Will we serve the Common Good, or Corporate Wealth?
Will we serve God, Or Mammon?
STOP REPUBLICANS NOW
Every honest hearted American, whether a burning patriot or just an interested good citizen, wants what is right for family, the entire country, even the world. Yet in the last 50 years, and especially in the latest 10 years, we have failed to confront an evil so sneaky that it has convinced too many of us to vote against our own well being. This evil, a form of greed run riot, is represented in our politics by the Republican party, also known as the GOP, an acronym for Grand Old Party, or, as I like to say, The Greedy Old Party. If you are a Christian, you can think of the GOP as the party for MAMMON. This tiny group of super wealthy Americans would never have been allowed to gain power unless it was hidden. It will only be able to keep power if allowed to continue fooling us by donning a white hat and pretending to stand for "real American values" or even "Christian values," or "freedom." Mammon, or corporate greed, represented by the Republican party (and some democrats) and their dupes, the Tea Parties, are now crawling with governors, congressmen, and senators who have sold themselves to the corporate wealthy for now unlimited campaign contributions, which translates to power.
This is not a conspiracy theory. The movements of the Republican party over the last 10 years and their own words spoken in unguarded moments prove that we are now in the midst of these events which will lead to the breakdown of American Society into a third world
In some ways we have been too innocent. While we have not forgotten what our forbears worked so hard and died for, most Americans today have never had to experience the result of greed and power run riot. Most of us do not believe such could even exist in America. Many of us can't imagine ever being blocked from freedom of speech, blocked from voting or banished from the country, dying from lack of medical care, dying in work accidents, ourselves and our children working around the clock for simply enough to eat and to pay the rent. Perhaps these are some of the reasons why we have slowly allowed those who represent concentrated wealth to gain control of not only our government, but also most of the American wealth, and subvert us into a country ruled by a few corporate families. Let me show some recent history of how this has been done:
For the best succinct history of the Bush years, read FisConSocMod's GOP STRATEGIC MARKETING PLAN FOR AMERICA
For information on the biggest contributor to those GOP and
Tea Party politicians, see the New Yorker article on the
The Goals of Corporate Wealth, Represented by the Republican Party, in America
Concentration of Wealth into largest corporations, promoting monopoly.
Make America a country similar to the "good old days" of 19th century America.
Tiny middle class. People in general, especially in the cities, were either poor or wealthy.
Pseudo-Slavery similar to the plight of American workers during the Gilded Age
Republicans used to be Progressive
The former southern slave holder class are now Republican, and though they will deny their backward traditions of racism & exploitation, they still show who they are. For instance, take a look at the favorite symbols of Republicans such as the Confederate flag. Note how they love to hold civil war re-enactments and still recognize Jefferson Davis as some kind of hero, when they really should be deeply ashamed of him.
Today the Republican party is filled with conservatives rather than progressives.
Democrats used to be conservative.
Meanwhile, the democratic party has evolved through the years to embrace a liberal, or progressive agenda that serves to protect the working class in America.
Distract the public with non
issues while they Slash
Corporate Taxes, Increasing Burden on Working Families
What will the Republicans do Next?
1. Disenfranchise voters who tend to vote for Democrats
When I first wrote these predictions about the unfolding of the Republican plan, they had not yet passed laws en masse to stop people from voting. I based the prediction on this article: In New Hampshire, William O'Brien, Rep Speaker of the House made a bid to disenfranchise liberal college students for tending to be liberal. He did not make any pretense that restrictions on voters were to prevent voter fraud, the GOP's usual lie. He said college students are "foolish....They just vote with their feelings. Voting as a liberal, that's what kids do."
Did anyone think this could ever happen? And yet, corporations backing right wing extremist Sharron Angle for Senator of Nevada in 2010 attempted to keep Latinos from the polls. Fortunately for all of us, Sharron Angle lost to Harry Reid.
In other southwestern states, disenfranchisement is being attempted by introducing legislation requiring ID for those showing up at polls to vote. Other Republican-held states are following suit.
UPDATE: Republican Legislatures Passing Voter ID Laws With Estimated Costs in the Millions for Each State, While Cutting Educational Funding
2. Repeal Child Labor Laws
Child labor laws are being rolled back in several states. The GOP's euphemism for this policy is "right to work" when they really just want to reduce what corporation must pay their employees.
Eventually, if we allow them to completely destroy the middle class and remove all safety nets like Social Security, Medicare & food stamps, adults will have to work for much less. in order to feed themselves.
3. Repeal minimum wage.
The goal of repealing the Federal minimum wage laws is rarely talked about because the public can't know that Republicans want this. Suspending the minimum wage is called "right to work" law within states suffering under Republican legislatures. Such laws, if passed, will serve the GOPs corporate masters, who will no longer have to travel all the way to China or India to get cheap, near-slave labor. But ever the blabbermouth, Michele Bachmann proudly proclaimed that the minimum wage should be lowered to match the cost of labor overseas. She also thinks teenagers should pay corporations to be allowed to work for them and gain experience.
4. Subjugate Women.
Corporatist realize that in order to get ordinary hard working people to vote for their candidates, they have to appeal to their core emotions such as religious beliefs, attitudes towards women, race and desire for justice. To do so they will scapegoat others. Paul Ryan and the infamous Claude Akin, the congressman who exposed Republican Party's anti-freedom sentiment--when it comes to women that is--thinks women who are raped should have to carry their unwanted pregnancy, Already many states with tea party extremists who filled state offices in 2008 have adopted laws that make it more difficult for women who chooses to end her pregnancy safely to be free to do so. If you watch any TV news, internet news, or read newspapers you know if the Republicans ever take the Senate and have Mitt Romney as president, there will be nothing to stop them from completely removing a woman's right to choose abortion via Constitutional amendment. This is not a theory, the Republican party has already adopted this amendment as part of their platform*
There is already much documented proof of Republican goals to curtail the freedom of women. not only in reproductive decisions, but equal pay for equal work and tough domestic violence and rape laws. Here are some articles giving more info:
5. Bring Back Debtor's Prisons
Welcome to Debtor's Prison, 2011 Edition More than a third of all U.S. states allow borrowers who can't or won't pay to be jailed. At this time, the GOP criticizes these arrests, because many such arrests involve IRS, Student Loan Defaults, and other ways the Federal government enforces laws to get money for government, which #GOP says they hate. But eventually, they hope, "right to work" laws will impoverish more Americans, and some of these people will simply stop paying their bills. Yet the credit industry MUST keep cash coming their way. Eventually, the GOP will see too it that not paying your bills will lead to arrest and jail time. And guess where that jail time will be spent? You got it--private prisons. That's how such Americans will generate more $$ for the rich. Wait and watch. I hope it doesn't get that bad, but at this time, it's almost too late. Remember these these words.
*As a Christian, I do not like abortion, though the Bible makes no mention of it except to say, in Jewish law, that if a man, through violence, hurts a woman so that she miscarries, he get put to death only if the fetus has already quickened. Exodus 21:22-23 In other words, according to the Bible, God does not consider the fetus a full human soul until the mother can feel the fetus move within her. In even other words--it's up to the mother. There are Christians who, of course, argue that this is not how the law was interpreted, and I have no criticism of them. Nevertheless, I doubt Christianity has a place in forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies.