Rewarding Bad Behavior – top reasons for not voting Republican
If you are fed up with Washington and plan to vote Republican in 2010, think again.
The tea party movement showed its true colors on the weekend of February 6, 2010. Former Republican Congressman, Tom Tancredo, who cannot even tolerate legal immigration to the US, called for a civic literacy test before an American citizen can vote, similar to the laws that were used to prevent blacks from voting in the south as late as the 1960’s. Of course, he was cheered for this, which caused Megan McCain to say that this was “innate racism”. Too bad her father, who courageously suffered torture for 5 years as a prisoner of war, does not have the courage to admonish this demagoguery. Once again, no principled Republican officer holder, much less the chairmen of the RNC have the courage to take this group to task, because they are energized with hate, fear and ignorance, and may come out in droves to vote for Republicans. This is the first reason not to vote Republican. They are embracing a misguided vocal minority who would take us backwards to a mythical time that never existed, when there were supposedly only white people. Just like when Republican Senator Margaret Chase Smith admonished Senator Joe McCarthy for his communist witch hunt, today’s Republican leaders should admonish hate and fearful rhetoric, as a matter of principle.
It is now clear, that whatever legitimate complaints exist in the tea party movement, it is tainted with racism. We are not one America, and as Nancy Pelosi’s daughter concluded from a documentary she made about the far right, bringing Americans together is a much taller order, then a message of hope could bridge. With histrionic cries from some tea party participants saying “I want my country back”, the real cry was for a great white hope to unseat a President, whose very existence is intolerable to them. These folks have existed for a long time in our nation, and people like Sarah Palin escalated their fears to a point where even John McCain had to assure one crowd, to their frustration, that Obama was a decent man. But, it was too late. The gasoline had already been thrown on the fire, with a negative campaign that tried to scare people from voting for Obama. The only people they scared were those already fueled with ignorance and fear that ignited into hate. Sarah energized them alright. She escalated their irrational fears for political gain, and so she continues.
And after the election, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News kept the fire going with accusations of socialism, fascism, Hitler moustaches painted on Obama, all in the name of taking their country back from the tyranny of affordable health care for most of our citizens. It was clear that corporate funded political organizations were also fueling the flames of ignorance and fear by mischaracterizing proposed health care legislation, in order to energize this vocal misguided minority.
Then, there was the myth of a filibuster proof majority that never really existed, because of several Republicrats who caucus with Democrats, but at least threaten to vote with
Republicans to filibuster something a majority of Americans voted for and wanted,affordable health care for all, just like most developed capitalist countries have.
This leads to the second reason not to vote for Republicans, obstructionism. Republicans in 60 votes to pass any bill. It has brought government to a standstill. Several bills
passed by the House await action by the Senate. The Senate is also responsible forconfirming Presidential appointments. One appointee was held up for 9 months, and
when the final vote was taken, that individual was confirmed with 96 votes. One Senator from Alabama put a hold on over 70 Presidential appointees, because he
wanted a defense contract to go to a business from a foreign country that has a plant in his state. In other words, he was holding up these appointments for pork, an ear mark,
the kind of stuff John McCain campaigned against. Republicans in the Senate have held up bills with lots of procedures, and then turn around and vote for them.
Republicans have called for certain measures, and when the President endorses them,they vote against it.
As Rachel Maddow said on her show on February 9, 2010, policy is nothing,politics is everything. She provided a litany of Republicans who spoke against the
stimulus bill and voted against it, then proceeded to take credit for the money going to their state or district. Anything to make the President and Democrats look bad, like
they can’t govern. They are not interested in accomplishing anything, they only want to win elections. Republicans are good at messaging and winning elections, they just
can’t govern, partly because they think government is the problem, so why should it work.
This leads to the third reason not to vote for Republicans. They are in bed with wealthy corporate interests. They are on the side of these corporations and not on the side of
people who vote them into office. They are standing in the way of consumer protection against predator lenders and they oppose regulation of the banking industry that
brought our country to its financial knees. They oppose making the banks pay back tax payer money given to them to bail them out of their misbehavior. They side with the
health insurance companies and their excessive profits. They side with the fossil fuel industry against the need to address pollution and climate change. They were for cap
and trade emission controls before they were against it, the difference being that Obama was for it, so naturally, they now have to oppose it. You can’t fault them for
that. Or, can you?
If you are sick of government inaction, the Republicans are preventing government from working. If you are worried about the deficits and debt, remember it was Vice President
Cheney who said “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”. They don’t matter in terms of winning elections. They only matter when Democrats are in power.
If you are worried about your freedom, remember it was President Bush that believed in the unitary (or absolute) power of the Executive branch. It was Republicans who
pushed the Patriot Acts through Congress without time to read them. It was the Republicans in the Supreme Court that gave corporations the same rights as
individuals, thus allowing them to engage in unlimited spending on campaigns. They can spend as much as they want to defeat or elect someone, depending on how
much that candidate supports their interests.
Republicans have embraced a politics of fear, saying only they can keep you safe from terrorists, by shredding our bill of rights and starting unnecessary wars. Only they
can balance the budget, by taking away your entitlements. And if you still think things will be better with more Republicans in Washington DC, remember the pay to play
schemes of Tom Delay or Hastert’s pronouncement that we should not rebuild New Orleans after Katrina. Remember how well the Bush Administration addressed
that disaster. If you vote for Republicans, you are rewarding bad behavior. No matterhow frustrated you are about the debt, the deficits, government spending and
government in general, remember the sharp increase in the deficit came about because of a near depression brought about by the deregulation policies primarily championed
by Republicans, tax cuts that primarily help the wealthy, two wars, one of which was not necessary and believing that deficits don’t matter, unless you are a Democrat in power.
Then, all of a sudden, they are very important.
Posted by pencandle
at 7:16 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 7:30 AM EST