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The Image That America Projects To The World: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

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On the Hyde, or dark side of America, nefarious elements of this government are at work attacking our Constitution and our democracy, condoning and promoting the use of the NSA to spy on American citizens and world leaders; they are those that not long ago initiated cruel forms of torture at the horrendous Abu Grahib prison in Iraq; that used water boarding on suspected terrorists, that used renditions, i.e., "the practice of abducting and transferring terrorism suspects to foreign countries known to employ torture for the purpose of interrogation."

 

Here's the latest example of the Hyde side of America by which international law is being violated time and again by the launching of drones that wreak havoc on other nations, and innocent men, women and children, as the article says, are being "obliterated." That's Hyde at work.

 

Hyde can be thought of as the right wing conservative whackos that pollute this government and the airwaves, spewing their hatred, bigotry and disdain for this nation's minorities. The Hydes of America do not want universal health care for all Americans; they are those in Republican controlled states that have refused to accept Medicaid assistance from the government and, therefore, will allow millions of Americans to go without medical coverage which will, in many cases, lead to early death.

 

We see Hyde's personality emerge in the Republican's latest budget submission that does the following: balances the government budget on the backs of the American people by cutting, over the next 10 years, $2.1 trillion out of health care subsidies and coverage under the Affordable Care Act, $732 billion cuts in Medicaid, $1 trillion in cuts to programs such as food stamps, Pell grants for students, and federal assistance for education and health research.

 

While this mindless, twisted GOP budget would make steep cuts to Medicaid that would drive many millions of Americans out of this critically important program, including senior citizens unable to care for themselves, the disabled and children in low income families, it would increase military spending and provide large tax cuts for millionaires.

 

Just think about the massive destruction that this budget will rain down on this society; it's certainly not a budget based on moral, rational thinking but, rather the work of sociopaths; the Hydes who inhabit this government and can readily be identified by their pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others, their clear disdain for people who are different from themselves; we hear the insults and put downs directed against the women of America, the open racism and bigotry, and the callous disregard for the poor of America.

 

The Hyde mentality is deeply embedded in the U.S. Congress. Just think about the mental state of those "representatives" of the American people who are fighting against any and all attempts to better the lives of their fellow Americans. The U.S. Senate is about to defeat legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Every attempt to extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans who are out of work has been defeated; the creation of new jobs critically needed to fuel this economy and to halt the deterioration of the middle class has been taken off the table.

 

Are the people of America even listening to what goes on in this Congress? Can't they recognize the twisted behavior of the many sociopaths that are so adversely affecting this country? Apparently not because in poll after poll we hear that the Republicans are poised to handily win the November 2014 elections; that they have a 60% chance to retain and even increase their control of the House and also take control of the Senate? What's wrong with the American people? Are they gluttons for punishment or what?

 

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