Republican Lies: How do they get away with it?
As I continue in my political research to view the standpoints and platforms of Republican candidates, I feel like shouting at them. That I of course cannot do; but I can write what I think about their statements here. This is a set of responses to many of the most common claims that I see.
"We must stop radical judges legislating from the bench" - so then we can roll back the results of the 2000 election, in which the Reagan appointee-stacked Supreme Court upheld corrupt wheeling-and-dealing in Florida in which Bush's brother was governor to steal an election from its legitimate winner.
"Religious freedom is central to America" - if you allow people in America to practice other religions than Abrahamic ones, as well as not to practice religion, that statement might become true.
"Our right to bear arms comes from God" - yes, it was God, and not the Chinese, that invented gunpowder.
"Marriage is a union sanctioned by God between one man and one woman" - then why did the men of God, David and Solomon, have many wives? Why did Abraham have a wife and a concubine? Why do Mormons and Muslims practice polygamy?
"We must protect innocent life from the point of conception" - then stop slaughtering innocent civilians all around the world.
"Our rights and our liberties come from God" - if your rights and liberties came from God, then they would have existed to a greater extent in Medieval Europe, which was a lot more devoutly Christian than America has ever been. English and Spanish monarchies at the time of America's founding were Christian too, and they had no such liberties or rights. Americans' rights and liberties come from European Enlightenment philosophy designed by damn European snob intellectuals like Locke and Voltaire and put into place by damn liberal intellectuals like Jefferson and Franklin, with the help of them damn French who financed American Revolution. Without these damn libruls America would be still an English colony, and Americans would be serving the Queen.
"Government spending is out of control" - that it is, and that it has been since Bush Jr. The government's biggest, most wasteful and most inefficient bureaucracy - the military - takes $800 billion of taxpayer money a year and uses it to buy $600 toilets and throw away perfectly good tools after a week in use. The only person who actually did anything effective about the government and the debt was Bill Clinton, and his hard-earned accomplishment was destroyed by Bush Jr. and Republican Congress.
"Cutting taxes has always led to an economic boom" - it certainly did not the last time it was tried. It worked when Kennedy did it because at that time the taxes were ridiculous; when Reagan did it, it created big economic growth but bigger accumulation of debt; when Bush did it, it was completely unnecessary and irresponsible, and the result was $6 trillion extra debt and no economic growth.
"We must balance the budget" - it is your Reagan and Bush Republicans that threw the budget out of whack in the first place. Reagan started it; Clinton with huge effort and huge loss to his party brought it back into balance; then Bush blew a huge hole in the budget by cutting taxes for the super-wealthy while raising the government budget from $1.8 trillion that it was in 2000 to $2.9 trillion in 2008. All in all, the Reagan and Bush Republicans took federal debt from $1 trillion at the end of the Carter Administration to $11 trillion a the end of the Bush Administration. More of the same borrow-and-spend Republican policies will not fix the problem.
"Reducing the size of the government is the way to fix the economy" - no Republican has ever done that. Only Bill Clinton has done that with any degree of success.
For another counterpoint, why did American economy register its strongest growth under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the most aggressively big-government president in the history of the United States?
"The progressive taxation system punishes success" - paying for the system that protects your property when you're a corporate raider who charges a salary of millions of dollars a month while your company is falling apart is hardly a punishment. Real punishment would see your ass in jail.
"The government is corrupt and invasive" - it became that way under Bush Jr. and Republican Congress. More of the same will not fix the problem.
"Our heritage is Christian" - since white America consists of people who have rejected their European Christian heritage in order to pursue freedom from that heritage in the New World, how dare they force this heritage on the people who are now alive.
"The income tax and other reforms during Progressive Era (early 20th century) are unconstitutional" - America's greatest age was not, as right-wingers claim, 19th century, but 20th century. England was the great 19th century power. America came to the forefront of the world during Progressive Era and remained at the forefront of the world through 20th century, mostly as a result of the reforms that took place during Progressive Era.
"Government and the Democrats are parasitical on America" - It is government science that has made possible most of what business sells and the bulk of American economic output. It is government Interstate and road system that has made possible delivery of goods to the customer by the producer, without which the anti-government truckers would not be able to deliver beef made by anti-government government-subsidized farmers to big liberal cities that are their markets. It is the government Internet that has made possible for business productivity to rise vastly as much as it makes possible for the anti-government right-wingers to distribute their lies. As for the Democrats, not only have they given America its greatest period of peace and prosperity (under Clinton) and its greatest period of wartime prosperity (under Roosevelt), but they gave America:
- The vastly Democratic computer industry that was the engine of 1980s and 1990s prosperity;
- Its greatest military victories (under Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt);
- The bulk of its scientific and technological progress;
- Most of its teachers and journalists who do such thankless tasks as educating America's youth and seeking out corruption;
- The only balanced budget and only successful government reform (under Clinton);
- Vast drop in violent crime (once again, under Clinton);
- The weekend, the humane working conditions, personal freedoms, women's rights, and most of the rights and freedoms that American people have enjoyed since the Progressive Era.
"The way to get energy independence is to build nuclear plants and drill oil" - and make more nuclear waste that can't decompose for thousands of years, and foul up more beaches, and continue poisoning the planet while denying progress in creation and implementation of economically viable high-technology solutions that will actually solve this problem and many others.
"Education should be under local (or parental) control" - since you want to do away with alternative schools, you're obviously lying.
And all this still leaves me wondering, how has it become possible that American Right could lie as much as it does and get away with it?