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In the coming months, Republican lawmakers will be fighting tooth and nail against the agenda President Obama laid out during Tuesday's inaugural address: his call to action on equality, immigration reform, reducing gun violence, protecting social programs, addressing climate change and more.

And Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan neatly explains why the upcoming fights might be a problem for the GOP:

The public is not behind us, and that’s a real problem for our party.
Unfortunately, Republicans don't give a damn what the public wants. And that's a real problem for the country.

Originally posted to Barbara Morrill on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:08 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos Classics and Daily Kos.

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  •  And It's What's Wrong With All Their Factions. (27+ / 0-)

    From the dominionists to the financiers, oligarchs and militarists, all their factions mean to rule the people and take from the people. The right has been able to fool the people in supporting them but the people have finally begun to wake up. They are not behind any of the factions that have made up the Republican Party for half a century.

    But we're not out of the woods, because this national trend is not reproduced in a large fraction of states whether through actual support or gerrymandering that makes Democratic wins impossible. And that last fact is coming to the Electoral College in a number of states for 2016.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:13:52 AM PST

    •  Rep Amash (2+ / 0-)
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      Rep Amash is way too independent for the current repubs. I doubt if he wins again in 2014.

      •  Maybe...maybe not (1+ / 0-)
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        House Republicans from the Far West and from the Northeast favored the Senate’s compromise bill by large margins, and Midwesterners were split; but in the South, Republican opposition was overwhelming, 81–12, accounting for more than half of the total Republican “no” votes. In other words, Republicans outside the South have begun to turn pink, following the political tendencies of the country as a whole, but Southern Republicans, who dominate the Party and its congressional leadership, remain deep scarlet. These numbers reveal something more than the character of today’s Republican Party; a larger historical shift is under way.
        http://www.newyorker.com/...
        •  A symptom perhaps of the dominance (1+ / 0-)
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          of bible thumping Baptists in the south?

        •  Narrow-minded in the South! (0+ / 0-)

          Narrow minds, filled with hate for a Black President, and filled with ignorance of what is happening even to them too, perpetrated by the Republicans, continue to support those Members of Congress who misrepresent the South.

          Never forget that Lex Luthor ... er, Rick Scott, governor of Florida, refused the Medicaid Expansion for his own state.  Then he got the brain fart to sue the Obama administration for withholding the Expansion from Florida.

          And the voters down here in Florida don't know the difference.  Their inbred hatred of our President is overwhelming, and closes their minds to the possibility that their own governor has well and truly screwed them.  800,000 or more Floridians cannot get the healthcare they need, because of their governor.

          And the Republicans will make sure that they lay the blame at the feet of the Democrat in the White House!

          Sometimes, you need a sensa uma!

          by HashHoward on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 06:51:37 AM PDT

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      •  he seems too intelligent for the present GOP (0+ / 0-)

        so he has surely gotta go?

        or is this quote unusual for him ...

        •  he's a libertarian...From Wiki dictionary: (0+ / 0-)

          "At the age of 30, Amash assumed office as the second youngest sitting U.S. Representative, behind 29-year-old Aaron Schock of Illinois. As of 2013, Amash was the 6th youngest U.S. Representative. He is Chairman of the House Liberty Caucus[2] and associated with the Tea Party movement.[3][4][5][6][7]"

          1. Hope he doesn't follow Schock into the shadows, for his sake. Not likely.

          2. Youth is a factor in his background proclivity toward libertarianism. Favored R Paul and J. McCain early. Beat the other Repub and Demo in Michigan 60+ in 2010 and 2012. (I don't know why 2014 was left out, but the info was probably dated before that time, hence the reference to that year in the diary response).

          3. Other Repubs think he's a jerk on the mold of Gohmert but with a lot more brains. He does have some redeeming values, but in a deep red district, unlikely to be unseated any time soon.

          Methinks he's just thinking out loud as a libertarian in a Republican cage; the public IS behind him and he's probably having a hissy fit trying to figure out why things aren't going his way (hasn't been able to pass any of his 12 bills submitted over the years).

          There. now I can go back to sleep, perchance to dream...

          aures lupi

      •  His statement is why they need to suppress the (2+ / 0-)
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        vote, demand ID's, gerrymander and bootlick the billionaires and heavyweight millionaires.
        Without that they are finished.
        Soon, they will be finished and they will have to come back as something other than republicans.
        Though they will always be ultra-conservatives at heart.

    •  Yes, increasingly they just don't care (3+ / 0-)
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      what the public wants and are putting all their balls in voter suppression and gerrymandering.  And so far, it's working.  Scarey.  When are these gerrymandered states going to do something about it?

      Even Democrats can be asses. Look at Rahm Emanuel.

      by Helpless on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:26:53 AM PST

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      •  In most cases, 2020 (0+ / 0-)

        Most states do redistricting in census years so, absent some extraordinary intervention (ballot initiative, etc) it'll be a while.

        Movements that begin by stirring up hostility against a group of people end by denying to them all human qualities. --John Dewey

        by kingubu on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:50:52 AM PST

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        •  I don't think so (0+ / 0-)

          What's gonna happen in 2018 to suddenly turn these new red states blue?  Any new redistricting will make them even more red.

          No, I think the only hope these states have is via the proposition process.
          1. Turn redistricting over to a non-partisan commission.
          2. Order an immediate redo by this commission.

          Even Democrats can be asses. Look at Rahm Emanuel.

          by Helpless on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 09:21:23 AM PST

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      •  The puzzle (1+ / 0-)
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        Voter suppression tactics to date actually don't target people by race, but by economic class. Even when free  voter IDs are made available, those who live in small towns/rural counties often don't have cars, and the nearest DMV (to get ID) might be miles away. This is especially a problem for the elderly and disabled. (Most of these people are white.) This is a very large number of voters nation-wide,

        The poor are targeted on the notion that they always vote for Democrats, and that's no longer true. Many who do vote, choose a third party. Over the past 6+ years, Dems and libs have only more deeply alienated this chunk of the population, so why would Republicans still be hell-bent on voter suppression?

