The Song Remains The Same
Why are republicans so shamelessly ignorant? It wasn’t always this way.
One of our finest presidents was a republican, even though many people see his term overshadowed by his military campaign. President Eisenhower was quite possibly one of the most accomplished Generals of World War Two, and easily one of the most memorable presidents with a strong patriotic background we can all appreciate. He led during the 50’s, a quiet era of economic prosperity for our country. Even though it wasn’t the greatest place to be if you were black, jewish, latino, asian, gay, native american, or a woman…it was one of the more productive periods in this nation’s history. Eisenhower even went out on a high note though, when he made the unprecedented announcement that he believed if we did not take heed quickly, the military industrial complex would likely become a problem for this country. He was dead-on too, wasn’t he? One of the three largest areas of spending in this nation is defense. Why is that? Because while America was caught in the mourning process, we turned a blind eye to the money flying out the door to be used on nuclear arsenals, vast arrays of advanced weaponry, and the production of bio-chemical prototype arsenals. Whether it was the cold war, Desert Storm, or Operation Enduring Freedom; the game stays the same. Trillions of dollars are being wasted on weapons to hunt enemies in an international witch-hunt meant to smoke out tactical masters using guerilla warfare. Ike tried to warn us, and he paid for it by being ignored like every other good president who has tried to relay an important message.
Let’s take a look at the republicans now. Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. That’s a hell of a list of happy faces all shrouding the disgusting politics they all participated in. This list reeks of more public corruption than Tammany Hall, and sadly enough people still don’t seem to fully recognize it. What’s even more pathetic is some of the people who ran and never (or haven’t) made it. There are few animals (let alone people) on the planet who are as stupid as Sarah Palin. When one staggers over a question as blatantly straight-forward such as “What do you read?”, it stands to reason that you may be dealing with an idiot. Not to mention that her running partner “The Walking Dead”…err John McCain based his platform under the idea that “It’s a dangerous world, and I John McCain am the only thing standing between you, and blood-thirsty Al-Qaeda!”. Even to children who believe in super-heroes; one look at McCain and they’d be thinking the zombie apocalypse is upon us. As an American citizen I can also appreciate that not only did he bring the army; Mr. McCain brought a Barbie doll to take his place in office if he ever happens to get shot in the head.
It’s an insult to believe that president Bush helped this country in any way except made it so we appreciate other, more competent politicians more. When your president fucks up so often, that when he does it again people just say “Well, what did you expect?”, you know that your country is in trouble. I won’t go into vast detail. I think it’s painfully obvious the amount of damage Bush did to this country during his 8 years in office. People have heard it over, and over again the myriad of atrocities he committed as a president as well as the pointlessly ill-informed decisions he made during that time. His administration even turned on him during his last days, to which he backed out slowly by using vacation time. I can’t say I blame him though; you can only watch a slow-motion suicide happen for so long before you realize the horror unfolding in front of you. I could also ramble all day about his lack of vocabulary, and his grasp on the fine art of grammatical structure.
“Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?”
Do I really need to say anything?
Finally, I feel the need to tear down this horrible banner that is the mythical legend of Ronald Reagan. Whether it’s Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, or Glenn Beck; the list of people who absolutely have not a fucking clue who Reagan was grows daily. This image of a kind hearted old man, aloof, carefree and who loved everyone, who was deeply religious, who stood for family values and the conservative dream, and who was such a head-strong individual who never changed his character is a disgustingly false, and incorrect portrayal of who Reagan was overall. Reagan had an incredibly dark side. He systematically allowed the slaughter of hundreds of thousands at the hands of the Iran Contras, and then shrugged it off because he felt it wasn’t his fault. He viewed the Soviet Union as an Evil Empire, and wanted nothing more than to remove it at any cost necessary. He spent billions of dollars our country didn’t have to do this as well, and then ended up using none of this vast arsenal of weapons he stockpiled. He never flaunted his religion in public, as he was a secular human being and usually only practiced under the sanctity of his own roof or with his family. He was a conservative, who was supposed to be reducing the amount of government in our country. Unfortunately, under his administration we gained over 400 new federal employees and government drastically increased. By the time he was out of office, 7 million more people were out of jobs than when he went in. By the end of his term, he completely abandoned his original ideals of the Soviet Union, and became fast friends with Mikhail Gorbachev who was a major player in the reform party in the U.S.S.R. Reagan swiftly became a strong advocate of peace with the Soviet Union, and immediately tried to pass a treaty that would rid our two nations of nuclear arms within 20 years (a noble idea, I will admit). The problem is though, is that no republican today recognizes that Reagan caused more problems than he solved; they revere him as a hero instead of taking him into perspective.
The point I’m trying to make is simple;
How, and why did the word republican become a synonym for “incompetent”? There are quite a few conservatives who I think have the potential to run for office, but they never will because they do a few things that are considered “no-no’s”…like reading, heavily researching the public and economic struggles we all face, and taking time to study the world around us for a better idea of how to better it. These conservatives know the Tea Party is a large group of idiots who started out with a basis of lowering taxes, and moved forward into the platform of “knowing less than all other parties running”. The conservatives who need to step forward and lead their party will never be recognized, because the republican party believes in absolutes so heavily that any slide in their campaign strategy means that the terrorists are winning, and we’re on a slippery slope to total socialism (as if any of them knew how to spell socialism, let alone know what it actually is). There is no middle ground, and unless you follow everything they believe like a religious tenet, you’re never going to be considered as a possible candidate for the republican party. Which is more than likely the reason they will never be able to make a comeback after Bush. Too many people are afraid of what happens if we manage to acquire another president as dim-witted and blindly ignorant to the truth as Bush.
I will end with a final quote by the late Eisenhower, who truly understood what it meant to be a centrist in ideology and political awareness. R.I.P. Ike!
“I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center”.