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Remember the Movie, "The Ugly American?" It's Being Remade, Starring the GOP

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The Ugly American was a best selling political novel in 1958 that was made into a movie starring Marlon Brando five years later. It is a fictional account of American government officials, employees and businessmen who operated in Southeast Asia, actually Vietnam, during the early years of the U.S. government's agenda to curb the spread of communism.

In the book and the movie the main plot portrayed the manner in which those Americans related to and interacted with the government and the people of the nation in which they were working. At that time they were depicted as haughty, arrogant, selfish and condescending. Some things never change do they?

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And that will be the premise of this article; to portray the GOP, the Republican Party, together with their Tea Party associates, as the modern-day version of the Ugly American. If Hollywood decided to make a sequel to that great movie, and they needed to find the perfect actors to play the roles, all the producers would have to do is contact the GOP leadership in Washington D.C. and their casting requirements would be readily filled.

In reality, the sequel to that movie is already playing all across America as we speak. Republicans in the House and the Senate, together with the 29 Republican state governors are using every dirty tactic against the people of America in order to destroy numerous government programs designed to benefit people while, at the same time, they are working nonstop to further the interests of the wealthiest of Americans. Or we might say, take from the poor and give to the rich. They appear to be reverse Robin Hoods and that is really ugly.

They don't even try to hide what they're doing; they make it clear to anyone who will listen that they want to eliminate Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. The governor of Texas, Rick Perry, aka the leading executioner in America, in his total ignorance, calls Social Security a Ponzi scheme. If these agents of Corporate America have their way they will transfer the massive funds from these so-called entitlement programs into the accounts of Wall Street to add to their already obscene profits.

Talk about ugly, what about those laughable GOP presidential debates. Someone jokingly said, as a recent debate was about to begin, "Time to bring in the clowns" and someone else replied, "They're already here assembled on the stage." But during the debates it wasn't funny at all when a warped-minded segment of that audience cheered when someone asked if an extremely ill person who had refused to pay for an insurance plan should be allowed to die. That's more than ugly, that's just plain sick.

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Now let's talk about jobs. Is there anyone that does not understand that the Republicans in Congress will block or try to kill any and every attempt to develop legislation to create jobs for unemployed American workers? They haven't produced even one bill of any kind to create jobs and they have fought tooth and nail to destroy any kind of jobs creation initiatives that President Obama tried to put forth. They simply do not give a damn about the American worker because they are totally committed to Corporate America.

The Republican party of today is not the same one that occupied Washington D.C. a few decades ago; it has regressed and degenerated. This party can be described as cruel, sinister, heartless, and other terms that fit the definition of a sociopath. Do they ever exhibit a shred of empathy, sympathy or concern for their fellow Americans? They certainly do as long as those fellow Americans happen to be among the richest 1% in the nation, those greedy inhabitants of Wall Street or corporate CEO's who have only one concern; making more profits and receiving higher salaries and bonuses.

Their attitude toward the majority of the American people, the middle class, those in the lower income sector, the poor, the needy, the homeless is one of disdain and contempt. And what is absolutely incomprehensible is that these same political hacks that so plainly do things that bring harm to the majority of Americans, brazenly believe that these same Americans will, once again, vote them into office and, in fact, give them control of the entire Congress and the White House.

They want to transform America into a two-class nation. At the top of the ladder will be something like 5% of Americans who will control the 90% of the income and the wealth of the nation; and at the bottom will be the 95% of Americans who will have the remaining 10% of the income, and virtually none of the wealth of this nation. There will be no middle class. For those who study history, this current huge disparity in the distribution of wealth and power in America is nothing new. Over many centuries powerful minorities in France, Spain, Great Britain and other nations have, at various times, exercised total control over their governments and the people. History has a habit of repeating itself and that is what we are seeing in America today.

But, wait a minute; isn't America far more advanced, in fact, light years ahead of those times? We're the bedrock of world democracy, an enlightened, exceptional society with a government of the people -- aren't we? Well, perception is not always reality and this nation is rapidly undergoing a transformation by which a small minority of Americans is fully intent on maximizing their power over this government, the major institutions of this country and the vast majority of people. It is a movement against the people and our democracy.

Back to the issue at hand. Think about the current Republican leadership in both houses of the Congress; how they have obstructed, lied, deceived, filibustered and brought complete gridlock to an institution charged with governing this nation. Do you associate any of the following words with any one of them as you consider their behavior and performance in carrying out their responsibilities? Ethics, integrity, honesty, humanity, empathy, fairness, justice, honor, decency.

These corporate prostitutes are working very hard to promote the needs and wants of their masters which puts them at total odds with the American people. In their minds they think that they, together with corporations and the richest Americans deserve it all. They could care less about the rest of the American people who live in what used to be called the middle class and those at the bottom levels of the income scale; these "other kinds" of people have become a great burden in their way of thinking.

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Reading the Republican mind and their strategies is not at all difficult. If they succeed in gaining power and control and they dismantle much of the government and transform multi-millions of public sector jobs into the private sector what will happen? Well we can be sure that many millions more Americans will become unemployed, corporate profits will skyrocket and many more millions will be working at jobs paying slightly above the minimum wage. But what will become of the many Americans who remain unemployed and can barely survive? Well, the younger element will become easy and ripe targets for those military recruiters who need more and more bodies to work for their war machine.

To be absolutely fair we need to also judge the Democrats in this Congress. Are they perfect? No. Do they often come across as weak and indecisive? Yes. Should they stand up and fight harder and refuse to be cowed by Republicans? Yes, without a doubt. Should Democrats be considered to be the same as Republicans and just as bad? Absolutely not and for this reason; the congressional members of the Republican Party of today are, collectively, surely the lowest form of politician that Washington D.C. has ever seen.

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)

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