If an intelligence test was required to run for political office, many of our legislators would not be in our government today. Heading that list would be Mitch McConnell; a part of America’s worst: a professional politician.
McConnell, the senior Republican Senator from Kentucky, is representative of the lack of character, and futility representative of our government today. His only goal in life is to remain in office. Listening to him speak is an embarrassment. His most recent egregious statement demonstrated two of his many failings.
First, he demonstrated the fear he and his party have of Hillary Clinton if she declares her candidacy for the White House in 2016. He called a possible Clinton ticket a “re-run of the Golden Girls.” As of today, polls show she would win over any of the possible Republican candidates.
If the 71-year-old, (and obsolete), McConnell is referring to Mrs. Clinton’s age, (who will be 69 when she is campaigning), it is definitely a case of the ‘pot calling the kettle black.’ McConnell plans to run for reelection in 2014; I think he’s outdated and too old.
Secondly, he continues to display his worst faults, which include racism, bigotry, and misogyny. Fortunately, he is a man who doesn’t think before he speaks. His ‘redneck’ persona leaps forth every time he opens his mouth.
Until the TEA Party took charge of the Republican Party, McConnell used several ‘earmarks’ to earn favor in Kentucky. Now that they are forbidden, he may be in serious trouble next year.
In 1951, a uranium enrichment plant opened in Paducah, Kentucky. Even when the plant’s primary purpose, which was making weapons grade material for nuclear warheads, was discontinued, McConnell found ways to ‘earmark’ funds for the plant.
Paducah flourished for decades. Every business, legal and illegal, recorded enormous profit. Today, the plant is barely functional. Doors are rusted shut, waterways are polluted, and Paducah’s residents are wondering if McConnell is like the plant, out of date, and of little use.
McConnell is the ultimate example of a professional politician. Although he is the Senate minority leader, his focus is not on the people of the United States, it lies solely on the state of Kentucky, because they have voted him into office for five terms. Here is part of McConnell’s track record, and evidence of his singular goal.
He voted against a health care program for poor children in Washington.
In Kentucky, he manipulated programs to obtain health care for pregnant women.
He was vehemently opposed to the ‘Affordable Care Act.’
In Kentucky, he funneled federal money to support free health care and prevention programs, and there were not ‘private health care middlemen involved.’
Today, Kentucky has the lowest median income in the nation. His lack of substance can no longer be ignored by the voters in his state, and recent polls confirm his lack of favorability. He has been an abject failure as a Congressional and party leader.
This week his rant revolves around a move by Senate Democrats to eliminate a relatively new form of filibuster; the requirement of a 60 vote super-majority to pass legislation. The Republicans in the Senate have used this measure frequently to block legislation, and continue the proud legacy of the ‘do absolutely nothing’ Congress.
“This will kill the Senate,” thundered Mitch McConnell, rising in opposition to Democratic plans to reform the filibuster. Unfortunately Senator McConnell, it won’t kill anyone, although elimination of obstructionists such as the aged and out of touch Senator would not be an unpopular move.
Occasionally, Bill O’Reilly of FOX News fame, has an intelligent and accurate comment. Thursday night a woman caller suggested that Republicans grant no concessions to the present Administration, and refuse to vote for any and all legislation proposed by Democrats. This was O’Reilly’s response.
“When Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016, will you say the same thing, Nettie? Because that’s what’s gonna happen if the GOP does not begin to put forth smart solutions to the country’s problems,” O’Reilly said.
Another caller suggested that if present immigration laws were enforced to the letter of the law, we wouldn’t need to write new ones.
“So that means federal agents will begin forcibly rounding up millions of illegal people, entering their homes and removing men, women, and children, taking them to holding pens, where they will be awaiting deportation. Is that your vision, Jim? Because that’s what enforcing existing laws would mean,” he said.
O’Reilly has been openly supportive of the Senate’s version of immigration reform. “For years I’ve called for a more secure southern border, you know that. And now it looks like the secure border is in reach. At least somewhat. So I hope this bill does become law.”
McConnell and his ilk are advised to put lobbyists and their egos in a locked room and perform the job for which they were elected. Unfortunately, McConnell and others like him are America’s worst; professional politicians who care nothing for the country and its people. They care about themselves, and reelection.
Alfred James reporting