No Longer My GOP


imagesThe Republican Party has changed and not for the better.  It has changed so drastically, it no longer is the GOP it once was, say five years ago.  Today, it is inhabited by far right extremists who are owned, bought and paid for by the Brothers’ Koch.  In order for them to continue their silent coup of what was once a Representative Republic into their Corporate Plutocracy, they needed to invent the tea parties.  The tea parties are made up of libertarians, white supremacists, Birchers, and militia.  They are now considered “mainstream” Republican.  If they are now considered mainstream Republican, then count me out of the GOP.  I don’t associate with people like this.  Life’s too short, and I have too much self respect not only for myself, but respect for what this nation once was.   I have too much respect for what the GOP once was to be a part of any of this, today.

One of my problems with today’s version of GOP is their rather pathetic ‘hold’ on patriotism.  Once upon a time, Samuel Johnson once said that patriotism was the last refuge of a scoundrel.

“...The criminal excesses of the Cold War in Vietnam and elsewhere, so eagerly indulged by the right to this day, alienated many Americans on the left from their country for a time. Conservatives seized the opportunity presented by flag-burning protests and other adolescent displays to marginalize their ideological opponents as un-American, although only a tiny minority dove off that deep end. But how many conservatives like Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh beat the Vietnam draft while liberals like John Kerry, Al Gore, and Wesley Clark all served? And who truly protected this country’s best interests back then — the politicians who dispatched 50,000 young Americans to their deaths in the rice paddies, or those who dissented?…”

There is a very great and tragic irony within the GOP, today.  The very individuals who require good men and women to serve in dangerous locations, have, many of them, never served a day in their life, in the military.  Not only that, but, through Austerity, they have

If you want to know what the United States will look like after the Koch Brothers complete their take-over of state houses, just take a look at North Carolina. Via ALEX, they literally own the state, in much the same way they own Wisconsin, Kansas, Ohio, Texas, and most of the Republicans in the US House.

“...It can no longer be argued that  Republicans are not deliberately creating poverty to make room for tax benefits for the rich. In North Carolina, Republicans increased poverty by becoming the first of many Republican states to eliminate unemployment benefits despite the state has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the nation. North Carolina Republicans also are amending the state constitution to permanently make it a “right to work” (for less) state to keep corporate profits high and worker wages at poverty level that is a trend in Republican-controlled states. The Republicans’ goal is not to encourage hiring, but to increase corporate profits and produce a population barely surviving on less-than subsistence wages….”

We now have Republicans running for office who are are doing so on a platform of total integration of Biblical law into every aspect of our daily lives, even though, this is completely against the Constitution.

Once upon a time, the GOP would never even begin to associate with the likes of Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, World Net Daily, Joseph Farrah, or give any sort of credibility to someone the likes of Matt Drudge who associates and uses them.  The Pink Flamingo has it on good authority that at least one well-respected senior member of the Senate has used material provided to him by discredited Joseph Farrah. When the inmates are running the asylum, it’s time to run for one’s life, quickly.

Is it possible that the far right is losing its grip on the GOP?  Evidently, in some key areas, the extreme right isn’t doing so well recruiting candidates to be cannon fodder for it increasingly out of touch agenda.  No to worry, if you are a normal Republican like Lindsey Graham, the right is going to do everything possible to destroy you.  If you don’t believe it, just ask Frank Lucas.  The Heritage Foundation is trying to destroy him.  There is a headline at Politicus USA that seems to say it all:  The Republican Party Has Become Toxic to High Information Voters!

They got that one right.  I’m an extremely high information voter, who looks at dozens of sources, and let’s be honest here, this is no longer my Republican Party. It began dying in 2004. I swear Laura Ingraham fired the first shots.   I hate to sound like a broken record, but let’s also be extremely honest with our introspective mood today, but a heck of a lot of the problem is due to the Koch Machine – Charles & David Koch.

“…It is no longer a  question of how or why Republicans are imposing corporatism and theocratic laws on the American people, but when they will finally transform this once democratic nation into a fascist state under authority of plutocrats and theocrats. The bad news is that America is one election away from total dominance by the Koch brothers billionaire club and religious extremists on the verge of replacing the Constitution with the bible and Milton Freidman’s manifesto “Capitalism and Freedom.” In fact, in preparation for oligarchs and theocrats ascendance to unchallenged authority to reign over the people, Republicans are eliminating the last vestiges of democracy, economic independence, and freedom from religion as they openly oppose the Constitution in their final push toward fascism….”

Politicus USA
Politicus USA

The far right will do anything their handlers want them to do in order to win elections, including cheating.  In order to morph into this new GOP, where corporate plutocrats are now to rule the nation and anyone who isn’t a plutocrat is to be crushed into the dirt, the GOP must turn its back on the history that once made this the Grand Old Party.

If a woman grows weary and at last dies from childbearing, it matters not. Let her only die from bearing; she is there to do it.”—Martin Luther.

The GOP has turned itself into a laughing stock with their new, restrictive, anti-life abortion bills.  The reason I say they are anti-life is because, in some instances, their act of banning abortion, when it is not scientifically feasible to know just how a fetus is developing, could and will condemn quite a few women to death.  That’s okay.  The poor, scared, little white men of the GOP, hopped up on Viagra, don’t give a damn about a woman’s life.  I suspect, if allowed, they would sanction the abortion of females.

