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November 4, 2012

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What are Republicans thinking?

I’ve had a tough time trying to put forth some pre-election thoughts. With such an abundance of subject matter, it tends to overwhelm, making brevity difficult. But I do want to try to get a point or two across.

As usual my appeal here is not targeted to that 40 percent right wing/tea party base. If any of you are inadvertently reading this, you’ll likely find something more tailor-made to your preconceived notion of reality elsewhere.

To my other fellow citizens …

Regardless of where one lies on the political spectrum, and if you’re remotely paying attention, you have to admit that something has gone woefully wrong with the Republican Party.

I know this is not what many of you want to hear or acknowledge, but it’s undeniably true. This is not your grandad’s or dad’s, or Dick Lugar’s GOP. The fringe elements have taken over and the “party” has become unhinged. Reality no longer holds sway, as extreme ideology has supplanted all other considerations, spreading like a virus through the ranks.

For example, here is just one, out of dozens of corroborative instances I could cite, each of which would be equally revealing.

A recent Public Policy Poll posed this question to likely Ohio voters: “Who do you think deserves more credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?”

Not too tough a question, one would presume.

But of the Republican respondents, 15 percent answered “Mitt Romney” and 47 percent were “not sure.”

Think about that for just a minute.

What in the world could be transpiring inside the minds of 62 percent of randomly selected Republican voters that they could not bring themselves to admit something so blatantly obvious?

So what’s going on? Where do these folks get such notions, and why are they now seemingly in charge?

They’re in charge (or so they think) because they’ve been put in charge by the people who manage and manipulate them through a multi-billion dollar propaganda system — Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity, WorldNetDaily, etc, etc  — which is where they get such notions.

The top 1/10th of 1 percent — hence the “emperor” — truly is stark naked. This realization is becoming painfully obvious to more and more people, who now recognize that the new set of clothes the “emperor” has been parading around in, made from his magical “trickle-down economics” fabric, is all just a ruse designed to transfer wealth from the lower and middle classes to the very top. This growing awareness is why the “emperor” has been forced to turn up the heat on his sycophantic dupes and fawners, getting them even more worked up into a racist, misogynist, homophobic and/or xenophobic rage, so they’ll be even more fervent in defending the “emperor” and his fabulous new clothes.

The result is what we are now seeing in the Republican Party.

There’s an Old West saying I am fond of and have found beneficial to adhere to: “You’re only as good as the people you ride with.”

So my question to those who might still be on the fence is this: Do you really relate to these folks? Does that 62 percent in the bin Laden poll represent your intellectual perspective? Or maybe the 33 percent of Republicans polled who believe the president of the United States is an illegal alien, or the 64 percent who suspect he’s a Muslim?

And with the myriad of complex challenges our modern world is facing, do you truly want to be represented by congressmen and senators whose scientific and biological understanding is equivalent to that of a 14th century monk?

Do you really want to ride with this outfit?

If you do, fine. Hope it all works out for you.

But if you don’t, then don’t go along just because you always have, or your family has. Don’t be a “Jake Spoon” … just walk away.

And if, for whatever reason, you can’t bring yourself to vote for the Democrats, then don’t do that either. There are plenty of good options in the Libertarian and Green and other third-party groups.

I myself am going to support the Dems, in hope that they in the near future begin to truly fight for the middle class once again. Yes, they’ve gotten a bit off track and they have their flaws, but their overall focus has always been on helping ordinary people, not giant corporations and the extremely rich.

JFK made what I consider to be an excellent point in 1960 that is even more apropos today:

“We have all made mistakes. But Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted on different scales. Better the occasional faults of a party living in the spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a party frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”

— Kerry Tomasi


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