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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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