    •  And the democrats... (0+ / 0-)

      and this administration are destroying America.  The speech Obama gave is just smoke and mirrors and many, probably all lies. He will continue his murder of children via drone strikes on nonexistant terrorists (perhaps he should strike a drone on all of the senate and congress and a drop on our supreme court), dismantling our constitution (which seems to be a bipartisan issue), kowtowing to Israel (an absolute 'rogue' nation), unconstitutional wars, and just wait until the secret trade pact sends this nation into the third world! And did I mention his bailout of wall street? A few banks are surely about ready for another one only this one will be under the table as the banks are back to their old tricks. And ya gotta love our police state. Betcha can't wait to see what DHS is gonna do with almost a billion rounds of illegal-for-war-use hollow point ammunition, eh?

      What Bush started Obama is surely the man to finish! Both democrats, republicans, and their supporters are all ROTTEN to the core. The world hates us more than ever. Our enemies are abundant and this empire is going the way of Rome and I hope every stupid person that is sleeping here lives long to see the horrors they have condoned to fall upon their country and the hell they are leaving to their children.

      •  Equal opportunity hater (4+ / 0-)
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        So david Im not sure what you are on  but its bad shit. I gather from your post that you are the only true American.  Let me suggest a name for your country, MORONS ARE US.

      •  You said it yourself. BUSH STARTED IT. That mor... (3+ / 0-)
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        You said it yourself. BUSH STARTED IT. That moron pretty much destroyed our country, and the moronic voters actually re-elected this clown with his Dr. Evil DICK Cheney cohort.

        •  No (2+ / 0-)
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          The right wing takeover of the US actually began with Reagan, with the full support of the middle class. Every step of the way, from Reagan's deregulation mania to Clinton's NAFTA and ending poverty relief to Bush's war frenzy, we got what the middle class called for. The good news is that, even with the latest downward revision of what constitutes "middle class," they've been getting phased out for years. This creates at least the slight possibility that the masses -- poor and not-so-poor, workers and the jobless -- will eventually unite to push back, to everyone's benefit. This is what happened a few times in our past, anyway.

      •  If no wars were in progress when Obama came on, (4+ / 0-)
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        I seriously doubt Congress could get him to start any wars or Invasions. I'm sure part of the Republicans plan to block everything Obama does, includes blocking any change in the ongoing war.

      •  Yes, the world hates us so much (1+ / 0-)
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        that we have to militarize our borders in a vain attempt to keep people out of this ugly, corrupt dying country.  The world hates us so much that even our enemies send their children here to be educated.  We're such pathetic failures that half the world is trying to crack our security and steal our secrets.  Our economy is so weak that entire countries depend on our trade.  Our system of government is so weak and unappealing that tyrants both religious and social desperately shove propaganda at their people in mostly failed attempts to paint us as "the great Satan" and sacrifice their own people in desperate attempts to instill fear in an enemy that threatens their existence by the simple fact of it's own existence.   The safeguards built into our Constitution are so ineffective that the same powers that have toppled governments around the the can find themselves stymied by the simple fact that they don't have the people behind them.           To quote Andy Rooney: "It's amazing how long this country has been going to hell without ever actually getting there."  

        •  Easily solved (1+ / 0-)
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          Foreign countries get a heavy dose of US propaganda. They really do believe that this is a land of "justice for all," where there are abundant opportunities and where no one goes hungry. US media almost never notes the masses of people who leave this country, and the large percentage of immigrants who return to their countries.

          And who said America isn't now hell? For a good chunk of the population, it actually is.

          •  And you live where? (0+ / 0-)

            America I bet.   I'll bet you live in a house too.  With running water and indoor plumbing.  With heat in the winter, probably AC in the summer.  Car?  Computer and internet connection most assuredly, or you wouldn't be here.  Adequate food on the table, bought in a grocery store, no need to farm or hunt.  Vaccinations for your children to protect them from diseases that kill thousands of children worldwide.  No real fear of any harm to you or your family, no roving gangs of rapists or kidnappers to worry about.  The ability to spout abusive nonsense about the government that made all that possible without any fear of someone banging on your door in the dead of night.   Instead of spouting Byron-esque nonsense, do something positive to improve the "hellhole" you live in.  Remember, it is a government "of the people, for the people and BY the people".  If you live in hell it's because you made it so.  Change it.

      •  Oh? (0+ / 0-)

        You really think that? On one point, bigotry is a cultural norm in the US, and it can warp our perceptions of others. Anglos especially have this problem when it comes to Israel, imagining it to be a powerful behemoth threatening the world. In fact, Israel is a tiny country, the sole Jewish nation, surrounded by vast, oil-rich Arab nations. Each of these Arab nations are heavily militarized by Russia, China, AND the US. Israel's sole (but vital) use to the US is as a landing base for troops protecting US oil interests and waging the occasional war in the Mideast.

    •  Actually it's what's RIGHT with the Republicans. (3+ / 0-)
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      Hear me out.

      The Republican ideology is unpopular with voters. Voters reject it and the Republicans have been losing elections. What do the Republicans do?

      -- Do they "triangulate"?

      -- Do they turn into "moderates" or "Blue Dogs"?

      -- Do they throw parts of their coalition under the bus?

      No. They stay pure. Pure nastiness...but pure.

      The beast is not dead. They can come back, like they have in the past. Beating Goldwater in 1964 didn't save us from Reagan in 1980.

      If we are going to make our recent victories stick, we need to do two things:

      1) Enact big, deep-rooted Liberal policies that permanently lock our ideology into social and economic institutions.

      LGBT marriage and Obamacare are good examples of this. The New Deal was FDR's way of getting this done (the Hoover Dam is still there -- but nobody remembers Hoover).

      It is good to change tax rates, but it is better to change the structure of the system.

