Please, Republicans, Rejoin the Real World

Here are some samples of what the world hears from Republicans.

  • “It’s a tragic day for the #US when a decision by five unelected justices of #SCOTUS blatantly violates the law.”  Rep. Louie Gohmert
  • Justice Scalia apparently is a creationist who believes Earth is only thousands of years old, because in a speech he recently claimed the planet is “at least” 5,000 years old. The planet is about 4.5 billion years old.
  • Despite overwhelming well documented evidence of climate change, congressional Republicans have for decades managed to thwart every single national step toward saving ourselves. This has severely impacted the entire planet, making it far too late to halt change.
  • Every natural disaster—floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquake, etc.—has been blamed on gay marriage by nitwit fundamentalist preachers, all of whom are Republicans claiming to speak for God and the GOP.
  • The proclamations of current presidential hopefuls are staggeringly stupid. Here’s just one. Rick Santorum said of the Supreme Court, “The stakes are too high and the issue too important to simply cede the will of the people to five unaccountable justices.”

Are you happy that these guys are your public face? If not, it is incumbent on you to do something about it. You can be sure Democrats can’t. Call them out. Demand reality.

Republicans are enslaved by their ideology.

Now, why should you want to change the way Republicans do things? Well, first is the plain fact that what Republicans have come to stand for is opposed by at least 80% of the voting public. If you want to be relevant, do something about it. Take the Affordable Care Act. Congressional Republicans still speak of Obamacare as if it were Godzilla, hugely destructive, vastly expensive, and hated by all. These attitudes defy objective reality on all counts. Among other things, the ACA has literally saved the lives of thousands who would have died for want of medical attention. Every life saved benefits the country economically. The only thing better than the ACA would be a national plan like everybody else has.

Republicans have had decades to come up with a plan for health care, and have not. That’s because their ideology says that the national plans that all other advanced countries have cannot work, in spite of the fact that all of them do. Republicans are enslaved by their ideology, and we all suffer for it. How much better it would be to simply support things that work and reject those that don’t.

We cannot run the country with
elected representatives who are
ignorant of basic science
because they don’t “believe” in it.

Take science. Now, fables from the distant past may be valuable in teaching us moral behavior, but they don’t explain objective truth. Only science gives us truths that we can test, and disprove if they don’t hold up. Because of science we know how old the universe is, how modern life evolved from earlier life, the laws of motion, how the elements and natural forces behave, and so on. Every day, every one of us makes use of the findings of science. Yet Republicans try to tell us that fables from ancient books are more accurate in describing how the world works. They are not only inaccurate, what they claim often flies in the face of what science has already proven thousands of times.

No matter what people want to believe, the planet is 4.5 billion years old, Homo sapiens is about 200,000 years old, and every living thing has evolved from earlier forms, including humans. We cannot run the country with elected representatives who are ignorant of basic science because they don’t “believe” in it. Faith is not how the world works. It works the way science has shown.

The path that Republicans are following does not go where they say it goes. For decades, Republicans have claimed that giving the rich a lot of money will bring wealth to everyone. Exactly the opposite has occurred. Inequality, measured by the Gini coefficient, has steadily worsened for a half century because of these policies. Just because Reagan believed it doesn’t mean it’s true. Reagan also used a soothsayer to help determine his policy.

The political debate should not be
between reality and fantasy.

Please understand, Democrats have no complaint that there are rich people. What we dislike is the indisputable fact that Republican policies have hurt everyone who is not rich. The poor in particular have found their fortunes slowly declining because of low pay and lack of opportunity, and everyone who is not rich suffers from stagnant earnings over the past 40 years. This is the legacy of Republicans, who even oppose raising the minimum wage. Do you want to be known as someone who hurt the poor?

Irrational people claim to speak for all Republicans. If you want to reclaim reality for the GOP, it is up to you to shoot these guys down, and demand that they function in the real world. A few Republicans are actually doing that, but not nearly enough.

You can start by reviewing the 

1956 GOP Platform

This is the platform of that radical socialist Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ike clearly wanted every American to enjoy the benefits of democracy. By contrast, today’s Republicans are devoted to beating down the rights and privileges of ordinary Americans, by killing unions, by limiting voting rights, by disparaging teachers, by denying health care, by limiting wages—by doing everything to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. This is not what Republicanism should be.

The political debate should not be between reality and fantasy. The political debate should be about how best to achieve the goals Republicans thought were worthy in 1956.

Please, Mr. and Ms Republican, expose all these Republican stupidities to the ridicule and correction they so richly deserve. Squash each and every reality-defying statement. Hold every Republican candidate responsible for what they say. Tell them publicly when what they say is false. Don’t let them get away with fantasy. Then maybe we can have a debate.

[A must-read from Barbara Ehrenreich: It Is Expensive to be Poor, The Atlantic.]


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  1. The “Good Old Days” look a lot like the Bernie Sanders position – amazing


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