- Rid the country of all immigrants.
- Bomb Iran.
- Void all limits on gun ownership.
- Ban all abortions and health services for women.
- Limit voting to those they deem fit to vote.
- Dismantle all government agencies except Defense.
- Convert all education to market based.
- Convert necessary government services to private free market businesses.
- Discontinue all taxes on corporations and the wealthy.
- End United Nations membership.
- Establish Christian observances in government and public places.
Ridiculous, right? But the fact is, every one of these pathologically negative plans is espoused by one, or more likely, numerous prominent Republican figures, no matter how unbelievable they seem to be.
Numerous Republicans are adamant about completely closing our borders to all immigration, and more than a few want to round up all undocumented immigrants and deport them. This is amazingly stupid in a nation composed of some 97% immigrants, to say nothing of the fact that what they propose would drain well over a hundred billion dollars from the public purse and cripple the industries that depend on these immigrants.
Every one of these is espoused
by prominent Republican figures.
Republicans who want to bomb Iran as soon as possible include Scott Walker, former UN representative John Bolt, Rick Santorum, and many others. They apparently believe that diplomacy, such as the recent agreement on nuclear power, can never work. Most Republicans believe that a president who doesn’t start a war is a weak president.
Virtually all Republicans oppose any and all restrictions on gun ownership. They are all afraid of the NRA. None of them can face the fact that our hundreds of millions of guns cause the accidental and purposeful deaths of tens of thousands of citizens every year, while more civilized nations count their losses in single digits.
Republicans have somehow forgotten why we have legal abortion. Virtually all Republican candidates have acted or would act against the health needs of women, whom they have repeatedly characterized as inferior to men. Unwanted pregnancies do occur, of course (it has something to do with men), and under certain circumstances, termination is the only reasonable course of action, and safe procedures are obviously better. This has always been true. Prior to Roe vs. Wade, unsafe terminations too easily caused death or disfigurement. Republicans are adamant about forcing birth not because of the supposed sacredness of a fertilized egg, which may be among the 50% that abort naturally anyway, but because they believe pregnancies are the result of sexual license. This they believe is a characteristic only of African-Americans, and anything that punishes blacks for their presumed natural inferiority must be pursued. They are not “pro life”. They are for forced birth; after a birth they have no further interest in the child, and are quite complacent about their abusive negligence.
Republicans have somehow forgotten
why we have legal abortion.
The Republican campaign against “voting fraud” in red states has repeatedly been proven to be an attempt to keep blacks and other minorities from voting, and is undertaken entirely because they are more likely to vote for Democrats. There is no real voter fraud in the US. Several large studies have found single-digit fraud out of millions of votes. One fraudulent vote was a Republican operative who voted in two states. There were no other fraudsters in that study.
In spite of the evidence of numerous government agencies that function efficiently and precisely the way they are supposed to, Republicans believe that free-market private enterprise is superior to government agencies in all cases. That’s why various presidential hopefuls such as Rand Paul and Chris Christi intend to dismantle Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and every other program designed to help people who need them. In many cases they propose to replace these effective and efficient programs with private for-profit programs that cannot fail to cost more because of the necessity for profit, and will be unaffordable by many millions who are underpaid for full time work.
Such people believe that dismantling government will bring enough savings that most taxes could be abolished, bringing about the nirvana of “best, least government”. They have already minimized taxes on corporations and the rich, and want to reduce them more, which leaves the poor and middle class to bear most of the tax burden. Meantime, with inadequate tax revenue, the national infrastructure that is already dangerously decayed after decades of deferred maintenance would fall apart completely. Replacing infrastructure such as a bridge is vastly more expensive than timely upkeep.
John Bolt, the most intolerant warmonger in many decades, saw his duty as our representative to the UN to get the US to withdraw, and to cause the UN to collapse. These days he is joined by a number of Republican presidential hopefuls with similar ideas, including Rand Paul and four Republican reps from the Old South. John Birchers have been pushing this idiotic agenda for fifty years.
Someone among the men who support these things
will be the Republican nominee.
Virtually every Republican professes a devout Christian faith, and many believe we are a Christian nation. Those people have apparently never read American history, and are unacquainted with the Constitution. They do not seem to understand that one out of four Americans (and rising) are not Christian, nor do they care. Almost all Republicans want to compel Christian prayers and other observances in schools, government places, and elsewhere, and somehow fail to understand that this is not only repugnant and disrespectful to more than 80,000,000 Americans (the entire population of Germany), but violates the most bedrock laws of the nation.
The 2016 Republican Platform I have outlined seems so irrational is to be unbelievable, a surefire plan for national disaster. Yet there are prominent Republicans who support every plank, and someone among them will eventually be the Republican nominee.