(6 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
There has been a lot of talk about bipartisanship. I’m sure the notion has appeal to those tired of the bickering and lack of accomplishment that has characterized our government for lo these many years. Since republicans exist and are going nowhere, they deserve a seat at the table goes one popular argument. Some go so far as to suggest that both parties are equally deserving of the opportunity to govern. Aside from the fact that our party just trounced their party at the polls, there are many reasons to question what might be the just deserts of the Republican Party. It certainly, in my view, does not encompass any right whatsoever to govern. Hell, they don’t even believe in governance. That fact alone should forever disqualify them from any such opportunity.
Let us speak of false equivalencies. These are not two football teams, one roughly the equivalent of the other. No, there are dramatic qualitative differences. Republicans are not even the rough equivalent of democrats. When we compare them we’re comparing apples and zebras.
The Republicans have presided over the systematic looting and dismantling of America. They have caused more harm and done more damage than any enemy foreign or domestic in our entire history. All of their ridiculous, self-serving theories: trickle-down economics, tax cuts as panacea, drowning government in the bathtub, market deregulation and preemptive war have been shown for the worthless tripe that they are. And now we’re supposed to just forget all of that and deal with them as though they were responsible citizens? As if they could be trusted anywhere near the levers of power ever again?
One does not compromise with monsters or bargain with fools.
These are people who have invaded sovereign nations without justification, stolen us all blind, tortured helpless prisoners and pissed all over the Constitution of the United States – all while pouring our nation’s treasure and the blood of her youth down the black hole of unnecessary and unjustified war. These aren’t people with slightly substandard ideas, these are people with horrible ideas. Virtually everything they have done over the past 8 years has been hateful, bigoted, selfish and anti-American in the extreme. They have all but destroyed this country.
We always knew that they represented Corporate America, the filthy rich, and the forces of discrimination, censorship, bigotry and avarice. We knew they were famous for `dirty tricks’ and criminal behavior (see Watergate and Iran/Contra). We knew they were heartless and uncaring toward the poor and needy. We knew they were the party of social Darwinism and a throwback to an unenlightened age when gay people were viewed as an abomination and women were regarded as chattel. We knew they wanted to impose their narrow, wrong-headed yet curiously self-righteous views on all the rest of us. We knew they represented intolerance, greed, selfishness, hatred and hubris writ large.
What we didn’t know was how complete was their contempt for the American ideals of equality, liberty and democracy.
Do I want to see Obama reach across the aisle and work with Lindsey Graham or Phil Graham? No, I want to see him reach across the aisle and throttle the Grahams and their ilk.
Why is it that when republicans win, their ‘mandate’ makes democrats irrelevant but when democrats win we are obliged to share power with the knuckle-draggers? Why? And why would we want to? Do we really want to allow those intent on destroying our government to have an equal say in what happens therein? How does that make sense?
Haven’t these people done enough damage?
Have we not learned anything in these eight years?
Are we going to put Brownie back in charge of FEMA?
We should not enable these people. We should not accommodate these people. We should press our every advantage and help them to self-destruct. We needn’t help them survive. Nobody should. We’ll be better off without them.
The Republican Party deserves to die.