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Thu Mar 25, 2021, 09:50 AM

Dear Republicans: What Did You Expect?

Dear Republican voter:

When Ted Nugent, the NRA and the GOP told you that more guns would make America a less violent society, what did you expect? Did you really think that suddenly every American would become a fast-draw marksman and vigilante justice would take us back to some happy Wild West movie fantasy?

When Trump said Covid was “just like the flu” at the same time he was telling Bob Woodward it was a killer, what did you expect? When he pushed refusing to wear a mask as if it were some sort of declaration of masculinity, and openly encouraged states and cities to remain open to produce “herd…er…thinking” did you really think that would keep a half-million Americans from dying?

When Trump sent thousands of modern-day brownshirts to storm the US Capitol and try to kill Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi so Trump could become the nation’s strongman dictator, what did you expect? Did you believe that American democracy was outdated, and our country would run better if a billionaire oligarch and his cronies just took everything over regardless of the will of the voters?

When five Republican-appointed justices on the Supreme Court, in 2010 in Citizens United, ruled that billionaires and big corporations secretly bribing politicians was just “First Amendment-protected Free Speech,” what did you expect? Did you believe that was going to work out well for democracy in America? That it had, in any country, ever?

When Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist, along with Reagan, both Bush’s and Trump warned you about the dangers of “big government” and said it should be shrunk down small enough to be “drowned in the bathtub,” what did you expect? Did you really think that gutting environmental and banking protections; letting corporations dump more pollution into our air and water, poisoning our children; and restricting access to Medicaid, unemployment benefits and disability assistance was going to improve this country?

When Donald Trump (and Reagan & both Bush’s) told you that if America just showered trillions in tax cuts and and subsidies on our largest corporations and richest people that it would all “trickle down” to the rest of us, what did you expect? Did you really think those billionaires were going to happily pass their tax cuts along to you as a pay raise?

When Republican governors across the country told you that only private, for-profit electric companies could provide you with cheap, reliable electricity and that state or municipal utilities with no profit motive were a bad idea, what did you expect? Did you think Enron ripping people off & PG&E burning down part of California was an anomaly? That what just happened with the privatized Texas power grid when it was faced — again — with a winter storm was just a fluke?

When Ronald Reagan — and every Republican politician since him — told you that destroying labor unions would be a good thing and would help American workers, what did you expect? Did you really think that no longer having solidarity and representation against organized capital would lift up American workers and cause CEO’s to keep their own pay reasonable?

When George HW Bush told you the nation needed to double down on Nixon’s “War on Drugs” and put more people in prison, particularly Black people who were “selling crack cocaine in the park across the street from the White House” (a sale Bush set up), what did you expect? Did you really think that putting millions of Black people in prison for decades like Bush pitched with his “Willie Horton” ad campaign was somehow going to make America a better place to live?

When Donald Trump tried to cut off food stamps to over a million people in the middle of a pandemic, what did you expect? Did you really think it was going to “force“ people to get a job in the face of a disease that could kill them? Went over 10 million jobs had just vanished from the economy?

When former oil industry CEOs George W. Bush and Dick Cheney told you that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, coincidentally sitting on the world’s second-largest oil reserve, was plotting to attack America, even as the United Nations and our own American weapons inspectors were saying it was a lie, what did you expect? Did you really think America could conquer a country, sell off its natural resources, and its people would just happily go along with it? How’d that work out in Vietnam?

When Wall Street Billionaire Pete Peterson and his friends in the GOP put up their “debt clock” and told you that Social Security was a Ponzi scheme that was going to go bankrupt and therefore should be handed over to the big Wall Street banks, what did you expect? Did you think the bankers and the Republicans they own were actually going to help build a stronger social safety net for average Americans?

