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The Poison of Being Republican

It isn’t really all that hard anymore to show how Republican candidates are awful people.  The tragedy of this is that it making the actually moderate Republican voters lose faith in their party.  But if one wants to examine this issue in a serious way, it really doesn’t take more than looking beyond Rush Limbaugh.  His comments about Sandra Fluke made the front page.  45 advertisers and counting have backed away from his show, not wanting their brands to be forever tarnished by him.  Given this, one would naturally conclude that he would back off a little, be more careful.

But this isn’t a perfect world.  In this world, Limbaugh comes back from making incredibly sexist comments, by making more incredibly sexist comments.  He talked in his latest show about the author, Tracie McMillan.  Apparently, according to him –

“What is it with all of these young single white women, overeducated — doesn’t mean intelligent.”

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Limbaugh doesn’t like women.  That much is clear beyond a doubt.  He didn’t argue with McMillan’s work on its merits, he simply dismissed it because she is a woman.  This man is a sexist.  And his audience is sexist too.  There are women who call into his show, hopping on that bandwagon, but the number is very small.  The fact is that the bulk of his audience is men who are just as hateful of women as he is.  This, of course, leads to the modern problem of the Republican Party – it’s poison to everyone who is a part of it.

Take a look at the presidential campaigns of the Republican candidates and its easy to see what’s wrong – nobody likes ANY of these guys running for the oval office.  The primary voting numbers are beyond dismal.  It’s to the point where Republican candidates are showing up in states are aren’t able to come close to filling up a room for them to speak at.

And it makes perfect sense.  People like Rick Santorum, who wants to get rid of all pornography, all abortion, and all birth control.  Over 90% of women in this country use birth control, either for the sexual aspect, or for the health effects it can have on things like ovarian cysts.  Santorum wants to throw away any and all chance of them being able to get help.

Next up, there’s Newt Gingrich.  It isn’t hard to see why Gingrich isn’t popular.  He’s scum, and the Republican voters know it.  He cheated on and subsequently left one wife while she was dying.  He then ditched that one later.  He is a horrible person.  The voters know it, and they have no interest in him.

Ron Paul still have a very large cult following, but because he doesn’t go for the Republican establishment’s side of things, he is never going to get the nomination.  He talks about issues I don’t agree with, but at least he is consistent, which is something that the one who is looking to be the front runner isn’t.

Mitt Romney, what can you say?  Oh, right – he’s a flip-flopping, pure politics Republican.  He will say anything to get elected.  He tries to come off conservative, but the hardcore conservatives see right through that.  He will try to be moderate, but the moderates just don’t care.  They don’t like this guy, and it shows.

The fact is that it is becoming poisonous to be Republican right now.  The female vote has jumped ship, once and for all (pretty much).  Minorities are barely involved with them, because they have clearly been against them.  The LGBTQ community knows that they are not their friends (though neither are the Democrats, which leaves them high and dry on all sides).  The Republican base now is almost entirely made up of middle-aged and elderly white men.  This isn’t a good number to work with, and it is showing in the polls how little it is helping them.

To put it into context how little faith people have in the Republican Party – Joe Miller, from my state of Alaska.  He ran the most hardcore-conservative race that I have seen in this state (in my lifetime).  He lost to Lisa Murkowski because the Republican voters didn’t find him palatable, and a lot of Democrats that I know voted for her because Scott McAdams was a nobody, and they knew it.  Republicans don’t like these people, because they aren’t moderate.  The Tea Party got rid of their moderates, and now, it is becoming a battle of values, not issues.  That’s not what voters want to hear right now.

So, Limbaugh isn’t that big of a surprise.  He is just a symptom of the overall illness within America’s conservative movement – it’s dying.  The people who make up its base are dying or getting too old to care.  Women aren’t on board.  Minorities are scarcely on board.  The LGBTQ community hates their guts.  It’s poisonous to be a Republican right now.

