• Category Archives Barack Obama
  • Trump Backs Off His Obama “Birther” Lies, Now Says Hillary Started It

    Donald Trump lies again.
    “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy,” Mr. Trump said. “I finished it.”
    During the 2008 Democratic contest, a senior strategist for Mrs. Clinton at one point pondered, in an internal memo that was later leaked, the ways in which Mr. Obama’s personal background differed from many Americans. But contrary to Mr. Trump’s assertion, neither Mrs. Clinton nor her campaign ever publicly questioned Mr. Obama’s citizenship or birthplace, in Hawaii.
    Another WTF? moment from Donald Trump.,


  • America Opens Its Arms To Our Transgender Brothers And Sisters

    Did you ever think it would happen in this country?

    I have to admit that I’m not sure I’m there yet.

    As a gay man, I’m still becoming comfortable with the notion of transgender men and women. I’m still learning.

    Amazed, though, at how quickly America has embraced transgender men and women. In spite of the bathroom laws and the hysteria from the right.

    And the cool, compassionate, adult-in-the-room Barack Obama.

    Were you as amazed as I to see this?

    Incredible.

    We’ve come so far as a country the past 7+ years.

    As Barack Obama “evolved” on LGBTQ issues–and as some of us lost our patience entirely with him, given his remarkable history on such issues when he was in Springfield, Illinois–as he evolved, we evolved too.

    But he led. And continues to lead.

    America, hats off to you.

    Hats off to you, Mr. President.


  • A New Direction For Turning Left

    Readers no doubt have noticed that I haven’t been posting much over the past several months.

    Heck, over the past few years.

    Turning Left is always in the back of my mind, but I really didn’t know what to do. What to write.

    I didn’t want to be that snarky guy any more who just wrote for the sake of writing, that guy who just made fun of people, or went on rants.

    I wanted to be more substantive than that.

    I was so angry at times during the Bush years. Many of us were. But to look for people at which I could be angry, or to just be that angry guy during the Obama years, well, that didn’t make much sense.

    And I was not always pleased with President Obama.

    But, for the most part, I was.

    I am.

    So what to do with this blog, which has awesome page rank on Google despite the fact that I rarely touch it?

    Found my solution today.

    We need a new direction.

    No, not right. Or center.

    Let’s take direction as focus.

    We need a new focus. A new plan.

    And here it is…

    We don’t want to become the anti-Fox News blog. We don’t want to become the anti-conservative blog.

    We don’t want to discriminate against people because of who they are.

    But we will be critical about people because of what they do.

    That will be our new focus.

    We will still laugh. We will still likely be snarky at times.

    But we can’t be self-righteous. We can’t ignore our own faults.

    But we can write.

    We invite you to join us for the ride. Please visit often, enjoy, and, please, feel free to share our posts.

    We have something to say that needs to be said.

    We have words that need to be heard.

    We are Turning Left


  • Video: Vermont Approves Single-Payer Health Care: ‘Everybody in, nobody out’

    From our friends at Occupy Democrats regarding the state of Vermont adopting a single-payer health care system where all hospitals will operate as not-for-profits:

    The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes.  In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit.  Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.

    This system will provide an instant boost the state economy.  On the one side, you have workers that no longer have to worry about paying medical costs or a monthly premium and are able to use that money for other things.  On the other side, you have the burden of paying insurance taken off of the employers side, who will be able to use the saved money to provide a better wage and/or reinvest in their company through updated infrastructure and added jobs.  It is a win-win solution.

    Win-win indeed.

    This, by the way, is precisely the way Canada moved to a single-payer health care system: state by state.

    And now it’s our turn.

    Thank you, President Obama!


  • Video: Republicans in Congress are Blocking Immigration Reform

    Immigration reform. Another GOP lie?

    From Democrats.org:

    While the majority of Americans support comprehensive immigration reform, Republicans continue to stand in its way. They have had more than enough time to get this done but continue to hide behind excuses.

    And the worst part is that they could make a choice to pass immigration reform tomorrow. There’s a bipartisan bill that has been in the House for nearly 5 months, which already has enough support to pass — all we need is a vote but Speaker Boehner refuses.

    If we want to move forward with immigration reform and the rest of President Obama’s agenda, we need to elect a new Democratic majority. Watch this video on immigration, then donate so we have the resources it takes to make John Boehner an ex-speaker come 2014.


  • Damn the GOP. What They’re Doing Is Unprecedented, Immoral, and Evil

    The GOP government shutdown just hit home for a close friend.

    His son, a laborer who lives in a so-called "Right To Work" state, was out of work. He had been let go from his previous job because he became injured outside of work. Rather than give him a month to heal, which is all he needed, his employer at the time just let him go. Tried to tell him that he was doing him a favor. That he could collect unemployment, as opposed to making nothing for the 30 days or so he would need to heal.

    And his employer knew that this lad had only worked for him for five months, therefore not qualifying for unemployment. And, it turns out, this employer has done this to other workers, letting them go in the fifth month of employment, so the employer has to pay neither benefits nor unemployment.

    This is what the GOP refers to as "Right To Work," the myth that, forbidding unions from requiring workers to join a union when they get a job, workers now can be "free" of union dues and work, because, dammit, they have the right to work.

    In reality, it means states full of workers, like my friend’s son, who have no union protection, no unions who negotiated fair working conditions. None of that. Not at all.

    And employers can be as ruthless as the nasty members of the GOP, some of the meanest pols we’ve seen since just before the Great Depression, when robber barons ruled, and pols danced to their commands.