      2) Lock in more permanent political reform. The old Liberals did things like the Voting Rights Act and the 24th and 26th Amendments.  

      We need to take it further by attacking gerrymandering, the Electoral College, and "Corporate Personhood".

      We have More Democrats, and that's great. Now is the time for Better Democrats. The people trusted us and we had better deliver. If we don't, it's gonna be 1980 all over again. Older Kossacks will know exactly what I'm talking about.

      Get pure!

      •  Purity. Wasn't that the battle cry (1+ / 1-)
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        of the Third Reich?  We are born of mongrel stock, mongrel strength has sustained us ever since.  "Purity" is our greatest enemy, next to apathy.

        •  Point of confusion (3+ / 0-)
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          There is a difference between an obsession with ideological purity, and maintaining one's core values. There is a difference between reasonable compromises, and "selling out." We need mature people in political office who can determine those differences.

          •  Yes we do (0+ / 0-)

            and that's a completely different statement from the one I responded to.  I have no patience with extremists of any stripe.  The problem is that you can't express support for any idea without all sides involved immediately stuffing you in a box labeled "liberal" or "conservative" or "socialist" or "whatever".   There's only one label I need: American.  Demanding "purity" is inevitably exclusive, not inclusive.   Republicans are finding that out.  Why should Democrats repeat their mistake?

      •  That's the problem (0+ / 0-)

        How would you define liberal policies? What would be "better Democrats"? On core socioeconomic policies, which determine the quality of life in a nation, this generation has rejected liberal policies.

        In a nutshell: America looked at the policies and programs implemented from FDR to Reagan, which took the US to its height of wealth and productivity, and chose to reverse course, doing just the opposite. Lib media preaches (albeit subtly) the corporate philosophy: "Everyone is able to work, there are jobs for all who need one, therefore no need for poverty relief today." Who would want to change a system that worked so well?

        A point about the New Deal: What came to be called AFDC was first written into FDR's Social Security Act. The New Deal. Dem Bill Clinton got rid of that, and took the first steps to similarly "reform" Social Security itself, targeting the disabled. By 2000, the disabled became the fastest growing group of homeless people, and they did quite badly on the streets.

        We have a poverty crisis. Extreme poverty, which had been eliminated decades ago, has been brought back. What is the Dems' response? What is the liberal agenda for addressing poverty? So far -- just trickle down economics, another decade of calls for job creation.

    •  Not entirely (1+ / 1-)
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      Democrats and lib media won't touch the issue that has deeply divided Dem voters for years. Think: Clinton/Gore targeted the poor, giving us 8 yrs of Bush. The poor -- and those who get why unrelieved poverty is sinking the US -- voted third party or withheld their votes, and the middle class picked Bush. The poor, etc., overwhelmingly voted for Obama in hopes that he could launch a legitimate public discussion about our poverty crisis. Dems and libs aren't interested. Leading up to the 2014 elections, we learned that Dems were considering targeting the disabled again with deep cuts in benefits, much deeper than those made by Bill Clinton. As a result of Clinton's cuts, the disabled became the fastest-growing group of homeless people by 2000. They did quite poorly on the streets. Finally, Obama restored benefits, but the Dems in Congress promptly resumed targeting the disabled. Now we watch as the media marketed to libs have gone into overdrive to sell H. Clinton in place of VP Joe Biden as the 2016 candidate -- pro-war, anti-poor, pro-corporate empowerment, anti-New Deal Clinton.

      And that's why Democrats keep losing.

    •  Socialism vs Capitalism (2+ / 0-)
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      I remember many years ago at a party with a number of European guests, one of them remarked about an aphorism I hadn't heard. " anyone who is not a socialist before the age of 30 has no heart. Anyone who is a socialist after the age of 30 has no brain ". The capitalists in this country have been pretty clever the last few decades. They have gotten more and more subscribers for their ideology, simply by convincing them that stockholders are perpetuating the American dream by enabling more production of more goods to more people, thereby creating more jobs and more affluence. Anyone who interferes with the process is Un-american, and worse yet, a dividend reducer. Anyone, and that means the government as well, who interferes with that, or tries to regulate it in any way, is tearing at the very foundation of our society. So they make accomplices of the stockholders who now regard the taxing or in any way reducing the dividends a capital offense, pun intended. if you can't beat 'em, get 'em to join you where you make the rules. And also collect the lion's share of the
      " dividends ".

    •  Good one. (0+ / 0-)

      This is why they first had to control the media, because to control the people first they have to control the information.  It's how Hitler did it, and they operate from Hitler's playbook, which accusing the left of being Nazi's, Commies, etc.

    •  Do Not Forget (0+ / 0-)

      Gerrymandering.

      Gerrymandering is how the Republicans will hold onto seats in Congress, even though the Democrats have higher total vote counts in most states.

      It's a shameful power grab, and somewhat akin to a political coup.

      Sometimes, you need a sensa uma!

      by HashHoward on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 06:45:23 AM PDT

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    •  That's really not a problem (12+ / 0-)

      Republicans could care less what the public thinks.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:25:54 AM PST

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      •  They STILL need to be elected... (7+ / 0-)

        ...so all you red-staters, red-districters (that'd be me, btw) unelect the fuckers!

        Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

        by TerryDarc on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:01:13 AM PST

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        •  They pick their voters nt (3+ / 0-)
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        •  Easier said than done (2+ / 0-)
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          Voters cast over a million more votes for Democrats than Republicans, yet because of Republicans' REDMAP project, sent a 33 seat Republican majority to the House.  And now Republicans are using the same tactic on the electoral college to rig the 2016 Presidential election.

          As evidence of how little they care what we think and how little they think we can do anything about it

          1. They're boasting about it in public

          2. Republicans sneaked another gerrymandered redistricting bill through the Virginia state senate while one Democratic senator was at the inauguration.  (Va's state senate is 20/20 -- but not for long.

