and political discussion in general. Since the other side of the aisle gets five times a day to post their current ramblings regarding the world, thought I'd take a shot. To start: I'd consider myself on the far left, especially on social issues. I stayed out of the PSRI for a long time, occasionally posting mainly on non-political stories mainly because I felt that the discussion of political nature were fruitless and aggravating, boy was I right. My frustration is directed at what I will call the "far-right" others will identify as them as the "Tea Party" portion, and worse some might even label this group as "Republican" or even "Conservative." This group is easily the most covered and most vocal portion of the electorate. (Yes, even CNN gives you more coverage then they do the moderates) This group seems to focus its complaints on a variety of "talking points" including, but not limited to: Obama being socialist, healthcare reform, the increase in "Big Government," Obama's citizenship, taxes and gun control. This group seems to be championed by a couple of figures, most notably Fox News and its group of anchors, Rep. Michele Bachmann and to some extent Sarah Palin. Anyone confused? Good. (not to suggest that the entire movement is represented by those issues or figures, but generally that's who I'm placing in this category) My issue is two-fold. First, Republicans take back your party. This is a vocal minority, but I doubt that most Republicans want to be associated with the broad-blanket anti-Obama movement. It seems odd that for so long racism was kept in our closets, but now that we have a president who is (half) African-American, it's suddenly okay again to be racist? I mean that is fine if one is racist, but generally iThink there are many who don't want to be considered "racist," nor do I think Michael Steele (or Cheney, or either Bush, or McCain or Huckabee) would like to be considered as such. I understand that there is a crisis within the party, and while I would generally accept that is being good for my political beliefs - it is not. (That's part two) Whatever the case, if you can't find unity within your party at least find unity in the Saidian approach of determining what one isn't - perhaps look to those with the Adolf Obama/Barack Hitler signs before you look at avoiding being associated with the Democrats. The second and possibly larger part of this is what I have touched upon a few times, the lack of discussion that can be had. The discussion that takes place today is not productive. In the PSRI we have discussions of how Obama is to blame for expanding the deficit three-fold over the not-passed health care reform? And that's when questions were being responded to. The goal of the anti-Obama/far-right movement seems to be to cause disruption, that's great and all, but the show has to stop at some point. The vocal minority has now stopped productive parts of the American system of democracy to exist and it's the Republicans that seem to be hurt the most. Rather then attempting to do something to change the healthcare bill, we get extreme discussions of socialism. News flash, the bill is probably going to pass in some form, ti would have a lot less chance of passing if the right decided to make actual indictments of the bill as opposed to conspiracy theories. Lastly, my favorite portion of the movement. Socialism ≠ fascism. Hitler ≠ socialist. The wonderful pictures I get to see of Obama and Adolf as one are great and all, but let's take a step back. Constantly asking for birth certificates? Racism? Blaming a certain person for the ills of the country? Sounds like the third reich, a tad bit. That's all.