Can Obama defeat the Republican cult?

Yesterday, President Obama spoke at Knox College in Illinois - about his vision for the American economy. Throughout his speech - the President highlighted facts - like how middle-class Americans are struggling to survive - while CEO pay and earnings for the top 1% of Americans have skyrocketed. The essence of the President’s speech was that it’s time to get away from the failed economic ideas of the past 30 years - like Reaganomics and trickle-down economics - and instead look to the days of the Great Society and the New Deal to boost our economy.

Right now - Republicans in Washington are hacking away at the very programs that could help this nation recover - and that would make the middle-class strong and stable once again. In yesterday’s speech - the President proposed increases in infrastructure spending, more investments in education, and continued work to make healthcare affordable in America. Unfortunately - Republicans refuse to address this nation’s infrastructure woes - they don’t understand the value of a good education - and they’ve voted about 40 times to repeal Obamacare - which makes healthcare more affordable in America.

But why are they doing this? Why are Republicans standing by the failed policies of Reaganomics, trickle-down economics, supply-side economics and the Reagan Revolution? It’s because the Republican Party is a cult. Scientists tell us that cult leaders pretty much always do the same thing to their members. Cult leaders put their members in physically or emotionally distressing situation to soften them up. Cult leaders reduce complex problems to bumper stickers, and they demand loyalty to the founder and core ideas of the cult. Cult leaders spoon feed information to their members in a way that always makes them look good and everyone else look bad.

Our President is fighting an up-hill battle to restore vital programs that could put Americans back to work, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and stimulate our struggling economy. For the sake of our nation, let's hope he can defeat the cult, and bring back the Great Society by enacting a new New Deal.

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