          Even Democrats can be asses. Look at Rahm Emanuel.

          by Helpless on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:49:45 AM PST

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          •  One possible solution is seen in that Virginia (1+ / 0-)
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            fiasco. Despite its off-off year election cycle and the going AWOL of national election "blues" all too often during those odd numbered year after the national election selections for all state offices this may just piss off NOVA and Hampton enough. If that blue weight comes out to crush state TP/GOP statewide office candidates we may get some traction.

            Our current governor is said to be unenthusiastic about the little Senate coup, but he was the same about the vaginal probe ultrasound and did little to stop it, then signing a "watered down" version despite "moderate" posturing. What he needs to think about is that this may finally bring about a focus of attention of the blue national voters for state matters making statewide office a distant dream for any Republican.

            Most Red States really represent an urban/rural split with the rurals fighting a rearguard, sometimes scorched earth, campaign against those "liberal" or "ethnic" urbanites. Georgia vs. Atlanta has a long, long story with the old County Unit System designed to counter Atlanta:

            Census data from 1960 illustrates the inequities of the county unit system. Although the rural counties accounted for only 32 percent of the state population by that year, they controlled 59 percent of the total unit vote. For example, the state's three least populous counties, Echols, Glascock, and Quitman, had a combined population of 6,980, while Fulton County, the most populous, had a population of 556,326. Collectively, the three smallest counties had a unit vote that equaled the unit vote of Fulton. The significance of this system was that the rural counties enjoyed a control of statewide elections that was out of proportion to their size.
            Much the same, minus that really out-of-bounds system, persists in many states that are "red" at the moment or long term. The strategy of mobilizing the Obama "blue" vote to deny Republicans statewide office in every election for this bad behavior could bear fruit.

            That needs to be a message in every one of the swing states where these electoral vote by CD and gerrymandering craze is fermenting. Do it and forget governorships and such for a generation.

            The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

            by pelagicray on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:05:47 AM PST

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          •  Democrats cling to their excuses, but... (0+ / 0-)

            Votes are not cast on a national basis.

            Overwhelming victories in New York do not affect a Congressional race in Iowa.

            Gerrymandering probably makes some difference, but basic structural issues mean that the nationwide popular vote is meaningless when talking Congressional majorities.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 11:20:33 PM PDT

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          •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

            We need to start working on an excuse for losing 2016, regardless of any Republican tactics. Dems and libs have spent the last 6+ yrs alienating a huge number of those who had voted for Obama -- the poor, and those who get why unrelieved poverty is sinking the US.

            Lib media won't touch this issue, but -- think back. Clinton/Gore targeted the poor. In Gore vs. Bush, the poor, etc. voted third party or withheld their votes, and the middle class picked Bush. The poor, etc. overwhelmingly voted for Obama in hopes that he could launch a legitimate discussion about our poverty crisis. Dems and libs aren't interested, and have spent the last 6+ years more dee0ly alienating these voters. Leading up to the 2014 elections, we learned of Dem plans to target Social Security disability again. It was a bad election year for Dems. Now ib media have gone all out to try to sell Hillary Clinton instead in place of VP Joe Biden. Clinton, with her long record of support for the right wing agenda -- pro-war, anti-poor, pro-corporate empowerment, anti-New Deal.  

            Through it all, the motto if this generation remains: Stand in Solidarity for the bourgeoisie alone, the middle class!

      •  COULD care less? (0+ / 0-)

        Oh, dear. Again.

        You meant COULDN'T care less, surely?

        Meaning: I care so little that I could not possibly care less. See?

        I know everyone says it, but saying "...could care less" is (to mean you don't care at all) sounds, well, kinda stupid.

    •  True enough, but Republicans have mastered (5+ / 0-)

      the art of propaganda, division, and fear.  So unless "we the people" make more noise than the Tea Party, voters will not know what the Republican extreme positions are, nor will they know their rights and benefits are under direct attack by Republicans until it is too late.

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:11:25 AM PST

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    •  You sure? (0+ / 0-)

      Then why would people keep electing and re-electing them?

      •  You didn't read his point (0+ / 0-)

        Propaganda and Division are alive and well and constantly drummed into our heads. It's propaganda for the naive, propaganda for the greedy, propaganda for the wealthy..Propaganda so persistent and so overwhelming that it can (and does) take over even the rational and caring. Been a business consultant/Economist for 30 years and I do know where the BS is mostly coming especially in our Economic and Environmental policies. Little hint: While neither party is innocent, the most self-serving, the arrogant and the truly most naive party isn't the moderate one (or those scary people on the left).

        That is why people do still elect them, out of ignorance and believing in the propaganda (some of which I hear repeated verbatim even in the Daily Kos streams), and out of being overwhelmed by it all. Most of those that buy into it buy into it out of ignorance and the belief installed by the powerful that they are the only ones "to be trusted", not those educated in such matters but our "big Business Leaders". Another little secret: After advising some of the "big guys" and those with very diverse economic and educational backwards, I have learned that the "big wigs"  are less worthy of your trust than the unemployed "Joe" from down the street or the Science Professor in your local University.

  •  True words. (30+ / 0-)

    For all their professed allegiance to the "market," many Rs don't seem to understand that the political market, i.e., voters, don't want what they are selling.  

    This one gets it.

    When a business is faced with declining sales, it must changew or go bankrupt.  Gerrymandering is artifically "rigging the market," but it is only delaying the inevitable.  The FoxNews bubble will lead to their destruction as they become a regional party of right wing racists, sexists, homophobes and just plain ignorant folks.  

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:21:44 AM PST

  •  That's Just A Weird Quote (17+ / 0-)

    It still smells of the sort of right wing victimhood that has turned that party into one of whining children. The public is not behind them and I'm sure he and his fellow Republicans blame the public for not being sufficiently stupid.

