Well the primaries are almost over and it would appear that at least in Republican circles the Tea Baggers made some headway. In Arizona, John McCain won, but in doing so he shunned everything he believed in to pander to their immigrant bashing, Muslim hating, and government distain. In Alaska, Senator Murkowski who is no friend of progressivism, may be unseated by a candidate that is even further to the Right, and this in a state where one-third of all income comes from federal dollars. In Florida, the billionaire “outsider” won. So it is quite possible that the party of NO will become the party of hell no.
As the New York Times pointed out, much of this support “has been churned up by playing on some people’s fears of Hispanics and Muslims, by painting the president as a dangerous radical, by distorting the truth about the causes of the recession. Far too many Republican leaders have eagerly fed that destructive anger.” So one has to step back and imagine what a Congress would look like if we actually put these fruitloops in the House and Senate.
Let’s start with smaller government. Well, some think unemployment insurance is unAmerican. Others think Social Security is unnecessary. And let’s return schools to total local control so we can teach Adam and Eve again. Science classes would have to be carefully screened so that anything conflicting with the Bible could be stricken from the curriculum. We need a big fence down South and we will find the billions necessary by ???? We will round up all 20 million or so illegals and put them where? What about their kids? Just push them all across the border? Certainly we need to change the 14th Amendment so that anybody’s true citizenship can be questioned. Are you white and Christian? And by the way, the Bill of Rights should be subject to popular vote. No more of those activist judges.
The EPA does nothing but interfere with property rights so back to the good old days of doing what you want on your property. Those pesky regulations just hinder business so let’s reduce the FDA inspections and SEC interference with the banking industry. By all means, let’s dismantle Obama care since once the insurance companies are free to compete, things will get better for all of us. After all, they have our best interests at heart. And lets not forget how the government interceded with education loans and took it away from banks and their hefty fees. Let’s restore banks to their rightful role of making large profits on the backs of our kids. And by all means, let’s cut taxes so the rich can get richer and we can pay off our deficit?
Not a pretty picture and would take a country that is down on one knee, to face down in the gutter. Sadly the party of Lincoln has become the Party of neofacists. I am not kidding. With their pandering to these nutcakes, they are encouraging hate. A man in New York got into a Taxi yesterday, asked if the cab driver was Muslim, and then stabbed him (NYT). A good white boy defending his country. Another fruitcake in Florida is going to have an event where they burn the Koran (NYT). And of course in Arizona we have a law where if you look different, then you need to produce your citizenship papers. This is not the America I know and it is becoming down right scary. Following the lead of the Republican Party we are becoming a mob. I, quite frankly, can not understand how a person today can say they are Republican when their party is fomenting this evil. And if you don’t believe they are fomenting this evil, then you are in serious denial.
But the most fundamental evil is that it is all miss-direction. While all these anarchists (that is what the Tea Party is) are foaming at the mouth, the Republican Party continues to serve its masters, big business., because everything these Tea Partiers want serves to reduce the impact of government on big corporations. So if they are successful, they may rue what they wished for. Where once they were citizens of a government they could vote out of office, they will now be victims of large corporations who serves at the pleasure of their stockholders. Be careful what you wish for. You are simply a tool of the real oppressors.