Republican Plague on America

The Rethuglicans want to turn back the clock to the days when their corporate buddies were looting the American middle-class, moving their corporate headquarters overseas to avoid regulation and taxes and destroying America. Here are two articles that explain. For those masochists who want to view the original Rethuglican document, a link is included at the end of the first article.

Keith Boykin

Keith Boykin is a CNBC contributor and editor of The Daily Voice.

Posted: September 24, 2010 02:08 PM

Reading through the Republican Party’s new Pledge to America, I wasn’t terribly surprised by any of their proposals. As The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart aptly noted, much of it involves the same old ideas the GOP has been pushing for 30 years. In one particularly telling moment, Stewart shows House Republican Leader John Boehner using the exact same words 12 years ago that he used this week.

After a few years out of power, Republicans now vow to promote “traditional families,” stop government spending, cut taxes, reduce the size of government and support our troops. It doesn’t matter that they increased spending, doubled the national debt, squandered the Clinton surplus and led us into two credit card-financed wars when they controlled all three branches of government just a few years ago.

But the GOP’s promises were no surprise.

What did surprise me is the total disregard for black people in the new Pledge to America. Usually, the Republicans do a decent job of at least pretending to care about people of color. At the 2004 Republican Convention, for example, the GOP put on a big show of racial diversity to overcome the perception that the party only represents white people. Not this time.

The GOP’s new Pledge to America is a 45-page document filled with pictures, and there’s not a single black person in any of the photos. Yes, in 2010, African Americans are still an afterthought to Republicans. Based on recent history, I was expecting to find at least one token black person buried in one of the photos of the document, but I was shocked to find a total blackout, if you will, of black people.

It’s not like they ran out of space for photos. The booklet features 53 photographs, including beautiful patriotic images of Mount Rushmore, the U.S. Capitol dome, and a cowboy with a lasso. There’s also photos of an old white couple on horses, a meat counter at a grocery store, senior citizens, soldiers, town hall meetings, and suburban streets lined with American flags. There’s even an oversized picture of John Boehner and several photos of House Republican leaders. But I couldn’t find a single black person in the entire document.

For a party with no black members of Congress, perhaps it’s not surprising that the Republicans who vetted the document noticed nothing strange about the total absence of blacks in their glitzy new document. But in a country with an African American president and where blacks make up 12 percent of the population, the GOP’s Pledge to America sends the message that Republicans just don’t care about African Americans.

Yes, the Republicans picked a black party chairman to run the GOP, but his selection was as much an act of desperation as the selection of Sarah Palin to be John McCain’s running mate in 2008. Since the Democrats had elected Barack Obama, the Republicans needed to find someone to make them look like they cared about black people. And since 18 million Democrats voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries, the Republicans needed someone like Palin to make them look like they cared about women’s issues.

This week, when a group of white Republican leaders took off their suit coats and ties and stood on a platform outside a hardware store to release their new pledge, they wanted to send a message that they were not out of touch. But that group was just as white as the Pledge to America they released the same day.

We live in an increasingly diverse country with a black president and attorney general, a fast growing Hispanic population, and a newly emboldened LGBT community. But Republican candidates and officeholders are busy trying to turn back the clock.

Whether its Jan Brewer plotting to stop and search Latinos in Arizona, Rand Paul trying to roll back the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act or GOP leaders who want to change the Constitution’s 14th Amendment that protected African Americans after slavery, Republican leaders are still living in the past. The Pledge To America does nothing to change that perception.

Is this the America they really want?

[To see the full Pledge to America document in PDF form, click on the following link:]

The following is the official Democratic response from Governor Tim Kaine. (Governor of Virginia)

Their pledge

Yesterday morning, Republicans unveiled their plan for governing — their Pledge to America.

They’re pledging to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires.

They’re pledging to roll back regulations on big oil and Wall Street.

They’re pledging to strike down rules reining in the credit card lenders and the insurance companies.

They’re pledging to increase the deficit by trillions of dollars.

Their agenda is a windfall for the folks spending millions to put them back in power — the lobbyists, the big corporations, and the special interests.

We’re not sitting by watching this scheme become a reality. Our plan to win this fall is as different from that of the GOP as our agenda for the country.

We’ve got organizers on the ground in every state, working with campaigns and volunteers to coordinate an unprecedented voter-turnout operation.

We’re knocking on thousands of doors and making millions of calls to get our voters out to the polls.

We pay for this work with our By the People Fund — and we’re trying to reach 3 million grassroots donations through the course of this campaign.

To stay on pace, we need 5,241 donations by the end of the week.

Can you chip in $15 or more to help us meet our goal?

This Republican Pledge to America is nothing new. Even John Boehner said, “We are not going to be any different than we’ve been.”

They’re offering up the very same agenda that put us on a path to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

That means they’re not prepared to discuss protecting Social Security and Medicare.

They have no plan for education or teachers.

They offer up no solutions to the outsourcing of American jobs.

They lay out no plans to invest in key industries like clean energy and manufacturing.

They don’t talk about rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, and railways.


One Comment

  1. The Destructionist
    Posted September 25, 2010 at 1:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    If you haven’t already watched the documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, then I highly suggest you do.

    At first, the trailers made it sound like it was a joke. I thought it was going to be another one of those propaganda films pitting “Bleeding-heart Liberals” against “Right-wing Neocons” (you know the kind), but it wasn’t like that at all. Instead, the film was serious and focused primarily on corporations and their zeal to maximize their profits at all costs and with total disregard to the people or to the countries they might ultimately affect.

    A part of the film that I found especially intriguing was the presentation of a document written by Citigroup that was sent to the wealthiest of its investors; essentially stating that America was no longer a Democracy, but a Plutonomy (an economy run and powered – not by people like you and me – but by corporations and the wealthiest 1%). To be honest, I thought the document was made up bullshit and I’d never be able to find it online. (After all, who would be so brazen, or so stupid as to compile such information and then to let it go public?) But I was wrong. It’s real:

    Equity Strategy
    Plutonomy: Buying Luxury, Explaining Global Imbalances

    As I read page-after-page, I could feel my eyes growing wider and wider in utter disbelief (My God…I mean, it was like reading a manual on how to successfully turn our world into George Orwell’s, “1984”)!

    I have to say that I’m rather embarrassed that I didn’t know about this document (or the documentary) before today. But now that I do, it only confirms what I’ve written about in times past: the powerful corporate élite are actually designing plans to take over the world’s economies and fashion its various countries into collectively owned corporate blocs, whereby people are no longer consumers, but hive-like workers.

    Now I know what you’re saying, and I totally agree with you…(It sounds like, “crazy talk,” right?) But there will come a day – however absurd it sounds – where national allegiances will be replaced with “corporate allegiances.” It might not happen tomorrow – or even a year from now – but trust me… Someday, it will happen…


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