In a couple of weeks the Republicans will hold their first debate of the 2016 Presidential Race. Yeah, I know, it is probably too early for such things, but after all, it is only about six months away from Iowa and New Hampshire. So, with a total of 16 candidates, and probably more before the whole thing gets really going, they probably think it is time to weed out some of the less likely successful candidates.
The problem I am having with the current crop, isn’t that they are running. It is what is coming out of their mouths. A lot of people in the media, especially on the left, are calling a number of the current crop of Republicans “wackos” or “cuckoo-birds” or “clowns.” Sorry, I won’t buy into that description. It is far worse than that.
The problem I see is that these people are actually describing their vision of what America should look like. They are actually, for once, being honest about their hatred for everything a democracy is supposed to be. They are showing us, with their own words, that if there was ever a crop of candidates running for President that really hate America, they are it.
There is the vulgar, bloviated Trump calling immigrants “rapists” and disparaging former POWs. We have the ALEC mouth-piece Walker telling America that unions should all be banned and we should be happy with whatever the company says we should be paid or how many hours we should work. We have the Canadian Senator Cruz hating anything that has to do with governing or compromise for the common good. We have the theocratic hypocrite Huckabee saying a deal with Iran “will lead the Israeli’s to the gas chamber.”
Then we have the more “moderate” Republicans like Bush, the brother of one of the worst President’s in our history talking about taking away abortion rights and reproductive rights from women and eliminating Medicare. Then we have that outreach candidate Rubio who claims that “no one wants bad air or water” yet is calling for the elimination of the very agency responsible to protect our air and water, the EPA. His reason? It is hurting his rich donors who rely on polluting our air and water to make their millions.
The list goes on and on. Everyone of these “candidates” seems to find something about democracy that totally disgusts them. They constantly tell the American people, they are only trying to listen to the American People. Yet, they continuously vote against the very laws that the vast majority of Americans want passed. When I say “vast majority” I am referring to poll numbers at 70% or more. How is that listening to the American People? Simple, you are NOT the American People, unless you belong to the top 1% of the income earners.
In several states, photo ID cards are required to vote in person. Yet, these same states have very lax laws pertaining to absentee voters. It is far easier to cast an improper vote by absentee ballot than at the polls. Yet, they claim they are just protecting the ballot box. Of course the only people who will have trouble getting their photo ID will be young people, poor people, and old people. All people who Republicans don’t want to vote at all.
Women’s rights have been under attack since the country was founded. Women have always been classified as “second-class citizens.” They weren’t even allowed to vote until 1920. Republicans want to control how they live their lives, how many children they must have, and what decisions they can make for themselves. According to Republican candidates, women are not capable of putting together a “rational” thought.
If women are allowed to participate in the job market, Republicans say they must accept less money for doing the same job as their male counterparts who are doing the exact same work. Why? Because they are women, pure and simple. They don’t have the same economic needs as men do. Besides, women should be kept at home, barefoot and pregnant. They should be totally dependent upon men for their lives.
Republican candidates are all up in arms about the Iran Nuclear Deal. As mentioned, Huckabee claims it will lead to the next holocaust for the Jews. The funny thing about all of this is that the largest area of anti-Semitism in this country is in the south. You know, places like the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. More synagogues and Jewish Cemeteries are defaced in the south than in any other part of the country.
I have always found it funny that the Republicans claim to be the biggest supporters of Israel when the vast majority of their constituency are mostly anti-Semitic. Since groups like the KKK and Aryan Nation and others have their headquarters in these states, it doesn’t take a lot of thought to know this is true.
Republicans, led by their propaganda machine Fox News, has shown continuously that they don’t like the idea of talking about people of color being killed by Police. They always turn the tables and say that if that person of color just followed the police officer’s orders, they “might” still be alive. I like that “might” they always seem to throw in there. When things like “Black Lives Matter” come up as slogans to stop police violence, they try to turn the tables and come up with things like “All Lives Matter.”
They then cry when someone calls out that it isn’t white people being systematically murdered by police officers. They refuse to reasonably discuss the possibility that maybe, just maybe, these police officers are in the wrong and not the victims. But that would mean having to actually acknowledge that this country still has a race problem. Something they refuse to even consider.
Their latest gambit is their cry for “religious liberty.” According to them, if your religion says it is okay to discriminate against someone else, then it is legal to discriminate against them. If your religion says it is wrong to have an abortion, you must stop everyone else from getting an abortion. If your religion says it is wrong to use contraceptives, then no one should be allowed to use them. If you are a Muslim, you should be put on a “watch-list” since you are obviously a terrorist. And to help things out here, you are not supposed to be allowed to immigrate here.
That is their definition of “religious liberty.” To them, “religious liberty” means that they are free to believe what they want. You on the other hand must believe what they do. If you don’t, you get no civil rights. If you don’t believe what they do, you are second-class citizens. If you are a minority, you must “do as you are told” and not think for yourself.
The Christianity I was taught says we are supposed to “help” the poor. The Republican idea of “helping” the poor is to eliminate the social safety net. Medicaid? Who needs medical insurance if you are poor? Medicare? No, get a voucher and spend thousands of dollars you don’t have to keep your insurance. Social Security? Why are so many people living so long? If they outlive their “expire-by-date” let them just fade away.
According to them, Christianity is really all about helping the rich get richer. It is all about making sure the poor louts stay poor. It is about letting the sick and elderly just die away to save money. It is all about cutting public education funding. Poor kids are supposed to stay poor, so why bother to educate them. Women should know their place. They are nothing but homemakers and baby-factories. Like children, women should be seen and not heard. Their only purpose in life is to “serve” their man and spread their legs whenever they are told.
That is what these 16 Republican Candidates are offering our country. That is what they believe America should be. They want America to be a white society, run by rich white men, and bereft of everyone else. That is their utopia. That is their definition of the American Dream. If you are a worker, you don’t have the right to the American Dream. Just shut up and accept what pennies they throw at you for your labor.
Jobs? Health Insurance? Livable Wage? Union Representation? Women’s Rights? Civil Rights? Those are all “socialist” or worse yet “communist” ideas. They have no place in America. They have no place in our society. They are all evil ideas put forth by “Satan.” But, don’t take my word for it. Just listen to the trash coming out of their mouths.
My first impulse is not to watch the first debate on August 6. But, it is also like watching a train-wreck. You hate what you are seeing, but can’t take your eyes off of it. The problem is that if any one of these dangerous people actually make it to the White House, that train-wreck will be America. That is the real danger facing us.