Two years ago, John McCain and the Republican establishment took a gamble with our nation's security and future by naming a know-nothing neophyte as his running mate on the GOP's presidential ticket. Perceived political advantage cynically trumped the party's much ballyhooed "nation first" slogan. For a few weeks it appeared that this shameless ploy might work, particularly against a Democratic candidate whose birth place and religious affiliation were under scurrilous attack. However, in the end, the American voters put the "nation first" and routed this party of special interests.
Since Obama became president these same defeated reactionaries have virtually carried out a coup d'etat, bragging openly about their intent to bring down our duly elected government. Through the misuse and abuse of the "filibuster," they have made a mockery of majority rule and obstructed every necessary and robust measure towards a swift financial recovery. Once again the Republicans have gambled in this way solely to grab power in the next election cycle, so they can renew their loot and plunder of our national coffers. Their goal this time is to hand over to their equally reckless and irresponsible allies, Wall Street, trillions of dollars in Social Security funds. It does not matter to them that their ambitions are being carried on the backs of millions of unemployed compatriots and millions of senior citizens.