The Republican Party is courting the Conservative Christian Cult like they were the answer to every problem that faces the world. They court the “gun rights” groups like they will protect America from all the dangers of the world. They argue against organizations like Planned Parenthood, who has saved millions of women’s lives, because they offer services that are hated by the Cult.
They are pumped up by Fox News which has been on an extremely divisive rant for years. They are willing to side with wackos like Alex Jones when he says a military exercise is “just an excuse for the government to hunt down and detain conservatives.” They argue for “religious liberties” and then say religions like Islam should be outlawed.
The 14 or so candidates left in the primaries for the Republican Nomination are all in step with these courtships. They are all looking to move further right in order to get their votes and win the nomination. They call it their “Southern Strategy.”
I have written several times that the Republican Party hasn’t come up with a new idea for the country in over 30 years. That is proven every time a candidate talks about tax cuts. When they talk about balancing the budget. As a matter of fact, every time tax cuts and balancing the budget are brought up, the candidates show just how a-moral they really are.
This may take some time, but we really need to look at their strategies and their plans for destroying America. Yes, I said their plans to destroy America. Because that is exactly what they want to do. They want to tear down our democracy and put up a theocracy, another name for dictatorship, in its place.
This country was founded on the basic principle that was stated in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. That among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Those were very unusual words for their time. Since the founding of our nation, those words were challenging to a struggling republic which turned into a democracy. We suffered through the hatred of slavery. We suffered through the pains of a Civil War in order to end slavery. We suffered through the pains of segregation through the Jim Crow laws. We found partial relief with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
Since then, we have seen these acts diminish. We have seen civil rights being denied to groups of people. We have seen a rise in voter suppression laws to keep minorities, young people, and the elderly from voting. We have seen hatred rise quickly and be justified by the far right-wing of conservatives.
We have heard the Republican Party become the one group that likes to tell you whom to be afraid of. They like to say that all immigrants, Muslims, minorities, women, and gays are the real problem in our society. They point out that immigration needs to be fixed, yet refuse to vote on any bill that comes up. They even want to void the Fourteenth Amendment granting birthright citizenship.
They claim that “all Muslims aren’t terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” Which, of course, is nothing more than planting the seeds of hate towards Muslims. One candidate even said a Muslim should not be allowed to be President. Adding a “religious test” to the office that is banned by the Constitution he claims to love.
They have all proposed new tax cuts that naturally save the top 1% wage earners hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and placing more burden on everyone else. They call this a “fair tax plan.” They say that they want to “balance the budget” yet their tax plans all reduce revenue into the federal coffers. Estimates from financial experts of all kinds say these tax plans will increase the federal deficit by some $10 Trillion over the next 10 years.
As a result, they know the only way to reduce spending is to eliminate the social safety net necessary for the poor, poor working class and the elderly. But, even if they can eliminate these social safety nets, the deficit won’t be reduced because those savings will be earmarked for defense spending.
They want you to “support our troops,” especially when they send us to war. Yet, they are continuously reducing the budget for the VA which is supposed to provide medical and mental health help when we return from those wars wounded. They refuse to establish more VA Clinics to help relieve the overflow caused by the last two wars. They simply want to throw our veterans to the trash heap once we served our purpose as cannon fodder for their ideological wars.
When a mass shooting occurs, they are very quick to point out that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” They always find an excuse like the shooter was “mentally ill” or some other nonsense. Then they point out the murder rates in places like Chicago, Detroit, New York, and other cities. They always bring up the Second Amendment as justification for their unwillingness to do something.
It is true that we, the people, have a right to bear arms. But that doesn’t mean we, the people, have the right to own a cache of weapons that mirror the Army’s. It doesn’t mean that every person, with a history of criminal background, mental health, domestic violence, or a host of other problems should be allowed these same weapons.
It is ironic that we need to take a test to get a driver’s license yet gun nuts say we don’t need a safety test or background check in order to own a gun. They claim that driving is a privilege but owning a gun is a “right.” On the other hand, remember that you didn’t need a driver’s license” to ride a horse or drive a wagon. Isn’t driving a car a natural outgrowth of those activities? Or, since transportation is a necessity, shouldn’t that make it a “right” too?
They always talk about “religious liberties.” Yet, they do not mean all religions have the right to “religious liberties.” Only “their” religions have that right. That is what is behind the comments about Islam and that Muslims should not be allowed to be President.
But, even more devilish, “religious liberty” as defined by these people really means that you can discriminate against whomever you wish. There is no law in this country that you have to obey if can claim that it goes against your “religious beliefs.” It is this same “religious liberty” argument that gave us slavery and Jim Crow laws.
The Party is always talking about deregulation. They don’t want any laws that will limit a company’s ability to fleece the public. These regulations were put in place after the “Great Depression” as a safeguard to protect our economy. They worked well for decades. Once the Republicans began chipping away at these regulations, the economy finally collapsed in 2008 once again. Proving these regulations were necessary, and are still necessary.
The Republicans are against a minimum wage. They are not just against raising the minimum wage, they are totally against even having one in place. They believe that corporations should be “trusted” to place wages at a livable rate. Yet, we see hundreds of corporations paying below poverty wages to millions of American workers. And even when corporations like Wal-Mart raises their pay, they immediately follow with cuts in hours or positions.
We are constantly pounded with the “taker” myth of our people. They tell us that 47% of Americans are simply “takers” who want free stuff from the government. They are simply waiting to get their “welfare” check. At the same time, they want to cut corporate taxes. Yet, there are lots of companies like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Burger King, Big Lots, and host of others that are receiving “corporate welfare” from the government.
This is proven by the fact that these companies pay their employees so low that the employees must use parts of the social safety net just to survive. These companies each total an average of $1.3 Billion per year in costs to the government for these programs. They are simply allowed by Republicans to fleece the American Tax Payer in order to keep their profits high and the billions flowing into upper management’s pockets.
What does this all mean? You have to decide for yourselves, but to me it means that the Republican Party is morally bankrupt! It means that the American People mean nothing to them, except more profits for them and their financial backers. It means that the Constitution means nothing to them. That they would love for that troublesome document to find its way to the paper shredder.
It means we have a major political party that wants to destroy our country. We have a major political party that wants to win elections based on fear, hate, suspicion, and nativism. They talk about us being in a “Christian” country, yet denounce every principle of the “religion” they claim to follow in all of their proposed policies.
When reason loses to fanatics, we have a real problem. When cooperation and compromise become four letter words, we have a real problem. Sorry America, but we have a real problem. This problem is not the fault of the Democrats, President Obama, or liberals, or the majority of the American People. To use their own words, it is the fault of demonic players who have taken over the Republican Party.
Our country faces some real problems. We still have too many people going to bed every night hungry. We have problems in our education system. We have problems with gun crimes. We have problems with crime. We have problems with civil rights. We have employment problems. We have wage inequality problems. We have lots of problems. Blaming someone else for these problems is not the answer. Dividing our people is not the answer. Hate is not the answer.
The only answer is for us to come together and work as a country to fix our problems. That means we need to compromise with each other. We need to listen to each other. We need to understand that we are all in this together. If not, the crazies will continue to win and we will continue to suffer.
That means true Republicans need to retake their party from the demonic players that have taken over. They need to show they love this country as much as we do. The country these Republicans want, is not the country I served and love.
Dr. Ben Carson said the other day that Hitler was possible in this country. He and his fellow Republicans should know. They are espousing the same hate garbage Hitler did to get to power.
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