You may want to slide into doing pieces about some Democratic figures, Obama and the like in order to present something other than a death defying anit-Christ, Jew hating, Nazis Republican Corporate Tax Cheater with a long-leg for Justice and a short memory of the American flag….
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I received this email recently from a conservative friend who sometimes reads my blog. Since his sentiments may be shared by others, I will respond accordingly.
I have written more often about Republican transgressions than Democratic ones. But not because I believe Democrats are all saints and statesmen. All people are flawed, with plenty of stupidity and criminality to go around for any party.
I have focused primarily on Republican bureaucrats for two reasons:
First, I believe it’s the Right that’s on the move in America, not the Left.
It’s the Right that
- keeps on introducing one anti-abortion/birth control measure after another to the ballot or Federal/state legislature.
- is trying to limit–rather than expand–voting rights by demanding sharp reductions in the amount of time allowed to sign up voters.
- wants to return us to the days when insurance companies legally denied coverage to anyone with a “pre-existing” medical condition.”
So I write about the Right because it–and not the Left–is the dominant force in American politics today.
Of course, right-wingers like Sarah Palin insist that it’s the Left that holds power over the media. But most of the political talk-show hosts on radio and TV are right-wingers–such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham.
Pew researchers found in 2004 that
- 17% of the public regularly listens to talk radio.
- This audience is mostly male, middle-aged and conservative.
- Forty-one percent are Republican and 28% are Democrats.
- Forty-five percent describe themselves as conservatives.
- Eighteen percent say they are liberals.
True, there are commentators on the Left such as Randi Rhodes, but they command only a fraction of the following–and influence–of their right-wing counterparts.
As for my having “a short memory of the American flag”: I believe I have a far better grasp of American history than most people. As proof, I cite my three-part series on the Alamo and my four-part series on the toxic relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.
When Rightists talk about “the flag,” they usually do so as a substitute for confronting problems that need redressing.
So if you’ve been victimized by your medical insurance company and feel serious healthcare reform is needed, the Right attacks you as being “down on America.”
Thus, if you’re
- against allowing corporations to pay no taxes;
- against allowing corporate polluters to go unpunished;
- for letting women decide if they want to have children,
you don’t have time to offer these views because you’re too busy defending yourself.
Most right-wing attacks on the patriotism of their opponents are not meant to “ defend” America. They are intended to suppress views Rightists disagree with.
The second reason I often write about the Right lies in the fundemental difference I see between Democrats and Republicans.
Democrats want to be the party of inclusion. They seek to extend legal rights to almost everyone–including illegal aliens and street-polluting vagrants.
They want to allow illegal aliens to attend American colleges–at public expense. They defend the rights of vagrants to defecate on sidewalks against the rights of tax-paying citizens to be safe from such filth and disgusting sights.
Republicans, by contrast, want to be the party of exclusion–by denying rights, not extending them.
They talk endlessly about “getting government off the backs of the people.” But they have sponsored a mind-numbing series of laws to interfere with the most private aspects of a woman’s life.
Throughout 2011, Republicans introduced more than 1,100 anti-abortion provisions in state legislatures and enacted 135 of them.
Escalating their attacks on women’s sexual privacy, Republicans now seek to deny their legal access to birth control.
Republican legislation has similarly invaded the privacy of thousands of 9/11 “first responders” while slandering their patriotism.
The responders have been required to have their names run through the FBI’s database of suspected terrorists. Otherwise, they will be barred from getting government-supplied medical treatment for their numerous, worsening ailments.
I’ve offended some on the Left by demanding an end to illegal immigration and street-polluting vagrants. And I’ve offended some on the Right by attacking their efforts to curtail the right to abortion, birth control and affordable medical care.
That puts me somewhere in the middle of the political road, where I’ve always seen myself anyway.
If some others don’t, I can live with it.