In my past few blogs, I have been describing my views on politics from the prism of a RINO, a republican in name only. I have commited not to vote republican until one of their candidates has the courage to stand up to the far right, tea party conservatives when they spout their ugly rhetoric such as our President is a Muslim and not a U.S. citizen.
Another problem that I have with the tea party, republican conservatives is that they cannot say that they are for anything, when it pertains to the middle class. They are for reducing taxes especially for the rich and businesses; increasing defense spending; privatizing social security; passing religious freedom acts and anti abortion laws; denying climate change so they can do away with the EPA; fighting any adjustments to current gun laws to allow for universal background checks; fighting immigration laws; creating voting laws designed to limit the access of qualified constituents to the ballot box; fighting to repeal Obama Care and Medicaid expansion; fighting public unions and an increase in the minimum wage per hour, etc. Nothing that they are for is targeted towards helping the middle class. Their primary goal right now is to gang up together to bloody Hillary Clinton.
This time the advantage goes to the democrat, Hillary Clinton who states in her 4/12/15 presidential bid, roll out announcement, that her entire focus will be to do whatever she can to lift up, the American middle class who have been loosing ground for the past quarter century. She pledges to champion middle class causes. No one can effectively quibble with her credentials on both the international stage and the domestic front.
It is not as if enough republicans haven’t been warning their fellow party members that they need to have a message which portrays them as standing for something besides being anti whatever President Barack Obama wants, or in the upcoming election, being anti Hillary Clinton.
This is just one example of republicans being warned. The republican writer, James Poulos wrote a 2/5/13 piece for the Daily Caller asking the question, “What Are Republicans For?” He learned the hard way, from a personal experience that too many Americans do not echo the thinking of the far right, tea party conservatives. Just one year earlier, he had penned an article on modern feminism, “What are Women For?” He was channeling out loud, typical conservative, tea party thinking about this subject when he was inundated with an avalanche beyond measure of hate mail, to where he regretted having written this post.
Consequently, Mr. Poulos in 2013 was trying to suggest to fellow republicans that they may want to be for something versus falling into the trap of believing their echo chamber, that most Americans reflect their conservative convictions. Here are some excerpts from the 2/2013 piece:
“Smart, decent guys like renegade Republican Jon Huntsman make headlines when they say the GOP is “devoid of a soul.” But the real problem is thinking that an organization as dull and profane as a political party can have a soul at all. Parties are just collections of people, some of whom unfortunately let politics become an excuse to set aside their own soul, spirit, integrity, authenticity —whatever you want to call it.”
“Transforming the GOP means dealing with people as they authentically are. It means recognizing that Republicans aren’t for anything. There is no inherent purpose for the GOP at all—there’s only possibility.”
“And one possibility that Republicans can create, something they can bring to people who maybe aren’t Republicans (and thus, are probably unknown unknowns to most members of the GOP) is the possibility of a politics free from fear. Whether it’s drones, criminal justice, immigration, social issues, or the deficit, wherever you look, the rule of fear is there.”
“Rather than somehow “proving” that this fear is based on lies, Republicans ought to consider—and invite everyone to consider—that we can simply choose to live out the proposition that this isn’t true. Instead of bitterly lining up behind some fraudulent doctrine of antagonism, we can dare to meet each other as we are and begin thinking through political life accordingly.”
THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THE ADVANTAGE IF AMERICANS REGISTER AND SHOW UP AT THE BALLOT BOX.
Americans do have the power to overcome the big monies from special interests as I described in a previous blog, ” Thinking of a RINO, Part VII / Discussion of ALEC and Special Interests Influencing Republican Politics,” which I have footnoted below, if they register and vote in droves in the 2016 elections.
We cannot afford a repeat of 2015 Ferguson recent voter turnout as reflected in the 4/9/15 USA Today story, ” Ferguson voter turnout disheartening,” by Aamer Madhani.
He writes about what he observed in the early days of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., last August (2014), when voting rights advocates set up shop in the middle of the burned-down gas station that was at the epicenter of unrest following the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.
The following are some excerpts:
“On their fold-up card table, they posted a simple sign in red marker inviting the protesters to take this opportunity to make real change by registering to vote. “Your vote is your voice,” the sign beckoned.”
“I snapped a photo with my iPhone of a woman manning the table, which I shared with family and friends. She was a glimmer of hope at the start of several difficult months for Ferguson.”
“I got caught up talking to protesters that day and never had a chance to catch up with that lady. But as the months of protests unfolded, I occasionally looked at her photo.”
“This week, Ferguson took a big step forward. With the city’s first municipal election since Brown’s death, the city tripled the number of black members of its city council. For the first time in Ferguson history, half of the council members will be black.”
“About 30% of voters cast ballots, more than double the participation in the last two elections in Ferguson. Many of the voters who showed up on Tuesday braved rain to cast their ballots in what activists have hailed as a historic election.”
“But a closer consideration of the numbers should leave us depressed about the seeming lack of interest of our fellow Americans in participatory democracy.”
“In the Ward 3 race, which includes the area Brown was from and where many business were destroyed and looted in the unrest, only 19% of voters cast ballots. To be certain, participation was up dramatically in Brown’s home ward. In 2012, the last time there was a contested election in the ward, only 6 % – just 168 voters – bothered to cast ballots.”
“But after what Ferguson went through over the last eight months, an election in which less than a third participated seems like a hollow victory for democracy.”
“To be fair, my own city, Chicago, is hardly a stirring example.”
“In the Windy City, which on Tuesday held the city’s first-ever mayoral runoff, less than 40% of voters bothered to cast ballots. The depressing turnout comes as the city is grappling with $20 billion in unmet pension obligations and persistent violence.”
“In Ferguson, a coalition of protesters, a liberal political group and a labor union poured into the city in the final weeks to help get out the vote.”
“Only one out of their three preferred candidates won. But the coalition – which included activists from the Organization for Black Struggle, the Working Families Party and the Service Employees International Union Missouri/Kansas state council – said the effort was worthwhile, because it demonstrated that voting could help make the kind of change they want to see.”
“A couple of weeks before Ferguson’s election, unsuccessful Ward 1 candidate Doyle McClellan told me that when he knocked on doors, he would tell anyone who would listen that each person in his community could become a powerful voice by simply voting in three consecutive elections.”
“You vote in a municipal, a congressional and another municipal race, and the politicians will notice, and they will come looking for your vote and want to hear what you have to say,” he said.”
“McClellan makes a good point. Consistent voters are like gold, particularly in non-presidential years.”
“We have more power than we think.”