GOP puts winning above people’s rights
When a friend of mine in Canada asked me to explain the attitude of the GOP, I answered “indifference.”
Indifferent towards the working class, poor and people of color to not provide lifesaving financial assistance.
“The relief bill is too large,” they said before its passage. Of course they didn’t say that for Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to the rich and corporations claiming it will trickle down to everyone else (supply side economics) and pay for itself (which it didn’t).
The GOP is indifferent towards ending the pandemic before the job is done.
They cannot wait to lift the mask mandate in red states and resume social gathering, if they even imposed one in the first place despite the health warnings.
They become accustomed to COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. It’s similar to their indifference towards gun deaths that the GOP ignores and resists the Democrat’s efforts to establish sensible gun controls.
More recently, the GOP’s indifference is manifested in attacking voters’ rights by passing state laws which make it more difficult to vote.
This is voter suppression, since these laws target and discourage the working poor and people of color. Despite no documented problems in the 2020 elections (Trump’s “Big Lie”), the GOP realized that less voters of color give them a better chance of winning since they have lost the popular vote seven out of the last eight elections.
Bottom line: The GOP just doesn’t care who they inconvenience and hurt as long as they win.
Restore ‘honorable opposition’ in U.S.
Katie Finnegan’s March 28 letter (“No need for offensive language on signs”) hit home, because a homeowner on Clizbe Avenue in Amsterdam proudly flies a large Trump 2020 flag, and beneath it an equally large F*** Biden flag.
This in a neighborhood with young children.
Language is a reflection on our culture and on our ability to function as a democracy.
A consistent cornerstone needed for a democracy to survive is the acceptance of the “honorable opposition.” Our nation once embraced this approach, but it’s now barely acknowledged.
Does anyone remember Bob Dole and George Mitchell? They were both at alternate times majority leaders of the Senate, and amazingly, good friends. They were “honorable opponents.”
In 1990, Newt Gingrich suggested words for political candidates to use in a GOPAC brochure mailed nationally to all Republican candidates. That brochure suggested demeaning ways to describe an opponent. A major step down a slippery slope that now is increasingly used by both parties began.
When it is constantly claimed “The election was stolen,” despite no evidence of fraud being found, those who don’t accept an “honorable opposition” begin to tolerate offensive language, and our democracy suffers.
Republicans just want fair elections
Once again, the left-leaning Gazette highlights lies and misdirection.
On the March 29 Opinion page (note: when it’s called “opinion”, it doesn’t need to be factual), a highlighted quote was extracted from a heavily biased opinion column from the New York Daily News (“Improve access to ballots for all Americans.”) “Republicans, having lost the last White House round (along with the House and Senate), are pushing hundreds of bills in nearly every state capital to limit or restrict voting.” This is a lie. The lie is Republicans aren’t attempting to restrict or limit anything except cheating.
Requiring proof of who you are to ensure a legitimate election isn’t “restricting.” People have to have an ID for many reasons and having one that is confirmed when voting isn’t a challenge. You can get a free one if you truly have no other ID.
The lack of controls in the last election was obvious to anyone who cared to watch without bias.
Nobody knows how many votes were cast illegally or counted erroneously. Some were. Fact.
So what we want is a fair, accurate, legitimate voting process.
It’s totally disingenuous to whine about restricting anybody from voting. The left just wants the back door left open.
PS: Republicans gained seats in the House, even though the Democrats still have a (smaller) majority. Watching the demolition of our country under Biden, the 2022 and 2024 elections will be a Republican landslide. We can always hope.
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