I know that a lot of people may take exception to that question. I also know that the knee-jerk reaction is “what the hell is he talking about?” I hope both assumptions are correct, because it is time we have a real discussing about this issue.
I have been around for some time, and I have seen politicians come and go. I saw the Civil Rights fights that led to the Civil Rights Bill. I saw the conflicts that led to the Voting Rights Act. I was part of the anti-war protests over the Vietnam War in the sixties.
I watched George Wallace bring his bigotry to the national debate with his independent run for the Presidency. I watched as the old Dixiecrats all began to fade away the leave government either by retiring or dying. I served under five different presidents with varying views of civil rights. But, everyone of them loved America and American democracy in their own ways. Even Richard Nixon.
Things were getting better. Life was getting better for everyone. Americans were beginning to feel good about themselves again. Then, something happened and I cannot put my finger on exactly what that was. In my view it started with Ronald Reagan. It was Reagan who started coining the term “welfare queen”.
When Reagan was President, we had Iran Contra where his administration broke a real law by selling guns to Iran in order to raise money to fund the Contras in Central America which was breaking another law.
Several of Reagan’s people wound up in jail over the incident, but Reagan escaped untouched. Then after Bill Clinton was elected, things got real nasty. Clinton was actually impeached because he had sex with an intern in a consensual relationship. What was his “impeachable” offense? He lied about it, like every Republican who also got caught in affairs.
George W. Bush took us to war. I didn’t have a problem with the war in Afghanistan since that was where the terrorists who committed the atrocious act of 9/11 were. However, that wasn’t good enough for W. He wanted to take out Iraq too. As a result, it turns out he lied about getting us into the war. He said over and over that Iraq had weapons of “mass destruction” and that was the justification for his war.
After the war, we found out that he did lie to us because Iraq did not have any weapons of mass destruction. It was “proven beyond a reasonable doubt” that the President lied to the American people to start a war and kill hundreds of thousands of people.
The Republican Party began using lies as the only way to speak to the American People. In the past, they used to wrap it up in “patriotic” language. They would say things like “I am only dong what the American People want”. or, “That is what the American People elected us to do”.
And they proved all of this was a big lie too. When the Sandy Hook massacre took place, 70 percent of the American people wanted reasonable gun control laws. The one they most wanted was a universal background check law. The Republicans voted it down with “I am only doing what the American people want” lie.
We have started seeing more and more legal discrimination laws being passed, especially at the state level. Republican state after Republican state are passing anti-abortion laws, voter restriction laws, anti-LGBT laws, and anti-local rule laws.
They have been trying their best to masquerade these laws as “liberty defense” bills. For example, they claim that the anti-abortion laws are not intended for anything but “protecting woman’s health”. Bullshit, they are intended to make safe and legal abortions unlawful.
They tell us that we need Photo IDs in order to vote. Then they look at the types of photo IDs people have and the ones that are mostly used by non-whites or by the elderly or by young people, become not “authorized” as proper photo ids. Then just to make sure no one can get around this, they shut down the government services, like Driver’s Licenses offices is areas that are primarily minority. Making them drive or hitch a ride up to 250 miles to get the ID required to vote.
They pass laws they call “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” claiming that “Christians are being persecuted”. They claim these laws are necessary because Christians cannot act like Christians anymore and everyone is “picking on us”.
But when you look at the laws, you discover the only purpose of them is to allow people to legally discriminate against any minority they want under the guise of “religious belief”. They mainly targeted the LGBT community and tried to make it possible that a bakery could discriminate against a same-sex couple and not sell them a cake for their wedding.
Under this hateful behavior, they claim that if a baker must sell a cake to such people they would be “endorsing” the same-sex marriage. BULLSHIT! That is like saying that if you sell a cake to a member of the Chinese Embassy, you are endorsing Communism. Or if you sell a cake to a member of the Iranian Government visiting America, you are endorsing the Iranian political agenda.
The only reason for these RFRA laws is simply to allow “government sponsored discrimination” against minorities. Maybe they were only targeting the LGBT community, but every minority faces the same hate under these hateful laws.
Republicans claim they are the party that “wants government out of our lives”. They claim to be the “small government” party. Only their actions show otherwise. When it comes to ensuring their pet projects get to see the light of day, they are more than willing to let government tell you what to do.
During the ongoing fight over the ACA, Republicans say they want the government out of the way and not get in the way of you and your doctor. But, they are more than willing to tell doctors what they can and cannot do if a woman wants to talk about abortion or birth control.
Several Republican states passed laws “requiring” ultrasounds before an abortion could be performed. Not because they were necessary for the woman’s health, but because they showed the fetus and they hoped that would change people’s minds.
They pass laws, like in Utah the other day, that are very dangerous to women’s health and even their lives. They passed a law that says doctors “must inform women that after the first of two medications to perform an abortion is given, she can change her mind after the first medication was given and the abortion would be reversed”. That is absolute nonsense and very dangerous to the health of the woman.
