My dubious and oft out of touch with the public colleague, Mr. Allen Krause, shocked the baseball-politico world on Monday when he compared his beloved Detroit Tigers to the stiff stylings of Mitt Romney. Now, lining one’s self up with the far right fed Tea Party and Christian Coalition is one thing, but talking out of one’s posterior in a public forum is another.
Mr. Krause said:
The Cardinals are playing with a ragtag team and no longer have master strategist La Russa at the reigns.
Ragtag? RAG? TAG?
What’s so ragtag about being World Champions? What’s ragtag about Holliday? Freese? Molina?
Carlos Beltran? Allen Craig? Chris Carpenter?
WHAT IS THIS RAGTAG YOU SPEAK OF, MR. KRAUSE?!?
The only thing “ragtag” about your REIGNING… WORLD… CHAMPIONS… is that they might play this before each game:
Oh, wait. That’s ragTIME.
Like it’s time to grab a rag and wipe up the locquacious mess left by my colleague.
Hate me ‘cuz you can, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.
What race are you paying more attention to? The AL East? AL Central? Presidential?
I suppose that since this is a baseball blog, I should probably say baseball. And, I am keeping an eye on the AL Central, even if the maddening inconsistency of the Tigers has driven me into a self-protective shell. When it comes to politics, though, I just can’t keep myself away.
This is a big year for politics. It’s not just Romney and the Republicans in an attempt to repeal everything that Obama accomplished his first term. It’s also an opportunity for Americans to tell the Tea Party that they don’t represent America. A resounding defeat for Romney could finally show the Republicans that they need to remove the Tea Party cancer that eats at the GOP and their ability to effectively govern.
This past week showed once again how out of touch Romney is and why his Tea Party hijacked presidency would be disastrous. The contrast between Romney’s hasty statement regarding the events in North Africa and Obama’s studied response just illustrates once again which man provides real leadership.
That being said, it’s interesting to note the similarities between the presidential campaign and the baseball season. Both of them last much of the year and it’s hard to tell what’s going to happen until pretty late in the game. Two months ago the Pirates looked like they actually had a shot at making the playoffs. Six months ago it still wasn’t clear who the Republican nominee would be. However, at this point, with less than two months to go before everything is settled, the pieces have started to shake out and the picture has become a little more clear. Or at least we have a clearer idea of who the winners won’t be. Trying to say with any certainty who will still be standing on D-Day is nearly impossible.
I guess the difference for me is the drama. Yes, baseball has plenty of drama but the stakes are limited. Whichever team wins the Series retains their title as champion for one year. The world doesn’t change, except for the world of that team’s fans. An American president can change not only the course of the nation but also of the world. And it only happens once every four years. Now that’s some drama.
Still, I’d really like to see the Tigers end this White Sox charade once and for all. As for the AL East, screw the coasts.
A lot of young guys making some noise right now. Any one you like in particular?
George Bernard Shaw once pointed out that “youth is wasted on the young.” Me, as I continue getting older, I couldn’t agree more. It’s a total waste. And honestly, I’m sick of hearing about it. I’m sick of hearing about young voters. I’m sick of hearing about hot, young prospects. I’m sick of hearing that something is a young man’s game.
Look, there’s a reason that we don’t allow someone younger than 35 to be President of the US. It’s the same reason that it’s rare to see someone under the age of 27 truly flourish in baseball. We love the idea of youth but raw talent without experience can only take you so far. It’s the reason why the Indians were willing to trade away future stars to wrap up a current star. Sure, one of those guys might go on to have a Hall of Fame type career. But Jimenez has already shown that he can deliver. That’s a little more important when you’re in a playoff race.
The same thing goes for politics. I’d like to see the national debt slashed and spending brought under control as much as anyone. However, I think that ruining the country’s credit rating during a time of fitful recovery illustrates arrogance, not intelligence. The Tea Partiers are young and fired up. They’re going to go in there and change things. But the Founding Fathers created the Constitution in such a way that change has to be gradual and necessitates compromise.
Experienced legislators understand compromise and realize that holding a gun to the country’s head is not a long-term solution. They effectively shift the system one way or the other, depending on the country’s needs at the time. The need this time was avoiding default but the youngsters were willing to play fast and loose with that need, holding it for ransom in order to get their own way. It’s like a rookie holding out before training camp. He may end up getting most of what he wanted but you know you can’t trust him and you know he’s only really worried about himself.
So, youngsters I like? I can’t answer that. And the fact is I don’t really trust ’em. Let’s see how they do the rest of the season and then I’ll let you know.
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If CNN’s Alex Castellanos hadn’t compared Michele Bachmann to Margaret Thatcher on CNN the other day, I wouldn’t have said anything because the crazies, the Brits and the delusionoids have been saying as much for a while now. But when something that maniacal is aired to millions of susceptible US Americans, I can’t help but holla some common sense back into the universe.
WISE UP! GET A GRIP! DRINK SOME WATER!
Comparing Bachmann to Thatcher is like comparing Wilson Betemit to Babe Ruth! Seriously! The only thing Michele Bachmann and Margaret Thatcher have in common is that they both have vaginas!
Bachmann is STUPID.
Bachmann is DELUSIONAL.
Bachmann is a HOMOPHOBE.
