The one thing that is coming out of this year’s election is the truth behind the Republicans problems and policies. For the first time, the Republican candidates are actually letting us know exactly where they stand on everything.
From civil rights to abortion rights to contraception rights to immigration, the party’s candidates are telling the truth. They don’t like any of those “rights” if they interfere with their “right” to discriminate against any of those groups.
But, when we talk about the truth “coming out”, we aren’t just talking about social issues. We are talking about the whole spectrum of Republican thinking. That “outing” of the truth came to more light when John Kasich had an interview with the Washington Post.
After telling the truth about his own party not liking “ideas” the question came around to the District of Columbia and their right to vote. More importantly, their right to statehood. The questions went like this:
ARMAO: What about voting rights in Congress, voting representatives?
KASICH: Probably not. I don’t know. I’d have to, I mean, to me, that’s just, I just don’t see that we really need that, okay? I don’t know. I don’t think so.
ARMAO: But you realize though that people in D.C. pay taxes, go to war and they have no vote in Congress.
ARMAO: How is that–
KASICH: Well look, I am not – I don’t – I am not, because you know what, what it really gets down to if you want to be honest is because they know that’s just more votes in the Democratic Party.
There you have it. People in Washington, D.C. who pay taxes and go to war should not be given the vote because “that’s just more votes in the Democratic Party.” They say the truth hurts. I never read anywhere in the Constitution that there is supposed to be “a party test” for the population of territories before they can become states and have the right to vote.
What this all points out is that the Republican Party is losing ground in the real world. A Presidential Candidate on their side of the ticket says the “party doesn’t like ideas anymore”, but refuses to allow Washington, D.C. the vote because “it’s just more votes in the Democratic Party.”
What more can be said about the real reason behind those Voter ID Laws, or what most of us call “voter suppression laws”? A lot of people are asking about why there is so much hate going around the country. Why are so many people angry? If you need to ask, you are not paying attention to what is being said.
For the first time in years, the Republicans are admitting in the press that they have no ideas or policies to “sell” the American people. They even have one of their own saying the party doesn’t even like ideas. If you don’t have anything of substance to “sell” the American people, you try to “sell” hate and prejudice.
All of these anti-LGBT laws, voter suppression laws, building a wall, the Planned Parenthood witch-hunt, the anti-Muslim rhetoric are just a smoke screen. We keep hearing about them because the Republicans have nothing to offer. They have no new ideas to improve the lives of the average American.
So they turn to hate, fear, and prejudice. That is what the Republican Party has become. That is what happens when you let the inmates run the asylum. All of the lies we have been fed by Republicans about tax cuts creating jobs, their fight for “religious liberty”, their “love” for the Constitution are being shown to be the lies they are.
The media isn’t pointing all of this out. It is being pointed out by their own candidates. Their “status-quo” is being threatened by new ideas and new demographics. The only way they can keep power is to lie and spread fear and hate among their base.
They are telling us in their own words that if you are not a white, Christian male, you have no rights. If you even consider voting Democratic, you will have your votes suppressed. If you live in a territory and want to become a state, you must prove you will vote Republican before your territory will be considered for statehood.
If you are a member of the LGBT community you have no civil rights. If you are a woman you must obey what your “man” tells you to do. If you don’t have your own “man” the Republicans will be happy to tell you what to do. If you are African-American just shut up and be happy you aren’t still slaves. If you are a non-white Christian immigrant, “get out!”
In a nut shell, that is what the Republican Party’s national platform is all about. But, don’t take my word for it. Just listen to their own candidates. Those messages are coming through clearly and, for once, honestly.