Posts Tagged ‘Republican Party’

Bill Maher nails it:

People talk a lot about third political party in America. We don’t need a third party, we need a first party. You go to the polls, and your choices are the guy who voted for the first Wall Street bailout or the guy who voted for the next ten. This week we’re hearing that a public option for healthcare is unlikely, because it doesn’t have the support of enough Democrats. Even Ted Kennedy’s plan — Ted Kennedy, yeah — leaves 37 million uninsured. This is because we don’t have a left and a right party in this country anymore; we have a center-right party and a crazy party. And over the last thirty-odd years Democrats have moved to the right and the right has moved into a mental hospital.

So what we have is one perfectly good party for hedge fund managers, credit card companies, banks, defense contractors, big agriculture, and the pharmaceutical lobby. That’s the Democrats. And they sit across the aisle from a small group of religious lunatics, flat-earthers, and Civil War re-enactors, who mostly communicate by AM radio and call themselves the Republicans, and who actually worry that Obama is a socialist.

Socialist? He’s not even a liberal. I know he’s not, because he’s on TV and while I see Democrats on television, I don’t see actual liberals. And if occasionally you do get to hear Ralph Nader or Noam Chomsky or Dennis Kucinich, they’re treated like buffoons. Okay, these are not three of the world’s most charismatic men, but then, nobody’s going to confuse Newt Gingrich for Zac Efron, and I have to look at his fat face on TV more often than that Free Credit Report song.

Shouldn’t there be one party that unambiguously supports cutting the military budget? A party that is straight-up in favor of gun control, gay marriage, higher taxes on the rich, universal healthcare, legalizing pot, and steep direct taxing of polluters? These aren’t radical ideas. A majority of Americans are either already for them, or would be if they were properly argued and defended. And what we need is an actual progressive party to represent the millions of Americans who aren’t being served by the Democrats. Because bottom line: Democrats are the new Republicans.


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I’m sorry I haven’t posted for several days. We’ve reached the point in the election cycle where I am obsessively reading and watching the news — so obsessively that I can hardly even comment on it. My better half would like to invite our Republican friend over, but I don’t dare to chance it; there will be an ugly argument. (Yes, we have a Republican friend, and yes, just one. One is plenty. I’m not even sure how that happened.)

This election is compelling for what’s at stake. We can continue and accelerate the decline and fall of our country — so ably furthered by the Republican Party — by electing their candidates, or we can slow, and possibly even arrest that decline and fall by firmly rejecting that party.

It’s all the more compelling because of the wreck that is the Republican Party. The party that once gave us Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has now become, proudly and perhaps irreversibly, the party of the stupid, the deluded, and the mean. The party now hardly even cares about its nominal lead candidate, a ridiculous old man strutting and stumbling, who squawks and smirks on the sidelines of a campaign that is no longer his own, a campaign that has become an unembarrassed celebration of mediocrity.

The old man clings desperately to his unfortunate choice of a running mate, beloved by the Republican base for the fact that she’s as dumb as they are, as lacking in experience, knowledge and good sense as anybody they know. The old man casts about blindly, groping for the support of a fake plumber who is now the most celebrated member of his party — far more celebrated than the old man himself.

The small-town governor openly eyes the presidency, the sooner the better, and the fake plumber has hired a publicist and is thinking about running for office, but the basest of the Rethug base can hardly contain their excitement, because here are folks who — whatever newfound money and influence they may command — are quite plainly just folks. Here are folks who raise mediocrity to an art form, and the Republican masses, who admire nothing more than ignorance, are squirming with delight.

Whoever wins or loses on Tuesday, this is a troubing spectacle. After eight years of unmitigated disaster and uninterrupted looting and abuse by the Republican Party, a substantial number of Americans stand ready, and even eager, to send this sideshow to govern our country. It’s a sight that should give every intelligent American sober pause.

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Ready on Day OneIt’s one of Sarah Palin’s favorite lines: “I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere.” It’s also a barefaced lie.

Palin has repeatedly touted her supposed refusal of federal funding for the Gravina Island Bridge, a proposed bridge her running mate has famously criticized as a “bridge to nowhere.” Sarah Palin is lying.

She supported the bridge.

Congress never did pony up the full $400 million or so the bridge would have cost, so Sarah never had the opportunity to refuse the funding.

After Hurricane Katrina, it was suggested that the federal money allocated for the bridge be diverted to hurricane relief. Alaska’s Republican Senator Ted Stevens said, hell no. Congress ended up giving Alaska the bridge money anyway, but removing the stipulation that it had to be spent on the bridge.

As the bridge became a political liability, Palin dropped her support for it. She continued with the building of a $26 million road to where the bridge would have been, though — the “road to nowhere.” And she kept the federal money originally intended for the bridge.

The strange thing is, every legitimate news outlet in the United States has reported all this. Everybody who has the slightest interest in knowing the truth about it, knows that Sarah Palin is lying. Even the nation’s leading FakeNews outlet has felt compelled to report on the “controversy.” Still the McCain-Palin campaign keeps telling the same lies about the bridge. It’s remarkable.

They’re lying. You know they’re lying. They know you know. They don’t care.

The McCain-Palin campaign is openly trying to appeal to (a) the people who are too oblivious to realize they’re lying and (b) the people who just don’t give a damn that they’re lying. The Republican Party has officially become the party of the uninformed and the amoral. They are willing to bet that there are enough stupid and unethical voters in the United States — not coincidentally, the very sort of people who identify with Sarah Palin — to sweep McCain into a morally and intellectually (and, at this rate, fiscally) bankrupt administration. Palin was actually under investigation when they picked her, and they don’t care. They’ve openly announced that they plan to obstruct the investigation until after the election. That’s how sure they are that you don’t care, either.

The sad thing is, they seem to have a point. About 40% of Americans look at Sarah Palin and like what they see. The Republican base loves her. A shocking number of Americans look at this lying, vindictive, superstitious and probably criminal woman and think, that’s what America looks like — or ought to.

Somebody told me many years ago that every country gets the government it deserves. I believe it. I still think American deserves a hell of a lot better than McCain-Palin. We’ll find out soon enough.

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