They pass laws like HB2 here in North Carolina. This bill has several effects on our citizens. First it mandates who is female and who is male. It then says that you can only use a bathroom that matches the sex on your birth certificate. It also says that local governments, like the city of Charlotte, does not have the power to modify this law in any way.
It does not recognize the LGBT community as a protected group under the Civil Rights laws. It is still legal for a company to fire you simply because you are an LGBT person. No other reason, just because you are gay. But, Republicans say they are protecting “civil rights” of all of our citizens.
There is a push to reverse this horrible law, but the “compromise” they are announcing today is not very good and keeps in place the rule that local governments cannot pass their own laws or protecting LGBT from being fired just because they are gay. The only reason this repeal is even being considered is because the Republicans are afraid the NCAA will lock them out of hosting any part of the tournament through 2022. Since this law was passed by our Politburo the state has lost about $3.1 billion.
Republicans claim that women’s health care is very important to them. Yet, they have been on a mission to destroy women’s health issues in insurance. They have been making it difficult for women to get coverage for birth control in their “standard” health care coverage.
They have been going after Planned Parenthood for decades. They don’t like the idea that you can get an abortion at Planed Parenthood. So, they are lying to the American people telling them that Planned Parenthood is using federal dollars to perform those abortions. Only that is untrue and illegal.
They latched onto the phony “sting videos” that claim that Planned Parenthood was “selling body parts” of fetus tissue after an abortion to “make money”. The videos were proven to be heavily edited and fake. That didn’t stop Republicans. They insisted that Planed Parenthood be investigated. So, many states did just that.
Problem came up. After dozens of investigations, it was discovered the Planned Parenthood was not “selling baby parts” and they were doing absolutely nothing illegal. The thing was someone was doing something illegal. The people who made the videos.
In Texas, the City of Houston brought charges against them. Felony charges. Then just this week, California charged the makers of the video with 23 felony charges! So, Republicans demanded investigations, but now that the only crimes found were by the people who made the videos, they are mysteriously silent.
Still, in the Americans Without Health Care Act that crashed and burned last week, one of the biggest things and most loved part of the bill by Republicans was the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Again, Republicans say, “that is what Americans sent us to do”.
Only 70 percent of the American People do not want the government to defund Planed Parenthood. 7 in 10 people know that the services that Planed Parenthood offer are only offered by them. Poor women and poor working women get their health care from Planned Parenthood. Including cancer screenings, STD prevention and treatment, birth control, and a whole host of other services.
Did you know for example that unwanted pregnancies and abortions, especially among teenaged women and poor women are at their lowest in decades? Did you also know that these women get birth control form Planed Parenthood and if you remove those services, unwanted pregnancies will increase. How can you care about women’s health when you want to allow more unwanted pregnancies rather than fewer.
When you look at the whole picture, you have to wonder why today’s Republicans hate America and American democracy so much? What indoctrination did they go through in order to become so anti-American?
In 2016, it was shown that Russia interfered in our elections. But, even with this very serious problem, Republicans don’t seem too interested in getting to the bottom of the problem. They are definitely putting party ahead of country. Why?
Well if you are a conservative, you claim they are following “conservative principles”. But, Ayn Rand had no “conservative principles” she only had selfish principles and Ryan is a huge follower if her principles.
If you are a Conservative Christian you will claim they are “protecting” Christian values. I don’t know any true “Christians” who believe we should abandon the weak and the poor and the sick. So there are no Christian values in their laws. Only hate.
If you are a “small government” Republican you will claim they are trying to get government off of our backs and let us live in freedom. Only,the laws they are passing have nothing to do with individual freedom. They onely increase discrimination on minorities and favor corporate profits.
These factions of the Republican party are kidding themselves. Today’s Republican Party is interested in power, and not for the People of America. They are interested in their power, and mostly in the power of the American Corporations. They want an Oligarchy.
That is why it is so easy for them to lie and lie and lie. It is the reason they won’t answer a direct question with a direct answer. Our current Republican beloved leader claimed he would work for “the average American”. But, so far, he has only worked for corporations and the Republicans love him for it.
Today’s Republican Party is interested in destroying our democracy. They are interested in removing civil rights for the people. They are interested in destroying the middle-class because they are a threat to the oligarchs.
Today’s Republican Party is more enthralled with the way Putin runs Russia than in keeping our country a free country under a great Constitution. They see the Russian Oligarchs getting richer and richer at the detriment of every other Russian, and that is what today’s Republicans want in America.
Somewhere along the path of our nation, the Republican lost their way. Somehow they emerged out of a forest, and we discovered they were a lot more greedy and power-hungry than before. Hate, greed, and discrimination are the Party’s mantra and their religious creed.
Are these the reasons why today’s Republican party hates America and American Democracy so much? Are they the reasons this Republican Party has passed more intrusive laws against average Americans than any other party in our history? You don’t do that if you love you country.
And, the shirts keep marching along.