Once the Party of Lincoln, the Republican Party was started as a progressive party in opposition to slavery.
If Abraham Lincoln came back today, he would surely be dismayed to learn that his party lost it’s way in the late 1800’s when it sold out the Railroads and Corporations in general, left working people in the dust and never looked back.
The Republican Party became so corrupted that many Republicans with a conscious split off in the early part of the 20th century to form the Progressive Party, colloquially also known as the Bull Moose Party, whose platform literally read, “to destroy this invisible Government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”
Since those days of Teddy Roosevelt, it would be impossible to name even one piece of social legislation intended to benefit the public as a whole, that was introduced or sponsored by a Republican.
Republicans came out against child labor laws. They fought against women’s suffrage. Republicans were against Social Security, and the New Deal, the 40 hour work week and giving workers the right to bargain collectively. They said no to unemployment insurance when President Roosevelt proposed it as part of the Social Security Act.
They stood shoulder to shoulder against the GI Bill. They were livid over LBJ’s Civil Rights Act. Republicans fought to repeal the Glass-Steagal Banking Act of 1933. They were firmly opposed to Medicare and Medicaid and S-CHIP.
They said no to the Voting Rights Act. They said no to the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. They said no to jobs programs. They said no to increasing unemployment insurance, when people needed it the most.
They said no to government oversight of polluters who poison our land with toxic waste, and then they said no to cleaning it up. They have been on the wrong side of history for almost a century on every major piece of legislation that has leveled the playing field for average Americans.
In fact, throughout history, every single government attempt to make life better for the poverty stricken, the old, sick or disabled or middle class working American — even veterans who have fought their wars — Republicans have fought tooth and nail to defeat.
Now, a century later we who are forced to share the same air with today’s Republicans know that the “unholy alliance” with their corporate masters is not only alive and well, but far more malignant.
The Republican Party of today is infested with all sorts of miscreants from the American Tailban fundamentalists, proud anti-intellectual xenophobes, fantastical Ayn Randians, willfully ignorant Teabaggers with no concept of current events or history and the corporate elite who have trickled the American Middle Class down to nothing.
All we hear from the other side of the aisle is the dim echo of the past, with no plan for the future. Americans are tired of the naysayers, tired of the shrill voices of no, when so much is at stake.
Knowing that many Americans are scared enough to vote Republican merely for change solely for the sake of change, they are currently in an all-out lie-fest rewriting their abysmal place in history – hoping that their attack on education to dumb-down America will allow them to get away with it.
They ask us to sit by and watch them dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Pell Grant programs etc…as they propose to LOWER the tax rate on the wealthiest Americans from 35% to 25% under the guise that it will “promote growth and job creation.”
PolticalCorrection.org does a great job of breaking down this disgusting 2012 budget proposition from Sen. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc), the man a great many fools keep referring to as a “realist” concerning all things budget related, coming to the inescapable conclusion that:
“In short, Ryan’s job-creation proposals are great — for the tiny number of Americans who already have jobs that pay more than $373,650 a year, and for the corporations who employ them.”
Ryan, of course, claims he has produced a budget that he will lead to a historically low (and deeply implausible) four percent unemployment rate in just four years.
I don’t know whether I should laugh at the fact a Republican thinks lower taxes on the rich even more will lead to job growth, because after all we saw how well those low tax rates on the rich did under Dubya, or if should cry because so many middle class people keep falling for the argument that trickle down economics actually works.
It’s a myth. Not because I say so, but because the many of the brightest economic minds in our country say so, including Warren Buffett:
In response to a question about whether the rich need more tax cuts in order to spur economic activity and bolster capitalism, billionaire Buffett said, “The rich are always going to say that, you know, ‘Just give us more money, and we’ll go out and spend more, and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you.’ But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on.”
Let us sane people (Democrats and non-Tea Party Republicans) continue to spread the truth and the benefits of living in the reality-based community.
You cannot, absolutely CANNOT keep giving break after to break the wealthy while asking the middle class, the impoverished and the elderly to bear the brunt of the labor in resolving this impending debt crisis.
We need some brave conservatives to step up and say “enough is enough”, stopping the loonies in the Tea Party from hijacking the Grand ‘Ol Party, and saving the country in the process.
To continue down this road will only assure that once again you, the party of Lincoln, are on the wrong side of history.