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A Sick and Broken Spirit

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As I said in that video of mine that went viral, we are up against "a sick and broken spirit" in today's Republican Party. What is most important in each issue that arises in our politics these days is to see and attack that dark spirit that the Republicans are expressing.

That spirit is visible behind their position on climate change, and on guns, and just about every other issue on our national agenda.


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What's important about climate change is not just the crucial issue of will we act responsibly to avert catastrophe, but also to perceive the grotesque Spirit behind this Republican Party --a Party that, during the election process just past, required its presidential candidates to assert to be false what science is declaring in a loud voice to be true. 

What kind of party would not only allow, but insist upon, disagreement with 97% of the top scientists in the field who are sending our nation, and the world, an urgent message.
 
What kind of political party would endanger so much of our future in order to reap the political benefits of doing the bidding of the world's richest corporations? 

What kind of a spirit is it that would use a once-respectable political party to play Russian roulette with the lives of our children and grandchildren, and with the health of life on earth? 

With the gun issue, we have the spirit expressing itself through a politics that deals in absolutes and spits on compromise and treats anyone who deviates from what they say as an enemy to be destroyed. The politics of the NRA are mean and they are dishonest. The NRA lies to make people afraid of phony threats to distract them from the real threat from the sick and broken spirit that's working to degrade the lives of Americans and the soul of America.


The fight should be waged at a level deeper than just guns. It should be waged as a fight for the spirit of reasonableness, of mutual respect, and blessed are the peacemakers. The spirit of caring about the greater good.

The Republican Party, as a whole, has absolutely no soul now. They have sold their soul for power. Power at any price. Sold it to that power-hungry and destructive spirit. That spirit is what our political strategy should be designed to attack.

Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. He is the author of various books including The Parable of the Tribes:  The Problem of Power in Social Evolution and Out of Weakness:  Healing the Wounds that Drive Us to War.  

 

Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. He is the author of various books including The Parable of the Tribes: The (more...)
 
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both parties have no soul. I am very sorry. BTW, y... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 6:22:47 PM
I regard the "both sides do it" (or both sides are... by Andrew Schmookler on Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 7:44:05 PM
 are trying to develop a platform for the Pop... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 7:59:18 PM
My current project, about which I've just begun to... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 9:04:52 AM
"What kind of a spirit is it that would use a once... by Ad Du on Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:25:24 PM
I hope I'm right in assuming that you understand t... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 9:13:10 AM
The enemy within:  Progressives, Liberals, Ra... by Xman2 on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 9:34:04 AM
And Romney was better? In your dreams!... by Jerry Kelley on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:50:43 AM
Aside from the absolute insanity that has ravage... by Susan Lee Schwartz on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:03:43 AM
If only Americans were told the 'whole truth', but... by Xman2 on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:52:34 AM
A SICK AND BROKEN SPIRIT Andy, I can see y... by Andy Tonti on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:34:32 AM
"Both sides do it" is, as I said, a dangerously di... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:43:22 AM
The Dems are just as sick and self serving with pr... by S. Juniper on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:35:18 AM
"You're either with us or against us" type of togg... by Julian Lobato on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 11:40:29 AM
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Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Wouldn't you ... by Brian Lynch on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 3:01:20 PM
It would be a challenge to imagine a party whose s... by Andrew Schmookler on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 3:35:11 PM
and I believe he means good. At the same time ... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 3:58:01 PM
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All the good hearted people contributing to this d... by Frank Legge on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 12:56:39 AM
Two decades ago, I was having a similar discussi... by Susan Lee Schwartz on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 3:06:37 PM