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September 23, 2013

Blame fellow liberals for America’s mess

NORMAN — I blame the liberals. Yes, for the paralyzed state of politics and governing in this country, I blame the liberal Democrats.

Hey, this isn’t coming from some anti-abortion rights, pry this gun from my cold, dead hands, Rush Limbaugh “ditto-head.”

No, fellow liberals, or progressives, this is coming from a member of the family. C’mon, I’d be a card-carrying member of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, except that I’m not much of a joiner.

But, gee, isn’t it the far-right-wing conservatives in Congress who won’t pass any bill that President Barack Obama would want to sign? Hasn’t it been said about Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “If the doctors told Sen. McConnell he had a kidney stone, he would refuse to pass it”? Well, sure.

And isn’t it the conservative majority on the Supreme Court that opened the gates for billionaires to spend millions to elect the candidates whom they feel will help make them trillionaires? Absolutely.

But whose fault is that? It says here that it’s all the fault of liberals who can’t be bothered to vote when it’s not a presidential election year.

And some of the blame goes to the moderate Democrats and Republicans who need directions to their polling places because they haven’t been there for four years.

Meanwhile, all the gun-loving, abortion-hating, tea party “patriots” would find their way to the voting booth even if they were in an iron lung.

That’s to their credit. They’re not breaking any laws. Quite the contrary, they’re exercising their rights as Americans. They’re voting.

As for the liberals, when it comes to casting ballots, they don’t vote.

If the last two presidential elections proved anything, it’s that there are more liberals and moderates than right-wing conservatives in this country. If everybody comes out to vote, Democrats do very well.

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