don't trust people
By Rob McNelis
For a while now, we've all come to know that on a whole,
that Republicans simply don't trust people. The right wing
nuts that control the country today, instead prefer to trust
the police and big business to do what is right. Conservatives
traditionally love to have limited freedoms, and more control
over people's lives than liberals would ever allow.
Yet, in the last couple of years, a pattern has definitely
emerged. The conservative Republicans trust so little in people,
that they no longer approve of democracy! This seems to be
in their interest since they haven't won a national election
since 1988, but demonstrates that the real unpatriotic and
un-American political party is definitely the RNC.
The first instance of Republicans trying to show their dismay
at democracy, came with the impeachment of President Clinton.
They investigated him for years, and spent millions of dollars,
and only found a blue dress for all their efforts. Why did
they go to these lengths? They did because they could not
accept that they lost the election of 1992, and wanted to
Next came the Election of 2000, and the obvious Florida
debacle. The Republicans here argued that it wouldn't be fair
for the election officials to count all the ballots. They
actually got the Supreme Court to rule to that effect, thereby
stopping the very nature of democracy just so that they could
annoit their new President. It was more important to win,
than to follow traditional principles for these people.
Next came the re-districting scheme of Tom Delay for Texas.
In this case, Republicans are behaving like little children,
unsatisfied with the laws...they decide to re-write the laws
to benefit them. The 2000 Census creates a need to re-draw
Congressional lines, and this is a well established process
that has run quite smoothly for our country over the last
200 years or so. The lines were re-drawn in 2001 to reflect
changes in the population, and both sides had their chances
to make arguments for or against the new districts. This draft
was then approved by a court, yet now Republicans feel that
it isn't fair to them. They want to "fix" the plan to help
them elect more Republicans to Congress. Such blatant gerrymandering
shows that they have no respect for the process nor the voters
that they are trying to play god over.
Now comes the California recall effort. Here, the conservatives
are using a law meant only to remove a criminal or completely
inept official from office in order to overturn an election.
Governor Gray Davis, while not the most popular elected official
in California, has done nothing wrong. He inherited a lousy
economy, and the problems of energy deregulation given to
him by his predecessor Pete Wilson. Davis had just been re-elected
in 2002, and the conservatives wasted little time in trying
to recall him. They decided not to give him a chance, but
simply to try to buy enough signatures so they could give
the people of California the crazy circus that is the California
Recall. This costly affair does little to help the economy
in California, but goes a long way to show that Republicans
truly hate democracy.
Several states with Republican legislatures have quietly
announced that they won't hold primaries this year in their
states. Instead, the delegates are to be chosen by party leaders.
Now the official reasoning behind this is that it will save
these states much needed money, but the real reason is to
subvert democracy. Primaries tend to attract attention, and
motivate party members. With no serious Republican Primary
expected in 2004, a primary would mainly only help the democrats
fire up their base. So, they (conservatives) have deemed it
unnecessary for their constituents to have a voice in their
party's nominee. How democratic of them!
Lastly, at the local levels all across the country. Republicans
tend to be the first to advocate the use of user fees. That
is, some public services they decide they no longer want to
subsidize. Therefore, they attach a user fee to it. Thereby,
people of the community pay each time they use that service
or facility. This on the surface seems to make sense, but
actually it does not. It is an exclusive device, meant to
keep the poor and minorities down where the conservatives
believe that they belong. Take after school sports, which
typically is a first to incur a user fee. Wouldn't it make
sense that the poor inner-city children have a greater need
to be in an after school program than rich suburban kids?
By keeping these children busy, you keep them away from crime,
drugs, and gangs. However the right wing loons don't think
Wake up people, beat the Republicans while you can. Sooner
or later, they might just really win...and you won't have
a say about it.