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The GOP: Let's Rename it the APP, the Anti-People Party - Social Antagonists

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That's a great idea. Let's go ahead and rename that Grand Old Party, and call it the APP, the Anti-People Party. That's a perfect description of the Republican Party and its newest and most repulsive element, the Tea Party. Some people actually think that GOP stands for Government of the People but that is like saying that Ronald Reagan was a liberal. Actually, though, Republicans really like people, as long as they are their own kind; wealthy, powerful, greedy, selfish, haughty and manipulative.  

Sad to say, this is the same political party that the American electorate put in control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. When in the history of America did the people of this nation make a more grievous mistake than when they willingly allowed that political travesty to happen? Ever since that happened our government has lapsed into a state of paralysis.

Giving the GOP any form of control is, in itself, a terrible blow to our waning democracy. That election was bad enough but the fact that within this group of reckless and ruthless GOP politicians, an unruly gang called the Tea Party also was elected to office, is a catastrophe. This new subsidiary of the GOP, said to number 80 or slightly more, is comprised of a group of slightly demented political neophytes who seem to be against everything in America but have no substantive ideas of any kind how to make any of it any better.

This Congress already was in a state of gridlock, especially the Senate, after the Republicans decided to bring the legislative process to a standstill in order to destroy the presidency of Barack Obama. But with the infusion of more Republicans and, especially with the Tea Partiers, that destructive agenda has been greatly magnified. No matter what the problems that this nation faces, they are not being solved, not even being addressed.

What a tragedy this has become for America. What we needed to come out of that election in 2010 was the best and the brightest of people in America that could turn the country in a completely new direction. That didn't happen because far too many Democratic and Independent voters, disillusioned with the sad performance of the Democrats, stayed home. That opened the door for the Republican voters to dominate the election that has ended in this disaster.

But then, there are those who say that the Democrats are just as bad as Republicans, that they are basically the same. By now we all know that a good many Democrats have a physical problem that is commonly referred to as a lack of a spine, often worsened by cowardly behavior. Certainly, neither of these two parties and their actions in Washington could be called exemplary or outstanding but there is one major difference between them.

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Let's illustrate this difference by what these two parties, down deep, really stand for. The Republican Party is totally subservient to Corporate America and to the wealthiest Americans. No matter what issue that comes up for a decision, if there is a choice of whether it benefits the people of America or the corporations of America, the GOP will choose the corporations every time without fail. That's what they do; they follow the dictates of their corporate masters. If you don't agree with that premise then tell me what program of substance has ever been proposed or implemented by the GOP that looks out for the welfare of the American people.

There are some Democrats, the Blue Dog variety and others, who are often guilty of the same allegiance to Corporate America but the majority of Democrats still stand behind the needs of the people over and above the interests of the wealthy and powerful. Has the GOP ever enacted legislation that solved massive economic or social problems such as those of the New Deal, Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security? Of course not; in fact they are working harder than ever to destroy these very effective and highly successful programs and shift all the associated government funding to their friends on Wall Street. Republicans, the party that coined the phrase "death panels" show not the least bit of empathy or compassion for the 45 million or so Americans who are below the poverty line and/or have to rely on food stamps to feed their families.

Just recently, one of the millionaires in the Senate, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, whose $174,000 salary is paid for by American taxpayers and whose health and pension benefits come from government programs, made this statement that is a great example of the contempt that he and his GOP compatriots feel for those less fortunate than they. As a part of the Gang of Six, the Senate group studying debt reduction, he is reported to have said, "The point is where's the efficiency in that? The actual service going to people isn't going to decline, the people sucking off the program are going to be the ones that lost." What brazen hypocrisy!

Thanks very much Mr. Senator for making that half-witted statement that exemplifies the Republican attitude toward Americans who may be unemployed, disabled, sick, seniors and others who can't cope with their situations without governmental assistance. You could not have said it any better; you could not have better illustrated what your party stands for, what you stand for -- a total lack of any feelings of compassion for your fellow citizens.

Do you think that this senator or others just like him have any remorse after making such heartless statements? Of course, not; it is their nature, that is how they think, that is what they are. They take care of their own kind, those wealthiest of Americans who present no problems to their country because they are the privileged, they own most of the wealth of the nation, they have the best healthcare available, their children receive the best education; people who believe that they are the bedrock, the foundation of America because they need no social programs of any kind.

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Put yourself in the place of a typical wealthy America and how he or she thinks about people. How would these words or phrases register with them? Hunger, no work, no health insurance, food stamps, poverty, foreclosure, student loans, personal bankruptcy. How would that register, what would be their reaction? Well, from my personal observations of this society, I would venture to say that none of these words register at all; that the plight of others never enters their minds. Sure there are some of the wealthy, those few like the very decent and successful Warren Buffet, who can relate to and empathize with the plight of their fellow Americans; but only a few.

In the spirit of disclosure, I must admit that some years ago I actually supported the Republican Party because I believed it was right for America at the time. But then, as I became more and more cognizant of the issues and problems in our nation and how radically that party's policies were changing, something came over me, some force took control of me; that force was my conscience. And from then on I completely rejected that twisted ideology and became an Independent who basically supports the Democratic agenda -- whenever I feel that it is right for America and its people.

I don't like the idea of one party control and I wish we had a three-party system. But that's not likely to happen any time soon. So, in the meantime, I will support the people of America and urge everyone with whom I interact to reject and defeat those politicians who give every indication of having lost their moral compass and any sense of compassion for those millions of Americans who are less fortunate than themselves.

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)

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