    So my friend’s son applied for another job. Went through the entire interview process. Passed every background check, drug test — paid for by the hiring company — and was given his "new employee" packet.

    And, on what was supposed to be his first day of work, was told that the company could not start him, because of the government shutdown.

    Because of the government shutdown, the company was not certain that some contracts would be upheld.

    That’s not what they told him at first. But, after he pressed them, they admitted this was, in fact, the case. The government shutdown.

    The damn GOP government shutdown.

    His son says it was evident the company was scrambling. Some news from on high had reached the blue collar workers, and the company, and American company, was being downsized.

    These inglorious GOP members of Congress have got to go.

    All of them.

    They claim that this shutdown is the fault of the Democrats and the Democratic President who "refuse to negotiate.

    Bullshit.

    And here’s proof.

    From BillMoyers.com, proof that this debt ceiling crisis is not politics as usual:

    Never before has a minority party linked controversial legislative demands with a threat to shut down the government or imperil the global economy. But House Republicans would have you believe otherwise.

    In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal this morning, Rep. Paul Ryan writes that president Obama “says he ‘will not negotiate’ on the debt ceiling. He claims that such negotiations would be unprecedented. But many presidents have negotiated on the debt ceiling—including him. ”

    Ryan was referring to a speech given in September before the Business Roundtable — an association of CEOs of large US companies — in which the president said, “You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt ceiling being used to extort a president or a governing party, and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and have nothing to do with the debt.”

    Ryan continued: “He’s refusing to talk, even though the federal government is about to hit the debt ceiling. That’s a shame — because this doesn’t have to be another crisis. It could be a breakthrough.”

    But that’s spin: Negotiating would set a dangerous precedent, because Obama’s right that this time really is different. Here are three reasons why.

    Go to the original article here and read, and then act.


  • Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Smug and Crafty Politician

    Donald Wuerl, smug politician
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl is a crafty, smug pol. (Catholics for Equality)

    Donald Cardinal Wuerl has come a long way.

    From John Cardinal Wright’s secretary, to bishop, to cardinal.

    He’s come far.

    But, in his heart, at his best, he’s just another pol.

    Unelected, mine you.  But a pol nonetheless.

    Our friends at Catholics for Equality are trying to talk some sense into him, but his sanctimoniousness won’t listen.

    Here’s their release, where they note His Eminence’s blatant electioneering:

    Catholics for Equality, the country’s largest national political organization of pro-LGBT equality Catholics, joined hands today with several fair-minded and faithful Catholic social justice groups in organizing a peaceful protest outside the Archdiocese of Washington, DC’s rally promoting the U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” election year political campaign. The Catholic groups came together with prayers and hymns under one giant united banner which read, Bishops: We Need Pastors, Not Politicians, Your Antics are Hurting the Church.

    The peaceful protest took place outside a rally held at George Washington University’s Charles E. Smith Center. The special event presided over by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl was billed as a prayerful service, but was in fact a political campaign rally to motivate Catholics to vote against the re-election of President Obama because of the Health Care Reform Act and his support for LGBT equality. Wuerl and his fellow bishops claim that the exemptions provided in the Act are not sufficient for the Catholic Church and that they are being victimized by the federal government. Furthermore, the bishops claim that the Act is the greatest infringement upon religious liberty in American history and see themselves as martyrs like St. Thomas More, St. John Fischer, and others in church history.

    “The bishops no longer represent Catholics in the pews on so many social issues, from contraception to legal equality for LGBT people,” said Joseph Palacios, Director of the Catholics for Equality Foundation. “We also reject the bishops’ election year campaign that they are now somehow victims of religious liberty, especially as the U.S. Catholic Church receives 62% of its funding for Catholic Charities from federal and state funds — money coming from the taxes of all Americans. Catholics Charities in Washington, DC, receives 68% of its funding from taxpayers. This does not include taxpayer vouchers for Catholic schools and other support for Catholic health care programs. If the bishops want exemption from the law, then they should stop receiving taxpayer funding.”

    According to a new report released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute, 57% of American Catholics do not believe that the right to religious liberty is being threatened in America today. The report also notes that 65% of Catholics believe that most employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception at no cost and that 63% believe religiously affiliated agencies should not be able to refuse to place children with qualified gay and lesbian couples.

    “The bishops’ 2012 “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign is nothing more than election year political posturing,” said Phil Attey, Executive Director of Catholics for Equality. “For the past 10 years the bishops have earned the public branding of abusers, oppressors, and political bullies. They’ve lost the ear of Catholics in the pews and political leaders in Washington … including Catholic political leaders. In order to change this political reality, the bishops know they have to first have to change their public image. But instead of doing so by championing social justice issues — fighting for the poor, the sick the marginalized and the oppressed, as bishops have done in the past — our bishops are opting to run around spending our collection plate money on a campaign to claim they are the real victims in today’s society. Catholics aren’t stupid, though. We know what we see and we’re not buying it. The bishops are only bringing more embarrassment to our church.”

    The USCCB’s “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign launched this week consists of events in over 37 dioceses across the country. The campaign officially concludes on July 4th with a nationally televised Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, though the bishops’ election year political activities are expected to continue all the way to election day.

    Catholics for Equality empowers pro-equality Catholics to put our faith into ethical and effective political action on behalf of the LGBT community and their families.

    Catholics for Equality was founded in 2010 to support, educate, and mobilize Catholics in the advancement of freedom andequality at the federal, state, and local levels for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender family, parish and community members.

    Will no one save us from these meddlesome clerics? They, who now claim moral authority, after decades of shielding pedophiles.

    Will no one save us?