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What it takes to be a Republican, the Loughner-Phelps/Republican connection

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She also said, when considering the death and destruction that would follow on her son George Bush's declaring war on Iraq:

"It's not relevant.  So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"

I don't think "beautiful" is the word to describe her mind.

Barbara Bush is a Republican.

As mentioned above, Paul Ryan proposes to end Medicare and Medicaid.  As an article by Wendell Potter here on OpEdNews points out, this would be a windfall for the insurance companies.  There are two benefits to Republicans in Ryan's proposal.  One, it turns over trillions of dollars to the insurance companies that they haven't been able to get a cut out of, yet.  Two, and most important, it absolves Republicans for the denial of medical care for the needy and allows them to point to the insurance companies as the deniers.

It's insane to turn over responsibility for medical care to companies whose very existence is based on the ability to prevent as much medical care as possible.

As noted, Paul Ryan is a Republican.

Several decades ago, the leader of a central European country said, "All the worldly goods we possess we owe to the struggle of the chosen, all benefits of culture must be introduced more or less with an iron fist."  A pretty good synopsis of Republican ideology. 

He then went on to bring his country to total collapse and defeat.  There are some Republican governors passing a law that allows them to appoint a Gauleter to take over cities they deem in need of a dictator, with the power to occupy the city, usurp the democratically elected leaders, sell off public property to corporations at the corporations price, and take over all assets to do with as he pleases.  Welcome to the Republican Reich.

The Thousand Year Reich lasted 12 years.  We can hope that the Republican Reich lasts only 730 days.  Be sure to vote.  I don't have to tell you who never to vote for. 

By now, you've gotten the general idea of what Republicans are. They can only see things in black and white.  As George Bush said, you're either with us or against us.  Nothing in between.  But, everything is not either/or.  There are degrees that run the spectrum from 0% to 100%.  You've known of some people who may be 20% or 40% or 80% psychotic, or paranoid, or psychopaths.  And, some of us, called liberal/progressives, can see in color, which no Republican can.

 Jared Loughner was caught with a smoking gun at the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson.  The Republicans were quick to point out two things.  One, it was not a political shooting.  They said this, even though the primary target was a politician and it was at a political event.  Two, the shooting was in no way motivated by the violent rhetoric of the Republicans. 

Item one above is obviously false.  It was political.  Item two is probably true.  When it's shown that Loughner was the shooter, it will also be true that he didn't have to be motivated by violent rhetoric.  He merely dug down into that same Republican viewpoint expressed so eloquently by Barbara Bush and took it to it's ultimate extreme: that there are some people who are undeserving of consideration as fellow human beings and are undeserving of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Republicans in congress have varying percentages of this viewpoint, none approaching the 100% level, because they haven't yet started going around shooting people at random, but still, it's there.  They don't have enough of whatever it is that took Loughner all the way there.

Fred Phelps demonstrates at military funerals, saying that he's glad for dead soldiers and that we're going to hell because we are tolerant of gay people.  The Republicans are notoriously anti-gay, against any and all efforts to allow gay people to share our culture and society.  Phelps is just doing the same thing as the Republicans and gets his inspiration from the same place as the Republicans.  Instead of being only 40% or 50% or 60% anti-gay as the Republicans are, he goes the full route to 100%.  It's the same thing, it just varies by amount.

President Obama is proud of his "compromising" with the Republicans.  The Republicans told him that they had some demands that they might be willing to compromise on.  They asked him for two arms and two legs.  Obama compromised by only giving up one arm and one leg, and hobbles to the microphone on double crutches and brags about how well he did.  He doesn't notice that all of the Republicans still have both arms and both legs and are sniggering at him as he hobbles around.

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