When Reagan’s Interior Secretary, James Watt, told you that it was just fine to sell off federal lands for pennies on the dollar to giant mining and drilling companies because Jesus was soon going to return and “make all things new,” what did you expect? For that matter, when Trump’s Interior Secretary, a coal industry lobbyist, said the same thing without the religion, did you really expect it would help our public lands? Did you think it had nothing to do with massive campaign contributions to the GOP?

When Republicans changed course in 1980 and threw in with antiabortion activists, but promised only “reasonable” restrictions, what did you expect? How about Arkansas that just passed a law last month to put a child who’s impregnated by a rapist in prison if she tries to get an abortion? Or Texas, where legislators are trying to get the death penalty for young victims of incest who get an abortion?

When Donald Trump encouraged violence at his rallies, promoted racist slogans and policies, promised to pay the legal bills of people who became violent, and openly celebrated police “roughing up” the people they’re supposed to protect and serve, what did you expect? Did you think it would restrain the authoritarianism and racism of his followers and police? Really?

When Trump and Fox News tried to characterize as “thugs” the millions of people in our streets protesting the murder of George Floyd and so many other unarmed Black men, what did you expect? Did you think the cops would stop racist and violent policing without any sort of public pressure or accountability? When has that ever happened?

When oil company shills were all over the media telling us that global warming is a hoax and that carbon dioxide was good for trees and so we should have more of it, and Republican politicians for 40 years echoed them (and continue to), what did you expect? Did you really believe that burning all those fossil fuels and throwing all those poisons in the air would have no consequence?

When, during the last three presidential primaries, Republican candidates like Ron Paul argued that the best way to provide healthcare for Americans was to eliminate all government programs so that people would be forced to “stand on their own two feet“ and figure out their own healthcare solutions, what did you expect? Did you really buy Congressman Paul’s argument that in his day doctors like him were paid with chickens and we should think of that as an inspiration for our healthcare system today?

When you voted for Republicans while Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was actively gutting our public schools, promoting for-profit corporate schools, and making a joke out of any kind of solution to our student debt crisis, what did you expect? Did you actually believe that she and the GOP had any interest in building up our public schools and helping our teachers?

When your Republican state representatives told you they were passing legislation to “ensure election integrity,” what did you expect? Did you really believe they were going to make sure everybody in America who is legally eligible to vote could have their vote counted? Did you assume they’d never end up blocking you from the voting rolls?

Seriously, did you expect Republicans were somehow going to do away with the 10-hour lines in neighborhoods where lots of registered Democrats live but everything would be fine for you? Did you believe them when they said voting by mail was a dangerous and insecure system, after states like Oregon and most of Western Europe have been doing it for more than 20 years without any problems whatsoever?

The simple fact is that Republicans have been lying to voters like you for better than 40 years, from Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” and “War on Drugs,” through Reagan’s “Supply Side Economics,” right up to today’s Trump/GOP line that the 2020 election was filled with “voter fraud.”

They’re all lies, to disguise the fact that the GOP worships money and power alone, and puts those two things above the safety and security of average Americans every time.

For the past 18 years on my radio show I’ve been running a contest. To win, all you need to do is name a single piece of post-1980 legislation that was first written by a Republican, majority-sponsored by Republicans in Congress, passed by a majority of Republicans and signed by a Republican president — and has as its main beneficiaries average working people, instead of rich people or big corporations.

Nobody has ever won the prize, which is your choice of any of my books, with a personalized inscription.

Our country needs us all to be awake to what Republicans are up to in our federal and state capitols as they try to savage democracy and turn our country over to the oligarchs who pay their bills.

The 2020 election seems to show that Republican voters are figuring out the scam that GOP politicians have been running on them for two generations, which is why the Party is scrambling to make it harder to vote.

If you’re a good-faith former Republican voter who was taken in by these lies but has now seen the light, the Democratic Party is more than happy to welcome you back to sanity. A new day is coming.

