June 9, 2916 By Jack Jodell.
This is the sixth and final segment of a series I have devoted to showing how far off the political table today’s Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republican Party has gone. In many respects, its current stances far too closely resemble the planks of a past, very extremist party, whose identity I will shortly reveal. As you re-examine these planks, bear in mind that today’s Republican Party does not at all resemble the traditional party which once elected progressives like Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt to the presidency, nor does it represent millions of minorities, as it did from its beginning. Nor does it represent the overwhelming number of average, everyday, working Americans, as it once did as recently as the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s. It has instead purged all of its sensible moderates and liberals only to replace them with ignorant, hateful, anti-government, anti-women, anti-minority, anti-immigrant, and anti-worker corporatists. It has become dedicated to privatizing everything, from public schools to the post office. It has deliberately turned a blind eye to the very real needs of the poor, the weak, the handicapped, and even the middle class, with its insistence on scrapping nearly all the very beneficial government-run programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment compensation, disability benefits, and far too many others! It has become dangerously addicted to preposterous failed notions like supply-side (aka “trickle down”) economics, “free trade” economics, further tax breaks for the wealthy who don’t need them and who invest their money overseas rather than in their own country, the abolition of much-needed regulations on business, banking, and the stock market, as well as protecting and furthering the rights of wealthy corporations to pollute without restriction and to spend millions of dollars to buy government influence and favorable policies for themselves while restricting individuals’ rights to a good job, a safe environment, and quality, equal opportunity education. In their pursuit of wealth at all costs, they have all but abandoned the great American ideals of FAIRNESS and EQUALITY and JUSTICE.
The extremist party platform I featured in the previous five segments of this post was the 1980 LIBERTARIAN PARTY platform, and running on it that year for Vice President was billionaire DAVID KOCH, of the notorious KOCH BOTHERS who head KOCH INDUSTRIES. These brothers, David and Charles, run a gigantic empire of businesses and are scheming to grab as much influence as they can over the U.S. Federal Government as well as state governments. Their aim is to transform America into the land of the privileged few rather than the land of opportunity for all! They are climate change deniers and want no government interference whatsoever in their ability to achieve maximum profit, especially if that means prohibiting the pollution of our waterways and atmosphere. They own Georgia Pacific and huge numbers of other polluting companies, and they are masters at public deception as well as employing favorable public relations for their endeavors. They mask what are actually subversive political and economic actions with clever manipulative PR campaigns and prefer to work behind the scenes, out of public scrutiny, to accomplish their sordid ends. They have invested heavily in the arts, medicine, and education in an attempt to portray themselves as good public citizens. They have, regrettably, also invested heavily in politics. THEY are the ones who have helped turn the once progressive Republican Party into a reactionary force, and have subverted our political system in the process. THEY are the ones who hold secret meetings twice a year among like-minded billionaires in order to draft anti-labor, pro-business legislation which they present to their subversive group ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) for submission to state legislatures and Congress in order to be put into law by willing, bought-out legislators. THEY are the ones who are spending nearly $900 MILLION this year to influence local, state, and federal elections. THEY are the reason corporate power is now rampant in this country, and WHY YOUR PAYCHECK HAS NOT GROWN IN PURCHASING POWER FOR YEARS! Needless to say, THEY, and their agenda, MUST BE SOUNDLY DEFEATED in this year’s elections! Their Tea Party candidates must be driven from office at all levels of government – NEVER to return – for they are a great threat to a free and truly representative government!
Consider this: these men want to ABOLISH Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public schools, the postal system, all forms of public welfare and relief programs, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, OSHA, and the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, plus all individual and corporate income taxes! Unbelievably, they also want to deregulate the already far too powerful and greedy health insurance industry! There would no longer be any form of social safety net, and greedy and irresponsible corporations would be able to run wild with nothing to keep them in check. Very soon, working people would be forced back into serfdom! It is horrendous to think that many of today’s Tea Party crowd actually support this drastic and wholly impractical nonsense! They, with the aid of these extremist Koch Brothers, have completely corrupted the once great Republican Party, turning it from a group of conservatives into a rabid band of radical reactionaries – all in a mere 36 years! This is definitely NOT your parents’ Republican Party, nor does it bear ANY resemblance to the party of Lincoln.
These Koch Brothers project an image of friendliness and confident success. They appear to be kindly old grandfather types. Don’t be fooled by their manipulative imagery: these men are ruthless autocratic despots who want ALL power – economic, social, and governmental – for themselves and other wealthy elites. They are as extreme as was their father, Fred Koch, an avowed John Birch Society member. It will not be easy to restore what they have already damaged thus far. But I urge ALL Republicans to begin right now – TODAY! TAKE BACK your party from the wacky, extremist Tea Party types who stole it away from you in 2010! Revamp your party with fresh, sensible, SANE ideas, and stop following the failed economic nonsense these so-called conservatives have filled you up with since 1980. Do NOT follow bullshitting narcissistic billionaires like Donald Trump, or devious misguided ideologues like Ted Cruz or Paul Ryan any longer. Their philosophies are NOT in line with your best interests, and, if fully implemented, will cause great harm to our nation and also to the world! Remember: it was Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower who pushed for and got our marvelous interstate freeway system. This fabulous piece of government-sponsored infrastructure employed many millions and sparked a huge number of jobs throughout the economy in the 1950s. He was joined by a vast majority of visionary Republicans and Democrats, EACH OF WHOM BELIEVED IN THE POWER OF GOVERNMENT TO DO GOOD. Since Ronald Reagan, few Republicans have shared in that belief – certainly NOT Koch Brothers puppets like the obstructionist Mitch McConnell and their ilk.
So, liberal and moderate Republicans, flood back into your party at all levels and wrest power away from these sinister, anti-progress and government-hating corporatists who stole it from you in the first place. It is definitely time for all sensible Republicans to take their party BACK!
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