That quote is from the film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” with Gene Wilder. It’s from the scene at the end of the movie when Charlie hands Wonka back his everlasting gobstopper and does the right thing even though it will not benefit him in any way. And that is what I feel that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, did today. And it absolutely blows my mind. Finding out he had a heart, after all, makes me wonder if, perhaps, Romney has one too? (I know, I know, he DOES have one. Why, he sobs, hourly, over the plight of the rich).
I admit it, I cannot get enough of the Supreme Court ruling about President Obama’s healthcare program today. Just cannot get enough of it. I woke up this morning depressed and resigned to the fact that the conservatives on this court were going to strike this down. And then the opposite happened. Totally unexpected, and yet, totally wonderful as well. What a great day for America! I might just have to try and muster up some, why yes I mean it, some gosh-darned pep.
Ahem. Go USA. Ahem. Now I am exhausted.
I’ve been watching Hardball and Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and the news… Man, I am full up with this right now. I liked the swagger (there is no other word for it) in Obama’s walk when he came out to do his press conference. I like a President with swagger. No, let me amend that. I like a SANE president with swagger. I like a democrat with swagger. I heartily dislike republicans who swagger and tend to avoid them at all cost.
Romney swears that his first deed in office will be to repeal this law. As my husband said, “He was for it before he was against it, but he was neutral on it when he was strapping his dog to the roof of his car.” I’m not really sure what that means, but I know I like it. Good luck with that Romney.
One other thing I wonder about, and I know this WILL be misconstrued so I hope you read all of what I am saying and my reasoning behind saying it… All these conservative republicans who went on and on about Obama being a muslim and how they could not vote for a president who was not a Christian, are planning on voting for Mitt Romney–who is NOT a Christian. President Obama IS a Christian, Romney is NOT a Christian, and they don’t see it as hypocritical?
Now, before you bash me for saying that Mormons are not Christians, you should look into it. I am not bashing Mormonism at all, I’m just stating that they are NOT the same faith. Mormons have the Christian bible AND the book of Mormon. They believe that Jesus (the son of God) and Satan (a fallen angel) are BROTHERS. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life.” John 3:16. At the end of Revelation it says that this book is COMPLETE. So if God, as the Bible states, has only ONE son, how is Satan Jesus’ brother? And if the Bible, as it states, is complete, where does that put the book of Mormon?
I’m not saying Mormons are bad. In fact, almost without exception, every Mormon I’ve ever known has been very nice and helpful and pious. But they are not Christian. Christianity and Mormonism are DIFFERENT. Apples and oranges. Both perfectly nice fruit, but not the same fruit. They are not the same faith, and that is my only point here. So it seems to me (and I could be wrong, I suppose) that these conservative Christian republicans are so … racist that in a race for President between a Christian and a non-Christian, having stated publicly before that they could not EVER vote for a non-Christian, will now vote for one simply BECAUSE he’s white. I find this horrifying and fascinating at the same time. Because the way they talk about it, their Christianity is who they are and how they vote and it turns out that they just hate to see a black man running this country.
And yes, I totally meant that to be as harsh as it sounds. I’m done with the kid-gloves. I’m gonna call a racist a racist, and I urge you to do the same. I loathe Mitt Romney for a lot of reasons, but his being a Mormon is not one of them. I certainly would vote for a Mormon if I thought he was the best person for the job, but I never publicly stated that I only vote for Christians. I loathe Mitt Romney because he was a mean bully to a gay kid way back when he was in prep school, and I doubt he’s changed much since then. I loathe him because he keeps changing his mind about his beliefs. I loathe him because he does not seem to care about poor people or disabled people or women. I loathe him because he is corrupt. I loathe him because he lies. I loathe him because his ONLY concern is the rich in this country. I loathe him because I know that if he wins, my daughters will inherit an incredibly scary mess of a country where they are not valued, as women, at all. Romney will not be a good president because he’s not a good man. And that has nothing to do with his faith.
President Obama is not perfect. He could be doing a lot of things better, but he’s done SO much good and republicans ignore it all. Let’s list just a FEW of the things he’s done since he took office. 1. He passed his healthcare bill. A monumental achievement. 2. Osama Bin Laden was assassinated on his watch. 3. He moved troops out of Iraq. 4. He saved the automobile industry. 5. He has systematically taken out a lot of the terrorists who were on the most wanted list.
He’s a good president. He’s a great leader and a bold one with the courage of his convictions. He should be reelected. And now, more than ever before, I believe with all my heart that 95% of people who are against him are against him BECAUSE he’s a black man. They are racist and it’s sickening. If a republican president had done a fraction of the stuff that Obama has done he’d be hailed as greater than Ronald Reagan (who I believe, though not being a republican I could be wrong , is their gold standard?). Obama saved this country–which was in Bush-tatters when he took over– and he gets no credit. No, America has a LONG way to go before we are fixed, but if McCain had won? Dear God, I shudder to think about where we’d be right now.
And that is not hyperbole.
I might brave Fox News for the morning shows tomorrow. If I do, I shall bring my popcorn. This is gonna be fun! The tantrums, the whining, the kicking of the dirt. Bring it on!