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Republican mindset dangerous to United States

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Message Marsha Whited

There were reports a few years ago that the mindsets to being a Republican or a Democrat were hardwired into our brains at birth; it was the result of thought processes. Watching the Republicans continually fail to support positive positions for the United States of America makes me think these scientists might just be right about this.

The finest example I can present is the case of Senator Judd Gregg's backing out of the appointment as commerce secretary in the Obama Administration. Seemingly honored and eager to work in the position, everyone thought things were set for this Republican standout in fiscal discipline to take the office, and it was expected he would do a good job with it, but... I am afraid his hard wiring got in the way. The words that tell us this are his saying he needed to be 120 percent sure he could support actions taken by Obama and the department.

First of all, no-one has any idea what actions he might have faced over a possible eight years as Secretary of Commerce or what he would have been asked to do for this country before the job was over, but he was terrified of just doing his best, which is what Obama wanted from him. There is no way any man could tell him what he would face over the next eight years, so his realism is flawed to a great degree.

The nation can be happy he stepped down before he actually took the job. In hindsight, he never was the man for the job. It is going to be a hard job making this nation financially stable, and we all know there are no sure things.

When you listen to the Republicans and their reasons for not supporting any of Obama's policies (most supported Bush's spending bill), you again face this hard wiring. Unless someone can spell out exactly what will happen over the lifetime of the bills Obama has proposed, they cannot give their support.

Now we understand why these Senate and House members supported Bush and Cheney. Bush and Cheney would decide what was true, not true, wrong or right. No matter what the facts were or the future brought, or what the truth was, they didn't waver; it remained the same. None of the supporters had to step up and say, "Gee, we were wrong about a lot of things."

We all know the Iraqis did not have a hand in 911, but Bush insisted with a twist here and there that they needed to be invaded because of 911. Bush decided Iraq had atomic weapons factories and maybe weapons themselves and still today Republicans insist they were right, even though they were not.

Bush also decided the way to run a government was to lower taxes so low the government was not receiving sufficient funds to pay their bills and basically ran the economics of our nation into the ground. Still, today, the standing Republicans insist this is the only way to run this nation.

Republicans must be hard wired. What else would lead to this failure to be able to deal with the actual truth of the matter, instead of pretending everything was as they suspected from the very first thought. The fact that all these people found each other proves they have the same weaknesses in character, caused by hard wiring or some unknown.

With Bush off to Texas with his tail between his legs (I bet he would be booed in a regular crowd), the remaining Republicans continue their work to destroy this nation. They are voting because of their mind set, not because of the facts. They say they believe we need a stimulus and yet won't vote for one because Obama cannot assure them of the outcome. They b*tch about the spending in the bill, and the true definition of a stimulus bill is spending money. Do these Republican hear themselves? They kind of look stupid to me. But stupid it probably isn't; they just need a leader who will make up a big lie and assure them it will all turn out a certain way and then they will jump right in.

Obama is not that kind of leader; he is going to level with us all and that must be terribly frightening to the Republicans who remain in office. What they need to realize is they might be selling the Republican Party down the tubes along with their unreasonable voting practices.  I bet Obama sits there sometimes, just scratching his head in disbelief. I know I do, and if these Republicans were being rational, they would also be wondering why they think what they are doing serves this nation.

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Marsha Whited is a 73 year old fourth generation Californian. Marsha thinks she inherited some of the pioneering instincts of her ancestors, and this has let her be more adventure seeking than most women of her time. On the edge, the chase of the (more...)
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