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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 11:23 AM

Former Republican: How the GOP Turned Into a Racket Ripping Off Vulnerable Americans

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/former-republican-how-gop-turned-racket-ripping-vulnerable-americans


As with many religions, political parties have a tendency to start as a movement, transform into a business, and finally degenerate into a racket designed to fleece the yokels. One organization which has gone out of its way to illustrate this evolution is the Republican Party. And it has done so with a national scope and fundraising apparatus that would have made Jimmy Swaggart or Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker mute with awe.

By "Republican Party" I mean both the formal party and its extended apparat: talk radio and the Fox News empire, pressure groups like the Family Research Council, allegedly "educational" 501(c)3 organizations like the Heritage Foundation, direct mail outfits descended from the original Richard Viguerie mother ship, polling firms like Rasmussen's, and the Tea Party itself (the latter nevertheless asserts its non-affiliation with the GOP despite its having sponsored the Florida Republican presidential candidates' debate in 2011).

True believers in this multi-faceted scam are usually careful to make a (false) distinction between the institutional GOP and the so-called conservative movement. The Republican Party and its grandees, according to this fable, are not "true conservatives." By 2008, the operatives of the racket were already saying this about George W. Bush, but that assessment required them to perform the mental gymnastics of forgetting that only a few years earlier, they were eager to nominate Dubbya to the next available vacancy in the Trinity.

Having abandoned the apostate Bush, the true believers were off on a quixotic hunt for the next messiah: Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Hermann Cain, the resurrected Newt Gingrich. Each pasteboard messiah having eventually fallen to earth with a thump, the congregation settled for the colorless but ostensibly electable Mitt Romney (Romney may have been the purest true conservative in the operational sense, given his genius for separating rich donors from their money). That pragmatic decision came to naught in November 2012, but it wasn't long before the faithful, and all the movement's con artists who cling to the faithful like flees to a dog, were off on a pilgrimage to find the next conservative Wunderkind. Chris Christie, maybe? On second thought, perhaps he lacks the soothing, good-natured bonhomie of Dutch Reagan. Would it be Marco Rubio, evidently qualified to rebrand the party for a rising demographic because both his names end in vowels? Perhaps not. Or maybe even Ben Carson, who, like Herman Cain, has never been elected to public office, but who generates (also like Cain) the required evangelical fervor? The search continues for the anointed one, much to the amusement of satirists.

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Reply Former Republican: How the GOP Turned Into a Racket Ripping Off Vulnerable Americans (Original post)
Scuba Feb 2013 OP
Laelth Feb 2013 #1
calimary Feb 2013 #2
xtraxritical Feb 2013 #3
lark Feb 2013 #4
tblue Feb 2013 #8
randome Feb 2013 #5
AlbertCat Feb 2013 #6
trof Feb 2013 #15
tblue Feb 2013 #9
valerief Feb 2013 #10
Ikonoklast Feb 2013 #11
johnnyreb Feb 2013 #14
SunSeeker Feb 2013 #7
ErikJ Feb 2013 #12
trof Feb 2013 #16
ErikJ Feb 2013 #17
LuckyLib Feb 2013 #13

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:07 PM

1. Excellent eaasy. k&r n/t

-Laelth

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:19 PM

2. I'm always pleased to see pieces like this -

The ones yanking the curtain back on the republi-CONS and calling them what they are. CON-artists. Because EVERYTHING, and ANYTHING they offer is a CON-job.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:39 PM

3. The RepubliCONs are simply the party of the 1% and

 

they want the 99% working for them, cheap. Their goal is to play "chicken" with the economy and force reductions in Social Security and other "safety net" programs. Employers hate paying their half of Social Security even tho they can take a deduction for it where employees can't. They have no patriotism only profit aspirations. VOTE REPUBLICONS OUT. Their going to ruin this country.
Edit spelling.

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:58 PM

4. Agree, but think they have other goals as well

They really want to have SS invest our money in the stock market so they can raid it and steal everything we have like they did in 2008-2009. That way we will be so poor we will work for next to nothing and they will be even richer and more powerful. There were no downsides for the ultra rich last time, they are encouraged to try it again.

Too bad so many Dems are on board with this just as much as the Repugs. There are a few good apples, Warren, Franken, but not many.

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Response to lark (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:38 PM

8. Yep.

Some Dems are just as bad but they maintain the pretense that they are just no match for the mighty GOP and therefore, gosh darn it, they have no choice but to allow the GOP to steamroll the country. Po thangs.

Doesn't matter the why. All that matters is the result. IMHO.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:04 PM

5. Nice article but "...like flees to a dog..."

Where have all the copy editors gone?

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Response to randome (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:12 PM

6. Where have all the copy editors gone?

Eye no! Thay seam two half disappeared!

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:34 PM

15. Bingo!

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Response to randome (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:40 PM

9. Well if your gonna be picky.

Haha! I noticed that too. 'Flees.'

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Response to randome (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:03 PM

10. Copey editrors our so 20-eth centruy. nt

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Response to randome (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:13 PM

11. Compooters taek cair of thet funkshin nowe.

Wurks liek a charrm, two!

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Response to randome (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:31 PM

14. Hit's a job Americans don' wAwnt! n/t

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 01:16 PM

7. K&R

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:15 PM

12. Dr. Ben Carson video 2 million hits +--he may be it.

The evangelicals are really going crazy for him.

Dr. Benjamin Carson's Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast wi

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Response to ErikJ (Reply #12)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:42 PM

16. That's MY senator (Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III) introducing him. "He loves Jesus"

Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. First elected in 1996, Sessions is a member of the Republican Party. He serves as the ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee.

President Ronald Reagan nominated him to a judgeship on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in 1986, but the Senate confirmation failed after it was alleged that he had made racist remarks to a colleague.

Sessions was ranked by National Journal in 2007 as the fifth-most conservative U.S. Senator, siding strongly with the Republican Party on political issues. He supported the major legislative efforts of the George W. Bush administration, including the 2001 and 2003 tax cut packages, the Iraq War, and a proposed national amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Sessions

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Response to trof (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 09:51 PM

17. Yes, he's turned my stomach for many years now

He is always on Face the Nation et al and he always turns my stomach.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:46 PM

13. The comparison to Tim and Tammy Faye Bakker is priceless. They were the

ultimate scam artists -- we watched them in the 70's as camp entertainment. Fleecing their faithful non-stop. Complete criminals -- just like the Rethuglicans.

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