She is a clear and present danger to liberty and to even mention her name in the same conversation as Margaret Thatcher’s (did you know she was a chemist by trade?) should be a crime.
And I just couldn’t hold that in, so I didn’t.
Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.
Whether or not the US Congress came up with a deal to avoid default really doesn’t matter. The issue is a symptom, not the disease itself. The disease is the ideological purity embodied by the Tea Party. Yes, they have some worthwhile ideas and I do think the government should have to pay for the programs it enacts. However, the Tea Party solution of gutting government programs and getting rid of taxes would leave a shell of a country ill-suited to address the challenges of the 21st Century.
Let me go back just a bit here. Since the second world war the US has raised the debt ceiling more than 100 times. However, this time around it became a debate that threatened the economic foundation of the United States. It often helps to get a little objectivity by asking someone outside the situation to take a look and give their viewpoint. Well, how about we turn to our closest friends, the Brits and see what they have to say: “We now have a group of US politicians seeking political purity, who seem to have much in common with the Taliban. They are Tea Party members; and because of blind adherence to smaller government, they seem intent on risking destroying what American political leaders have constructed in more than two centuries of hard, often painful work.”
Now, I understand that the Taliban comparison is probably the new equivalent of Godwin’s Law but there is something to take away from this. When you consider political movements that require ideological purity from their adherents you don’t end up with a list of the most open-minded people on the planet. In fact, the first two that jump to mind are the Taliban and the Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia. That’s not exactly good company.
The Conservative movement in the US under the guise of libertarianism (which it isn’t) or other -isms has begun to embrace more and more of these whacko ideas. A recent exchange on Fox News about volcanoes on the moon involving Bill Nye (yes, the science guy) should help put this in perspective. Watch his face when the global warming question is posed.
Like I said at the beginning, the debt ceiling and the default argument aren’t so important in themselves. What matters much more is the underlying disease from which the tumor grows. Let’s just hope that when 2012 rolls around the Tea Party will have served its purpose and the voters will see fit to relegate them to a historical footnote.
As the summer of Republican discontent continues, certain words have become absolutely taboo. “Public” implies government funded so is no longer acceptable. Same goes for actually using the words, “Government funded.” “Aid” and “assistance” are codewords for sucking at the government teat and god help the person who mentions “welfare.” In fact, if you want to watch a Tea Partier foam at the mouth, figure out a way to combine all of those words into one sentence and then step back. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think they were sucking on an Alka-Seltzer.
This would all be laughable if it wasn’t for the fact that half of the people decrying this “waste” of taxpayer money actually benefit from it as well. The state of Alaska gives all of its residents a yearly payout from the Alaska Permanent Fund so that means Sarah Palin gets a government handout every year. Michele Bachmann’s husband benefits from farm subsidies and I’m pretty sure Mitt Romney owns a home and has a mortgage on which he deducts the interest for tax purposes.
So maybe it’s time we started pointing out the painful truth. Taxes pay for our military. Taxes pay for firefighters and police officers. Taxes paid for the interstate highway system and taxes help build hospitals and schools. Sure, we could take a different route and privatize everything but have you dealt with a privatized police force before? Elsewhere in the world they usually go by the name “militia” or “warlord.”
However, if your dream is still to see a fully privatized, libertarian paradise at work, you can head there today:
Something tells me that even the most rabid anti-tax American would prefer to continue grudgingly pay their taxes than move to this land of libertarian luxury.
Amidst the Pujolsian panic terrorizing the otherwise somber pre-spring training minds of baseball fanatics worldwide, we at RSBS nearly lost sight of an extremely exciting development inside the raucous Tea Party movement. That’s right, folks! The Tea Party is publishing their very own magazine!
And don’t worry, dear readers… as you have come to expect, we are a step ahead. In fact, our loyal RSBS interns have already managed to infiltrate the teabagging ranks to bring us a sneak peak at some of the headlines from the inaugural issue!
How to Incite Armageddon So We Can All Go Back to Sitting on Jesus’ Lap In Heaven
By Mark Williams
Monkey god, go home! You can’t put a mosque next to or around the corner from a US American institution like McDonald’s! That’s against God’s plan, to make everyone fat and die so they can go be with him again…
The Whosie-Whats-Its of Duping America
By Sarah Palin
Some people call it smoke and mirrors, I call it using catchphrases that hockey moms will be able to repeat after their husbands have beaten them for the night. A bridge to nowhere… lamestream media… road to ruin… See! If I can do it, anyone can, even Republicans…
How to Use the Term “Teabagging” to Your Advantage
By Pat McGroin, Kraven Moorehead & Howie Feltersnatche
First of all, work “teabagging” into your everyday lexicon. If we all teabag the way we should and are devout in our teabagging, the phrase will simply lose its funny connotation, especially if you’re teabagging your mother who might be teabagging your neighbor who might teabagging himself…
And finally, the feature article…
An Introduction to Hate: The N-Word, The F-Word and All Around Bigotry
By Dale Robertson
If it’s different than you, if it don’t look like you, if you don’t like it ‘cuz it ain’t you… hate it! That’s all ya gotta do. Holler at it and bark at it and scream at it and gobdabbit just hate it hate it hate it…
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Not sure what the cover price is going to be, but I am sure that it won’t ever be forked over from my wallet.
Hate me ‘cuz Dale Robertson says to, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.