What is Washboard Express?

Washboard Express is a way for me to express my own opinions, to be a provocative gadfly, by writing a "letter a day" to the President. I may miss a day here and there, because sometimes my family with be my first priority, but my goal is to write a total of 365 letters, representing one full year. To say I have opinions about most things would be to understate the obvious. Those of you that know me, know this is true, those who don't know me, will learn that it's true. The Washboard is a reference to going back to basics and "keeping it clean," so if you would like me to post your comments or opinions on this blog, I only ask that you be respectful. So go ahead, express yourself, and I look forward to an exchange of ideas and opinions.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Day 65...Dear Mr. President... Pledges, Vows... what's next, Blood Oaths?

Day 65

Dear Mr. President,

So how did those Sunday budget talks go with the GOP yesterday? Are the Republicans any closer to closing the loopholes for the rich and big corporations? Right, I didn’t think so… do you remember why? That’s correct, they signed The Pledge not to raise taxes under any circumstances. You seem to be the only person on the planet capable of acting like an adult in trying to get the two sides together for the common good of the American people.

And now we learn there is another pledge, called The Vow. Republicans are being asked to sign the “Marriage Vow” by “Family Leader” Bob Vander Plaats. Apparently is was supposed to be in support of “Traditional Marriage,” which is just another way to say no “Gay Marriages.” The ever lovely Michele Bachmann, along with the stellar Rick Santorum both signed, but wait… did they actually read what they were signing?

It seems there was a little paragraph that both Bachmann and Santorum seemed to “miss” before they signed yet another ‘family values’ pledge. Here’s what they missed:

Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President.

Maybe I’m wrong, but it sounds like they think slavery was ‘good’ for African American ‘families’ and that ‘single’ parents are doing a lousy job today… and guess what? It’s all your fault Mr. President! Of course after the ensuing outrage, Bachmann’s spokesperson insisted she only endorsed the “candidate vow.” And after the “offending language” was removed, Santorum said it was the right thing to do, but he was “pleased” to sign the pledge.

I really must be dense Mr. President… Isn’t the Republican Party supposed to be the party that believes in ‘less government’ not more? Any yet they have these nut jobs writing pledges and vows that they have to adhere to or their campaign sources dry up and they don’t get the support of the GOP. They have no problem “starving the beast” which just happens to be the middle class and the poor, but insist that they know what’s best when it comes to women’s reproductive choices, and that being homosexual is still a choice that people make. So being gay is a choice, but women don’t have a choice. These people are frigging unbelievable!

Pledges, Vows… what’s next, Blood Oaths? Do you still think you can negotiate your way out of this box the GOP put you in Mr. President? Do you still think the Republicans will come to the table with anything other than tax cuts and more tax cuts?

I don’t think sooooo…

Most Respectfully,

Your Gadfly Granny
Marcia Reimers

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