A Dark Vein of Intolerance

January 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

“There’s also a dark — a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that?

When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?”

  • Colin Powell, January 13, 2013
  • Source: Meet the Press
  • Context: Powell was asked whether he still considered himself a Republican. He responded by saying that he does still consider himself a Republican but differentiated his conservatism with that of today’s Republican Party, which he said had gone too far to the right. He went on to describe intolerance within the Republican Party, and what he thought it needed to do to stay competitive as the demographics of the United States changes.

Against Everything And For Nothing

December 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Increasingly, it is becoming clear that the party is against everything and for nothing.

Nothing on taxes. Nothing on gun control. Nothing on climate change. Nothing on gay marriage. Nothing on immigration reform (or an incremental, piece-by-piece approach, which will result in nothing). It’s a very odd situation when the losing party is the party refusing to negotiate. It may be how you disrupt, but it is not how you govern, or how you ever hope to regain a majority.

And so, we have a Republican Party today willing to eliminate any prospect for a decent future for anyone, including itself, if it cannot be a future that is 100 percent in accordance with its core beliefs and principles. That’s not governing. That’s just lobbing hand grenades. If you’re only standing on principle to appear taller, then you appear smaller. And the GOP is shrinking daily before our eyes.”

  • Mark McKinnon, former aide to George W. Bush and John McCain, December 24, 2012
  • Source:  The Daily Beast
  • Context: In a piece written for The Daily Beast titled All I Want For Christmas is a New GOP, Republican Mark McKinnon expressed his frustration with the extreme and uncompromising stances of today’s Republican leadership. He warns that if the Republican Party does not change it will “condemn itself to a smaller and smaller base of core supporters and permanent minority status.”

Arkansas Republicans On Race

October 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

Two Arkansas Republicans have come under scrutiny after some of their comments regarding slavery and race in the United States have come to light. Loy Mauch, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, wrote to the Democrat-Gazette in January 2009, saying:

“… If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?
The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity.”

Jon Hubbard, also an Arkansas Republican, has published a book, titled Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative, in which he states the following:

“… the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth.” (Pages 183-89)

“Wouldn’t life for blacks in America today be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education?” (Page 184)

“… one of the stated purposes of school integration was to bring black students up to a level close to that of white students. But, to the great disappointment of everyone, the results of this theory worked exactly in reverse of its intended purpose, and instead of black students rising to the educational levels previously attained by white students, the white students dropped to the level of black students. To make matters worse the lack of discipline and ambition of black students soon became shared by their white classmates, and our educational system has been in a steady decline ever since.” (Page 27)

“… will it ever become possible for black people in the United States of America to firmly establish themselves as inclusive and contributing members of society within this country?” (Page 187)

..the immigration issue, both legal and illegal… will lead to planned wars or extermination. Although now this seems to be barbaric and uncivilized, it will at some point become as necessary as eating and breathing.” (Page 9)

“American Christians are assuming a similar stance as did the citizens of Germany during Hitler’s rise to power.” (Page 158)

Make A Much Better Case

October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I would not argue that tax increases are per se stimulative. It all depends on circumstances. But it is clear from the experience of the 1990s that they can play a very big role in reducing the budget deficit and are not necessarily a drag on growth. And the obvious experience of the 2000s is that tax cuts increase the deficit and don’t necessarily do anything for growth. Those arguing otherwise need to make a much better case than they have so far.”

  • Bruce Bartlett, senior policy advisor in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, August 5, 2012
  • Source: The Clinton Tax Challenge For Republicans
  • Context: Bruce Bartlett has been very critical of Republican economic policies, specifically their refusal to even consider raising any taxes to tackle economic problems. In this piece, Bartlett argues that there is no historical support for the Republican policies, yet there is evidence which shows that raising taxes does help the economy. In order to justify their policies, Bartlett accuses the Republicans of resorting to “economic revisionism”:

“However, there are still a few people around old enough to remember the 1990s and 2000s. Even without looking up government statistics, they know that the 1990s were a time when the economy boomed, while the 2000s were a period of economic stagnation. This has created a problem for Republicans, leading to economic revisionism.”

Country Club Fantasy

September 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

“Romney’s comment is a country-club fantasy. It’s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.”

  • David Brooks, conservative columnist, September 17, 2012
  • Source: Thurston Howell Romney
  • Context: Brooks wrote a piece for the New York Times criticizing Romney’s comments from a private fundraiser in May which have now become viral after they were leaked by Mother Jones. In it, he describes Romney as being out of touch politically, socially, and culturally. Fact checkers have already pointed out that Romney’s comments about welfare and those on it are false and misleading, but Brooks goes even further, pointing out that many people on welfare are Republicans:

“The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.”

  • On Romney being out of touch, he said:

“First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?”

“First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?”

“It says that Romney doesn’t know much about the political culture. Americans haven’t become childlike worshipers of big government. On the contrary, trust in government has declined. The number of people who think government spending promotes social mobility has fallen.”

“Romney’s comments also reveal that he has lost any sense of the social compact. In 1987, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, 62 percent of Republicans believed that the government has a responsibility to help those who can’t help themselves. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, only 40 percent of Republicans believe that.”

“The final thing the comment suggests is that Romney knows nothing about ambition and motivation. The formula he sketches is this: People who are forced to make it on their own have drive. People who receive benefits have dependency. But, of course, no middle-class parent acts as if this is true. Middle-class parents don’t deprive their children of benefits so they can learn to struggle on their own. They shower benefits on their children to give them more opportunities — so they can play travel sports, go on foreign trips and develop more skills. People are motivated when they feel competent. They are motivated when they have more opportunities. Ambition is fired by possibility, not by deprivation, as a tour through the world’s poorest regions makes clear.”

I Don’t Care

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I don’t care what fact check says.”

  • Peter King, Republican Congressman from New York, September 17, 2012
  • Source: video
  • Context: Republicans, including the Romney campaign, have recently, and falsely, attacked President Obama for “apologizing” for America. Peter King reiterated this Republican talking point n CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien. When O’Brien pointed out that independent fact checkers, such as factcheck.org (and The Washington Post), have determined that the President has never apologized for America, King stated that he doesn’t “care what fact check says.” O’Brien responded by saying that “There are fact checks. You may not care, but they’re a fact checker.”

Leftist Minions

September 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Pillar after pillar after pillar holding up this shining city on the hill and what are we faced with? the president of the United States and his leftist minions out there every day with their little jackhammers chiseling away at those pillars, undermining those pillars of American exceptionalism, attempting to bring down the shining city on the ills, turn it into rubble. And they have no idea what they would build on top of the rubble but I know this: we are not going to let them do that. We are going to refurbish those pillars, we are going to strengthen the shining city on the hill. We’re going to serve God and country in that order. There is a fine future for the United States of America and we’re going to have a chance to live it and when that victory comes it will be His victory, not our victory, it will be in his time not our time. God bless you all. God bless America.”

  • Steve King, Republican Congressman from Iowa, September 14, 2012
  • Source: video
  • Context: King was speaking at the Values Voter Summit, where he implied that Barack Obama was the ant-Christ and that he and his “leftist minions” were destroying America. He also went on to say that if President Obama is defeated in this years election, it will have been because God defeated him.

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