Prepare for season of fear and loathing

Shannyn Moore

Well, the tenor and tempo of fear and loathing on the campaign trail is ramping up. I know it's going to get worse before it gets better because no one likes Mitt Romney. There's only so much fertilizer available but plenty of money to spread it around.

Romney has asked for a pledge to leave not only his family but his business and taxes out of the campaign discussion. OK, I get it with family, but if you secure your party's nomination by bragging about your business expertise, then your business is public business. Taxes? Every cabinet position filled by the president has to be confirmed by the Senate. Three years of tax returns are required. Why would a cabinet member have to undergo more scrutiny than the president?

No one likes Mitt. He's hard to like. He's awkward and steps in it every time he opens his mouth. Instead of defending the guy who drove 12 hours with his dog in a crate on top of his car, his supporters keep trying to prove Obama was born in Kenya.

If you listen to right-wingers, liberals, leftists and Democrats want to march in Socialism, Communism and Marxism at the same time, steal from the rich and give to the lazy, melt down your guns and cast a statue of Jane Fonda, denounce the baby Jesus in the manger, destroy straight marriage with gay weddings and eat birth control pills like Tic Tacs and carry an abortion punch card.

I'm a liberal. There's a reason. I like solutions and progress. I don't care to return to the Dark Ages. Liberalism is the political practice of What Would Jesus Do.

The outrage over Obamacare is just an excuse for hysterics and histrionics -- outrage theater. If anyone should be infuriated, it's liberals. The Democratic House and Senate and the Democratic president passed a health care bill, the Affordable Care Act, that was conceived by the arch-conservative Heritage Foundation and introduced in 1993 by Republican Bob Dole, and co-sponsored by Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski. Republicans insisted on the individual mandate that they are now using to villify Obama.

Really, Republicans should stop calling it socialism when it was their idea in the first place. Romney implemented it as governor of Massachusetts and he's their guy. While visiting Israel last week, Romney lauded the Israeli health care system, noting that it costs just 8 percent of Israel's GDP while ours costs 18 percent of a much larger GDP.

Romney said we should learn from it. I agree. Israel has universal, single-payer health care -- an efficient government-run system.

Death panels? Shut up already. You got your plan -- delivered by a Democrat -- so I have to think it's the Dem and not the plan you can't stop bitching about. If you want to get rid of Obamacare, what will you replace it with? Funeral insurance mandates?

I read last week that liberals exaggerated the Great Depression to bring socialism to America. Yep, photo-shopping bread line pictures was tough, especially before computers. Chain emails are floating around saying we need to return to 1912 -- no taxes. Brilliant! Do we also have to give up penicillin, the Hoover Dam and figure out that rickets isn't a game played in India?

President Obama expanded gun rights. Heck, you can even take a gun into a national park now. George Bush confiscated guns during Katrina.

The most terrifying thing to a spiritually void, illiterate faux patriot with a gun fetish is a fighting liberal armed with facts.

The solutions presented by the GOP? Tax the middle class and the poor so they can give breaks to the rich. Ignore the obvious change to the climate and drill, frack and dump. What's their environmental plan? The Rapture. Their health plan? If you aren't born rich, don't get sick.

True conservatives may have not left their party, but the party has left them for the greener pastures of greed.

Before you say, "Both sides are guilty," just stop. No, they aren't. One side is trying to make it harder for people to vote with a conspiracy theory called voter fraud. More people were killed by televisions dropped on their heads than pretended to be someone else at the polls.

One side thinks their Second Amendment rights trump other people's right to not get shot while watching a movie or going to church. If you bring up the same assault weapons ban (now expired) brought about by the attempted assassination of President Reagan, you hate America.

One side is fixated on the vaginas of its fellow citizens. (Venus envy?)

One side mocks climate change while we watch it happen.

One side thinks the poor are lazy couch surfers, when the working poor put in longer days than most.

One side wants to regress this country back to the good ole days of plutocracy.

Which side are you on?

Shannyn Moore can be heard weekdays from 6 to 9 p.m. on KOAN 1020 AM and 95.5 FM radio. Her weekly TV show can be seen Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. statewide on ABC affiliate KYUR Anchorage, KATN Fairbanks and KJUD Juneau.

Shannyn Moore