So I'm not depressed about the long-term future of the country, although the next few years will be tough politically. The Democrats will screw up big time, as they did during the Carter years, and the damage they cause will be generational. But the clean-up is worth looking forward to, even if the mess is not.How...kind of him. As if the problems created by the last eight years aren't going to be generational.
His first argument is no surprise because I've been saying the same thing for years. The first duty of a politician is to get themselves reelected, preferably to higher office but staying in the Senate is a no brainer if you can't be President. And just like any other party, if your date gets obnoxiously drunk it is better to go home with someone else. Especially if you plan on getting there in one piece.
Now, in regard to the torture hearings, if America sits on its ass and does nothing to rectify or show shame about the situation, it will give those who hate us even more ammunition, not less. As my father pointed out to me in 1967, the people in America have short memories and the people in the Middle East have extremely long ones. The Turkish-Armenian situation is but one sad example. Plus, and this is a big one, they are willing to die for their beliefs. The majority of Americans aren't and our recent behavior more than makes this clear.
To accuse the Democrats of being the isolationist party is one of the most laughable arguments I've heard in years. I was a Republican because I was an isolationist and a fiscal conservative until they lost their freaking minds. Republicans ran up the national debt, like they always do, and went nuts on immigration. If you were born brown and out of town you became the reason that everything went wrong in America. Sheesh, get a grip.
Last time I checked we were a Republic, not a dynasty. As history (there's that word again) has shown many times, the balance of power shifts across the globe pretty frequently. Maybe if we hadn't spent all our resources, wasted our good will and destroyed our military in two useless wars we wouldn't be in the position of having to watch other countries pick up where we left off before we had our mental breakdown. America is no longer a free society. Our phones are tapped, there are surveillance cameras in almost every town, the police become more like the military every day and while the Second Amendment is in no danger, the First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth definitely are.
The national debt was way out of control before the Democrats were elected to power. It got that way while the Republicans held sway and decided that the rich needed to be richer at the expense of everyone else. Young people aren't stupid and since recent studies show that math scores are increasing they will be able to do the arithmetic. A simple math problem might consist of something like this. In 2000 there was a surplus and in 2008 there wasn't. By a wide margin. Yes, the deficit is going to be bigger for the next couple of years but that wouldn't have happened if the GOP hadn't engaged in a reverse Robin Hood scheme for the last eight years while at the same time increasing the size of government with duplicate agencies that contained their unqualified cronies.
Human rights, that's rich. And who says it's only three members of al-Qaeda that were tortured? It's much more widespread than that and everyone knows it. Pregnant women wouldn't have joined the cause to blow themselves up if they and their baby had something to live for. They don't. We have turned their homes, fields and farms into one gigantic war zone in an effort to get revenge on people who are already dead. Human rights belong to everyone, even if you're brown from out of town. Other countries, who are much smaller than us geographically, have survived terrorism for years. We have one instance of terrorism and now the nation wears diapers and cries for mommy. They aren't destroying us, we are doing it ourselves.
I've been buying foreign cars for years and Detroit has been the reason. As a woman I require that my car be dependable and affordable. As an example in 1987 my brother and I got new cars at the same time. I got a Honda CRX and my brother got a Pontiac Fiero. He sold his car at the end of six months because it had spent three of those months in the shop and still didn't run right. I drove the Honda for fourteen years and was grateful every day that I got over 40 mpg. Detroit's solution was to build bigger and more unstable gas guzzlers. And now there's no more Pontiac. The government certainly can't do any worse than the auto execs did. Unless it's run by people who say their goal is to drown it in a bathtub.
Health care. Don't make me puke. I grew up on Air Force bases using military healthcare. It was nowhere near as bad as going to the doctor today. Oops, I don't go to the doctor, I can't afford it and I don't qualify for health insurance because I have a preexisting condition called asthma. The emergency room is my fallback for when it gets out of control and I think I'm going to suffocate. We won't even go into that dental and vision thing, they don't seem to be on the radar of the entitled so why bring up another problem that those who have everything they need would like to ignore. Oh yeah, that argument about waiting months for a surgical procedure? Maybe you should talk to all the people who have health insurance and been denied procedures so the insurance companies can give their executives and shareholders enormous bonuses and dividends.
I'm black, there is racism, get over it. When you have black communities in states where local governments have built services around them and they didn't have running water like their neighbors did for the last fifty years, that's racism. When things like education and skills are equal and blacks and Latinos are earning less (provided they got hired) than their melanin impaired compatriots, that's racism. When you cut essential school programs in poorer districts that are predominately black and politically mrginalized, that's racism. When prisons are filled to the brim with people of color who have committed petty crimes against themselves while rich melanin impaired executives who destroyed the lives of millions go free, that's racism. Those are facts and they aren't going away.
The GOP is in trouble for a reason and the reason is this. They are out of touch with the average American. Their base consists of angry people who vote on single issues by claiming that the Bible disapproves of certain behaviors they deem immoral while ignoring the rest of the Bible teachings that encourage them to take care of their fellow man and to have compassion and pity for those who are suffering. The elite of the party are just that. Elite and as far removed from their base as they can get in their personal lives as they can manage and not get outed.
The party of Lincoln is falling apart and the more they scream about how unfair it is and the more rabid they are to return to a time that only exists in their imaginations, the further from the mainstream they will be. As so many other Republicans have said before me, I didn't leave the party the party left me.