Sunday, September 02, 2012

Republicans Are Unfit To Lead (OpEd)

Taken from Addicting Info under Creative Commons License

By Terrence    August 27, 2012

A professional politician is a professionally dishonorable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker [sic: prostitute].” —H.L. Mencken

Back in the good ole days, ‘political silly season’ typically ran from early summer until the first week of October of election years. Silly season was that time when candidates for office ran afoul of their message, producing gaffes that their opponents would use against them. But since the beginning of the Republican jihad… intifada… call it what you will, silly season has lasted all year long, every year. And the pronouncements by many of these candidates and office holders have gone from mere gaffes to something far more telling about them; that they are unfit to lead!

Take, for instance, Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee and candidate for the second highest seat in land; the Republican Party views Ryan as their academic overachiever, their source for wisdom to lead this nation. Ryan’s source for his budget proposal and monetary policy came from Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ a fantasy novel, a fiction. And that budget Ryan is pushing centering on draconian cuts in Medicaid, food stamps and other programs that aid the needy would actually increase the deficit.

And then there’s Todd Akin; Akin currently sits on the House Science Committee. Todd Akin’s view that “raped women cannot conceive” comes from the 13th century, an English legal tome called Fleta, asserting pregnancy was “prima facie” proof sex was consensual. There is absolutely no science related to his view, and a high school biology course would have taught him his opinion was errant. Not to mention, does this not strike you as something that would come from al Qaeda or the Taliban?

And this isn’t just on the national level, Reuters reports a Republican candidate for county sheriff in New Hampshire, Frank Szabo, backed down from a suggestion he would use “deadly force” to stop doctors from performing abortions, saying he “let his imagination get out of control.” In Lubbock, Texas, Republican Tom Head, a judge for which minorities may have a valid appeal against their convictions due to his racism, called for raising taxes warning of ‘Civil War, Maybe’ if President Obama wins. According to Carol Morgan, blogging on the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal website, “The extreme right wing of the Republican Party; the Eagle Forum and John Birch Society members, are poisoning what used to be a group of solid citizens just a few years ago. It’s like a scene from an old movie, ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers.’

These are only some of the most recent examples of “people rising to their highest level of incompetence” in government. They bring to mind George Orwell’s “In our time [sic: 1948 Britain] political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.” And considering who are receiving these house committee assignments, using economic-political connections instead of any merit, truly demonstrates just how corrupt much of our government has become.

Benjamin Franklin wrote: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Republicans are redefining corrupt and vicious, in red state after red state, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is disenfranchising 5 million voters (see ‘Voter ID laws: the Republican ruse to disenfranchise 5 million Americans‘), 3 percent of Democratic voters… and they are, by significant margins, Democratic voters, across the nation.

And while this circus is going on, Republicans are pursuing their end-game: enacting and making real Ayn Rand’s fantasy world. Paul Ryan, himself, voted to give Big Oil billions in taxpayer-funded handouts just one week after agreeing in a town hall meeting in Waterford, Wisconsin about the need to end subsidies to oil companies. Why would Ryan pull such a flip-flop? Because Ryan and his family are making thousands of dollars from oil companies that lease their land. So you might say that Ryan wants to place himself on the public dole in the stead of thousands of starving children.

Well it’s time to grow up. Here is an analogy to make it simple, some folk are unfit to leave the farm. Their rightful place in this world is behind a plow (humor: if not in front of it). For the world is simply too complex a place for them to wrap their feeble, little minds around it. And since ‘Newt and the boys’ purge of common sense from the Republican Party, one is very hard-pressed to find a single Republican up to that task, especially when they live within a delirium based upon a fantasy.

So let us start demanding some justice, justice against the perpetrators of the civil rights abuses from ALEC, justice against office holders corrupting our government for the benefit of the one percent, justice against the one percent financing the corruption of our government, and let us demand accountability!

D.H. Lawrence wrote: “Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves.” Let us not bequeath to our children and grandchildren slavery.