If you happen to have some of those stubborn Republicans who are impermeable to logic and reason then these reasons will not seep into the cement between their ears. However, if you know some of those ‘let’s shake things up’ voters who made a horrible mistake, these will help bring them back into the fold. There’s also a more sordid and lost group of hopeless nitwits who say, “both parties are the same.” Sadly, their stupidity affliction is terminal. For anyone with a functioning conscience, these are the irrefutable atrocities that should keep Republicans from ever holding office again.
There are still hundreds of thousands of Americans in jail for marijuana offenses despite it being legal in many states and proving that there is no logical reason to keep this cannabis prohibition in effect except to put poor people in jail. It is an evil of the highest order.
The Republican trickle down on you theory.
Republicans have surrendered their status as a political party in lieu of being a tribal cult. Nothing illustrates this more than the economic dogma that if you give rich people more money, they will spend it on jets and yachts which poor people will build. Despite ALL evidence to the contrary, Republicans refuse to embrace logic or even facts in this regard. It was the great Will Rogers who wrote,
“They didn’t start thinking of the old common fellow till just as they started out on the election tour. The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would trickle down to the needy. Mr. Hoover was an engineer. He knew that water trickles down. Put it uphill and let it go and it will reach the driest little spot. But he didn’t know that money trickled up. Give it to the people at the bottom and the people at the top will have it before night, anyhow. But it will at least have passed through the poor fellows hands. They saved the big banks, but the little ones went up the flue.”
Republicans have no other economic policy than to cut taxes and cut anything which helps poor people. They will lie, cheat and steal everything they possible can to make this happen. They are looting the US Treasury now with their tax scam. Every single time Republicans have gotten power and passed a tax cut, it has crippled our economy. Republicans will predictably respond that when Reagan cut taxes, we had an improved economy. What they fail to mention if they even know is that Reagan also moved $1.4 trillion of Social Security into the general fund. Congress never put the money back either. When Democrats try to clean up the mess, Republicans blame Democrats for not cleaning it up fast enough. FDR, Clinton and Obama all did remarkably well to get the economy going after disastrous Republican policies crippled our nation.
Every Republican swears an oath to Grover Norquist who serves the Koch brothers that they will never increase taxes under any circumstances. The last Republican to do so was George H.W. Bush and he was promptly defeated with a lot of help from Norquist who wants our government to be so small he can, “strangle it in a bathtub.” Republicans have adopted this philosophy with a religious zeal that can only be described as cultish. This is why they send these insurgents like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz to do anything they possibly can to make our government weaker.
While Republicans were busy carving out a tax-give-away to their donor class, they allowed the CHIP program to lapse. If you were not sure of the complete and utter evil of Republicans, look at what Senator Orrin Hatch had to say.
But we — the reason CHIP is having trouble is because we don’t have money anymore. We just add more and more spending and more and more spending, and you can look at the rest of the bill for the more and more spending. I happen to think CHIP has done a terrific job for for people who really needed the help. I have taken the position around here my whole Senate service. I believe in helping those who cannot help themselves but would if they could. I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves, won’t lift a finger and expect the federal government to do everything.
We have $1.5 trillion to hand out to the Republican donor class but we don’t have enough for poor children. Got that?
There has not been an immigration reform bill to the House floor because John Boehner and Paul Ryan refused to allow it. Instead, Trump has canceled DACA which puts 800,000 undocumented immigrants who only know this country in danger of being deported. We currently have a negative population growth because millennials are so crippled with debt that they can’t afford to have children. We need a constant stream of immigrants coming to the US for many reasons but most of all, we have to keep a tax paying base if we are going to take care of the aging baby boomers who have put us on this road to perdition. Republicans have determined that immigrants are not good for our country, especially if they are brown.
All Republicans are servile to the National Rifle Association. The deaths of 20 toddlers in Newtown were not enough to inspire Republicans to do anything about restraining access to weapons of mass death. When 58 dead and over 500 were shot in Las Vegas, again, Republicans refuse to do anything to stop the flow of blood in America despite the fact that more than 80% of Americans want something done. Republicans will not even outlaw the bump stocks which turn a semi-auto rifle into a fully automatic assault weapon. Republicans also repealed restrictions which prevented people on the “no-fly list” and people diagnosed as insane from purchasing weapons of mass death. Now they are trying to pass a provision to make silencers legal.
The damage Donald Trump is doing to our democracy will take generations to repair. He promised to hire the “best people” but he has not even bothered to staff the State Department because Steve Bannon wants to destroy the “administrative state” which is again another assault on our government. In the mind of a Republican, government cannot do anything correctly and there is nothing that cannot be done better by a private business.
Trump has appointed a slew of incompetent legal stooges who get an unqualified rating from the American Bar Association to the federal bench and the compliant members of congress have confirmed them. Undermining our judiciary deliberately and with malice aforethought is yet another assault on our republic by Republicans. This is yet another step in which Republicans will claim in the future that the judiciary is inept and incapable of delivering justice and with a straight face and sly smile, they will blame Democrats for what they themselves did.
Republicans have surrendered their constitutional duty to be a check on the Executive Branch. They have ignored the Trump family’s collusion with no less than 19 Russians that we know of. They initially praised Robert Mueller’s investigation but when the indictments started landing inside the White House, they accuse our own Justice Department of being corrupt and the FBI of being like the KGB. All the while they sit by as Trump refuses to implement the sanctions that were passed by congress in violation of his oath of office.
They are not the party of “family values.” Republicans embraced and campaigned for a child molester for Senate.
Trump will remove the Johnson amendment so churches can be political organization, tax free.
3 Republicans on the FCC bucked the will of 200 million Americans and handed control of the internet to corporations. As Jim Wright put so succinctly, “Given a choice between human rights and the rights of business, they chose money over people every single time.”
Any one of these examples is an explicit reason why each and every complicit Republican in this nation must be thrown out of office. Our democracy is more delicate than anyone imagined and Vladimir Putin intends to do us more harm with his ‘useful idiot’ named Donald Trump and the Republican party who used to understand that Russians were our enemies is now doing everything Putin wants by undermining the legitimacy of the Justice Department and the rule of law.
Republican allegiance is to their tribe and winning at any cost, even if that cost is this 200 year experiment called the United States of America.