The mid-terms are just a couple of weeks away. There are some that predict that the Republicans will gain control of the Senate. While others say it is still possible for the Democrats to keep it. There are some conservatives that are almost giddy over the prospect of taking over the Senate. Due to the gerrymandered districts, it is almost impossible for the Democrats to take over the House.
The real fact of the matter is that it really doesn’t matter if the Republicans take the Senate. All it will mean is that the stagnation we have seen in Washington since Obama became President will get even worse. All it will mean is that the Republicans will use their “hostage taking” practices even more than they have in the past. That is not a good way to run a country.
We all know that the vast majority of the Republican agenda would not be signed by the current president. Even if they take the Senate, the Republicans won’t have enough votes to over ride vetoes. That means in general nothing will get done, except a lot more President Obama bashing.
There has been a lot of talk about the differences between the Republicans and Democrats during this cycle. But, in my opinion, all of this talk has missed the point totally. This isn’t about traditional Conservative vs. Progressive politics. This is about whether or not we live in a country with equal rights and justice for everyone. It is about whether or not we continue to be one of, if not the, true democracy in the world. If the current batch Republicans were ever to win both houses of Congress and the White House, our democracy will take a drastic turn for the worst.
If you take a few minutes to look and listen to the current Republican Party, you will hear nothing but hate and discontent towards everyone who doesn’t agree with their backwards thinking. If you believe income inequality is wrong, you are against Republican candidates. If you believe that people should be allowed to marry whom they want, regardless of race, religion, or sex, you are against Republican candidates. If you believe that women together with their families and doctors should be allowed to decide on whether or not to have an abortion, you are against Republican candidates.
Republicans have waged a war against women’s rights for decades. They have fought against the right for workers to unionize for decades. They have fought to force Conservative Christian Cult’s beliefs on the rest of society. They are fear mongering idiots who believe that the only way to win an election is to take the right to vote away from different groups of people who just might vote Democratic.
The current batch of Republicans have formed an evil alliance between Conservative Christian Cult, Ultra-Conservative billionaires, Tea Party, and Racists. Sorry, but that is the only way to describe this alliance. Conservative Christian Cult members want to force their brand of Christianity on everyone else. If you don’t follow their religious beliefs, you are considered a Christian in Name Only (CINO). They say they are against the government meddling in your religious beliefs. Yet they want a “Personhood” amendment that would totally ban abortions. Even if your religious beliefs says it is okay. They are against marriage equality. They are even against the right of gays to live in peace.
The Tea Party is the ultra-conservative wing of the Republicans. They will tell you that if you are not a Tea Party Member, you are a Republican in Name Only (RINO). They just want to form a government that throws the poor under the bus. You will hear all kinds of arguments against Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and Taxes. But you won’t hear a word about the subsidies given to oil companies, utilities, farmers, etc. These people also want government “out of our lives”. Yet they are also against abortion and equal marriage rights. It seems like every time a Tea Party candidate talks about liberty, they are demanding that about half of the country’s population not be allowed those same liberties.
The billionaire club led by the Koch Brothers simply want to form a dictatorship based on the philosophy that the country should return to the “good ole days” of the 19th century and the Robber Barons. It is perfectly right for them to make millions of dollars every year, but the rest of us should have to work our asses off just to get by on $2 per hour. It is the Tea Party and the Billionaires who want to eliminate the minimum wage and pass laws outlawing unions.
I don’t think we have to discuss much about the Racists. You just need to look at the voter suppression laws that have been passed in several states to know their agenda.
In this mid-term election, one party is screaming about liberty all the while they are passing laws that take liberty away from anyone who isn’t like them. They are screaming about getting government out of our lives, all the while they are passing laws that put government in the lives of women. They are preaching about the American dream all the while they are fighting laws like raising the minimum wage and the Paycheck Fairness Act.
They have been screaming about our “porous southern border” but say nothing about our porous northern border. They claim that Ebola will wipe us off the face of the planet, yet they continue to cut funding for the CDC and NIH. They wanted a “Czar” for the fight against Ebola, yet screamed when one was named. Their hypocrisy has no limits. They believe that if they continue to fear monger, we will fall for their demagoguery.
In the last several years The Republican Party has seen a renaissance. Unfortunately, unlike the renaissance in the past, this isn’t one of enlightenment, it is a return to the Dark Ages where religion and the wealthy rule the country. We have already seen places that prove the Republican Platform is destructive to liberties and opportunity. Just look at Kansas and Wisconsin. These were supposed to be Conservative Republican utopias. Yet they have turned out to be anything but utopia for the common citizen of the state.
There is still time to fight back. To use their own phrase, “it is time to take our country back.” This time we need to take it back from this evil alliance and restore freedom and democracy to the greatest country in the world. But, we can’t do that unless you go to the polls and vote this mid-term. Let the Republican Party know that they cannot bullshit us anymore with their fear mongering and their lies. We have grown past the 19th century and refuse to go back.