Peace out,

Lefty

Partisanship has Always Been Around

So, I got the most recent edition of the paper when I returned to UAA to resign my contract for the next year.  Annoying, but whatever.  I got to read an article written by a very articulate and very passionate writer at The Northern Light named Brett Frazer.  He wrote a very good article, but I will admit that I do disagee with parts of what he says.

His article talks about partisanship in this country, and how it is a very big problem that people are not devoting enough time to thinking about and not realizing what a dangerous issue it actually is.  I don’t disagree with his conclusion, just some main points.  And since I’m always looking for a new concept for my professional blog, I thought I would address that.  Here is giving a shout out to Brett Frazer, for giving me today’s blog idea.

In any case, partisan warfare has always been around, in my opinion.  The only real difference between then and now is that back in the day, they didn’t have the platform that we have in this country today.  A YouTuber by the name of Pat Condell made an assertion that the “9/11 Mosque” (the worst moniker that I have heard in a long time) divided America like nothing ever has.  But he missed it too.

The fact is that partisan battles have been going on in this country since we have had a country.  We call it partisanship, but truly it’s just different ways of thinking.  Even back when America had only one partly, the liberal and conservative way of thinking often clashed.  They clash because it is in their nature.

Frazer quoted Jon Stewart in his article, and rightly so, but there is another quote by Stewart that I think works much better to describe the modern atmosphere of politics in this country.

The embarassment is that I’m given credibility in this world because of the disappointment the public has in what the news media does.”

Stewart argued on Chris Wallace’s show on Fox Sunday that the “liberal media” that Fox so unabashedly attacks is not some huge liberal counterweight to their massively overwhelming conservative and Republican bias.  They are more sensationalistic and somewhat lazy.  He also pointed out when Wallace said that Fox viewers are happy to be getting “the other side of the story” that studies consistently show that Fox viewers are consistently misinformed.

But he is right, none of the 24-hour news networks are innocent in it all.  Personally, I get my straight news from PBS and BBC.  But I like the political commentary of Rachell Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Keith Olbermann.  I don’t like Ed Schultz all that much.  His mannerisms are way too much like a liberal Rush Limbaugh.

However, partisanship in this country is definitely not a new thing.  Back in the days before the Civil War the partisan lines were pretty clear.  Frazer quotes George W. Bush from 1992 for bringing about the huge partisan movement in this country on the premise of a kind of holy war.  While he did start something pretty major, the fact is that part of what we are seeing today is brilliant political manuevering by the conservative elements in this country.

My good friend, John Aronno, had a thought about modern politics.  It used to be in the 90’s that the Democrats and liberal and progressive elements of this country could talk about the real issues, like legalizing pot, gay marriage, getting rid of DADT (we finally got to that, but there was a gap), all sorts of things, and it was accepted.  There was real debate.  However, the modern political landscape has been for at least the last nine or ten years that the conservatives go further and further to the right and get increasingly more crazy with their ideas, keeping the liberal and progressive and even the moderate elements from not even bringing anything to the debate table.  They are kept too busy trying to stop the insanity that they can’t do anything for the issues that actually matter.

I don’t think some of what has happened with modern politics is all partisanship in the way Frazer does.  I think that partisanship has evolved into a game of chess.  I am absolutely with Frazer when I say that it shouldn’t be a chess board with pieces on one side and the other, but the fact is that this is what it has become.

But more than that, the entire system is crooked, from top to bottom.  One of the key things that Obama said during the campaign was how the problems that sunk our economy couldn’t be fixed by keeping things the same.  And now he has two of the guys who got us into this mess in the first place as his chief economic advisors.  Economic Reform was a joke.  Elizabeth Warren was put (sort of) in charge of yet another toothless government agency.

The partisanship in this country is a problem, but it is a problem that has always been around, and will continue to be around.  The biggest problem, in my opinion, is that the entire system is built around this government really working for the lobby groups, and the American people not choosing to stand up and get involved because they are so apathetic because of seeing how unpleasant modern politics is.

Another good quote from John –

The reason voting doesn’t work is because nobody does it.”

Peace out,

Eli

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