I love and admire many people who are Republicans. Among elected Republicans, however, it's getting nearly impossible to find any who aren't absolute wastes of space. Even beyond the limited confines of Arizona, where John McCain continues to embarrass himself with his increasingly nonsensical, sputtering attacks on Dr. Susan Rice and Jan Brewer responds to a reporter's perfectly reasonable question by punching him and demanding to know "where the hell" the question came from, elected Republicans seem to be trying to outdo each other in unAmerican, insane, and positively inhuman posturing. A brief sampler:
This week only 8 Senate Republicans voted in favor of ratifying a UN Treaty securing rights for the disabled--a treaty modeled on our own Americans with Disabilities Act, a treaty that did not require us to make a single change in the way we do things because we already abide by said act, a treaty originally negotiated by the George W. Bush administration and supported by such UN-loving commies as John McCain and George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole (who made the effort to come to Capitol Hill and greet his old colleagues from his wheelchair, only to watch them, over and over, stab their figurative knives into his heart), a treaty that would protect disabled Americans when they travel to other countries that do not, presently, abide by any version of our ADA.
The treaty died in the Senate because of genuinely evil people like Utah senator Mike Lee, who said it would "threaten the rights of parents to determine the best education, treatment, and care for their disabled children," and known menace to society Oklahoma senator James Inhofe, who said, "I do not support the cumbersome regulations and potentially overzealous international organizations with anti-American biases that infringe upon American society," and Rick Santorum, who apparently is so upset over losing the Republican nomination for president that he's decided to lash out at every decent American anywhere. Check out his vile fundraising letter.
Massachussetts senator John Kerry, who has both a heart and a brain, said, “This is one of the saddest days I’ve seen in almost 28 years in the Senate and it needs to be a wakeup call about a broken institution that's letting down the American people. We need to fix this place because what happens and doesn’t happen here affects millions of lives. Today the dysfunction hurt veterans and the disabled and that’s unacceptable. This treaty was supported by every veterans group in America and Bob Dole made an inspiring and courageous personal journey back to the Senate to fight for it. It had bipartisan support, and it had the facts on its side, and yet for one ugly vote, none of that seemed to matter." Kerry's right, and the majority of Senate Republicans have just shown themselves to be awful, awful people who should be deeply ashamed, but aren't.
Speaking of the Senate, let's turn to South Carolina's senator Jim DeMint, who proved that he has no understanding whatsoever of budget or finance or probably how to make change for a dollar. I have to hope he's got somebody balancing his checkbook for him, because DeMint actually said, "Everyone knows that when you take money out of the economy, it destroys jobs, and everyone knows that when you give politicians more money, they spend it."
Actually, Jim, everyone knows that when the government spends money, that is literally putting it into the economy. This man has been elected to office more than once. What are those voters thinking when they cast their votes for this demonstrable halfwit?
Across the country this year, elected Republicans decided that if they couldn't win elections by convincing voters that their ideas were best, they should win by limiting the ability of Americans to cast votes. That in itself is as unAmerican as you can get, since the right to vote is absolutely crucial to the American experiment in self-governance. And that effort, in some cases, backfired, gloriously, on its proponents. But they haven't given up. In Pennsylvania, Mike Turzai, the Republican House Majority Leader who made national headlines by declaring out loud and in public that his voter disenfranchisement scheme would deliver the state for Romney (it didn't), has a new scheme--legislation that would make his the only state in the union where instead of a winner-take-all electoral college system, or the alternative system in whch electoral votes are apportioned based on a congressional district's count (still winner-take-all, but district by district instead of statewide), the electoral votes would be dealt out proportionately to the popular vote in the state. In other words, every state but his would remain part of the electoral college system, but his and his alone would use a popular vote system. His reasoning is that Democrats keep winning presidential elections in PA, and the fact that most voters there vote for Democrats makes him very, very sad.
I guess we shouldn't find all this too surprising, given that about half of Republican voters think President Obama's reelection came about because ACORN (which people with functional brains know hasn't existed since 2010) stole the vote for him. But maybe if there were any elected Republicans still possessing any shreds of decency, they would point out to their constituents when they are being deliberately misinformed by liars like Fox "News" and Rush and Beck and the rest of the right-wing insanity brigade.
Republican friends, I love you dearly. But it's up to you folks to tell your elected representatives to restore sanity and decency to your party. They don't listen to me.