No American watching our society of the past few years can fail to not notice what has been happening to the Republican party. Even the dullest most oblivious citizen, unless they have chosen to live in a virtual cave free of topical media exposure, is now waking and noticing the true character of American conservative Republicans. That character is frightful, mean spirited and it is a bully.
There are those of us who have noted it long ago, knowing the baby teeth Republicans displayed 30 years ago would give way to man- and woman-killing fangs one day. Left to develop on its own it may have taken another 10 years or so to reveal itself. The election of a Democratic president, a BLACK man (who isn't even liberal), brought them all out prematurely. Like scared animals, sensing their impending extinction as a world marches into the future without the need for their abusive methods and manners, they are lashing out and viciously....
There are those of us who have noted it long ago, knowing the baby teeth Republicans displayed 30 years ago would give way to man- and woman-killing fangs one day. Left to develop on its own it may have taken another 10 years or so to revel itself. The election of a Democrat president, a BLACK man (who isn't even liberal), brought them all out prematurely. Like scared animals, sensing their impending extinction as a world marches into the future without the need for their abusive methods and manners, they are lashing out and viciously attacking.
Let's face it. It's tough to attack a worthy opponent. For years Republicans where happy to attack the strawman Democrats and liberals they created, who allowed them to say anything awful without reacting - until lately. The new liberal is in town, created as an evolutionary adaptation to the constant abuse and attacks of conservatives. The new liberals use truth and logic and don't back down - they've learned they lose when they do. WE'VE learned. Because of that, the part of the GOP that wants to hurt, humiliate and scorn others have in turn evolved to be more wary of engaging Democrats and liberals on a fair footing. In an equal contest they always lose since truth, logic, and history, are the golden bullets in the liberals arsenal - when employed they win every argument. These new Republicans (really just old, pissed off Republicans who've had their favorite whipping boy removed) have acquired a new target. Today's poor - and there are a lot of them to attack.
When an economic machine works correctly there are few poor people and there are many ways the poor can elevate themselves. In such a society, the poor really have chosen their life style and tolerate it (such as it is). They may be lazy, mentally ill, or have problems abusing substances. There would be reasons like that, in the perfect economic machine driven society, that would create a class of poor and unemployed. There would also be mechanisms to help them "elevate" themselves.
In our society - which has had a broken economic machine since Ronald Reagan get his hands on it - we have lazy, mentally ill, and drug users in the ranks of the poor and unemployed and we also have many many others. Company lay offs, sending work overseas, changing technology, and unexpected illness top the reasons we have so many poor and unemployed in the USA, but there are many other reasons too. The first three reasons - lazy, crazy & dopey - are underwhelmingly present compared to the rest. Oh, we have them. Not too many, just the same as other countries would have I'm sure (maybe with the exception of Russia where they are drinking themselves to death). Any society will ALWAYS have them no matter what you do. We deal with them and we fix the problems - always have always will.
The poor and unemployed, being powerless more or less, are attractive targets for Republican "attention". It pleases many of today's conservatives and most Republicans to refer to them as "lazy drug users" as often as possible in order to float the untruth, to promote the unreality that exists between their ears. These people see the unemployed and poor as being there because of their personal defects, because they are unfit, they are bad, to be scorned and abused because they did it to themselves. (Strangely these same Republicans also promote their own "christianity" but that hypocrisy is meat for another article at another time.)
Conservative criminal Republicans are busy attacking the poor and unemployed now. MI, FL and other states have proposed and even put into action programs designed to humiliate the poor and the unemployed by demanding they submit to humiliating drug tests. (Any little winglers reading this with a smug smile had best research the actual results of such testing, how much it cost the state, and especially where the money went before they embarrass themselves in pubilc.)
Shame and humiliation are the favorite attacks of conservatives when they can can not reach their targets physically. Drug testing welfare recipients is a perfect way to humiliate someone and further set the label of "lazy drug users" upon a class of people, giving them "favorite status" as victims. Being poor they can't mount a lawsuit without raising funds are rallying for a cause. Being poor, most are too busy just trying to stay alive to think about fighting back. So they have little choice but to submit to the rightwing bullies.
This is true class warfare. It's being waged on the poor and economically disadvantaged, and the victims are millions of Americans who only want a place in a working economic machine. But we know that machine is broken, and conservative Republicans show nothing but reluctance when it comes to fixing it because it is working for that 1% who slide them stuffed envelopes of cash in the halls of congress in broad daylight.
Fight back. Vote Republicans out of office in 2014.
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REPUBLICAN anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
REPUBLICAN County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
REPUBLICAN judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
REPUBLICAN activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.
REPUBLICAN legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.
REPUBLICAN Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8 and 10 year old girls.
REPUBLICAN campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
REPUBLICAN racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old girl which produced a child.
REPUBLICAN pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.
REPUBLICAN legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
REPUBLICAN activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980's.
REPUBLICAN lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
REPUBLICAN Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.
REPUBLICAN fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty on charges of child porn and paying teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.
REPUBLICAN activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes against children.
REPUBLICAN activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.
REPUBLICAN Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.
REPUBLICAN activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.
REPUBLICAN governor Arnold Schwarzenegger allegedly had sex with a 16 year old girl when he almost 30 years old.
REPUBLICAN congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
REPUBLICAN Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.
REPUBLICAN activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.
REPUBLICAN legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.
REPUBLICAN Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.
REPUBLICAN preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
REPUBLICAN talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.
REPUBLICAN anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.
REPUBLICAN Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.
REPUBLICAN election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.
REPUBLICAN politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.
REPUBLICAN politician Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).
REPUBLICAN activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year old girl.
REPUBLICAN County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.
REPUBLICAN activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.
REPUBLICAN candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters.
REPUBLICAN Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.
REPUBLICAN County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.
REPUBLICAN City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.
REPUBLICANRepublican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.
REPUBLICANRepublican parole board officer and former Colorado state Representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.
REPUBLICAN strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.
REPUBLICAN city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
REPUBLICAN businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.
REPUBLICAN director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.
REPUBLICAN benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was charged with rape for allegedly paying a 15-year old girl for sex. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.