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Sunday, December 16, 2007

2008 Elections: Animal Abuse

What is with all the animal abuse among the Republican party candidates? Time was when you could equally despise politicians of both parties (LBJ, Nixon) for mistreating animals. Now, we've got Rudy's Judy with her cutting live dogs open to demonstrate surgical tools; Mitt the Twit tying the family dog to the top of a station wagon till the poor beast shits himself in terror; and now, Mike Huckabee's own dog-strangling scandal.

According to Dogblog, in 1998, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette carried a story of how young David "Psycho" Huckabee, together with a fellow Boy Scout, tortured and killed a stray dog. No charges were ever filed against the demented youth, whose father is now running for the office of President. David is the beached whale in the center of the row, back.

Honestly, we at this blog believe Huckabee is a populist rather than a bloodsucking capitalist vampire, which makes him unattractive to the Republican powers that be. Unfortunately, he's also a fundie Christian of the worst kind, who believes women "should graciously submit" to their husbands. Mrs. H looks like she might own a lot of stock in whoever manufactures Xanax. His neanderthal stance on the rights of women, minorities, GLBTQ folk, and his dishonesty about his theology degree leads me to believe that Mr. Huckabee is unsuited to such a high office.

We've had eight years of an incompetent fundie fool in the highest office of the land. We need something better this time around.

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At 8:40 AM, Blogger Friend of TPC said...

What is with all the Republican animal abuse? Pure and simple, it's because they are sadists. That is why they also like torture too. Creeps.

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Shrewed said...

It's easy - the Democrat candidates treat people like animals, worth nothing more than the vote to get them into office so that can lord over them.

Republicans, on the other hand, lead lives that are not devoted to finding fault with everyone related to them, so they might miss these little 'scandals'.

At 11:54 AM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Shrewed - apparently, believing in civil rights, women's rights, human rights, social justice, economic justice, and assisting the less fortunate is equivalent, in YOUR book, to treating people like animals. If so, I hope to be treated like an animal.

So far, it seems to me the little 'scandals' the Republicans have encountered include: Mark Foley's inappropriate pursuit of teenage pages; Ted Klaudt's sexual assault on children in his care; Giuliani's ties to criminal organizations; Randy Cunningham's bribery and corruption convictions; George W.'s granting plum jobs to fellow Republicans who lack the qualifications for those jobs, e.g., Michael Brown at FEMA; the disappearance of millions of dollars of taxpayers' money with no accounting and no-bid contracts. I like your definition of 'little.'

At 7:04 AM, Blogger Shrewed said...

Of course those things are scandalous. But, when Democrats point the finger at Republicans, it is a severe case of the pot calling the kettle black.

You've named just about every Republican scandal that has been in the national news in the last 20 years. Of course, you and the major media outlets are willing to gloss over:
Hillary Clinton's insider Trading
Bill Clinton's Whitewater, military secrets to the Chinese, scandals, etc.
Sandy Berger stealing from the national archives
Ted Kennedy killed his mistress
Barney Frank's male prostitute hired as assistant
Gary Condit's affair with an intern who turned up dead
John Murtha's bribery and conspiracy
Gerry Studd's sexual relations with teenage page
Marion Barry's cocaine and sex parties
Abraham Hirschfeld's attempted bribery to have Paula Jones drop charges against Bill Clinton
Harry Reid's bribes disguised as real estate investment

The difference with the ones you quoted is that the people were censured by their fellow party members and prosecuted where evidence exists. For each of the Democrats listed above, little or nothing has been done by fellow Democrats to censure or prosecute. In fact, many of these were completely downplayed and swept under the rug by democrats and the mainstream media.

It is eye-opening to do a Google search of Democrat Scandals and Republican Scandals. You can quickly find a long list of obvious improprieties and solid convictions for 76 nationally known Democrats at this linked site.

The results for Republicans are fewer, less concrete, and full of implications and unfounded allegations. You can see for yourself here and here.

One example, in case you don't want to check the links, is assigning blame on Republicans for the actions of battlefield soldiers at Abu Ghraib.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

You know, I generally do my best not to argue with the uninformed. It's like a boxing contest with a one-armed man. I will point out, however, that Bill Frist had insider trading scandals in addition to his cat-killing sprees; Tom Delay went on all-expenses-paid jaunts as a result of supporting politics in the Marianas islands that resulted in forced abortion for many young women who were brought there as slave labour; and while Sandy Berger stuffed a few documents down his pants, Halliburton, KBR, and the oil and reconstruction companies have stolen BILLIONS of dollars. You need to do more research. Come talk to me when you've learned a little more, my lad.

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Wino said...

The well informed and educated among us know that both sides of the aisle have plenty about which to be ashamed. However, thanks to Shrewed for actually backing up your comments & arguments with links to facts. It's rare to see that type of intellectual honesty on blogs. Our jobs from here until Nov 08 is to present ALL the facts about EVERY candidate to ensure an informed electorate, and not simply spewing arguments that have no basis in fact or reality but that are based solely on rumor and supposition.


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