Hot Corner: A dangerous planWritten by Don Burnard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems the Republican Party has recently become the home of every outrageous, irrational and irresponsible thought process that can (im)possibly be thought of. The so-called conservative party in this country has become the repository of candidates who have the thought processes that even 10 years ago would have been dismissed as bordering on lunatic fringe ravings. Today, they pass as reasonable discourse to many of our citizens who have gone over the edge since the Bush house of cards came tumbling down, taking the national economy with it.
In their zeal to return to power, the GOP has adopted a dangerous plan of total obstruction, coupled with lies, deceit and an “anything goes” attitude to thwart everything the Obama administration or the Democratic majority tries to do to address the perilous situation our country is in. In addition, they have enlisted the lowest common denominator in politics to try to foment their return. They are playing a dangerous game with some dangerous people. Had the Democrats taken a similar tack during the Bush years, we would likely have had a number of trials for sedition or even treason.
Today, the heroes of the GOP are the likes of Sarah Palin, who would have a hard time competing on “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?”; Rand Paul, who doesn’t believe in civil rights for all or the rule of law if it infringes on what he considers being his individual rights; and Sharron Angle, who thinks anyone who doesn’t agree with her narrow view should be shot.
It seems that any time a Republican is able to stammer out a complete sentence, he is automatically hailed as the front runner for president in 2012, regardless of how ridiculous the sentence may be — facts, science or truth be damned. The Republican leadership and talking heads feel free to make up any fabrication to try to bolster their untenable positions or to misrepresent any program that would even attempt to aid the average citizen. They brazenly cling to the belief that only tax cuts for the wealthy will address any problems facing our country. The fact that the vast majority of reputable economists and former GOP heroes like Alan Greenspan now state that this is wrong-headed thinking has no credence with them.
They whine about how they have a solemn duty to rein in the deficit, yet have no problem in ignoring the
$4 trillion that extending the Bush tax cuts would cost the economy in the next 10 years. The fact that the first 10 years of those tax cuts for the rich were a major factor in the economy’s collapse isn’t even mentioned.
Talk about voodoo economics!
The fact that taxes would not be raised on anyone making less than $200,000 a year, or families making less than one-quarter of a million is explained away by the apologists by making statements that are unsubstantiated by any reputable source by claiming that the “average” family will get a 10 to 15 percent increase. After all, if they said it, it must be true! Any source that they cite or that they have cited in the past that “refudiates” their position is dismissed as more of that socialist intellectual booshwa.
From basically 1933-1994, the Republican Party was more or less a permanent minority. Nearly every major advancement in our society came from the progressive thinking of Democratic statesmen and women and was fought by the regressive thinking of the conservatives. Once the GOP took power in 1994, it showed time and time again that it is incapable of governing. This is because you cannot govern by slogans and sound bites. You cannot govern by being against progress and not being for anything but personal gain. You cannot govern without taking into consideration the common good.
Uncommon greed is not a sustainable governing process. Some Republicans did recognize these things but their voices were generally stifled by the loud voices of the “true believers.” To be fair, a number of so-called Democrats followed that path as well. It may make for good sound bites, but it does not pass for governance.
The Republicans in Congress are uninterested in anything but power. They are more than willing to enlist a Confederacy of Dunces in their cause, and are willing to take the rest of the country down with them if they are unable to get their way. It’s scary times in Bizarro World, and if we don’t come to our senses soon, it’ll be too late.
E-mail columnist Don Burnard at email@example.com.