Good-bye Bipartisanship, Hello Tea Party
The Republican party is not what it used to be…it isn’t even what it was 20 years ago, much less half a century ago. It has succumbed to the Tea Party Movement and wholly to the 1%. The party has radically shifted to the right and with that shift has come the death of bipartisanship in Congress. Yes, congress is dead. Moderate republicans are becoming scarce…like Matson’s cartoon clearly and cleverly shows.
Last week’s defeat of Richard Lugar was another Tea Party victory. Lugar is/was a republican who was actually able to work with the other side of the aisle. Last month I blogged about the growing difference between the left and the right and about how Richard Nixon would not even survive a republican primary in today’s political climate. I doubt that he would even be considered a moderate republican.
The approach by this GOP to the debt crisis is very concerning. They are stressing less government spending and promoting major austerity majors. They are critical of Europe and the measures that Western Europe, in particular, are taking to handle the debt problem…even when the people have loudly spoken. From the Dayton Beach News Journal:
On the other hand, the Mourdock(Tea Party) Republicans — and they now very much include Mitt Romney, the party’s presumptive nominee, in their ranks — would have the United States embrace an even more radical program of government cutbacks at the very moment when Europe’s voters are telling us that this simply doesn’t work.
This isn’t exactly rocket science. Austerity in a time of economic depression does not work. The U.S. needs to invest in the infrastructure of the country. You can only drop interest rates so far before you end up in a liquidity trap. Interest rates are nothing right now…dropping interest rates when there is a bit of an economic slump will often bring good results, but this is a serious depression brought on by a financial meltdown. The U.S. needs to look closely at what measure Iceland is taking in its own approach to the crisis. They have forgiven much of their mortgage debt and the country’s economy has rebounded nicely. From the Natural News (article link):
Iceland’s slow ascent out of the economic abyss began in 2008, following an $85 billion default by the country’s banks. Its economy in 2012 will surpass that of the entire euro zone, as well as the developed world on average (including the world’s largest economy, the United States, whose economy grew at an anemic 2.2 percent in the first quarter of this year), according to an estimate by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Now, modern or Tea Party republicans will look at the “anemic” 2.2 percent and quickly blame Obama. (Actually they will probably attempt to discredit the whole thing – notice how little news you have seen of this??? Iceland – the epicenter of the financial meltdown!) Back to the Tea Partiers…they will blame Obama when they should truly be looking at themselves in the mirror. Again from the Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Obama’s thoroughly moderate economic policies are an excellent example of a practical American exceptionalism. Europeans are moving toward the center-left not because they are doctrinaire but precisely because they are sick of the rigid approaches the advocates of austerity have imposed upon them. Why would we now want to imitate Europe’s failures?
The article can be found here. The GOP has lost touch with the people. They use tactics to steer people away from what the real issues truly are…the economy, social and economic equality. They will hide behind a shield of religion, saying they are the “Jesus Party”, when in all likelihood, they would despise Jesus as He was far too radical, kind, and compassionate for them.
The partisan politics needs to end. The radical Tea Party is very dangerous and the path is frightening for America. Find out who the Tea Party members are…in fact, you can find the list right here. Become politically active…become aware…believe in something…don’t let the mainstream media and big business do the thinking for you. Question things…question the intent of the GOP/Tea Party…are they serving YOU or are they simply trying to thwart efforts by the Obama Administration? Finally, a quote from Peggy Noonan….
“What we need most right now, at this moment, is a kind of patriotic grace – a grace that takes the long view, apprehends the moment we’re in, comes up with ways of dealing with it, and eschews the politically cheap and manipulative. That admits affection and respect. That encourages them. That acknowledges that the small things that divide us are not worthy of the moment; that agrees that the things that can be done to ease the stresses we feel as a nation should be encouraged, while those that encourage our cohesion as a nation should be supported.”