David Brat won the primary election in Virginia that dethroned Eric Cantor. The funny thing about his victory is that the Tea Party who at first disowned him because of his libertarian principles, now claim him as their own so they can claim “victory” over the “establishment”. Yes, calling Eric Cantor the “establishment” is a very big stretch.
All of the pundits are chirping in with their reason why Cantor lost the primary. Most agree that it was all because of immigration reform. Brat called Cantor an amnesty champion. He said that immigration reform is a bad idea because we already have too few jobs, and these others will take those jobs away from “real Americans”. Say no more, he wins!
Others are claiming that Cantor just didn’t spend enough time in his district getting his supporters out to vote. Cantor said he was in his district every week. But the pundits claim one or two days a week wasn’t enough and he “lost touch” with his constituency. That is why he lost.
Another grand theory is that his polling was flawed. I wonder if Carl Rove did the polling for him. According to one report, in early May his polls showed him with a 34% lead. Oops! He lost by almost 12% points. As we know from 2012 this isn’t the first time Republican Polls were extremely flawed.
There are other reasons being discussed as well. But, in my opinion, they are all wrong. The real reason Brat won this primary is simply because he was better able to tap into the “fear and hate” that the right-wing is known for. He was able to scare the shit out of those “base” Republicans who fear anything or anyone who is different than they are. He was able to very effectively use the “us against them” argument. That is why he won.
In terms of economic issues, Brat makes Eric Cantor look very liberal. He wants to repeal the ACA, but replace it with absolutely nothing. Not only does he want to repeal the ACA, he wants to do away with employer-based health care completely as well. According to him, that will free up the problem of “pre-existing conditions” for everyone. He doesn’t say how, he just says it. Among his other highlights, he wants to eliminate Social Security and Medicare. His reason? People take out more than they put in.
Of course Medicaid, Welfare, WIC, Unemployment Insurance, and the rest of the social safety net must be eliminated too. He claims that the “corporate welfare” state must also end. But, in order to do that we need to eliminate all income taxes and eliminate the IRS. How he plans to fund the government, especially the military, he doesn’t say. It cannot be through tariffs because he wants to do away with them too. He claims that will lower prices. He doesn’t mention it will also lower job prospects as well since more companies will move off-shore for cheaper labor costs.
And, naturally, every single regulation governing how business is to be transacted in America needs to hit the wastebin as well. Forget that it was deregulation in the market that caused the 2008 crash. Hell, he even says we don’t need to worry about climate change because “rich countries find a way to fix problems.” How comforting.
Don’t forget about his pandering to the Conservative Christian Cult either. In his victory speech, he said this victory was “a miracle granted by god.” I doubt that god endorses fear and hate mongering, but they apparently think so.
Brat is not alone in his lunacy either. The Republican Party is full of them. And, they all work the same way. They play on people’s fear and hate of those dreaded “others”. Scott Esk, a Republican Candidate in Oklahoma for the State Legislature believes that it is well within the right of the state to “execute” homosexuals! And, he hasn’t backed down from that position either.
An exchange on Esk’s Facebook page from last summer in which Esk was asked if he believed gay people should be executed, “presumably by stoning.” Esk responded: “I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”
Not wanting to be overlooked for his homophobic stances, Gov. Rick Perry compared homosexuality to “alcoholism” in an interview with the Commonwealth Club of California, he was asked about his view of homosexuality being a disorder. He responded with:
“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry answered, reiterating a longtime favorite argument of the anti-LGBT right that sexual orientation is a choice.
“I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic,” Perry went on to say, “but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
Maybe his next endeavor after leaving office at the end of the year will be to open the very first LGBTA Group. He will undoubtedly run it like an AA meeting.
Then of course there are those wacky kids on the right who believe that woman’s suffrage has ended western civilization. Even Ann Coulter thinks that women are “stupid” because they primarily vote Democratic. Some other nice tidbits for you:
The first comes from David Barton. He claims that the founding fathers had a reason not to give women the right to vote. And, it had nothing to do with bigotry:
“The bigotry we’re told they held back then, they didn’t hold. And what they did was they put the family unit higher than the government unit and they tried to work hard to keep the family together. And, as we can show in two or three hundred studies since then, the more you weaken the family, the more it hurts the entire culture and society.
Since Barton claims the founding fathers were not bigoted, then I guess he believes it is okay to own slaves too.
Then there is Janis Lane, a Central Mississippi Tea Party President who said:
“There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how they can skewer a person. The whole time I worked, I’d much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them.”
So why is she involved in politics?
Because women have the right to vote, I am active, because I want to make sure there is some sanity for women in the political world. It is up to the Christian rednecks and patriots to stand up for our country. Everyone has the right to vote now that’s 18 or over (who is) a legal citizen, and every person that’s 18 and over and a legal citizen should be active in local politics so they can make a change locally, make a change on the state level and make a change in Washington, D.C.”
I guess Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham don’t have the monopoly on Republican Women who hate women!
This is what the Tea Party movement is all about. This is what the Conservative Christian Cult is all about. They are synonymous and work together to spew this vile speech. Eric Cantor was defeated yesterday. The Tea Party is celebrating and planning their next big overthrow. The Christian Conservatives are celebrating, especially since Brat also believes in the “morality of capitalism” and that it is very okay to get rich even at the expense of others. Heck even some on the left are celebrating saying Cantor got what he deserved.
I am not celebrating over Cantor’s defeat. I fear it is a bad omen of where a lot of people in this country stand. The fear and hate that was tapped into by Brat is not just in Virginia. It is all across the country. What all of these nice “white people” forget about immigration reform is that this type of fear and hate is not new. Today it is all about Hispanics. Before it was all about the Poles, Irish, Germans, Hungarians, Swedes, etc.
It was the fear and hate towards those groups that basically stopped immigration in its tracks for decades in the 20th century. Fear and hate is not the answer to move forward. History has shown us far too many times that fear and hate are directly responsible for the rise of dictators around the world. That is their rallying cry. Us against Them! It’s all Their fault! These rants have echoed in all corners of the planet. Unfortunately, it is becoming a louder paranoia in America. We can only hope that reasonable people rise up and put down this paranoia. Maybe then we can get back to work on fixing our problems instead of blaming others for them.
That is the true lesson from Eric Cantor’s defeat!