Around various pockets of the media one can hear the conservative call to action, the affirmation of a mandate to defend the American people against the government. It is as clear as an azure sky to me that this mandate is real. Consider the following:
- Republicans almost took the White House. Less than a hundred electoral votes short!
- The Republican candidate for President of the United States almost won the popular vote (see how completely different ‘almost won’ sounds compared to ‘lost’?).
- Republicans only lost a net of two seats in the Senate and three in the House of Representatives.
For these reasons and others, I think it is time for Americans across the nation to accept the fact that this shrinking party of miserable, aged white men just knows what’s best for us, and we should let them have their destructive, self-defeating way. I for one am completely confident they have my best interests at heart as they attempt to allow corporate entities to destroy the very earth for short term profit which will surely trickle down to me eventually.
For those of you still reading, here’s a change of tempo. If you’re looking for more Republican bashing, sorry – I’ve shot my load. There’s plenty around the internet, much of it written by smarter and wittier folks than myself. Just open any recent article on the election results and read the comments section… And if any Republican-leaning readers haven’t given up yet, I’d like to offer next a serious assessment of an outsider’s (read independent voter’s) view of the current Republican party, because, seriously, and frankly, I’d like to someday see an election where I’m really not sure who to vote for, and not because I don’t particularly care for either candidate. But as long as the Republican party keeps putting one idiot-zoo-creature after another up for election, I don’t see much choice but to continue near-blind allegiance to the less-evil party (although I do vote for conservative judges – give people a fair chance to live free I say; if they screw it up: hang ‘em! Send ‘em to the chair!).
For starters, what does the Republican party really stand for? Freedom from government regulation? Then how to explain the abortion issue? Or gay marriage issue? Or, summing these up, the entire religious connection? As far as my public school education has instilled in me, these United States were founded on the principle of religious freedom, and the inherent separation of church and state required to maintain said freedom. So how did the party that eschews government interference with individual’s lives somehow become infested with the intolerant, insidious pestilence that is fundamentalist religion? The two are diametrically opposed, yet are somehow made to seem, at least in the media, like one unified field. [Speaking of unified fields, what's with the opposition to science? and knowledge in general? Oh yeah, that religion thing again...] Don’t get me wrong – I’m a very spiritual person, but it’s exactly because of my spiritual beliefs that I find the idea of pushing one’s religious beliefs on others to be so repugnant. Spirituality is a very personal thing, and if and when communities share a belief system and want to live within its confines together as a community, there is nothing more beautiful. But the key concept here is ‘want’. When it is a consensual gathering of like minded individuals, it is beautiful. When it is a bunch of power mongers trying to insert their beliefs into, say, a public school system’s policies or curriculum, something is woefully wrong – and this is where the call to remove government from people’s lives is just and necessary.
Then there is the Tea Party movement, which, as far as I can figure, basically wants to eliminate the federal government altogether. Somehow, I don’t see this working out too well. E.G. :
I like to ride trains. Interstate train travel is important to me. I kind of think there should be some kind of overseer in a thing like this. If not a federal government, who? A corporation? So eventually the whole network can be liquidated as the fat cats high-tail it out of Dodge with their ill-gotten gains? Don’t say that wouldn’t happen, because we all know it would sooner or later. No, a people’s railroad run by the people’s government. That’s the ideal.
I’ve got more to say on this issue, but I’ll save it for another post. To sum up, I’m a white guy who ain’t getting any younger, but I feel as if I’m being gypped out of a right of passage: namely to grow politically more conservative as I grow older. Who in their right mind can honestly say they think the nonsense coming out of the current Republican party is the best path forward? Not I. Where’s a good centrist candidate (who doesn’t want to enslave you to either the government or the local lord of the manor) when you need one?