There’s always one.
In the wake of the event in Tucson member of both parties in Congress put a stop to their political activities out of respect for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Lawmakers had scheduled various fundraisers and meet-and-greet events with lobbyists and other donors this week, but those were canceled as Democrats and Republicans offered a unified expression of sympathy for Giffords and the other victims.~~~
Lawmakers have even canceled the fundraising phone calls that take up much of their time when they’re not voting or sitting in committee meetings.
“We canceled everything,” said Bruce Kieloch, a Democratic fundraising consultant who works with about a dozen members of Congress. “We cancelled our fundraising calls this week. We canceled all the prep time.”
But not Bernie Sanders.
Bernie took full advantage of the Tucson tragedy to fill his pockets, sending out a fund raising email.
We learn a lot from Bernie’s email.
We learn who was responsible for the shooting in Tucson:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, today sent out a fundraising email to supporters in which he includes his analysis of the Arizona shootings that ties the tragedy to “right-wing reactionaries.”
“Right wing reactionaries.” Never mind that Jared Loughner was described by his friends as a “leftist” and a “liberal.” Never mind that Loughner was mentally ill. Never mind that Loughner, registered independent, was a nihilist, if anything.
Send me money or more people will die.
There is no question but that the Republican Party, big money corporate interests and right-wing organizations will vigorously oppose me.
We learn that many in this country have only one channel on their TV- Fox News:
For many of these Americans, the only news that they receive comes from these extreme right-wing commentators.
We learn that Republicans will subvert the democratic process:
They not only won decisive victories in the last election but, as a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, they correctly believe that they will have a huge financial advantage in future elections because billionaires and corporate interests can now contribute as much as they like into the political process without disclosure.
(Barack Obama disabled his AVS system so we have no idea from where $280 million to his campaign came from)
We learn that Republicans will destroy the country:
The Republicans in this Congress, in a way unprecedented in modern American history, will begin a political assault on the very foundations of modern American society.
We learn that Republicans will destroy Medicare and Medicaid:
This means, over a period of time, completely eliminating Medicare, Medicaid and other public health programs.
We learn that Republicans plan to bankrupt everyone
Their long-term goal is to create a situation in which the retirement accounts for workers will be administered by Wall Street – at great profit for financial investment firms. And when the stock market crashes and you lose your retirement savings, you’re on your own. Good luck.
I guess Bernie never met Warren Buffett.
We learn that unemployment compensation must go on forever
They do not want to simply deny the extension of unemployment benefits to workers who lost their jobs in this recession – the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression seven decades ago. Some of them want to eliminate the concept of unemployment compensation. Their position is: Lose your job? You’re on your own. Good luck.
We learn that the rich have to be savaged and their wealth taken away
…the richest people in our country have never had it so good. In 2007, the top one percent earned 23 percent of all income in our country – more than the bottom 50 percent. The top one percent also owns more wealth than the bottom ninety percent.
And we get a huge dose of irony
Another Democratic elected official in Arizona, recently defeated Congressman Harry Mitchell, suspended town meetings in his district because of the threatening phone calls that he received (Mitchell was also in the cross-hairs on the Palin map).
It was Mitchell’s campaign which literally put JD Hayworth in the cross hairs of a gun sight.
And we learn that Democrats in Arizona are too intimidated to vote:
In light of all of this violence – both actual and threatened – is Arizona a state in which people who are not Republicans are able to participate freely and fully in the democratic process? Have right-wing reactionaries, through threats and acts of violence, intimidated people with different points of view from expressing their political positions?
I wonder how Reid beat Angle?
Sanders’ spokesmen raced to deflect Sanders’ crassness.
A spokesman for Sen. Sanders has defended the fundraising email by saying that Sanders regularly sends out such letters to supporters giving his views on key issues and “it would have been absurd not to comment on what happened” in Arizona.
Did I or did not read of Democrats’ pleading for more civility?
Never let a serious tragedy go to waste, eh?