Saturday, November 15, 2008

Gang of Obsolete Pretenders

Does anyone know what the Republican Party really stands for at this point, the operative word of course being really? They have amply demonstrated no commitment to the limiting of government, such notions reduced to empty rhetoric they haven’t practiced in decades. One might suppose the Republicans did make good in unraveling a variety of regulations. If we get the government out of the people’s way, the argument asserts, peace and prosperity will descend from the market gods committed to what maximizes the overall utility of the common good. Nice theory, one might suppose. Unfortunately reality shows data eliminating all doubt that the practices of late concentrate wealth for the top 1% while causing real (after inflation) income declines for the rest of the country. We now have the greatest economic inequality we have seen since the great depression.

The recent GOP actions serve the wealthy with a government “by the rich for the rich” that managed to dupe "low information voters" into acting against their own economic self-interests. Well, you can only suck so much blood before those bleeding start to feel faint. They just did. Voter sentiments towards the GOP (examine registration statistics) are plummeting. The Republicans have demonstrated obscene corruption (Medicare Part D, Halliburton, contract fixing, ad nauseam), deliberate deception (Iraq WMD, all matters Cheney and Gonzales), unbridled cronyism (take your pick) leading to sheer incompetence (Iraq, Katrina, half the Justice department, oversight of financial system) as well as the deliberate suppression of truth (global warming, biological research, environmental studies) and scientific progress. The policies of the Bush Administration have led to the decline of virtually every education statistic meaningfully tied to our ability to compete. Today’s children are LESS likely than their parents to complete HIGH SCHOOL. That has NEVER been true in the past, and should I mention health care? You already know the trend lines regarding access. Those forced to do without now top 50 million, and those lucky enough to get any insurance are having an increasingly difficult time keeping it.

The GOP has turned itself into a Gang of Obsolete Pretenders. They live in their own fantasy world and talk about returning to "conservative values." What does that mean? Almost no one under 40 and no one under 30 are interested in "returning" to anything. When the tongue in the mouth speaks "conservative" does not the tongue in the shoe move us toward a nation where a tiny, ruling elite exploits uneducated, uninsured, and ignorant masses doomed to abject poverty and despair?

We want to move forward, not backward, and if you want to lead us, you have to have a place to go. The GOP does not. They can continue to play make believe. Rush Limbaugh and some of the Fox Noise goons are calling the current economic meltdown "Obama’s recession."

Think about that. Really. Is that pathetic or what?

The inept and irresponsible can call for accountability. The divisive fear-mongers can call for unity. The corrupt can demand transparency. Go for it, guys, but the rest of us have moved on. Largely as a result of GOP policies, we can’t afford to pretend anymore.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

To equate the Bush atrocity with the Republican party is pretending.

11/15/2008 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the demographic trends in the country, the GOP is unlikely to win any future presidential elections if it is losing 95 percent of the black vote and 67 percent of the Hispanic vote.

The party that has been screwing the poor has now created a country full of the poor they have screwed.

This ain't rocket science.

11/15/2008 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

The GOP dream team:

President: Sarah Palin
Vice President: Joe the Plumber
Secretary of State: Michael Savage
Attorney General: Tom DeLay
Press Secretary: Rush Limbaugh
Department of Ethical Oversight: Dick Cheney
Secretary of Education: Alice the Bartender
Spiritual Counsel: Pat Robertson

11/16/2008 12:36 AM  
Anonymous Dustin said...

when I first read this, I thought it said, "gang of obese pretenders"

11/17/2008 5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Savage as Secretary of State!

Ha Ha!

What about Abramoff? Surely Bush will pardon the corrupt so they can return to the trough.

11/17/2008 8:32 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Can Bush pardon himself? In his last couple months of office, he is giving away tons of land to oil and gas companies for pennies on the dollar.

What a schmuck.

11/17/2008 9:51 AM  

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