Well, it sure has been a while! The little posting that I did dealt with special days and holidays. Just when it was time to take this blog away from WordPress and make it my own, I lost the blogging fever. That fever has yet to fully return, but it is long past time to put a post on this blog.
Okay, I am blogging after a long while on a subject, that had me fussing in past blog posts, but it still gets to me and also gets me in to trouble. Last Saturday, a person angrily responded to my comments on his Facebook page and unfriended me. This self-proclaimed Christian man was so angry at my comment that he used some curse words. Of course it was about Pres. Obama. Just because, I respond with correct information that does not hurt Obama does not mean, I am secretly for him. As far as the unfriending goes, I replaced him with a new Facebook friend. I was commenting on his ‘Impeach Obama’ meme. He did not like my comment of the required 67 Senate votes for conviction and that Obama was not going anywhere until Jan 20, 2017.
I see plenty of ‘Impeach Obama’ memes on Facebook. This tells me that there are many in this country who have an inaccurate knowledge base of the presidential impeachment process. There are too many people who think impeachment equals removal from office and that is wrong. Remember Bill Clinton suffered impeachment, but he was not convicted and finished out his 2nd term. Oh, the millions spent on trying to remove Clinton from the Presidency and in the end, that did not happen! If impeachment does not result in a conviction and removal from office, then it is a waste of time and money.
Impeachment is really an indictment. The removal from office only comes after the trial and deliberation of the Senate with a guilty verdict. The guilty verdict requires 2/3 i.e. 67 Senate vote. In the Republican vs the Democrat realm, there are not enough votes in the Senate for a conviction. There is anger with the House so far for not getting the impeachment process underway. But the House knows the Senate does not have the 67 votes for a conviction.
I think many of those who want impeachment as my ex-Facebook friend are among the crowd that held back their vote or voted for some 3rd party candidate that could not possibly win in 2012 due to anger with the Republican Party. That anger was so volatile, that they did not care that Barack Obama would receive another term, but now they do. Desiring impeachment is a way of making amends with themselves for allowing their actions to help Pres. Obama to another term. Read up on the process of a presidential impeachment here.
This is an example of ignorance among the educated. We have college students who cannot name a U. S. Senator. That means they do not know the two senators who represents them in the U. S. Senate. Now how sad is that? What where they taught the 3 branches of government in school? Were they paying any attention? Are these students voting? If they are, not being able to name a senator puts them in the low information bracket of voters.
I remember when career politicians had a large admiration society. I remember the Kennedy’s getting high praise for devoting their lives to public service and elective office, because they did not have work for a living due to the family wealth. No so these days. Old career politicians do not seem to be able to relate to the every day working voters who put them into office. It eventually becomes what is best for them over their constituents. And then, many of us do not care, do not keep up with how they are serving us and continue to extend their years in office through our votes.
I feel it is time for term limits for elected officials in both Houses of Congress. Maybe the term limits should be around 5 terms/10 years for the House and 3 terms/18 years for the Senate. Whoever is Speaker of the House could only hold that position for 4 years and the Senate Majority Leader position would only be for 1 term. Here are some elected officials who are still in office, but their time came and went.
Rep. Henry Waxman on the bottom row far right is retiring after being a Congressman since 1975. He needs to go and so do the rest pictured, both Democrat and Republican.
Firstly, I am single so the, ‘are you coming to bed?’ does not apply to me. I admit I have to pull myself away from the computer at night to go to bed when I get into it with someone online, mostly on Facebook. I did miss doing this for a while when just about all of my online communications were on computers at the local library in the fall up to about Christmas. Now that I am back to having reliable Internet in my home, I am back arguing/debating people into the early mornings and other parts of the day.
Folks on the Democratic side like to challenge my comments on the Facebook page of my strong Obama supporting friend. I went from around 12 midnight Saturday to almost 4 A. M. with someone who remained respectful through out our debate over the Affordable Care Act. Other times I am going back and forth with people on that page in the early morning hours who felt they were saying something intelligent by cursing me out. I also go at it with fellow conservatives over holding back their vote. A few of those Facebook friends continue to defriend me, but I replace them with new friends.
Already today, I am seeing a Facebook meme from a very respected right-wing blogger promoting the idea of conservatives and Republicans not voting in 2014 if Republicans pass amnesty for illegal immigrants. I am definitely against amnesty for illegals and will be very upset with the Republicans that make it happen, but I will never take any action against any of these Republicans that in the end helps Democrats increase in power. The right-wing blogger did not like my response. I will see if he defriends me.
This former Democrat just cannot understand wanting to punish Republicans to the point of helping Democrats increase in power. Look at some of this administrations’ lasting accomplishments such as the Affordable Care Act, which is hurting far more families than it is helping and how this Democratic administrations’ IRS is successfully harassing conservative groups and individuals. Just the thought of another Democratic President and a Democratic House and Senate majority being able to provide unfettered bad policies and laws of the land is beyond scary.
My Republican Senator, Pat Toomey is up for reelection in 2016. So far, I am generally okay with him. Unfortunately, I have PA reelected Democratic Senator, Robert P. Casey for another 6 years in 2012, but I want all of you who live in the states of the 10 vulnerable Democrats to vote and to legally and ethically do whatever else you can during the campaign season to replace these Democrats with conservatives in 2014. Hey! Even all of you who live in the so-called safe states do what you legally and ethically can to rid your state of the Democratic Senator up for reelection.
It would do the conservative and Republican side good to have the majorities in the House and the Senate. I constantly read naysayers’ comments about the President vetoing legislation from a full Republican majority Congress. They do not think about proposed Democratic bills being held at bay, not getting out of committee like what happens now with Republican bills in the Senate. Please do not sit out 2014 and give the Democrats another victory. Do not blow this opportunity.