Republicans No Longer Even PRETENDING they Believe in Democracy
By now, nobody except the bone-stupidest mouth-breathingest of the GOP's useful idiots actually still believe the GOP soundbites about “voter fraud,” “the integrity of the vote” and “the Job Creators.”
“The GOP's Case for Scrapping Democracy” is the title of this article by Damon Linker. The author had also written an earlier article about the GOP's war on democracy. He states:
“I expected a sharp response from the Right. What I thought I'd hear were variations on...”... (you know, the usual Orwellian slogans about strengthening democracy by fighting voter fraud, etc.).
Instead, he got the following response (which he describes as a typical example):
“I just read your piece on the GOP changes to voting laws. It's complete garbage! Americans who have no skin in the game should not be voting! The way things have evolved in the last 200 years is nothing short of disgusting! People who don't offer anything tangible to the country are given as much say as people who pay 400k in taxes per year? Ridiculous! How did we regress so far?”
Gotta admire this person's candor. Same with venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who ranted several months ago that only taxpayers should be allowed to vote; and the more taxes you pay, the more votes you should be able to cast.
It's one thing for Heritage Foundation teabots to say this to each other privately; or for Mitt Romney to keep blubbering about “the mooching 47%” when he didn't know his speech was being recorded.
But when GOP leaders are this outspoken, publicly, about their contempt for minorities and non-millionaires, what does this mean? Have they become so complacent and over-confident that they don't even need to pretend they care about the unwashed masses? What happened to their well-publicized outreach to swarthy minorities and the womenfolk?
Up until now they've been conning millions of dupes into voting against their own interests: “I'm keeping you trapped in poverty so the Communists won't take over, so you can be Free.” “Help me get rid of those damn safety regulations, let me keep earning 800 times more money than you, and I'll be able to create more jobs. Together we can put America back to work!”
Now apparently they're not even bothering with these intelligence-insulting sales pitches any more. They're pretty much just coming out and saying “I'm in control now. I'm not letting you vote, and I'm going to wipe out every agency and every regulation that you've been depending on. What're you gonna do about it?”
Let's hope this is the Hubris before the fall.
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