Huffington Post is reporting the arrest yesterday morning of Josh Fox, who produced Gasland, a documentary about the environmental risks of oil and gas operations, who was attempting to film at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.  Republicans objected to him being in the hearing room, which is open to the public; the chairman of the subcommittee, Republican Andy Harris of Maryland, ordered the arrest.  Democrats moved to allow Fox to stay, but Republicans voted him down.  Fox, who is well regarded in the environmental and media communities, was led away in handcuffs by Capitol Hill police.  Here’s the video:

 

Now, I have to say that I disagreed with much of Gasland, and believe some of his conclusions were not supported by the facts.  However, I NEVER agree that politicians who disagree with a person trample his constitutional rights.  He caused no disturbance, broke no laws.  The Constitution was dealt as severe blow today, led by Republicans and aided by armed Capitol Hill police officers.

This is shameful, and I challenge anyone to argue that this action was acceptable.

In one of the Republicans’ most breathtaking assaults on Americans’ right to vote, Colorado Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler has ordered that Denver and Pueblo counties not mail absentee ballots to Colorado residents in the US military who are deployed overseas.  Their crime that denies them the right to vote this year?  They didn’t vote in 2010.  Despite requirements of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act that requires local authorities to send ballots to soldiers deployed in foreign theaters of war 45 days before an election, Gessler has decreed that military personnel (from Democratic leaning Colorado counties, of course) should be denied the right to vote, just in case they might vote for a Democrat. Read the rest of this entry

The Big Lie

We all know that politicians tend to play around the edges of the truth, especially when they are seeking election, which seems to be most of the time these days; however, egregious lies have become more commonplace in recent years, fueled by ideological battles over the future of our nation and the role of government.  In the post-Gringrich partisan world, vision of government varies from “nurturing the greater good” of the Founders, along with today’s moderates and progressives to “every man for himself” of the modern day conservative.  In order to foster the perceived necessity of “every man for himself”, the Tea Party funders and GOP strategists do their best to foment outrage of the masses over fake and/or distorted issues, creating crises where none exist, Read the rest of this entry

One of the biggest lies that the media allows right wing conservatives to continually get away with is that government cannot create jobs.  Eric Cantor, John Boehner, and every GOP presidential candidate repeats the lie as a mantra, to the point that many Americans (read Tea Partiers) now believe it.  Nothing, of course, could be farther from the truth and no knowledgeable person actually believes it, even many who repeat it.  The falsehood is so obvious that even as Republicans repeat it, they relentlessly work to reduce government jobs in a coordinated effort to keep the unemployment rate as high, and the economy as weak, as possible Read the rest of this entry