My impassioned 72-year-old Twitter pal, who goes by the name 42bkdodgr, would like to share his feelings about the GOP's aversion to federal programs . I am more than happy to oblige.
But first, a personal note from 42bkdodgr:
Many of you may wonder why I chose to use the “ 72 year old friend” as the introduction to my Special Comments. I selected the moniker so readers could see that from my age and life experiences I give a different perspective to the issues of today.
Now for his Special Comment:
Where Is The Morality?
For several years we have listened to the Republican party, especially the Right Wing and the religious right of the party, say they are the real Americans, the real patriots and the party of moral values.
When you hear what some of Republican candidates running for Congress and their party leaders are saying, you begin to wonder, where is the morality of the Republican party?
Republican candidates Sharron Angle (Sen. Nevada), Chris O'Donnell (Sen. Delaware), Joe Miller (Sen. Alaska), Linda McMahon (Sen. Connecticut), Ken Buck (Sen. Colorado), Jim DeMint (Sen. South Carolina), Rand Paul (Sen. Kentucky) have all said they favor one or more of the following:
* Privatize Social Security
* Privatize the Veterans Administration
* Cuts in Medicare and Medicaid programs
* Lowering the federal minimum wage ( I believe they really mean doing away with minimum wage)
* Unemployment insurance is unconstitutional or not extend UI
* Repeal the Health Care bill.
* Repeal the Financial Reform bill.
* Repeal of Roe v Wade; and no abortion allowed due to rape or incest.
All of these programs help and protect Americans, yet these same candidates support the extension of the tax cuts for the rich. If nothing else, this shows who these candidates and the Republican Party truly represent and it's not the common man. Where is these candidates' morality?
You have Newt Gingrich promoting that the GOP highlight the increase in number of Americans receiving food stamps during the Obama administration. This argument is nothing more than a "class warfare" issue remark. I guess he doesn't feel that Americans who have lost their jobs, seen their savings depleted during this country's worse recession, would need some assistance for their families' basic needs. Where is his morality?
The topper of all remarks is Jim DeMint saying gays and unwed single moms involved in a sexual relationship should not be allowed to teach in the public schools.
He makes no mention about what should be done with a male teacher who is an unwed single father, or what the consequences should be if a male teacher is the reason for a teacher being an unwed single mom. He treats gays and women as second class citizens; such thinking is no different than the viewpoints of the Taliban.
Imagine if all the things mentioned above came to fruition, and the following scenario happened:
A teacher who is raped would be required to have the baby, but would lose her job, because she is unwed mother. Now out of work, she wouldn't be able to collect unemployment insurance, have access to Medicaid, or able to afford health care and probably would have to take a low paying job with no minimum wage coverage.
Sounds ridiculous, but this is the world that could possibly come about if the Republican Party and right wing were in control of our federal and state governments for several years.
I keep hearing conservatives and teabaggers saying they want their country back. Well, the country they will get back without the above programs, will be the soup kitchens of the 1930s. Maybe when that happens, they will wake up to what they have lost.
So I ask, where is the morality of the Republican party?
Many thanks again for another thorough, relevant piece, 42bkdodgr. You often say what many of us are thinking and feeling, and we thank you for your unique perspective.