This is an update of a previous blog. As a registered moderate republican, I have committed to NOT vote republican until one of their candidates demonstrates the courage to stand up to the far right, tea party conservatives when they spout their racist rhetoric such as our President is a Muslim and not a U.S. citizen.
Another problem that I have with the tea party, far right, republican conservatives is that they cannot say that they are for anything, especially when it pertains to the middle class. They are for reducing taxes mostly for the rich and businesses; increasing defense spending; privatizing social security; passing religious freedom acts and anti abortion laws; shutting down Planned Parenthood; portraying the “Black Lives Matter” as a hate group; denying the science of climate change so they can do away with the EPA at the bidding of special interests; fighting any adjustments to current gun laws to allow for universal background checks; fighting immigration laws; limiting the access of qualified constituents to the ballot box by legislating creative voting rights’ laws; voting and arguing against the 2015 Iran Nuclear deal; fighting to repeal Obama Care and Medicaid expansion; fighting public unions and an increase in the minimum wage per hour; muddying the reputations of any democrat in the highest office, by any possible means , 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. This is true in spite of her current email controversy for having used her personal computer and server for government work while she was the U.S. Secretary of State which was counter to government regulations.
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.
The following is just one example of republicans being warned by some in their ranks that they ought to promote a message that is for something. 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.”
This includes Donald Trump, the current republican, presidential candidate who is leading in all the polls. Although, his campaign slogan is about “Making America Great Again,” his rhetoric is mostly about being against undocumented immigrants and anyone who is critical or against his candidacy.
“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.”
I have just spent time on Google searching for any current republican party’s positive message designed to lift up the middle class which has been lagging behind in every economic measurement for over 30 years. Besides Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make American Great, Again,” I could find nothing!