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

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In no particular order, here are some observations on that peculiar phenomenon, Republicans.

Republicans follow a dogma which is by definition, authoritative, not to be disputed, doubted, or diverged from.  It means "That which seems to one, opinion or belief."  In other words, no evidence or facts are to be used in Republican dogma. 

Wray Herbert had an article on the Huffington Post titled, "How to Catch a Liar: The Cognitive Clues to Deceit."   I have yet to hear anything from a Republican that is actually true.  The first and only clue you need to know if they're lying is, Are they a Republican?

Republicans can lie to you very convincingly and authoritatively because they can ignore contradictions and invent their own facts to fit Limbaugh"s "how it's supposed to be" to bring it into line with their dogma.

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, hell bent on destroying Medicare/Medicaid, said that libertarian/conservative Ayn Rand was the reason he entered politics.  Republicans Clarence Thomas, Ron and Rand Paul, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, John Stossel and Andrew Napolitano are all Rand devotees.  The Randian viewpoint is one of extolling the sanctity of greed, of YOYO, you're on your own, economics.

There's just one thing about all that.  It's all based on a colossal fraud.  Rand vehemently opposed government intervention in helping the less fortunate.  No welfare, no Social Security, no Medicaid/Medicare.  And, all the while she was espousing this hard right, libertarian/conservative viewpoint, she was actually taking Social Security and Medicare from the very government she despised.

Republican/libertarian Rand Paul rejects government and all its works.  If so, then why has he worked so very hard to get on the government payroll at $174,000 per year?

A recent article making the rounds says that the brain structure of liberals and conservatives are physically different.  The brain area that controls analytical ability is larger in liberals than in conservatives, and the area that controls threat assessment is larger in conservatives than liberals.  The study didn't look into the ability of conservatives to invent threats, to see threats where none exist.  Republicans see just about everything as a threat.

State Senator Bruce Caswell of Michigan proposes that children in foster care be allowed to purchase clothing only in used clothing stores.  No more needs to be said about such blatant disregard for poor children.

Caswell is a Republican.

Rep. Cliff Stearns tacked on a provision to the bill providing health care to the 9/11 first responders that requires them to be checked against the terrorist watch list before receiving health care.

Stearns is a Republican

The most thoroughly complete statement of what it takes to be a Republican is the statement made by Barbara Bush while viewing the refugees from New Orleans in the Houston Astrodome: 

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them."

Right there, encapsulated in one statement, is the entire Republican philosophy.  Here are thousands of people with nothing, homes destroyed, no job, no income, no prospects, with nothing but the clothes they're wearing, and Barbara Bush, who has lived her adult life on a government provided salary, is highly resentful, jealous even, that these underprivileged, destitute people are getting something for free, however little, from the government.

This is an expression of the conservative/Republican idea that economics is a zero sum game.  Whatever those people were getting, whatever social programs benefit the poor, the sick, the old, is money that is being taken away from the Republicans.

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