When I announced on my facebook page yesterday that I would be voting for President Obama, the comments from my friends reached an all time high. If I have to choose between the “better of two evils” – the decision was easy. I used to be a fan of Paul Ryan, until I realized just how far-right and radical his record is. This will be the first time, since registering Republican after college so I could vote for Ronald Reagan, that I will be voting for a Democrat for president. We don’t need to redefine the meaning of “rape.” We need to redefine what it means to be Republican.
And that is why my quote of the week comes from the book — The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted – By Mike Lofgren
“As we embark on the second decade of the 21st century, the commanding heights of corporate America–the banks, the military-industrial complex, corporate interests benefiting from huge subsidies like Big Pharma and Big Oil–largely have the government they want. They have the tax structure they desire. Under Bush appointee Chris Cox, the SEC’s regulatory function was wrecked. The military has been so outsourced that the Army can no longer feed itself, while a policy of permanent war assures a perpetual cash flow to contractors. Federal law guarantees pharmaceutical companies the kind of collusive and monopolistic profiteering that antitrust laws were intended to prevent. Corporate America has posted record profits even amid the most protracted period of joblessness in post-World War II history. It is corporate nirvana. Under these circumstances, who needs an activist government? Now that the commanding heights have achieved their objectives, a grid locked government will work just fine, regardless of who is in charge.”
Love this quote from a reader of the party’s over!
“How will the Republican moderates who are increasing pushed out of their party going to react to the extremism of the current party? Will they have enough and vote Democratic as the better of two evils? Will there be a candidate with the resolve to do what is right rather than doing what they are lobbied or outright bribed to do? These are the questions that Lofgren focuses on that can help us as voters to think through what must happen in a long-term effort to reclaim our government.”
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Bio: Paula Pennypacker has been a conservative and independent political activist since 1990. She is the founder and president of Scottsdale-based Just for Redheads Beauty Products.
A registered Republican, Paula is neither an ideologue nor a zealot. She is a broad-minded independent thinker with conservative economic beliefs and practical political ideas. She is interested in uniting, not dividing.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Paula was a popular political radio show host and a Republican candidate for mayor before relocating her business to Arizona in 1998. She lives in Scottsdale with her husband and 12-year-old son.
Paula’s personal and political motto -- "Only those who dare!" -- epitomizes the way she lives her life and conducts herself politically. She is not afraid to stand up to established or entrenched views and interests, even in her own party.
Her signature political issues are ending the war on drugs, ending welfare as we know it, tax and immigration reform, and weeding out waste and corruption in government.
She recently finished third in the 2010 primary election for state representative in District 8.