I happen to think that abortion is an obscenity. Unfortunately, it is a necessary obscenity.  Abortion for birth control is just plain murder.  BUT – when a woman’s life is threatened, or the fetus is so deformed that the child will live a very short and tortured life, it is a necessary evil. The rights of the living should supersede the rights of the yet to be born.  I don’t quite understand the theology involved in preventing abortions, to protect life, if in order to protect the life of the pre-born, a woman must die.  There are religious based hospitals in the US and in other countries, where, in the name of Christ, in the name of the sanctity of life, women are allowed to die – women pleading to be allowed to live, are literally murdered to prevent the abortion of an unborn child.

Please, explain how this is “Christian” and protecting life.  Marco Rubio now wants to introduce a Texas style 20 month ban on abortion, in the senate.  This brings me to ask a theological question.  If a man who is pro-life is against the murder of a fetus, so he is against abortion, and his version of ‘faith’ allows for a woman who is carrying that fetus to die, in order to accommodate his blatant disregard for the sancity of her life, is he guilty of murder?

“…State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R): Laubenberg, the bill’s sponsor, suggested during the floor debate that there was no need to include an exception for victims of rape, because rape kits are themselves a form of abortion: “In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits, where a woman can get cleaned out. The woman had five months to make that decision, at this point we are looking at a baby that is very far along in its development.”…”

Evidently the GOP has changed little since the days of Martin Luther, especially if you live in Ohio.

During the height of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was so impressed by the staggering beauty of the Yosemite Valley, that, for the first time in human history, a parcel of land was set aside for preservation.  That is the legacy of the GOP.  It is a legacy that has been repeatedly trashed over the years by forces who worship at the feet of big business, unwilling to admit that the Republican Party was the lynchpin of preservation – in the world.

“…There was a time that even the hard-core evangelical wing of the Republican Party couched their theocracy ambitions in phony concern for family values, but they abandoned those tactics and have gone full-tilt for embracing religion as the law of the land to enforce harsh measures on gays and women. After the High Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ban on same-sex marriage, a phalanx of Republican legislators stood boldly before the media and, one by one, condemned the rulings as outright opposition to the Christian bible. In Ohio and Texas, Republicans are attempting to ban abortion services on “sanctity of life” grounds, and protestors outside family planning clinics are not waving medical journals, but bibles as they see their Republican representatives advancing the idea that America is a theocracy, and not a democracy. One Texas legislator was so deluded that there is never a condition or reason for an abortion, even in case of rape, that he claimed rape kits are a form of abortion and it justified excluding rape as a legitimate reason for an abortion.

It was reported here on Friday that in Pennsylvania,  a gay elected representative was barred from speaking on the floor of the Pennsylvania House because according to a conservative Christian Republican; he was a violation of god’s law. Republican Daryl Metcalfe (Butler) said without hesitation that “I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law.” The fanatical evangelical’s comments notwithstanding, it was the ease and audacity at which he silenced a fellow government representative on religious grounds that informs America is on the verge of a theocracy if it has not already been established in the shadows with valuable assistance from the corporatist wing of the Republican Party….”

We live in a nation that, under hard-core far right control, is drifting into a Third World status.

“… Our Constitution does not contain a single mention of God. Instead, the great innovation of our Founding Fathers was to abolish the Old World system where deviation from the religious beliefs of the State or monarch was not tolerated. Rejecting this model, the founders gave us a secular republic where religious minorities benefit from guarantees of freedom of worship, conscience, and speech….” Fred Rich

Once upon a time, about 237 years ago, a new nation was born. For the first time in history, one of the founding principles of a new nation was freedom from an established religion.

Fred Rich wrote:

“…It’s tempting to think that those who call America a “Christian Nation” simply mean that Christianity historically has been the majority religion and the basis for many elements of our national culture, which of course is true. But that is not what they mean. Evangelical preachers and conservative politicians calling for America to be a “Christian Nation” mean something very different: a country uniquely favored by the Judeo-Christian God, founded to create a “Godly Kingdom” in the new world, and destined, as the shining “city upon a Hill” envisioned by the Puritans, to be a just and pious land dedicated to drawing all the nations of the world to the redemptive message of Jesus. And some of them believe that realization of this destiny is a condition for the second coming of Christ.

In the “Christian Nation” these Americans envision, Christianity enjoys a uniquely privileged legal and political position; separation of church and state is anathema. Christian pseudo-historians like David Barton, together with fundamentalist legal “scholars,” thousands of home-schooling educators and many Christian broadcasters, relentlessly promote the message that church-state separation is a “myth” concocted by liberal elites to deflect America from realizing its true destiny as a “Godly Kingdom,” where the Bible is the highest law of the land, and our political leaders talk to God and tell the rest of us what He says….”

I can’t be a party to this.  I refuse to be part of this party.  I’m leaving.  I’m not changing my registration – for now.  I have two reasons, first, I want to remain a Republican so I can make their lives a living hell.  Secondly, if the rumors are true and Mitt Romney is planning another Koch sponsored coup attempt, I want to make sure I get to vote against him.  Other than that, I don’t plan on voting for another Republican in the near future.  I plan on working to do all I can to get rid of every single Republican from the House and Senate.  It is the only way we can save the country from the Kochs.

So, I guess this is my declaration of independence.