Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Why I Am Not A Republican

First, almost to a man the GOP leadership is meaner than a junkyard dog. Unless you are willing to give them large caches of money, stand on their Bible, and wave their flag their only consideration is to rip you to shreds. This in itself seems to be counter productive for a party whose trickle down philosophy is based on unlimited consumption. I mean after all how can we keep consuming after they have chewed us up; spit us out; and left us lying by the side of the road. They continue on their ‘road to the good life’, but if they follow it to its natural conclusion it becomes the ‘highway to nowhere’.

Actually I’m all for standing on Bibles and waving flags. I have done that most of my life. But there is a problem. We read the same Bible so it must be a matter of interpretation. For my part I fail to see how loving God and my neighbor, or helping the poor and the weak, is exemplified by cutting education and health care. Is it Christian love to cut the wages of the poor while increasing tax breaks to the rich? The argument is that the rich will take this largesse and create more jobs and better wages for the rest of us. But who are they kidding, any jobs created are being shipped overseas and wages/benefits are being driven down if the jobs are allowed to remain. If a society wants to be moral and just then it must be judged on how it treats its weakest members.

I also believe in America and waving the flag. But there is a problem of definition. My America is a land of opportunity for all, a land of justice and fair play. It is a land of loving, giving, and sacrifice. The GOP and the Bush Administration pay lip service to all those things, but in deed they spawn a polarized nation based on winning at any and all cost. Bush world is a world of hate and taking. It does believe in sacrifice, in fact the Bush credo is,” No sacrifice is too great for others to make.”

Why I Am Not A Democrat

The Bush Credo - No Sacrifice Is Too Great For Others To Make.

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