    This head movie makes my eyes rain.

    by The Lone Apple on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:27:32 AM PST

    •  Paranoia Was Ever The Disease Of The Right (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm not sure what the left suffers from, feeling guilty in the morning or bi-polar disorder.

      But the right wing from early on, like from the time of Caligula, has been afflicted with feeling of inadequacy and moral stain that they try to hide through accusing all reasonable people of inadequacy, un-patriotism, laziness, weakness, etc.

      Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

      by TerryDarc on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:10:05 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Keep in mind (0+ / 0-)

      Since B. Clinton, Dem losses haven't necessarily been a matter of people switching to Republicans, but of Dems  deeply alienating so many who would otherwise have voted Dem.  In Gore vs. Bush, the poor, etc., voted third party or withheld their votes, and the middle class picked Bush.

  •  As long as the GOP can choose their voters... (16+ / 0-)

    ... it's not a problem. As long as they control redistricting and change Presidential voting to match Congressional districts instead of state districts, they will win in 2016.


    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:31:48 AM PST

  •  Our work is clear: show the public how their... (7+ / 0-)

    ... Congresspeople and Senators disregard their interests.

    If, on the other hand, the elected official is perceived - or perceives him or herself - as doing the work the constituents want, Rep. Amash and we are wrong about Republicans.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:34:01 AM PST

  •  Not to worry, they have a plan on how to deal... (9+ / 0-)

    with unpopularity and not winning enough votes to run the country; simply rig the system so no matter how many votes the opposition gets, the GOP still wins.

    It worked in the House elections and the MSM has been silent about it, so - they reason - it should work in the Senate and for the Presidency.

    The Republican motto going forward can be "Popular vote?  That is SOOO 2008".

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:36:32 AM PST

  •  We destroyed this village in order to save it (9+ / 0-)

    from Communism

    Am I the only one who thinks Paul Ryan's forced smile makes him look psychotic?

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:36:49 AM PST

  •  The GOP gives a damn (8+ / 0-)

    about what Republican primary voters in their gerrymandered districts think.

    Every other concern is secondary.

  •  But as they have shown in Virginia, they don't (12+ / 0-)

    feel that they need public support to win elections.

    Hell, the Koch Brothers are running the country just fine.  Why do they need a democracy? (/snark)

    We will never be free from fear as long as we fear the NRA.

    by captainlaser on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:37:18 AM PST

  •  That quote and what you wrote below it (9+ / 0-)

    will be the Republicans secret slogan:

    "The public is not behind us and we don't give a damn."

  •  Their problem is (34+ / 0-)

    Half of them think like Michele Bachmann and the other half are terrified of a primary challenge from someone who thinks like Michele Bachmann.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:39:21 AM PST

  •  I can name that tune in two words (10+ / 0-)

    Using fourteen words was verbose

    "We Suck"

    The Aggressively Ignorant Caucus is getting aggressively ignorant again.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:40:43 AM PST

  •  In other words, they believe that they (11+ / 0-)

    know better than the majority of Americans.

    Sounds a lot like elitist snobbery to me.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:41:34 AM PST

    •  Sounds like? (3+ / 0-)
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      Not sure what you mean: that it has the appearance of elitist snobbery? I think we can make a stronger statement than that!

      Still, one of ornaments of the fascist christmas tree are the collection of all the bobble-heads in the US or wherever who are more than willing to, lemming-like, follow them happily over the cliff after taking a deep swig of abortion koolaid or gun control koolaid, etc. Then jump!

      Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

      by TerryDarc on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:17:42 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  A problem soon corrected. (8+ / 0-)

    You just can't operate in this country without the public's support. You think you can get away with it, which is why there is a persistent propaganda machine in all the major media. I thought Citizen's United was the end of the world, that voter suppression in Ohio and Florida would be a Romney presidency. But those Republicans are becoming increasingly odious, and the will eventually lose the House. It may take two years, it may take four years, but if they keep it up, they are finished as a party for a few decades.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:41:59 AM PST

    •  Can't operate without public support? (0+ / 0-)

      Ummm, the GOP House is doing just fine without public support.  So is the GOP superminority in the Senate.  And Dubya's 8 year regime was one of the most effective presidencies in recent history.  All done without public support.

      Perhaps a better rule would be:  you cannot operate without public support If You're A Democrat.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:29:55 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  They'll just blame the Dems & Obama nt (2+ / 0-)
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  •  What does the public want? (2+ / 0-)
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    Seriously, what do they want?  I know, I know "peace and prosperity."  Outside of that, what does the public really want?  I guarantee that if the Republicans could deliver "peace, and prosperity" at a reasonable cost, they'd be in power.  What are we doing to advance this?  We talk about preserving the environment, but we are unable to stop the rest of the world from destroying it.  We talk about fair labor practices, but we buy goods produced in countries that no nothing about them.  Yes, humanity begins at home, but there are 20 times as many people that inhabit the planet that are not playing by rules that we play by.  Yes, the GOP may be down for now, but depending on what we do, they could come back in a form that will not be pleasant.  Forget about them, and present our goals, in an understandable way for most people.  Then create plans that work towards these goals.  Then implement them.  

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:51:04 AM PST

  •  In SC (10+ / 0-)

    The voting public is behind the right wing Republican Party in South Carolina by a solid margin of about 7% over the Democrats, but that dominance has been achieved at a high cost.  They've had to redistrict agressively to maintain their power, which has gradually deprived them of the incentive and opportunity to conduct real persuasive outreach and politics.  

    They're floating in money, but it comes from out of state and more and more of the Republicans elected are under direct and continuous control of the right wing out of state organizations.  Since this isn't the majority of Republicans yet, this generates a lot of conflict.

    Huge numbers of progressives and even moderates have sworn off politics and the Democratic Party out of overwhealming frustration, but there's always the danger they could come off the sidelines at any time.

    The Democratic Party stumbles on, just about 9 percentage points away from winning statewide office, but increasingly trapped in majority minority districts where the ability to appeal to a wide variety of voters isn't necessary to win reelection and isn't being developed or maintained.

