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Sad Day for the Eastern Shore!

It is a sad day for the Eastern Shore, to have a liar and a sham, like Andy Harris, be re-elected.  I was so hoping that this, my first post after the election, could call for a coming together of the “right” and “left.”  But, upon hearing Harris’ comments after his win, I am more committed than ever to replace him as our Representative.

Andy “Bizarro” Harris

He lives in a ‘bizarro’ world, claiming to have “reached out” to Democrats, when we know that he has voted against any proposals put forth by House Democrats or the White House.  His approach has even earned him the nickname, “Dr No”, because that has become his standard vote and position! And, according to his post-election comments, he will continue to live by his moniker and obstruct any progress in the House.

I am not whining about Harris’ win; the former Democratic candidate, Wendy Rosen, certainly didn’t help, by resigning a week after the deadline to remove her name from the ballot.  As such, Dr. John LaFerla could only run as the Democratic write-in candidate. I am just astonished by the failure of the commonsense Eastern Shore voter to see through the disguise and insincerity of Harris’ campaign. He is definitely a “RINO” (Representative In Name Only)!

When Harris holds himself out as a “great communicator”, saying that he is bringing both parties to the table, it just doesn’t fit with his history and performance, whether in the State Senate or in Congress.  In fact, Harris has been a major roadblock to both, the Maryland delegation and the House, where there have been multiple efforts by the Democratic leadership and the White House, to repair the economic mess perpetrated by the previous administration.

Harris lies when he talks about helping farmers, since he has voted against the Farm Bill, introduced by his own Party! Without its passage, our farmers will be hurt financially. He has voted against education, medicare, social security, job creation, health care and protecting our air and water, or the Chesapeake Bay.  In fact, only 4 bills were introduced (and passed) by Harris in his 2 years as Congressman. They dealt with reducing the tariffs on foreign-made men’s and women’s shoes! While millions of Americans were still unemployed and suffering, Andy embraced a foot fetish!

“Dr. No” – Doing nothing for the Eastern Shore!

Aside from the sound bites and clichés he has come to rely on, Harris cannot point to any real action on his part, to help our district or its residents.  He has failed to spur job creation, being more interested in expanding ‘fracking’ even though it has been shown to be destructive and dangerous, than he is in cooperating on solving our “Fiscal Cliff.”

He is a pawn of his corporate campaign contributors, mostly from out-of-state, and the sooner 1st district voters open their eyes, the sooner we will get a Representative who truly represents our interests. Until then, “Dr. No” will continue to be the obstructionist and do-nothing elected official, that he has been since his days in the Maryland Senate!

Relationships with a Majority

Original post: www.rogerbburtphd.com.  

It is that time of year. The primary is over and we have to move into full campaign gear. Campaigns do not begin in the fall. They properly begin now. That is, if you are serious about wanting to win! And serious is what progressives need to be as we work to turn back the tide of right-wing radicals.

And this is the time of year when we rightly focus on our relationships with minorities. I plan to do that, but there is also a leading majority which has caught my attention. If it had not caught my attention, I would have to be brain-dead. And it relates to the War on Women. This new war, which blew up out of the desert of state legislators, clearly points up the need for women to be much more prominent in politics, and leadership positions in general.

And that means we have to be much more proactive in seeking out women as candidates for office and, when we find them, give them our utmost support. Need I point out that we have such a candidate in Wendy Rosen? The choice is not an idle one. Spread the word. The outcome of women entering into politics in ever-increasing numbers represents a sea change in society, with implications we might not have thought about previously. 

The War on Women tells us that we need to pay particular attention to gender relations. Surprise! Well, surprise for a reason which has been given less attention than it should. We already know that race relations are far worse than we would hoped for, or might have thought, but we now also need to understand some fundamental truths about gender relations.

One explanation for the War on Women is that we are now seeing some deep underlying problems revealed. It seems that we may be seeing a male backlash as women have become more prominent and, among other things, have gained control of their fertility. Now, women are under attack and the nature of the attack is astounding.

Previously, I noted that the legislative initiatives across the country would serve not just to undermine women’s health, but the well-being of families in general. The attacks are so widespread that it is impossible to attribute the activities to “ooops!” as a function of ideology. And it is being done in the open, and seemingly, without insight or understanding. It is not a stretch of imagination to suggest that this is not just ideological, as the right-wing has gained power. It seems it may be a manifestation of male power needs.

Sorry, guys, I have to say this. What is happening is not just a matter of misguided policies, ideology or slightly impaired judgment. This is serious, with deep implications for the well-being of all of us. It is time to put a clear focus on what is happening. In fact, this is not merely a matter of “gender relations”. Something more fundamental is going on and it would serve us well if we did self-examination and, I suspect, that academics might chime in with some observations from biology and cultural anthropology which would surely clarify the situation. We need to get this under control. The stakes are high and it is high time.

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