Today's Portland Press-Herald has an article in which Democratic gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell apologized for having posed with a picture of George Bush that labeled him an "International Terrorist." The complaints came from Rethuglican/Teabagger Paul LePage, who showed his respect for the office of the President by telling Obama to "go to hell."
Number one, Bush, by his own administration's definition, IS a terrorist. One definition of terrorist is:
By this definition, Bush certainly qualifies. He used violence (military attacks) to achieve ideological goals (eradication of Islam, elimination of Saddam Hussein, and the perpetuation of his far-right-wing government). These acts were intended to influence an audience beyond the initial victims (i.e., the "PATRIOT Act", warrantless wiretaps of American citizens, etc).
The calculated use of violence or the threat of violence to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature. This can be done through intimidation, coercion, and use of violence or instilling fear. Terrorism includes a criminal act against persons or property that is intended to influence an audience beyond the immediate victims.
Next, LePage is an absolute charmer himself. After saying he would tell the President of the United States to "go to hell," it turns out he and his wife took advantage of "homestead" tax breaks for their permanent residence. Trouble is, they tried this both in Maine and in Florida (and Florida is now after them for repayment).Now, apparently taking a page from the Sarah Palin school of media relations, he won't answer reporters' questions unless they're in writing (which gives him the option of ignoring them completely). He claims he's not a Tea Partier, yet he has made dozens of appearances at various Tea Party events, each time expressing his admiration for the drooling losers.
It's hysterical that these demands for respect come from the same asshats that delight in sending pictures of the (much-as-it-galls-them) duly elected President of the United States as a Muslim, or a witch doctor, or eating fried chicken and watermelon, or the "Obama Waffles."
The damn Democrats don't understand that the Rethuglicans these days will not do a damn thing proposed by the Democrats. Obama could offer to abolish IRS, ATF, the income tax, and the Fourteenth Amendment and have Ronald Reagan's face placed on the flag and all US currency, and the obstructionist Rethugs would say "hell, no."
This ball-less party to which I belong is going to lose big time this go-round... and we'll have no one to blame but ourselves. We've been bringing a hankie to a frickin' gunfight.