    If you are smart, young and progressive, you leave and the average age of a Democratic Activist here is at least 60 now.

    Those of us still at it struggle on for fear that abandoning the resistance would enable full implementation of the right wing plan for the state, which is a bench test for what they would like to do in the rest of the country.  They're trying it here first and in a few other small, red states because it's cheap here.  A million dollars can basically purchase control of a house of the legislature, in which the various factions of Republicans fight like dogs now.

    We're losing here in SC, but we're still fighting for time.  Those of you elsewhere need to understand that we're not stuck in the past, we're being pushed into a right wing future that they've got planned for you as well.  We're buying time here at a fierce price.  Please don't waste it.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through www.wjhamilton.com

    by wjhamilton29464 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:51:39 AM PST

  •  Always always always, still still still (3+ / 0-)
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    party before country with these douches.
    I smell DOOOOOM. For their PARTY.

    I ♥ President Obama and have his back.
    Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO subsidies to rich Corps.
    Rich pay more, bloated DoD steal less. End war on Afghanistan 01/01/14.

    by OleHippieChick on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:52:08 AM PST

    •  Is That Smell Anything Like (3+ / 0-)
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      Napalm in the morning or a barnyard on a steamy summer afternoon?

      Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

      by TerryDarc on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:22:08 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I can name that tune inn 3 words (1+ / 0-)
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    They're Fucked Up

    I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use -- Galileo Galilei

    by ccyd on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:57:58 AM PST

  •  Let's see... (4+ / 0-)

    If the gentleman from Michigan can follow though on his thought...

    "... And no amount of marketing or re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic is going to make a difference"

    'Goodwill' between the GOP and the President is as abundant as unicorn farts - Me'

    by RichM on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:59:03 AM PST

  •  That whine is pretty rich coming from... (0+ / 0-)

    ... a Michigan congressman. What, is he jealous of his buddies back in the state leg?

    Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

    by Lucy Montrose on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:10:25 AM PST

  •  Well, DUH!! (2+ / 0-)
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    "The public is not behind us, and that’s a real problem for our party."

    And just WHY is it "a real problem" for your party?  Don't you Republicans even have enough smarts to get a clue?

    I had considered the possibility of voting for the Republican candidate for president.  And then you Republican nitwits did two VERY stupid things that pushed me into the arms of Obama.  First, you chose Paul Ryan to be Romney's Veep.  Then Romney's "47%" video came out.  You Republican morons need to learn that you can't throw half of the country under the bus and expect "we the people" to get behind you.  What is so hard to understand about that?  Why are you Republicans incapable of grasping even these simple points?

    I watched the second presidential debate and while you Republicans were stewing over "Benghazi," Obama was talking about maintaining and strengthening the safety net and improving the economy.  Now I for one don't give a tinker's damn about "Benghazi," but I DO care about the economy, and I as a senior citizen sure as heck fire DO give a damn about the safety net!  Romney's lack of concern about the 47% was only one of the items that steeled my resolve to vote for Obama.

    Do you Republicans REALLY want us ordinary Joe Blows to get behind you?  Then how about you giving us a reason to do so by getting behind us?

  •  With talk like that, Justin Amash will never get (0+ / 0-)

    a job at Fox News.

    When someone tells you they are lying, you should believe them.

    by shoeless on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:23:09 AM PST

  •  Except for a majority of House districts. We need (0+ / 0-)

    to work on that.  

  •  Until Democratic voters start showing up reliably (2+ / 0-)
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    every 2 years, instead of every 4, then we will still have solid republican majorities. And no right to complain.

  •  addressing climate change, NO, DO SOMETHING NOW (0+ / 0-)

    it's too late for talk,
    “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.”

    ― Winston S. Churchill

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up !

    by Churchill on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:20:48 AM PST

  •  what happened to "jobs"? (0+ / 0-)

    ``his call to action on equality, immigration reform, reducing gun violence, protecting social programs, addressing climate change and more.''

    it seems obama's focus on jobs didn't last very long.

  •  The public is not behind us (say the R's) (0+ / 0-)

    Well how the hell could they be?
    Lets see:
    They think 47% of the population is sucking on the govt tit.
    They think birth control should be outlawed by removing it from medical coverage
    They think abortion must be banned
    They think corporations are people
    They think that your corporate boss should be able to tell you what you do in your own home
    They think your boss can dictate what you say outside of work
    They think you should work for a slave wage
    They think you should pay for medical care out of pocket and at rates as individuals negotiated against a corporation
    They think attending Christian Church should be mandatory
    They think that prayer in school should be mandatory
    They think that evolution should be shunned and creationism taught
    They think schools should not teach kids to question or think, but to obey the church.
    They think climate change / global warming is false
    They think we should rape the planet in the name of cheap gasoline

    I am sure there is more, but that is what I can think of, off the top of my head.  And they wonder why people don't support them?

  •  Not like it matters though. (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, so what if the public isn't behind them?  They don't need to listen to the public so long as they can set up enough states so they can win automatically.  Of course, it might be tough for the first few years as "moderates" start talking about their mild discomfort with drawing democrats off the map, but once they get booted out by good, honest Tea Party partisans, it'll be smooth sailing toward an ideologically pure nation devoid of all liberal taint.

    "O mulier, magna est fides tua. Fiat tibi sicut vis."

    by rujoking on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 03:22:21 PM PST

  •  14 words (0+ / 0-)

    Well that's good news.  Up til now I thought all Republicans were retarded.  Now we know there's at least one who isn't.  It's a start.

  •  The demos aren't behind us either (0+ / 0-)

    So Amish admits that the public isn't behind the republican issue he was addressing.  Shocking.  Yet that same public overwhelmingly voted for republicans in the last election and the reps trounced their democratic opponents.

