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This Ain't Ike's Grand Old Party

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Today's Republicans appear to have no relationship to that of the past. They are quite willing to allow the poor to die of starvation or medical neglect in order to save the rich man's dollars. They discount the fact that the Federal government has any obligation to the governed other than "keeping them safe" by waging war on the people's credit card.

They are unwilling to pay the bills that are necessary to treat our war veterans for their injuries, to repair our Eisenhower-era infrastructure, or to subsidize the research and development for the long-term growth of our economy.

Their reason for this reluctance? Because it would cost money! They protest that our nation is economically broken by "big-government spending" which has put us deeply into debt and the only answer is to spend less. One is tempted to borrow from the comedians and ask, "How broke are we?" Their response might be to let the jobless eat dirt, sick children die in their mothers' arms, and old people "go up into the mountains and give up the ghost." You may listen all day to Congressional discussion without hearing words like "compassion," "charity," or "duty."

But nobody dares to suggest that taxes be raised. We have the same problems that we had when Eisenhower took the presidency and they claim to represent the same political party. Why, then, is it heresy for them to face the facts and raise taxes on the wealthy? At a time when faced with the same problems we have now, with a nation that was poverty-stricken but managed to win a tremendous war, a Republican president was able to unite us, guide us through it, and make our nation better than ever. Why can we not do it now when taxation rates are only a third of the Eisenhower level?

History shows us that, over the course of 200-plus years, whenever our country is in trouble, an honest disclosure of it by our leaders will generate an outpouring of effort that is amazing. The rank-and-file citizens will perform any chore, suffer any hardship, and pay any price to set it right and to get our destiny back on track. Those who would lead us with lies while pretending patriotism will be rewarded with failure, and any who are unwilling to make those sacrifices in the interests of their own wealth or power lie when they profess their love for our nation.

When President George W. Bush took office, we had a balanced budget with surplus projected far into the future. Then we began a war "on the cuff" with no increase in taxes, no mobilization efforts, and supplemented the efforts of our limited armed forces by the hiring, at great expense, of private mercenaries. Money was expended by the Treasury without accounting and spent without any effort at control. Billiions of dollars in cash were sent overseas and no accounting can be made for its use while a massive tax cut reduced our ability to pay for it. Now, our Congressmen, of the party of Ike, want us to force the poor of our nation to pay the bills on pain of their very lives..

President Eisenhower rests in well-earned peace with the honors that he deserved. Perhaps it is just as well that he never knew what would happen to the precepts of national duty and honor in his own chosen and beloved political party. If he were alive today, he would hang his head in shame. In today's political climate, he would not even qualify as a good Democrat!

Our current "Democratic" president strives to find the "center" of the political spectrum while the Republicans keep moving the goal posts. Now President Obama finds himself fighting to maintain his equilibrium against a party that beggers the John Birch Society or the leadership of Senator McCarthy. Once again, they demonstrate no shame at their lack of humanity in their campaign to enslave the working class and to turn the government over to the corporations by any means necessary.

God save America!

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