Addressing Republican Candidates
Presently doing political research, I encounter a lot of right-wing rhetoric on candidate sites. Here is my response to this rhetoric.
How dare you claim to be America, and the rest of America to not be America?
How dare you claim that America is you?
53% of American voters voted for Obama, and you are claiming what? That 53% of American voters are not America? And then you claim to value democracy?
To these right-wing candidates, I have this to say.
You are not America.
You are not the majority of America.
And you are not its better part either.
Let's look at the facts. America's prosperity, technology, and military might, are owed first and foremost to science. Without science, Americans would have no cars, no TVs, no computers, no high-tech weapons, no medical machines. Science in America is a vastly Democratic, government-funded, endeavor. And without this vastly Democratic, government-funded, endeavor, America would have none of what it has.
The engine of 1980s and 1990s prosperity was another vastly Democratic endeavor: The computer industry. Based on the personal computer model invented by a hippie named Steven Jobs, the computer industry was based in vastly Democratic Bay Area, Washington State, and Democratic-voting areas of Northern Virginia, with Democrats both the bulk of its management and its rank-and-file.
America had its greatest period of peacetime prosperity under Democrat Bill Clinton, and its greatest period of wartime prosperity under Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Clinton was the last President to do anything effective about the government, not only streamlining it to be as efficient and user-friendly as any private enterprise but also running the only balanced budget in 40 years. Under Republican Bush Jr, and Republican Congress, the government bloated from $1.8 trillion annual budget that it was in 2000 to $2.9 trillion annual budget in 2008. And under Republican Bush Jr. and Republican Congress, America's debt went from $5 trillion to $11 trillion.
And these right-wing candidates are claiming what, that Democrats have caused the debt and the big government? That Republicans will do better? All that Republicans have done is replace "tax-and-spend" policies of Johnson, Nixon and Carter with far more irresponsible borrow-and-spend policies of Reagan and Bush both father and son. Republicans have not reduced the government. All they have done is pass on to their children and grandchildren the burden for paying its bills. And then they claim to have responsibility and "family values" and American patriotism as they do this crime to their children - this vast act of irresponsibility - this ruin upon America.
Not only have Republicans brought about this disaster in government, but they have brought about greater disaster economically. I'll be blunt. Most Republican economic entities are parasitical on America. And that means that they have no right to speak for it.
One such entity is Texas Oil. The scientists knew since early 1980s what uncontrolled carbon emissions combined with rainforest deforestation will do to the planet, and it has. Texas Oil led denial of this reality, and what was denied was real progress in creating high-technology, high-intelligence, high-economic-benefit abundant clean energy solutions: Solutions that are as good for the economy as they are for the planet. And now we are facing loss of life, loss of property, and irreversible damage, because of this irresponsible denial of reality. Texas Oil knows what it has done, but many American people do not.
Another such entity is the anti-government, government-funded, solid Republican beef industry. American farmland with present technologies can feed 2 billion people. Instead, most of this land is used to raise cattle feed, resulting in it feeding a fraction of that number. And what people are fed, is unhealthy food that gives them obesity and diabetes, instead of realizing vast economic benefit from selling crops abroad and vast political benefit from giving them away in times of famine. These people want the government off their backs. It is quite rightful to tell them to get off the back of the government.
Another parasitical Republican entity is the industry of conmanship and deception that is the Christian Right. This industry that has convinced millions of American people that scientists and journalist are fools and liars and sinners, and they aren't - as they keep claiming such things while benefiting daily from science and what science has made possible - as they are using technology made possible by science to disseminate their propaganda - as they tell people such blatant lies as that AIDS is God's way of controlling the homosexual population; that 9-11 happened because God removed his protective umbrella over America because of feminists and liberals; and that the world is being run by a satanic New World Order conspiracy. This industry has been parasitical from the start, and its influence - gutting primary education to result in dumbening of the population; defunding the academia to result in vast loss of competitiveness of American science; and destroying meaningful liberty in America - has had the worst effect of all industries in America.
Added to this, there are entities such as the anti-government truckers who use government-built, government-maintained Interstate system and still want government off their backs. And let's not forget that biggest, most expensive, most wasteful government bureaucracy - the Department of Defense, that does such things as buy $600 toilets and throw away perfectly good tools after a week in use. This bureaucracy, vastly Republican, cost the taxpayer $700 billion in 2008, making it by far the biggest source of misappropriation of taxpayer money.
There are many on the Right who say that the problem is the government doing too much. And yet they are running for government. The correct question to ask is, Are you running for government so that you can do nothing?
There are others who shout about the "establishment" in Washington. And yet they are trying to become part of this "establishment." The correct question to ask is, Are you trying to become part of what you hate, or are you just conning people?
There are others who claim that the problem is taxes. These are the people who started the giant deficits under Reagan and made them bigger under Bush, with Republican Congress. Of course these people have done nothing about the size of the government. The only person who has done anything effective about the government and about the debt was Bill Clinton. Instead, the government grew under Bush from $1.8 trillion in 2000 to $2.9 trillion in 2008. What they have done, and what they are continuing to insist on doing, is making their children and their grandchildren pay their taxes for them. Having replaced "tax-and-spend" with the far more irresponsible borrow-and-spend, they have passed on a huge debt burden to their ancestors. This has been a fully Republican-made problem from the start.
So that while the right-wingers keep shouting about "taking back America," let's look at what the right-wingers have done to America while being at its helm. And let's consider what it is that they really have to offer America. The failed, corrupt, destructive Bush policies, now warmed over with lunatic rhetoric about "New World Order," blaming Democrats for problems caused by Republicans, aggressive denial of reality, and ridiculous claims of "socialism," have nothing good to offer America. And it is time that more American voters see that.