    Face it.  NEITHER party gives a rats behind what the public wants.  Recent studies have shown that what our representatives legislate is ONLY what their big money owners want them to legislate.  Why do you think it looks like congress may be on the verge of eliminating the inheritance tax?  Why is congress on the verge of renewing the constitution abusing Patriot Act?  Why do you think you are STILL getting robo-calls even though your representatives assure you they intensely dislike getting them as much as you do.

    Supporting the democrats is just as big a waste of time and money as supporting the republican's .  NOTHING is going to change in this country until we somehow break the two party (if you can call tweedledee and tweedledum) two parties.

    •  Computerized election theft may be GOP ticket (0+ / 0-)

      I don't believe the public overwhelmingly voted Republican in the last election. The states where the GOP won rely on computerized voting machines (made by right-wing companies) which are easily hacked, altering vote counts while keeping totals constant. All tabulation is done behind closed doors in Republican-controlled states. See Jonathan Simon's Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century. The professional polling organizations even give the GOP an extra 10%, which they call the "red shift" in order to predict accurately the results—and no one questions these shenanigans! Not even the left-wing press! The fact may be that the crime is so huge that news organizations don't want to risk stirring up a monumental can of worms—worms that bite back. But it is very probably happening: these troglodyes probably did not win fairly.

  •  Well, how in the world can the public (0+ / 0-)

    'get behind' Republican policies when they are designed to extort every last farthing of profits from us and then leave us dust dry and crumbling?

    For years, the GOP has been peeing down our backs and then telling us it's raining.

  •  Whats wrong (0+ / 0-)

    I believe the problem can be described in two words              ( mentally Ill )

  •  And we keep these tools in positions of power b... (0+ / 0-)

    And we keep these tools in positions of power by letting them control voting districting and polling rules and access. I'm pissed at the lazy citizens who don't vote thereby allowing minority of "conservative" anti-democracy war mongers occupy government.

  •  Not quite (0+ / 0-)

    The problem isn't that the Republicans don't have the people on their side. The problem is which people they have on their side. Ever since their defeat in 2008 after the disastrous presidency of W., they've been marginal. And they've responded to this by reaching out to the fringe elements, in a transparent attempt to stay relevant.

    Amash is right that the majority of Americans are not behind the GOP at this point, but this bland observation completely fails to address why. The only way the GOP is going to garner support is if they address their own stances and try to be for something, rather than constantly against, and start acting rather than just reacting.

  •  Republican Party (0+ / 0-)

    Only people behind the Republicans are the Bribers.

  •  Maybe it is because the vast majority of the Re... (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe it is because the vast majority of the Republican Party are more concerned with the campaign donations and other support they want continued to give a damn about what the public wants and needs. When those in government support the wants and desires of the very wealthy and the big corporations those in government cannot see or hear the rest of us.

  •  The public (0+ / 0-)

    is ignorant.  They will give up freedom for for money and false promises of protection every time.

  •  2013? Am I in a time warp? (0+ / 0-)
  •  It seems that their real problem is that they (0+ / 0-)

    don't represent the people.  They represent big donors, the richest among us, the oil producers, the coal industry, the polluters, the war mongers. Need I say more?

    "Send in the troops."  I sure hope that they donate generously to the DAV, Wounded Warrior, USO and the like.  And that they quit trying to give cut-rate services through the VA.

    They have followers of Ayn Rand's philosophy guiding SNAP and family assistance programs - in other words:  "you ain't getting nothin'."

    Their Congressmen seek jobs, while in office, that pay them millions for their services(?) and those services aren't for those below the top percent of income.

  •  That's a perfect example of the other thing wrong (0+ / 0-)

    with the Republican party.  "Open mouth, insert foot."

  •  Damn the republicans (0+ / 0-)

    RepubliCONs don't give a damn about the public nor the environment are the truest words ever spoken.  They care only about their corporate pimps and how much money they can get for re-election.  Prostitutes all.

  •  No, but the billionaire-class is. And it's the ... (0+ / 0-)

    No, but the billionaire-class is. And it's the 0.01% paying the GOTP freight.

  •  Republicans are dumber than rocks. (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans are dumber than rocks.

  •  Who's Fault is that? (0+ / 0-)

    They introduce programs and policies that are designed to hurt most of us and they wonder why we don't like them?  Why in the world would you "invest" in your enemy? We have all seen the results of the last two Republican administrations and it has been a disaster... Two wars, bleeding 750,000 jobs a month, almost complete collapse of our financial world... There are a lot more problems, but these are the most glaring...
    If you want to cater to the one percent at the top, then these should be the ONLY folks voting for you. I know all sorts of people and yet these Republicans mystify me... Like some fools I know who start a fight with the biggest person in the bar when they get drunk...
    What is there that drives them to these conclusions? Think of the pre Raygun republicans and you don't see this madness... Even Raygun raised taxes a few times to at least attempt to pay his own way.

  •  What he should've said... (0+ / 0-)

    We sold out and people are finally getting it.

  •  The people are "not" behind us. (0+ / 0-)

    This applies to the Democrats as well.

  •  The TGOP don't (0+ / 0-)

    know how to legislate.  They are only interested in power and money and the hell with the rest of us.

    "...Unfortunately, Republicans don't give a damn what the public wants. And that's a real problem for the country...."
     

  •  unfortunately, (0+ / 0-)

    they will stay a viable power. How and why I can't fathom. Every single thing they do is to hurt average Americans, the majority by far of Americans, but fear and hate are very powerful. I can only assume that we are such a nation of optimists that enough people are so sure they are going to hit a Powerball and that then the GOP will be legislating for them that they are willing to vote for a party that has a mission statement that excludes them now. I also am quite sure that no Republican owns an almanac, because they clearly show the results of the GOP's programs. The lies, the massive spending, the giveaways to the rich, the raising taxes on the middle-class, the recessions that each republican president have produced since Eisenhower ( the only conservative Republican president in my lifetime) and the total disregard for our Constitution. I was one of them for many years, but I accidentally started reading history books and that was that. I bet our next president will be a product of the right and even with their family history of complete greed and ineptness there is a really good chance his name will be Bush. I live in Mexico at the moment though, so it will not affect me too much, other then the potential worldwide economic downturn that the Bush family is so good at producing.

