Racist Billionaire Grifters: It's time to call the Republican Party what it is

Thom plus logo All across America today, millions of people are terrified. And it's not just fear of getting a deadly COVID illness that often leads to strokes, dementia, long-term heart disease, and kidney failure.

Over 30 million Americans are unemployed, and because of repeated Republican cuts, the unemployment benefits for many run out at the end of the year. Since early summer, we've been adding another 700,000 or so people to those rolls every month.

Millions of others have put their lives into their small businesses and are now overwhelmed with debt in the face of lost customers and shutdowns, facing the destruction of their middle-class dreams and the disintegration of their families' lives.

Boris Johnson, the conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, just ordered England back into lockdown, but also guaranteed that every worker in the country will get 80% of their normal pay and there will be generous supports for small businesses.

But here in the United States, six months after the Democratically controlled House of Representatives passed legislation that would similarly help Americans, Republicans in the United States Senate refuse to even hold a hearing on the issue.

The Republican-controlled Senate was in session yesterday: Mitch McConnell pushed through six new unqualified rightwing judges at the request of his billionaire backers. But not a single piece of legislation to help average Americans was even considered.

Nearly a quarter-million Americans are dead, millions more are disabled by this virus, and Republicans in Congress and the White House refuse to do anything except push through unqualified judges and sell deadly weapons systems into the Middle East while their donors kick back the profits as campaign contributions.

This is the face of today's Republican Party. They campaign on "right to life" but fight every attempt to help Americans stay healthy and alive.

They say they're for the "little guy" but gave billionaires tax breaks worth over $2 trillion, and the same week refused to end a nationwide $1.5 trillion student debt crisis.

They claim "Christian values" but fight giving food to the hungry, healthcare to the sick, housing to the homeless, and help to the poor.

They claim to be the "modern party of new ideas," but give over $600 billion a year in subsidies to an 18th-century fossil fuel industry and it's billionaire CEOs Who are killing our planet, while blocking assistance for 21st-century clean energy solutions.

They claim to be in favor of a "bright future" making America a "shining city on a hill," but are doing everything they can to destroy America's public education system.

They claim to care about all Americans, but their judges and elected officials are almost uniformly wealthy and white, and very outspokenly oppose any assistance to communities of color in crisis.

They talk about "law and order" but wink and nod as bankers, drug executives, and polluting industries rip off and even kill Americans on a daily basis with impunity.

They say they are for the working person, but have spent forty years tearing down worker safety protections and fight every attempt to let workers organize.

They say they will "bring our jobs home," but their USMCA trade deal increases the tax incentives for big corporations to move factories overseas, increasing the rate at which American manufacturing jobs are being lost.

They say they believe in elections, what fight as hard as they can to prevent about half of America from voting.

America is figuring out that Donald Trump has spent his entire life as a criminal and a grifter. Some even suggest but the modern Republican Party has been reshaped in his image.

But the simple truth is that, since the 1980s and the Reagan Revolution, the Republican Party has been one long racist grift that only serves the rich and the very rich.

-Thom

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DrRichard 1 week 5 hours ago
#1

America "might figure it out" but plenty of people still support this monster. But then plenty of people kept giving money to the mythical Nigerian princes who promised them fortunes too. I don't know what it will take to bring this country together, Biden is a good man for that but the perceived divisions have gotten deeper and deeper thanks largely to the Republican machinations. Personally I don't get McConnell, Graham and the others' mindset that puts inhumane objectives over the good of the country and its people, but then folks like that have always been around. Like Peronism, neo-Facism, and those waiting for an exiled king to return, such movements harking for a strong leader to make it all right will always continue. But playing into them is a fool's game.

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talesfromtheoth... 1 week 4 hours ago
#3

Republicans R pro life it may B short but pro life we will all C how long they can

yell pro life with out their oxygen tube and no face mask

"Eat, drink, and be merry, because tomorrow my policies may kill you."

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alis volat 1 week 3 hours ago
#4

If only we could blink and be ahead 20 years taking us to a time when minorities are an equal number to whites in this country. It will happen and although it won't solve corruption and racism, it will marginalize some of the source. When alliances are formed by a good percentage of people from every camp, we will get to a better place.

The time period Thom speaks about has been a real and hard education, especially because it included the internet. We know exactly how far the modern right will take things. We have the numbers to take them on, but just barely when you factor in our election system. We have fought for truth, voting rights, and have fought racism. The beautiful inclusivity of Millennials and Gen Z didn't just happen. They were taught empathy and given empathy. The answer is to keep teaching and gather the troops.

Dorsey said today exceptions have been made to let the public hear from their elected officials on Twitter's platform. After January 20th maybe playtime won't be quite the same for Citizen Trump. One has to be at least 13 years old to have a Twitter account; too bad they don't use people's emotional age.

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stopgap 1 week 3 hours ago
#5

Biden needs to never forget two things: 1. Politicians are rarely rewarded for the good things they do.

2. The past is the future. Also, whatever happened to “we can walk and chew gum at the same time.”

If Biden wants to unite the country. The best thing he can do is show that no man is above the law by holding the Trump administration accountable for their treason, corruption, graft and the many other crimes committed by Trump and his abettors. Biden has to resolve the past by seeing that Trump and his Republican cult are held accountable, or no matter what good he does, it can and will be undone by the next wave of Republican extremists, and probably sooner than later, even more extreme and possibly once and for all.

This talk by Biden of wanting to look forward and not having his administration hamstrung by hearings and keeping Trump in the news, is exactly the opposite of what he should be thinking. He should want to remind Americans every day, what a monster from hell Trump and his fellow Republicans are, what crimes they committed, what corruption they are guilty of, and their total ineptness. And not just Trump, everyone associated with him, from the White House to the local legislators abetting his crimes.

Politicians should do what is best for the nation but do it because it is the right thing to do. However, don’t expect that it will guarantee that constituents will understand what you do or reward you with another term.

Republicans campaign every day and usually on the public’s dime. They constantly use the powers of government to tarnish, smear, undermine and weaken their Democratic opponents. That’s what all the crap and hearings regarding Hillary is about. To tarnish the Democratic party thereby helping them to win elections.

If Democrats are able to take control of the Senate, the House and the White House, it will be their duty to insure the security of the nation. The best way to do this is to crush the Republican Party once and for all. Only they will be doing their duty. Not just campaigning!

Legend 6 days 9 hours ago
#6

Politicians telling lies is going to get worse. Trump and the Repblican Party has proven that it works. Their media does not call them out on it. Trumps is somewhere around 25000 lies and still got 70+ million votes. Telling lies works.

Best advice that I have seen in a long time.

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Riverplunge 5 days 11 hours ago
#7

Too bad the NEWS is blind to the money that goes to the GOP..

AND! The dirty things that the GOP does...

Is the NEWS becoming a New Branch of the rich, like the GOP?

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vetinla 4 days 3 hours ago
#8

Biden needs to get off butt, and start pushing back via all forms of social media. Craft a message and repeat it daily. AND sound like it's important, cause' it is.

Why concede the next month and a half to the Republican noise machine?

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