We belong to a few groups on Facebook, including a couple of political ones. The things I see make me shake my head in wonderment. You know all of those crazy things that people say but you think no one really believes about Conservatives, they do. First of all, the confuse their strongly held opinions and gross generalizations with fact. And every thing they have seen on DailyKos, HuffPo, Addicting Info, etc., is considered factual. And once they post something from one of these sites, they completely lose it if you post something from Heritage, Fox News or any conservative blog to refute their assertions. Even when the post has links to the underlying data so they can view it themselves.
With that as the background, in the group Cons vs. Libs, (where they are very unhappy it is not an echo chamber), the creator of the group posted the manifesto below. Since I did not wish to out him but he goes by two first names, I shall call him "Ricky Bobby". What I will be doing is responding to each of these assertions as time permits. I post them here in total as they are very instructive as to what the far left thinks. Enjoy!
Why would anyone vote Republican? Well, here are 10 reasons. 1. You are a bigot It's true that not all Republicans are bigots. But if you ARE a bigot, the Republican party will be much more your group than the Democratic party. Remember that there are lots of ways to be a bigot: You could be a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, or lots of other things.
2. You like eating, drinking and breathing poison. Many Republicans are calling for or voting for shrinking or eliminating agencies that protect us against poison. They seem to think that the corporations will do the right thing, without any pressure from the government. Uh huh. Read The Jungle. Look at the way Monsanto is hiding facts about Round Up. Look at food safety and outbreaks of E. Coli. Corporations exist to make money. They will do so any way they can. The government needs to stop them from doing so in ways that hurt people.
3. You think the rich don't have enough money The idea that giving more money to rich people (via tax breaks) will help poor people is nonsensical and has been shown wrong time and again in history. Huge tax breaks for the rich (a la George Bush) don't work.
4. You don't support our veterans The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's Association (IAVA) rates every member of congress on how well they support our veterans. In the Senate, 9 people got A or A+: All were Democrats. 30 got D or F: 29 Republicans and one Democrat. More on this
5. You like big deficits Since the end of WW II the ratio of debt to GDP for the nation has gone down in 9 administrations (3 Republican and 6 Democratic) and up in 7 administrations (6 Republican and 1 Democratic). The largest increases by this measure were GW Bush's 2nd term; GHW Bush, and Reagan's first term. The largest decreases were the three terms right after the end of WWII (Truman and Eisenhower). The last decrease under a Republican was in Eisenhower's 2nd term source
6. You don't believe in free speech. The American Civil Liberties Union is the premier defender of our civil liberties, including the right to free speech. That's free speech for EVERYONE; from Nazis to Marxists to Fred Phelps to anyone else. They rate politicians, including governors, senators and representatives. 12 people got a 100 rating: All were Democrats. 65 people got a score of less than 10: All were Republicans. Only 6 Democrats got a score under 50 (Joe Donnelly, Michael Ross, Collin Peterson, Joseph Shuler, Mark Critz and David Boren). Only 2 Republicans got scores over 50 (Olympia Snowe and Mark Kirk) Full list
7. You like big government The Republicans like to claim they are against big government. It's a lie. They only object when government helps people. But they are supporters of the Patriot Act; they want the government to say who you can marry; they want the government to forbid abortion; they want the government to be able to spy on you without restraint. Unfortunately, many Democrats agree with them on some of these, but to find opposition to these big government ideas, you have to look to the Democrats.
8. You want government to hurt people, but not help them This is really just a summation of some other points.
9. You are greedy, short sighted and rich You really have to be all three for this to work. If you're rich but not short-sighted, you know that, in the long run, when there is huge income inequality, it leads to things like stock market crashes and revolution, and everyone loses. In a revolution, it is often the rich who lose most. If you're rich but not greedy, you recognize that helping others is a good thing, and that the government assuring that people have a safety net is a good thing as well.
10. You like torture The Democrats don't exactly shine here, but the Republicans are much worse. It was, after all, Dick Cheney who bragged in his memoir about being a war criminal. It was Don Rumsfeld who opined that a problem in Abu Ghraib was that they weren't torturing prisoners enough. And it is mostly Democrats who have objected to torture. Torture is wrong. It's also stupid. It doesn't work. People who are tortured will say ANYTHING (true or not) that they thing their torturers want to hear
The first section of California's high-speed rail boondoggle will cost roughly $3-7B more than initially thought. Imagine that, it will cost more than initially thought! That is like saying the sun will rise in the East. In fact, we think that those that supported this "Train to Nowhere" knew it would cost more but low balled the estimates to make it more palatable politically. Only now that we are breaking ground do we find out that we are going to be paying a hell of a lot more. And I say we as the cost of this project is being subsidized by taxpayers int he other 49 states. Outside of a few corridors, high-speed rail makes zero sense except to satisfy those that think the USA needs to be more like Europe. We need to stick a wooden stake into the heart of the vampire known as high-speed rail and do so quickly. (H/T Hot Air)
Governor Rick Perry of Texas announced his candidacy for POTUS. A great day indeed! Here are excerpts from his declaration speech,
"You see, as Americans we’re not defined by class, and we will never be told our place. What makes our nation exceptional is that anyone, from any background, can climb the highest of heights. As Americans, we don’t see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility. And as Americans, we realize there is no taxpayer money that wasn’t first earned by the sweat and toil of one of our citizens."
"America’s standing in the world is in peril, not only because of disastrous economic policies, but from the incoherent muddle that they call foreign policy. Our president has insulted our friends and he’s encouraged our enemies, thumbing his nose at traditional allies like Israel."
"In 2003, and again this year, my state faced billions of dollars in budget shortfalls. But we worked hard, we made tough decisions, we balanced our budget. Not by raising taxes, but by setting priorities and cutting government spending."
"Since June of 2009, Texas is responsible for more than 40 percent of all of the new jobs created in America."
"We do not have to accept our current circumstances. We will change them. We are Americans. That’s what we do. We roll up our sleeves. We go to work. We fix things."
"One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job. That is not a recovery. That is an economic disaster."
"The fact is for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs. He’s been downgrading our standing in the world. He’s been downgrading our financial stability. He’s been downgrading our confidence, and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children. That’s a fact."
"In America, the people are not subjects of government. The government is subject to the people."