To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Americans Can Be Difficult To Please – Especially Democrats


A recent poll indicated 75% of Democrats, when asked, expressed a desire to have someone other than President Joe Biden be the Democratic nominee in 2024. I understand people can and will change their minds and some of these negative views may turn positive concerning a second term for the oldest man ever elected to a first term in office.

But, meanwhile, bear with me as I try to make the case for a second Biden term. Here goes:

1. Expressing clearly the English language is a problem for Biden. Telling the truth isn’t. For example, during the campaign he promised to finally treat the chronic, chemically-induced diseases of vets ranging from Agent Orange of the Vietnam War to the burn pits of Iraq and Afghanistan. Other presidents promised the same thing. They all failed. Yesterday the $469 billion dollar veterans bill passed on a vote of 86-11. Bi-partisan score = 1.

2. In February 2022 Madman and Dictator of Russia, Vladimir Putin, invaded Ukraine. No provocation. No reason. Biden immediately began rallying the 40-nation NATO’s government and military assets and convinced all to join with the fledgling democracy in Ukraine. And even of more importance, they have not only stayed together but now, both Norway and Sweden will join as members adding nearly 1,000 miles to NATO’S northern defense flank. It is estimated Russia has already lost 40,000 troops killed since February which is two-thirds the deaths America suffered in the 12-year war in Vietnam. Five Americans have lost their lives in Ukraine, all as volunteers and former military members in the United States.

3. Staying internationally, with the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri last Saturday, vaporized by two Hellfire missiles while lounging on a balcony in Kabul, Biden also kept his promise to eradicate monsters such as al-Zawahiri if they reappeared in Afghanistan. Promise made – promise kept.

4. People quickly forget that the first significant gun reform legislation has passed and been signed into law. It was much weaker than I would have preferred. However, it had many useful elements and Biden can rightfully claim it will save lives and reduce gun violence.

5. It seems like a decade ago, but the largest and most significant infrastructure appropriations bill passed only a couple of months ago and the money is already flowing to cities, states and counties. Bridges, highways, airports, ports, trains and electric cars. What’s not to like? Others again have tried and failed, but not poor ol’ Uncle Joe.

6. He finalized the bulk of the CARES Act throughout the nation without all the drama, mistakes, exaggerations and hokum that accompanied the Trump Times. This is delivering health care, after all, not running a casino.

7. And on the runway for finalization this week is the Manchin-orchestrated health/climate package, the key piece being the strongest effort to stop the heating of our world. Will it pass? Yes, even the very unpredictable senator from Arizona will be on board and thus that bill will pass 51-50 and garner a presidential signature within a week. Of course, egg could splatter on my face here but I don’t think so.

8. And I’m happy to report good old conservative Kansans rejected changing their constitution concerning abortion. A no vote meant “leave our bodies alone,” and is the message to mostly male Kansas Republican lawmakers. With final voters still being tallied, No is leading nearly 59% to 41%.

I wonder what Clueless Kevin Stitt is thinking about his promise to sign any abortion bill that came to his desk over the last four years. And, of course, he signed them all with his goofy and now defeated AG John O’Connor standing over his shoulder looking like he understood the subject when he was as clueless as his boss.

Maybe, just maybe, those quiet Republican women out in Oklahoma’s suburbs may finally decide they really don’t want Rep. Billy Bob Jerkoff from Jay or Jennings deciding family planning for them. We’ll see. If Billy Bob is re-elected Nov. 8, he won’t be any smarter on Nov. 9, but the message he will take is one of continuing to make womenfolk second class citizens and mere “hosts’ when pregnant.

Let’s be clear. I didn’t call them that – but current Republican Representative Justin Humphrey did. He’s from Lane, OK and claims to be a distant cousin to Bigfoot. Many folks down there in Lane who claim to have met both say Bigfoot is much the wiser.

In politics things can change in an instant. I think they did last night, if for no other reasons than the Kansas abortion vote in combination with Sen. James Lankford’s no vote against our veterans. Either Democrat, Jason Bollinger or Madison Horn, now has a viable chance to make a race against Lankford and, as I have already said often, Joy Hofmeister will knock out Kevin Stitt in November because he is clearly the most corrupt, arrogant, thoughtless and clueless governor in Oklahoma history.

Even if you don’t believe me, ask some real historians. They’ll tell you racist Gov. Alfalfa Bill Murray looks like a combination of Mother Theresa and Albert Einstein compared to the vacuous, vicious and vapid Stitt.

To know him is to know what I just said is true – and I know him.

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Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.
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