The other evening I saw a wonderful documentary on Hugh Romney aka Wavy Gravy,
and it got me to questioning as to why I harbor such an animosity against the Right-Wing of this country, and, since they are usually all Republicans, why I harbor such a deep dislike in general of the Republican Party. Firstly, let me say that I know now for certain that after being exposed to the way Wavy Gravy has lived his life of “protesting” for world peace and sanity that I am far from enlightened, and far from wise. Were I so, I would not have this abiding anger towards this political party.
I am a child of the 60’s. I grew up idolizing FDR and The New Deal. In that world, where all was far from perfect, government still managed by presidential and congressional action, to actually provide for the common good. Government was actually the guardian of the welfare of all its citizens, and government actually created jobs by the millions. I am an idealist, and, as the right-wing would label me, a bleeding Heart Liberal. I am proud to wear that union label. In my youth I had such high hopes for my country. I believed, as did my contemporaries, that peace in the world was an achievable dream, and that people, in this country at least, and perhaps in the whole world, could live in peace, free from want, from need, be educated, be productive…in short, I imagined what John Lennon imagined. In the 50’s, like others, I managed to not go to war in Korea, a war presided over by Democratic President Harry S, Truman I might add, realizing it was a part of the cold war’s trumped up “Domino Theory” and, as such, didn’t pass the smell test. It wasn’t my fight, and I believed that if the politicians thought that killing people in Korea was so important, they should strap on a rifle and go kill them themselves. It’s interesting to now see all the Korean products on our roads and shelves. In the 60’s I marched for peace, and was arrested in Washington D.C. during the May Day protest against the Viet Nam war, and was part of a class-action lawsuit brought against the government for false arrest – which we won. So yes, in many ways this is an amazing country. But that was then, and this is now. Now the country I love is much less amazing. Now my constitution has been violated by people who’ve no clue as to its real intentions, and instead use it to further their mean-spirited agendas. Not only has peace not been achieved, but we now fight three wars at once, and the current Republican desired and designed wars in the Middle East, and their terrible waste of people and treasure, are ludicrous in their transparent lust for hegemony and oil – even as Republicans thwart every effort at alternative energy sources. Also, as far as “terrorism” is concerned, I’ve always thought it a job for Interpol – not whole armies. But of course Dick Cheney, he of Halliburton stock profits, would strongly disagree.
The case for where we now find ourselves as a country can be made against the Republican Right vis-a-vis the accumulated product of the callous, mean spirited, greed inspired, Right-Wing Republican policies over the course of the last half-century. If you check the statistics of job creation by Administration over the last 40 yrs you’ll find that the most jobs were created in descending order, by Johnson, Carter, Clinton, and Kennedy, and the least amount of jobs were created by Nixon, Reagan, Bush I, and, worst of all, Bush II. This alone speaks volumes as to where the Republican bread is buttered. I know that there is enough in this world for everyone never to go hungry, or go without shelter, or medical attention, or an education. Nor is there any rational reason for someone who wants to work to go without a job because they are uneducated or untrained. I know this. No one can tell me otherwise. And yet there are people in this country who think that providing whatever training, or education, or help, there is to all of us is somehow against the “spirit” of laissez-faire Capitalism. Against the “spirit” of the free market because, being the pirates that they are, they see the world as a dog eat dog place, and these same people profess without the least trace of irony, or shame, or embarrassment, to be Christians. This is surely a joke. Please understand, I have no quarrel with wealthy people who are not greedy, who are philanthropists, generous and giving of their time and money as many are. My brief is against the wealthy and connected who can never have enough, and who use their power and position to the detriment of the public at large. Witness their current attack on our working class. Of course, the poor never enter into their metric at all. How these people can bear to see so many in this country go without and continue in their selfish pursuit of power and money above all other things is obscene, and, to me anyway, convincing evidence that they are the most worthless humans among us, and worthy of my abject contempt. Of course these same Right Wing “Christians” who decry Socialism as “dangerous” are not above receiving bail-outs from the Government i.e. Wall Street, and AIG. To the contrary, that form of Socialism – Socialism for the rich – is quite alright in their minds, but paying off people’s mortgages with that same money, or using that money to re-build our infra-structure, and in doing so provide jobs – that would be a kind of Socialism they never could abide to this day. They are the biggest of hypocrites whose only objective is to “game” our system, which laws they have rigged to make it easier for them to do so, in order to amass, and protect by any means necessary, including whole armies, that which they have gained in too many cases by immoral, illegal, or borderline illegal, means. These selfish criminals, who would go to the lengths of pre-emptively starting a war to protect their positions, and profit by this war as well, without the slightest twinge of conscience as to it’s bloody consequences, have managed through the years to turn Socialism into a dirty word. These people persist in their mad uncaring lust to amass more than they could ever need in four lifetimes, and not only amass, but take away from others less fortunate than they by continuing to thwart the chances of people who are in need. And children go hungry; families go without homes, without work, without an education, without hope, just…without. But wait, the Right-Wing does care…they care if gays get married, they care if workers can bargain collectively, and they care that women should not have the right to determine what to do with their own bodies, even in cases of incestuous rape. Of course, these are truly large concerns when placed in juxtaposition to silly things like jobs, homes, education, basic necessities, etc.
This morning’s news has just informed me that one of the richest, fattest Republican pigs, Newt Gingrich – the very name makes my skin crawl – a candidate for President of this country, has been quoted saying of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, “go get a job, after you take a bath.” This person, who, by the way, has a million dollar Tiffany charge account, has the sensitivity to say this to a nation whose unemployment number stands at 13.9 million people. Another prominent Republican, Tim Pawlenty has said “suffering is not only necessary, it is essential.” I would have to be forcibly brought to the table in order to ever sit down to dinner with people like this…and then, I could not be civil. As I said above, I am not enlightened enough to be nice to people of this ilk.
There are many reading this who will disagree with me, and that, of course, is their right. I am only trying to explain to you all why I hate the Republican Party with all my heart and soul.
P.S. As of this morning the super committee charged by President Obama with coming up with a plan to reduce the deficit is at an impasse over three major points. The Democrats are unwilling to seriously revamp Medicare and other health plans, and want extensions in unemployment benefits, and the Republicans insist on a deal that will extend the Grover Norquist Republican pledged Bush tax cuts for the wealthy (which repeal would automatically reduce the deficit by $3.9 trillion over the next ten years). Can you see the difference in priorities here?
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