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Posted by Overseas in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jun 24th 2010, 07:15 PM
The GOP has been taken over by multinational monsters with billion dollar marketing budgets. These are not those Republicans of yore who believed government could do some things very well. These are the cruel people who just spent 8 years trying to prove that government was bad. They appointed their campaign pals to emergency management. Graduates of Liberty University to the DOJ, wasnít it? They pushed our military machine into overdrive, and crushed any remaining traces of ethics in our national security operations.

The party that declared itself on the side of the little business owner when it was convenient, has gone way over to the multinationals, the fossil fuel and chemical giants. They held private meetings with oil industry executives to plan the extraction of global resources in secret.

We need a clean break. I'm suggesting abandoning the 1990's "3rd Way" and going for the 5th Way-- the 21st Century bipartisanship.

Republicans used to be concerned about efficient, effective, good government. They knew a regulatory framework protected shared national resources like our air and water. So we will be bipartisan with those Republicans.

Republicans used to be concerned about our Bill of Rights. So we will be bipartisan with those Republicans and restore habeas corpus quickly.

Republicans used to be concerned about fiscal responsibility, but haven't demonstrated that through their actions since Reagan. So we will be bipartisan with Ike and begin to de-privatize our military services.


Millions voted for President Obama, including many Republicans who no longer recognized their party. They did not vote for us to humor those monsters, they meant for us to divorce them. To free the country from our national nightmare.

We need some Truth & Reconciliation very badly. How dare those Republicans even take 5 minutes to slam President Obama when it is their rampant deregulation that has caused this mess?

We all know that these are not the Republicans of yore-- they are mean destructive Trickle Downers, still promising that if we let the rich keep sucking up our money, some of it will trickle on down back to us. But itís been off-shored to the Cayman Islands for decades already.

These are not sensible, accountable Republicans. This is the Modern GOP which cannot be reasoned with. And some of the old guys, supposed to be iconic, have sunk into the bad-government mode and can no longer be trusted to protect our people. I don't want to see Alan Simpson's face anymore. Newt is an ugly old story. They would prefer that rich guys get to choose among the suffering masses and decide who is worthy of their beneficence. They want to privatize every inch of government-- to outsource it to private contractors who will skim their quarterly profits off the top and then hold charity balls to benefit the needy.

Those are not sensible, accountable Republicans. Privatization has wasted billions of dollars so far. Our military, doing jobs in house, used to concurrently provide marketable job training to its troops-- cooking for 300 people; doing the plumbing on base; fixing electrical wiring, for life after the service. Now we outsource that useful work to multinationals that skim a hefty profit off the top, electroshock our troops in the showers, and serve them moldy food. That is not a ďwin-winĒ situation.

Both parties told us what they wanted to think-- "the private sector can do better," but it hasn't, so we really need to change course and restore some good government to our country. Millions of us knew that and voted for President Obama to lead us there. We knew Modern Republican Values had driven our country off some very steep economic, ecological and ethical cliffs, so we wanted major change.

Modern Republicans for 30 years have tried to prove that government is a bad thing. Reagan scoffed at the phrase "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." But it means something different when government is The Clean Water Act, and industry has to be careful building their new plant down the street from you. It means something different when a second blowout preventer is mandatory for all ocean drilling.

We really need to acknowledge, though, how widespread the Bush Gang's incompetence-planting has been. Cheeneey's leave-behinds include the relaxed regulations for Big Oil that let BP, Brazen Polluter, have its way with drilling miles deep without extra safety precautions in place.

That's why I longed for a clear time-out from those destructive Republicans who were hell bent on zooming ahead with brutal warfare and reckless fossil fuel grabbing and wasting. Most US citizens knew it was time to stop and reassess. That would be the most practical approach to where the Bush Gang had led us all. The majority of us are interested in far more than quarterly profits. We want to proceed into the future with much more care and hoped we could do that with President Obama and the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

When can we please stop pretending the Modern GOP hasnít forfeited its right to govern, with all the havoc it wreaked in its 8 years?



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