"Mark my word, if and when theses preachers get a hold of the party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. The government won't work without it. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them." Those were the prescient words of Barry Goldwater before he passed away in 1998.
Unfortunately, with the rise of the so called tea party, which is nothing more than a well-financed coalition of the radical religious and political right, "Mr. Conservative's" fears were more than justified.
With their just say no do nothing agenda, they have brought the legislative process to a screeching halt. Their sole purpose to the exclusion of all others is to bring down our first African American president. If Barack Obama is for, they are against it.
For example, the Affordable Care Act was a Republican proposal endorsed by the conservative Heritage Foundation and modeled after a Republican governor's plan implemented in Massachusetts. They not only vigorously opposed it but the Republican-controlled House voted more than 50 times to repeal it even though they knew it was dead on arrival in the Senate. That meets the definition of insanity.
Time after time the Republican House has failed to act on important legislation to help working class Americans. No jobs bill, no comprehensive immigration bill, no equal pay for equal work bill, no increase in the minimum wage and no extension of unemployment benefits. The predictable result is the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle is rapidly shrinking. The inequality gap is now as great as it was during the Great Depression. .
This from columnist Joe Klein, writing in Time, "These policies are a revision to a more brutal, less humane state of nature. It is an 'idea' whose time has gone."
If you work for a living, please keep this in mind for the 2014 mid-term elections.
Gene Rigelon, Front Royal