Can anyone even imagine a Republican today endorsing the labor movement, despite the fact that the statements above are so evident in wages and working conditions?
This is so amazing I had to share it - a reminder that the Republican Party, once upon a time, actually celebrated labor unions and thought that expanding Social Security was a good thing. No wonder the John Birch Society thought Eisenhower was a Communist agent! By 1964 the right wing Goldwaterites had seized the upper hand in the GOP, and today the Republican Party is so reactionary that Ike wouldn’t recognize it.
I am a lifelong, proud Democrat. But, even though I have a lot of friends who are Republicans, I’m glad I’m not a member of today’s Republican Party. Because today’s Republican Party is just too damned mean.
Just look what they did to Bob Dole yesterday. Over the years, Dole’s one of the Republicans I’ve admired the most and grown close to. He’s an American war hero. He’s a true patriot. He was an outstanding senator from Kansas. He was a very fair and effective majority leader of the Senate. He’s a wonderful, warm, funny human being. But what his fellow Republicans did to him yesterday is shameful.
As one who triumphed over his own war injuries, Bob Dole has long championed the rights of the disabled. Yesterday, fresh out of Walter Reed Hospital, he came to the Senate in his wheelchair to seek the support of his fellow Republicans for the United Nations Disabilities Treaty — which would not make any changes to American law, but merely encourage other nations to grant disabled persons the same opportunities they enjoy here in the United States.
One by one, his Republican colleagues walked up to shake his hand — and then stabbed him in the back. Only eight Republicans joined all Senate Democrats in voting for the treaty, even though it’s already been endorsed by 155 other nations. Opponents argued that endorsing the treaty would undermine national security, thereby branding Sen. Dole as some kind of traitor or terrorist.
In the fiscal cliff negotiations, by refusing to raise tax rates on the top 2 percent, Republicans already proved they don’t care about the middle class. Yesterday, by embarrassing and repudiating Bob Dole, today’s Republicans proved they don’t care about the disabled, either.
This entire scandal involves Republicans, in and around, the Tampa area. The right wing entertainment wing of the GOP [FOX, Rush, Hannity] and Republican leaders like Rep. Eric Cantor try to pin it on Obama. WTF?
Let’s not forget that Eric Cantor knew about Patraeus (who was, BTW, rumored to be a likely GOP presidential candidate) before the president. So when is Darrell Issa going to investigate him?
The modern Republican party in one sentence.
Republicans claim to be strong on National Defense, but they are lying. Just like they lie about everything else.
The Republican response – as we saw dramatically articulated this past week in Tampa – is to further reduce taxes on the rich, defund programs for the poor, fight unions, allow the median wage to continue to fall, and oppose any limits on campaign contributions or spending. It does not take a great deal of brainpower to understand this strategy will lead to an even more lopsided economy, more entrenched wealth, and more corrupt democracy.
It’s worth noting that the GOP is moving to dismiss climate change at a moment when the scientific evidence on our warming planet continues to pile up. To take one example: In 2010, UC Santa Barbara’s William Freudenberg gave a presentation in which he revealed that “new scientific findings [since the IPCC report in 2007] are found to be more than twenty times as likely to indicate that global climate disruption is ‘worse than previously expected,’ rather than ‘not as bad as previously expected.’