  •  Member of the Party of 1% finally acknowledges it (0+ / 0-)

    If democracy were really functioning in this country, with a truthful, independent and active press, the Republicans would have been history long ago; the present-day Democrats would be the corporate party; and there would be another party to their left, a People's party, that would represent the interests of the majority of citizens.

    Our country is stuck in a time-warp that's eating us out from the inside, and a major factor keeping us from moving ahead and keeping Republicans in power is computerized voting machine rigging. It's extremely easy to add and subject votes on these machines, which are manufactured by avowedly right-wing companies, and operated by Republican administrations in many states. Close analyses by Jonathan Simon (see his book Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century) reveal that election results have consistently contradicted both pre-election and exit polls and always in a right-wing direction in many states. Yet the mainstream and left with press have not called for investigations in what amounts to federal crimes. Maryland, however, has successfully banned computerized voting machines. It's time for every state to do it. We might be pleasantly surprised to see characters like Scott Walker and Rick Scott quickly be removed from power.

    There will be a panel on this subject at the upcoming Left Forum on May 31 at John Jay College in New York.

  •  In the movie "V" (0+ / 0-)

    as the population begin to show unrest, the Supreme Chancellor directs his minsters that "we must make these people understand why they need us!!"  (not exact).
    The Republicans are still stuck in the mind set that giving all to the 10% and Industries (trickle down) will resolve everything.  Problem is, who fills the financial void every time they get the breaks.

  •  Amash (0+ / 0-)

    'Unfortunately, Republicans don't give a damn what the public wants. And that's a real problem for the country.'

    amash is right on target, except he doesn't have the courage to admit that the only thing that is important to republicans (and others as well, but to republicans 'in spades') is who has the money!

    the wealthy are buying the country and if we don't wake up soon it will be way to late to take it back again for they will have loaded the congress, the senate and the judiciary with their own lackeys and it will no longer matter what the executive wants to do because he will be thwarted at every turn by these two branches, as we've witnessed in the last six years. the epitaph for america, after all its promise, will be, simply, 'the worst democracy money could buy'

  •  To paraphrase Thom Hartmann, Republicans are bi... (0+ / 0-)

    To paraphrase Thom Hartmann,

    Republicans are billionaires, paid shills that promote the billioaire agenda and suckers.

  •  And yet (0+ / 0-)

    from dog catcher through U.S. Senators, Americans keep electing Republicans. Will 2016 be any different? I doubt it. We may elect another Democratic president but what about the Congress and state legislatures?

  •  All that is needed for evil to triumph is for g... (0+ / 0-)

    All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.

  •  Why should they care about us? (0+ / 0-)

    Politicians used to listen to their constituents because it was political suicide to ignore them.

    Actual constituents no longer matter to Republicans because they get plenty of campaign money from their billionaire friends. The money lets them smear their Democratic opponents with outrageous lies.

    Remember the "Swift Boating" of John Kerry - ALL lies! But it helped defeat him.

    That's just one example of what unlimited money can do. So, why should they care about us?

  •  Rep. Amash, (0+ / 0-)

    who slipped you the truth serum? I fear if you keep thinking independently, and worse, stating your true conclusions, your tenure as a GOP representative may be brief. Good luck, sir.

  •  14 words (0+ / 0-)

    It is a miracle! There is a Republican that has some dignity and intelligence. Well at least some intelligence.

  •  An unholy alliance (0+ / 0-)

    The Republican party has devolved into an unholy alliance between the Evangelical Right and the 1%... two groups whose agendas are not the same.  Fear mongering is the only way they manage to keep their house-of-cards from collapsing.

    The mega-rich... like the truly evil Koch brothers... are backing the "moderates" in the Republican party like Jeb Bush.  Their problem is that the Evangelical wing of the party considers the moderates to be RINOS (Republicans In Name Only) and traitors to the conservative agenda... their conservative agenda.  They favor Christian attack dogs like Ted Cruz, who has no real chance to ever be elected President.

    The ultimate Republican candidate for President in 2016 will be the candidate who can walk the tightrope between spouting enough paranoid fantasies to appease the far right while still promising to give the mega-rich everything they want.

    They'll have to lie and backtrack like a preacher caught with a hooker in order to do it.  They'll have to spout enough hateful rhetoric about gays, Muslims, Obamacare, immigrants, and the "liberal plot to take away your guns" to get the nomination... and then explain how they "didn't really mean it" or were "misquoted" in order to win the general election.  Mitt Romney tried it and you saw how well that worked out.

  •  good explanation but... (0+ / 0-)

    the paragraph following it, copied below, tells the whole disgusting story

    "Unfortunately, Republicans don't give a damn what the public wants. And that's a real problem for the country."

  •  So true (0+ / 0-)

    Quite simple really "the public is not behind us" says the Republican. So why don't they do what the public wants then if that's the case? I know they publicly state that the majority of us are on their side which is why they are in control, but they know it's not true and we know it's not true. Why else would they constantly have to fiddle with the electoral system? Voter ID laws, fudging with the district voting lines, the electoral college, voter roll purges based on lists of "similar sounding" names in other states. If what they do was reported on a regular basis in the media they would never get elected, even as a dog catcher. They know it, we know it and they know we know it, so they lie about the left, they lie about the President, they lie about quite literally everything and because there are useful idiots out there who rely solely on Fox News, which is not really news, but an opinion channel and GOP TV propaganda network, they don't know what's going on but they attack any of us who dare try to enlighten them and call us names. They fear truth as much as the GOP fears that they learn the truth. The Republican party is made up of 3 types of people, the ultra wealthy, the shills for the ultra wealthy and the suckers, who are suckered by the shills.

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