the way the new site looks. What template is it?

  3. Hybrid. If I could remember, I would tell you. Call it "to'hell'n'back".

  4. You elitist liberal, you. Probably went to a real university instead of something like Messiah College or Bob Jones University.

  5. I love it. "English only" and they can't even spell. I mean, seriously, that is TOO good. LOL

  6. U R elitist, Vigile. There people are the working people of the USA. U don't get them and they don't get U.

  7. Wikipedia:

    The Know Nothing movement was a nativist American political movement of the 1840s and 1850s. It was empowered by popular fears that the country was being overwhelmed by Irish Catholic immigrants, who were often regarded as hostile to U.S. values and controlled by the Pope in Rome. Mainly active from 1854 to 1856, it strove to curb immigration and naturalization, though its efforts were met with little success. There were few prominent leaders, and the largely middle-class and entirely Protestant membership fragmented over the issue of slavery. Most ended up joining the Republican Party by the time of the 1860 presidential election.

    The movement originated in New York in 1843 as the American Republican Party. It spread to other states as the Native American Party and became a national party in 1845. In 1855 it renamed itself the American Party. The origin of the "Know Nothing" term was in the semi-secret organization of the party. When a member was asked about its activities, he was supposed to reply, "I know nothing."

  8. Jimmy Carter today:

    "I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African American. I live in the South, and I've seen the South come a long way, and I've seen the rest of the country that shared the South's attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans.

    "And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It's an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply."

  9. Vig, your blog loaded right up without a hitch, and I'm on a 512 MB RAM computer. Not only is the interface loading quickly, but the new layout is great. BTW, Beach, your new blog looks great, too. (I'm sorry—I'm so long overdue for a visit.)

    "Is our children learning? I misunderstand..." Love it. English only" and they can't even spell. Good one, Will. Despite his misogyny, it would seem Orwell was right all along. He was doubleplusgood at seeing the future destroy history. If people have limited vocabulary, their ability to think and reason diminishes accordingly.

    Petro, hard-work and knee-jerk reactionaries are two separate issues. YOU don't get it: you never really have. Many Americans work 60- to 72-hour weeks, in fact, just has hard—maybe harder—than the dimwits you laud. A Democratic society means that people stay aware and participate in government. Mentally laziness undermines democracy.

    I guess in one way, we should be so hard on these people. The cost of the American higher education system for the middle- and lower- class is increasingly prohibitive, and our K-12 system has sunk to the lowest depths in history.

    No one should work as hard as Americans do today. We are trapped by the economic downturn that started, not with Bush, but with Nixon and, later, Reagan. Trickle Down economics kept people working hard—and stopped them from the ability to take action with their intellect rather than their emotions.

    I'm unnerved that America is turning into a Dickensian world.

  10. "Make English our offical language." I'd laugh if it weren't so sad.

  11. Hey, beautiful new site, Vigil! I like how you have Obama gazing leftward at the top...

    Yeah, those teabaggers and far right Repubs can't spell for crap. Of course, we all know they're not exactly the brightest bulbs on the tree or the sharpest knives in the drawer...