During the week of the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial, it was next-to-impossible not to imagine what the great emancipator -- along with Theodore Roosevelt -- might have felt about the corrupt and sorry state of their once-great party. Would they even recognize it? It started out 153 years ago with such great promise, and such noble intent: the freeing of human beings from bondage. Let's get real here, folks. The Democrats, for all their great and rich history, never had an issue half that good to rally around. What the hell happened to the Republican party?
And while we're on the subject, would someone please explain to me why they keep referring to it as the "party of Lincoln"? That's as crazy as calling the Democrats the "party of Strom Thurmond." Old Strom's influence on the Dems ended in 1948 when he bolted their national convention and ran as a Dixiecrat. Father Abraham's influence on the party of which he was one of the founding fathers ended at 7:22 on the morning of April 15, 1865, when he breathed his final breath. I am not presumptuous enough to state as a fact that if Mr. Lincoln were around today he would be a registered Democrat, but I can say with absolute certainty: He sure as hell wouldn't be running around calling himself a Republican; that's for damned sure! The man's standards were just too high for that sort of thing.
Were Abraham Lincoln to rise from the dead tonight, he would be mortified to even have his name associated with the train wreck that they still insist on calling the Grand Old Party.
They have already taken a first step in seeing to it that President Obama's stimulus plan fails. They have been able to water it down to such a degree that it is (in my humble opinion anyway) almost guaranteed to fail. Their solution to the problem? The same solution they've had for any and every problem for the last three decades: eliminate the capitol gains tax for rich people. Been there. Done that. Didn't work then. Won't work now. Next case....
The only thing that matters to these despicable nitwits is their worship on the alter of the corporate dollar. You and I just don't matter to them. We never have. We never will. As the late Frank Zappa once eloquently intoned:
They're just lookin' out for number one
And number one ain't you
You ain't even number two....
We The People need to start to see through the smoke and mirrors. They were able to sucker a HUGE number of ignorant citizens into believing that they were the party of "moral values." That is the reason so many people consistently vote against their own economic interests. These knuckleheads are under the impression that the Republicans are the "Pro Life Party." Forget the hypocrisy of being the party in favor of the death penalty. Here's something to consider: The votes on the court to overturn Roe vs. Wade have been there for more than two years. Why hasn't it been overturned? Because the RNC knows damned well that the overwhelming majority of the American people are (like it or not) pro choice. If the Supreme Court overturned that decision tomorrow, the Republican party would disappear overnight. You don't believe me? What have the Whigs been up to lately? I rest my case. Be careful what you wish for.
My hope is that the GOP's self-inflicted wound will ultimately prove to be mortal and that another, more centrist party will evolve from the carnage. Their ideals have been forever rendered worthless and self-defeating. The question that remains is whether or not the millions of good Americans who are registered Republicans will finally wake up and understand what their party has done to their country. Again, you can't blame me for dreaming.