“The Republican Party has come unhinged. Its fevered hallucinations involve threats from imaginary communists and socialists who, seemingly, lurk around every corner. Climate change- a reality recognized by every single significant scientific body and academy in the world- is a liberal conspiracy conjured up by Al Gore and other leftists who want to destroy America. Large numbers of Republicans — the notorious birthers — believe that the President was not born in the United States. Even worse, few figures in the GOP have the courage to confront them”. Ultimately, leaving the GOP was necessary in order to maintain my own integrity.”
– The newly ex-Republican from Delaware, Michael Stafford.
The Republican Party is a very sick and sad organization. They are bankrolled by the extreme wealthy and have successfully appealed to the most clueless of us. There appears to be a lot of them.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush recently said that both Ronald Reagan and his father George H. W. Bush would have had a difficult time getting nominated by today’s ultra-conservative Republican Party.
“Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground,” Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as “temporary.”
“Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan suport,” he said. Reagan “would be criticized for doing the things that he did.” …
Bush called the present partisan climate “disturbing.”
Indeed, at the end of his speech he blamed President Obama for the problems but from the speech itself it would be hard to figure how President Obama could have changed the GOP.
Dick Polman at The Pittsburgh Post Gazette had an interesting article about Republican obstructionism:
The Republicans’ 2012 election strategy is perversely brilliant: Sabotage President Barack Obama’s job-creation efforts, then blame him for the wreckage. This strategy was in action the other day, when Mitt Romney assailed Mr. Obama on the stump. Mr. Romney said that “with America in crisis, with 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work, he hasn’t put forth a plan to get us working again.”
Mr. Romney conveniently omitted the fact that Mr. Obama put forth such a jobs plan last autumn. The American Jobs Act would have put as many as 2 million construction workers, cops, teachers and firefighters back to work — so said economic forecasters — if only congressional Republicans hadn’t dynamited it.
Yes, sabotage was required. Republicans knew their prospects for beating Mr. Obama would be damaged if they signed on to a plan that got more Americans working again. They’re far too invested in economic misery to let that happen. As Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell candidly remarked in 2010, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
The Olympian (Oregon) had an article where they deemed the Republican antics “Political extortion”, and “outrageous”. The Republicans, they claim, are intentionally damaging the economy.
This isn’t dirty politics. It is flat out immoral!
The Republicans continue to come up with reason after reason why they cannot vote to end this horrible recession and put people back to work.
The Republican Idiocy goes on and on. They feel that they can get away with this because we are not paying attention to what they are doing or we are too dense to understand it. Unfortunately, they are right!