The Two Factors That Will Give Us a Republican President
George Bush has so massively ruined this country that you’d think that a Democrat winning in November is guaranteed. That’s the logical assumption anyway, but never underestimate the right wing’s penchant for national self-destruction. Ironically (of course, since everything these people do is ironic), they will destroy this country in order to save it.
Today we have two articles from two very different places that prove this point.
First up is Wynton Hall’s article “Kamikaze Republicanism”, published at that bastion of right-wing intellectualism, TownHall.com. Some Republicans are upset that a “moderate” Republican — such as McCain, Romney, or Giuliani — might get the nomination, so they’re threatening to not vote in November. Wynton Hall thinks that’s a terrible mistake. He writes:
Rants of frustration such as these, while understandable, are baseless. More than that, they belie and betray the Republican and conservative arguments regarding the existential battle of our time…
Now he has my attention! Apparently there is one issue so important that the future of the entire country rests on it. And apparently only the Republicans are capable of protecting us from it! Tell me, Wynton Hall, what is it?
…the long term threats posed by radical Islamic terrorism.
What?! Yes, this is a grave issue, but where is the evidence that the Republicans are the only ones qualified to protect us? In fact, there is ample evidence that they aren’t qualified at all. Here are just three:
(1) The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001 happened on George W. Bush’s “watch”. I put “watch” in quotation marks, because this dim bulb was doing anything but protecting us from terrorism at the time. Despite mountains of evidence — including the famous Presidential Daily Briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack within the U.S.” — the Shrub chose to do nothing to protect us. This criminal negligence led to the largest terror attack upon us within our borders.
(2) Despite every single bit of evidence that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks, Dim W. Bulb decided to pull most of our troops out of our successful routing of al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and go off on an irrelevant adventure in Iraq. This not only put us into the Iraqi quagmire, which has virtually bankrupted our country, but it allowed bin Laden to escape, al Qaeda to regroup, and the Taliban to retake parts of Afghanistan.
(3) Our continued presence in Iraq just serves to radicalize Islam, thus creating more terrorists. Bush hasn’t protected us from terrorism. He has created more of it!
Hall’s article continues with:
Individual liberties and freedoms are only useful insofar as one is alive to exercise them. To put it as Ronald Reagan put it, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
That is one of the biggest ironies in Hall’s article. In the name of “protecting us from terror”, the current administration has trampled many of our civil liberties. This is the generation that is losing those liberties and freedoms that Ronald Reagan spoke of. Wynton Hall is leading the charge.
The Facts from Halifax
The second article I want to mention comes from HalifaxLive.com. Al Hollingsworth of Nova Scotia writes in “Will the Christian Right Return a Republican?”:
Speaking of Satan, those who fear him the most, born-again Christians, just might be holding the outcome in the palms of their prayer-folded hands.
And once again, they will probably ruin things for the rest of us.
George W. Bush, like his father before him, and Ronald Reagan before GHWB, all pointed to the solid support they received, not only from the Christian Right, but also from many Catholics. It all goes back to 1976 and Jimmy Carter. That’s right, it was the Democrats who awakened the followers of Jesus Christ.
Carter, a born-again Christian and a lay preacher, mobilized the Southern Baptists, who in turn reached out to other Protestant denominations. The ensuing result was a massive block of voters who believed that in Carter, they had the individual who would, using the Bible, lead them in a Godly way.
Ack! We gave the Nobel Peace Prize to the guy who activated the fundie voting block?
However, Carter, who had been backed by half of all evangelical voters, had a surprise for the religious zealots. He was a genuine Democrat, and was not about to govern with one hand on the Bible. The anti-abortionists, anti-gays, prayer in school groups, etc, were thunderstruck that Carter, a good and decent man, wasn’t the right-wing loony they coveted.
And that was the last time the loonies voted for a Democrat.
The question now is, do they have the numbers needed to stop the Democrats? Those who think our friends south of the 49th, are only anxious to rid themselves of Bush and the Republicans are not looking outside the so-called box. They may not like the war in Iraq, but when push comes to shove, I’m betting their right wing agenda will win the day.
As Hollingsworth points out, the fundies are a huge voting block. It doesn’t seem to matter what the Republicans do to them. In the end, they will look at their favorite issues (hating reproductive rights and hating gays) and vote Republican.
Add to that the very large group of people that Wynton Hall described above, who fear Islamic terrorism so much that they will tolerate any violence done to our own Constitution, and you have a majority.
The Republicans will probably win in November.