(TEA PARTY) REPUBLICANS THE ENEMY AND TRAITORS TO AMERICA?
by R. Blackbird
Extremist (Tea Party) Republicans are selfish, power
hungry, hateful of the poor, disloyal to the nation and its
people, dishonest, avaricious, scornful of the nation's
history, the dignity of its institutions, its standards
of political morality, and its vision of advancement for all
the people. The Republicans love war as long as they and
theirs do not have to put on helmets and carry guns into the
fighting. They use lies to start wars that kill hundreds of
thousands of innocents and thousands of our own military
service people. They love massive war-time profits,
unavailable to their rich masters if war is absent.
Those Extremist Republicans hate the rest of us, which they
must, in order to pass away from themselves and onto us, the
financial burdens and losses their crimes, schemes and
thefts cause. They are prolific, incessant, and destructive
liars. They are blasphemers for they insist that their
hateful and destructive deeds are the work of God. They are
apostates for they gleefully attack the poor, the
immigrants, the old and the sick, of whom God has commanded
all of us to be mindful.
There is no reasoning with them, for all their logic is
built on false premises. There is no appealing to them for
honor's sake for they have lost all sense of shame and have
no honor, there is no appealing to them for the nation's
sake for that it what they hate the most.
(Tea Party) Republicans are the enemy.
Fossella admits to affair, out-of-wedlock child
Rep. Vito Fossella
(R-N.Y.) said Thursday that he had an extramarital affair that has
resulted in a three-year-old daughter in a statement released
through a public relations firm.
failings and imperfections have caused enormous pain to the people I
love and I am truly sorry,” Fossella said in the statement.
“While I understand that there will be many questions, including
those about my political future, making any political decisions
right now are furthest from my mind,” the lawmaker, who was arrested
for drunk driving last week, said. “Over the coming weeks and
months, I will to continue to do my job and I will work hard to heal
the deep wounds I have caused.”
Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that he had spoken
briefly with Fossella and added that the decision on whether or not
the lawmaker should resign was up to the New York Republican and his
think Mr. Fossella is going to have some decisions to make over the
weekend,” Boehner stated.
Peter King (R-N.Y.), who said he was one of Fossella’s closest
friends in Congress, said the political future of his New York
colleague can be dealt with in due time.
happens politically can be decided later,” King said. “Right now all
we should be thinking about is what is best for him and his family.”
Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) was more
outspoken regarding Fossella’s political future.
his district is anything like mine, I suspect that it’s over,” he
Putnam added that he was not in a position to comment on whether the
GOP would be best served if Fossella were to step down so a
replacement candidate could be found to run in the strongly
sure that the [National Republican Congressional] Committee is
looking at all of their options and trying to find out what Mr.
Fossella’s options are and what the best options are for holding
onto that seat,” Putnam said.
The lawmaker had been
elected to a sixth term in 2006, getting 57 percent of the vote.
House Republicans are
biding their time before deciding how to handle Rep. Vito Fossella’s
(R-N.Y.) arrest on drunken driving charges, waiting to see the
precise shape of the scandal and how big the story gets.
Fossella has become fodder for the New York tabloids since his
arrest late Friday in Alexandria, Va., with the story going beyod
his failed sobriety test to allege that the six-term GOP member has
an illegitimate child.
The scandal has
Republicans mostly in a “wait and see” mode, according to a senior
House GOP leadership aide. In the meantime, members of Congress from
both parties who have suffered from substance abuse are doing
anything but waiting.
I just called his cell
phone and left him an encouraging message,” said Rep. Zach Wamp
(R-Tenn.), who battled an addiction to cocaine and alcohol before
coming to Congress in 1994, and who has been sober for “24 years and
“I do plan to
put my arm around him and offer my encouragement, help and guidance,
and whatever else he needs,” Wamp said. “And that’s the most
important thing, that we deal with Vito Fossella the man first
before we start talking about dealing with the congressman.”
political future remains uncertain. He was absent from the House
The New York
Daily News reported Wednesday morning that Fossella told the
arresting officers that he was racing home to see “my sick kid,”
speculating that the married Fossella was referring to an
illegitimate 3-year-old child he allegedly fathered with Air Force
Col. Laura Fay.
bailed Fossella out of jail following his arrest, the newspaper
seemed poised to join the small caucus of lawmakers whose abuse of
and struggles with alcohol have so suddenly and so stunningly become
And for those
other members, the pain associated with their own pasts registered
heavily on their faces when talking about Fossella.
Kennedy (D-R.I.) has already reached out. His own battle with
alcohol and prescription drugs became public after he crashed his
car into a U.S. Capitol Police barricade in May 2006. That led to a
guilty plea to impaired driving and a rehab stint at the Mayo
Clinic. Kennedy spoke slowly and delicately when talking Wednesday
to keep my conversations with Veto private,” Kennedy said. “But I
have spoken to him. I certainly told him that I can relate to
feelings he’s having right now in terms of feeling overwhelmed by
the media and the set of circumstances he’s dealing with.”
paused for a few moments before continuing.
there are a lot of my colleagues who are pulling for him, as I am,”
recent accident and subsequent drug treatment led him to Rep. Jim
Ramstad (R-Minn.), an admitted recovering alcoholic who began his
recovery in 1981.
with Kennedy when he entered his guilty plea, is his Alcoholics
Anonymous (AA) sponsor, and is — along with Kennedy — the
co-chairman of the House’s bipartisan Addiction, Treatment and
sponsorship of Kennedy’s recovery has been acknowledged by both men,
even though anonymity is a cornerstone of AA and other recovery
Wednesday said he could not comment at all on whether he had spoken
absolutely not appropriate for me to comment on that because of the
confidentiality of my recovery program,” the Minnesota lawmaker
Wednesday, no one in Congress had called on Fossella to step down.
In fact, many were waiting for Fossella to speak publicly about his
arrest, which was rumored could happen as early as Wednesday night.
one, wants his colleague to remain in the House.
Wamp said the
“Type A” personalities that dominate Congress are just as capable of
great pitfalls as they are of great successes, calling the
phenomenon the “double-edged sword” that haunts many great leaders,
past and present.
don’t want to give up on anybody, especially the ones with such
extraordinary potential for greatness,” he said.
“I don’t know
where Vito is,” Wamp continued, “but I do know that the sun will
come up tomorrow, and I know that if he decides to go to bed early
and get up early the next day, then he’s capable of fulfilling all
of his potential."