I Love Freedom, I’m a Patriot and I Support Our Troops!

And God bless the United States of America!

Okay, I will back off from the hyperbole for a minute.  No, I am not trying to sound condescending (did it work, though?).  I just want to take a minute to comment on the way we use language and how the words that we choose to use reveal a lot about us and our “agendas”.

Barack Obama used the words “hope” and “change” and the phrase “Yes We Can” more times than I care to remember during the 2008 presidential campaign.

One of President Obama's 2008 campaign slogans.

Not to be outdone, McCain and Palin used the nationalistic tagline “Country First” and utilized patriotic sayings, symbols and video clips so often that the next step would have been draping the American flag over themselves every time they spoke.  After watching the 2008 Republican National Convention, I am surprised I didn’t throw up red, white and blue all over the living room floor.

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Pick Clements for U.S. Senate, by Ryan Rhoades

Tom Clements for U.S. Senate (SC), 2010

[This is my letter to the editor that was published today, Saturday September 4th in The Greenville News.]

There has been extensive coverage of Democrat Alvin Greene, whose constant gaffes and suspicious past make him easy pickings for media ratings.

In fact, Greene has garnered more media attention than most other Congressional candidates so far in 2010.

So what about incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint?

Many are familiar with DeMint and most voted for him in the last election.  However, his reactionary agenda is becoming more apparent when looking at his recent contributions to certain Tea Party candidates.  His political action committee, the Senate Conservatives Fund, has contributed over $2 million to neoconservative candidates. Read more of this post

Regressive Politicking of Incumbent Senator Jim DeMint (R – SC) – Ryan Rhoades

Senator Jim DeMint receives Taxpayers' Friend ...

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Since 2005, Senator DeMint has received most of his campaign contributions from Club for Growth1, a conservative advocacy group and major campaign finance group that backs Republicans who support privatizing Social Security, eliminating or reducing corporate taxes and capital gains taxes, and increasing the number of charter schools.2

His Political Action Committee (PAC), Senate Conservatives Fund, has given $1.7 million worth of campaign contributions to nine extremely conservative Republicans, including the following:3,4

1.) $141,000 to help the campaign of Colorado Republican Ken Buck, as well as paying for radio ads ($85,000).  Ken Buck is the candidate who, when asked why people should vote for him and not his primary opponent (Jane Norton), quipped, “Because I don’t wear high heels.”  He also believes that Social Security is “a horrible policy” and that the Department of Education is unconstitutional.5 Read more of this post