That which fuels the Republican Party
It has come to my attention that what fuels most religions is also what fuels the republican party, Fear and Ignorance. I’m not saying all people who vote republican vote that way because they are fearful or that all republicans are ignorant, but I believe there are enough people who vote republican that fall within one of the two categories that it should be recognized and addressed. Apparently the republican party also supports capturing their audience via fear and ignorance because they continue to use fear tactics relying on the ignorance of the American people.
For example, the fake census forms the republican party sent out asking questions like “Do you believe the Obama Administration is right in dramatically scaling back our nation’s military?” and “Do you think the record trillion dollar federal deficit the Democrats are creating with their out-of-control spending is going to have disastrous consequences of our nation?”. Are they trying to strike fear? Yes. Are you ignorant if you believe this is a real census form? Yes.
The republicans have used fear tactics regarding health care reform. Saying that health care reform would allow for death panels. That if health care passes seniors would lose their medicare coverage, and that health care will bankrupt America. All lies with the intention of stirring up irrational fears.
Let’s go back in time. Remember the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq? Lies told to press the fear out of the American public. Lies told as an excuse to storm into the oil fields of the middle east.
Need more evidence? The Republican National Committee, RNC, made the mistake of the admitting to the use of fear out loud. Check out the article GOP Keeps Distance from RNC Pitch at Politico.com. Oh shit. Call in the troops. The RNC is letting the public know the secret scare tactics being employed.
The republican party also depends on the public’s believing the lies they til out each day on FOX news, on conservative radio, and at the resent CPAC conference. Lies like how the democrats are money spending socialists. Fact: Republicans are trying to say there was no surplus under the Clinton Administration. According to the Congressional Budget Office there was a surplus of $69.2 billion and $236.2 billion from 1998 to 2001. By the time Obama took over as President there was nearly a $500 billion budget deficit. As CNN reported in January of 2009, under President Bush the government had already committed to $7.2 billion in bailouts.
Wait. So the spending under Bush was headed in the same direction as under Obama? The answer to that question is Yes. But that is not the way the republican party is telling the story.
I could go on and on, but why. Those who should read this blog won’t because they just don’t want to have to think that hard.