The elites that dominate and fund the Republican party are destroying this country. While it has become fashionable to blame the Republican-base (for all the big-“isms”), the rue culprits are the disinformation emerging from the elites of the Republican Party and the feckless complicity of the national media in covering up their sins.
Like any good progressive, I have been disappointed by aspects of Obama’s presidency. I, however, am absolutely terrified of a Republican victory in November. This is why we must work very hard to re-elect Obama, and increase the number of Democratic Congressmen.
1. In my lifetime, the Republicans have become the party of unnecessary wars, crippling decificts, and hateful rhetoric. In an era of unified government, from 2001-2006, they destroyed the surplus, launched at least two wars that have spiraled out of control, and implemented policies that have destroyed trillions of dollars of value from the American national economy. Along the way, they demeaned gay Americans, atheists, immigrants, and the non-married.
2. Although the Democratic Party has done little to defend civil liberties, it has proven much better on civil rights. This is no time to be politic: we do not live in a country in which all citizens possess equal dignity or can expect fair treatment under the law. Gays are regularly beaten and mocked to little pushback. Singles are demonized and discriminated against. Ethnicities associated with immigration (non-blacks and non-whites) are demonized, marginalized, and in some places viewed openly with suspicion. Many non-Christians and atheists are mocked and marginalized for their political beliefs. The police wage a largely unchecked war against the poor. Elites have little concerns for the contracts and expectations of the middle class — committed to the demonization of public and private sector unions, the re-writing of contracts during corporate restructuring and leverage buyouts in ways that destroy companies and limit the pay of workers, and the refusal to enforce the basic regulations on banks and housing markets, hard times have come to those who are not already wealthy.
3. The Republican Party evinces little appetite to guide and direct the explosive growth of the defense industry and its related sectors, and seems eager for a confrontation with any other country.
4. Nearly every economic Republican proposal we have seen thus far will make the middle class less secure, the upper class narrower, and will punish the poor the sin of not being lucky. Republican proposals expand the deficit, decrease government revenues, and further lock-in the cozy, crony capitalist culture that dominates Washington.
A progressive political party does not yet exist, but the alternative party is the stuff of nightmares.
What We Must Do: we must expand the Democratic Party’s control of Congress, and re-elect President Obama. Progressives have to further find the money and resources to eliminate moderate and conservative Democrats in primaries. (Lastly, we have to ensure that Governor Cuomo does not advance very far in any Democratic Party primary nomination for President in 2016. )
Obama-Biden 2012! Warren-O’Malley 2016!