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Republicans Have Betrayed, Deceived America; Now It's Payback Time

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Call it betrayal, treachery, or whatever you wish. There is a large element of the U.S. Congress that has disconnected itself from the American people and no longer represents their interests. It is called the GOP and, through its deceitful and obstructive tactics it has placed a dark stain on the American democracy. Now it's time for the people of this nation to cleanse the halls of Congress of these indentured servants of Corporate America; it's payback time, it's time for swift retribution by sending them into the ranks of the nation's unemployed.

In my lifetime, I have never seen a U.S. Congress that is so totally out of sync with the American people, one whose actions and behavior is so shameful and despicable. The vast majority of the members of this Congress, including both the obstructionist Republicans and too many weak-kneed Democrats no longer deserve to hold the jobs to which they were elected. They have completely failed America and, far worse than that, they have betrayed the American people by putting their interests above that of this nation. That unconscionable, dishonorable behavior can no longer be tolerated; they must go.

Yes, this Congress must be cleansed of the poisonous ideology that has infiltrated its halls. More than 90% of the betrayers of our democracy are Republicans but there are Democrats in both the House and the Senate that are also allied with Corporate America and those who want to dismantle our democracy. The Tea Party and all its members must be specifically targeted for dismissal because of their twisted, demented agenda to overthrow the government; they must be relegated to political purgatory. It is incomprehensible that some people refer to these political misfits as lawmakers.

For those many Americans out there who feel hopeless, frustrated and disillusioned about the state of the American political system I have good news; while it won't be an easy task, this cleansing of Congress is an entirely achievable objective -- if the people of America use the power that the U.S. Constitution has bestowed upon them. I'm speaking of the power of the vote, a power that so far the people have not used nearly as effectively as they should have, or as the Founding Fathers intended.

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Right now this corrupted political system, this collusive relationship between Corporate America and the vast majority of the Congress, is by far the greatest problem that this nation and this democracy face. Yet, this problem is not insurmountable, there is a viable solution; yes, viable if the American people have the desire and motivation to intelligently use the mightiest tool in their arsenal, the power of the vote, to turn this nation back into a positive direction.

The future of America is in great danger because of those whose objective is to destroy this society's most important entitlements, its entire safety net for citizens. This nation is reeling and beginning to crumble as our economic problems mount and, at the same time, those in positions of power, mainly the Republicans, continue to stonewall the process and let the problems fester. Massive changes must be made in both the House and the Senate, a complete transformation must take place, and the cancerous growth on the body of our political system must be removed.

Yes, the people have this massive power of the vote but how in the world are we going to wake them up and get them to exercise it in the noble effort to save this nation from suffering a financial and societal collapse? Why should we have to wake them up? What is so very difficult about spending a little time on the most important issues this nation faces? What is so very difficult about spending a few minutes going to the polls and voting for the candidates of choice? Every fit and able voter who stays home out of disgust and disillusionment will be directly responsible for helping those who intend to replace our democratic principles with their own twisted ideologies.

If the people of America, the majority of whom know that this nation is in a deep, almost irreversible, crisis cannot and will not respond and begin the process of transforming this Congress, then all is lost and we can bring the curtain down on America's future. But I am not yet ready to accept such a catastrophe. Recently I commented that Mr. Obama was now facing his last chance to show the people that he is capable of leading this country. It's time that the American people fully realize that this also may be their last chance to save their country from disaster and here, in my opinion, is how it must be done.

In the elections of 2012 the American people must do their diligent homework, study the issues and the candidates and then do two things: go to the polls in a massive turnout and vote to throw every Republican out of Congress; send them home so that they can no longer obstruct and disrupt the legislative process. And before these national elections begin, in the Democratic primaries, the people must identify each and every Democratic that has betrayed his or her party and this nation, and vote them out of office, thereby paying them back for their collusion with the GOP and Corporate America.

It's not just the Republicans in Congress who must be thrown out of office; those GOP governors in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida and other states who are destroying the bargaining rights of unions and laying off thousands of teachers, police and firefighters must also go. Some of them are subject to state recall procedures before long and others must be defeated at the polls.

This president needs to take his message about his jobs creation program to every quarter of America, as he said he would in his recent speech, and explain it in clear and explicit terms, naming the Republicans as the major impediment. He needs to relentlessly hammer this message home and expose the Republicans for using every obstructionist tactic to kill this jobs creation movement. If he continues to do this fearlessly and forcefully the people will respond, and then most of the GOP/Tea Party radicals will be living out their final days in this Congress.

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The political system in America has now become so corrupted and so dominated by radical ideologies that is now totally out of control. Corporate America, in the last few decades, has forced its way into the middle of the process and has used it limitless funds in the attempt to control our elections. It is now time for the American people, those who possess the real power, to offset the mega-millions brought into these elections by using a mega-turnout of voters. The goal must be to mobilize and energize the majority of Democrat, progressive and independent voters to turn out in record-shattering numbers to soundly defeat and take down every Republican and Tea Party member, along with that group of rogue Democrats, who have betrayed their party and their country.

So, here's a message to those who will, without a doubt, say that this is an impossible task, that it can't work, that Americans can neither be energized nor motivated. That's exactly the kind of negative attitude that has taken this nation down to one of the lowest points in its history. When you give up trying, when you give up fighting for what is right, then you are giving up on the country and yourself.

In the past I have been very critical of President Obama's performance but, so far in his initial speeches on this issue around the country, I see definite evidence that he understands the gravity of the situation and is finally beginning to respond with a strong effort and message. He must not only keep up the pressure, he must ramp it up. And, if the people respond in kind, America will have a great opportunity to get rid of the most poisonous politicians in Congress, the heartless, soulless Republicans.

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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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