This was originally posted at: www.HartmannReport.com

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thomhartmann Mar 25 OP
Firestorm49 Mar 25 #1
rampartc Mar 25 #2
Ferrets are Cool Mar 25 #3
Hotler Mar 25 #4
Mr. Evil Mar 25 #6
lagomorph777 Mar 25 #16
ShazzieB Mar 26 #46
Wounded Bear Mar 25 #5
Evolve Dammit Mar 25 #7
hot2na Mar 25 #8
Mopar151 Mar 26 #45
FailureToCommunicate Mar 25 #9
calimary Mar 25 #22
mahannah Mar 25 #10
KatK Mar 25 #11
Dustlawyer Mar 25 #12
KS Toronado Mar 25 #25
Hekate Mar 25 #13
erronis Mar 25 #14
bottomofthehill Mar 25 #15
lagomorph777 Mar 25 #17
JohnnyRingo Mar 25 #18
Mister Ed Mar 25 #19
GoodRaisin Mar 25 #20
UCmeNdc Mar 25 #21
FakeNoose Mar 25 #23
Hermit-The-Prog Mar 25 #24
jalan48 Mar 25 #26
CaptainTruth Mar 25 #27
Caliman73 Mar 25 #28
Tommymac Mar 25 #29
judesedit Mar 25 #30
BobTheSubgenius Mar 25 #31
lindysalsagal Mar 25 #32
secondwind Mar 25 #33
Picaro Mar 25 #34
LiberalLovinLug Mar 25 #35
liberalla Mar 25 #36
moondust Mar 25 #37
Wild blueberry Mar 25 #38
yonder Mar 25 #39
11 Bravo Mar 25 #40
Mr.Bill Mar 25 #41
Schmice3 Mar 25 #42
Snarkoleptic Mar 25 #43
Pepsidog Mar 25 #44
SleeplessinSoCal Mar 26 #47
The Wizard Mar 26 #48
kentuck Mar 26 #49

Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:03 AM

1. Yow! That pretty much sums it up. I need a nap! 😊

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:04 AM

2. great manifesto, thom

i sure hope we live to see that "new day."

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:08 AM

3. Love me some Thom

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:26 AM

4. This is well written but, at too high a grade level for repugs to digest.

I'm thinking 3rd or fourth grade level is about all they can comprehend.

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Response to Hotler (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:34 AM

6. Republicans are bad.

Bad, bad, bad.

Now, they are even worse.
Worse, worse, worse.

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Response to Mr. Evil (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:28 AM

16. That sounds suspiciously Seussian....

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Response to Mr. Evil (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 26, 2021, 01:23 AM

46. They're the worst.

You heard it here first: Repugs are the worst!

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:28 AM

5. K&R...nt

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:42 AM

7. That was excellent, spot on and damn depressing in its truth. Well done Thom. nt

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:46 AM

8. Conservative/Republican ideas have run head on into reality

Their answer is of course is to ramp up the propaganda and suppress the vote.

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Response to hot2na (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 26, 2021, 12:46 AM

45. They only have a few, they are getting thin!

Most of them are Right Wing fantasies, proven to fail when applied to reality.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:46 AM

9. Bookmarking.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:08 PM

22. Yep. Definitely bookmarking.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:02 AM

10. Number of Republicans who will read this?

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:05 AM

11. Another cogent and compelling analysis from Thom Hartmann! n/t

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:12 AM

12. You could substitute Donor Class for Republicans and it would still be accurate.

The Republicans are just doing their Donor’s bidding. The key distinction is that we cannot address the real cause of these policies unless we do some serious campaign finance reform. That is the only way to reverse this problem!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:12 PM

25. Doesn't HR 1 address campaign finance reform???

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:15 AM

13. Kick. Rec. Bookmark.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:17 AM

14. "When will they ever learn?" I doubt many (r)epuglicon will admit their fiction.

Most know what they are doing, intentionally. The rest suffer from multiple ingrained biases.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:24 AM

15. More guns Less death is like

Lower taxes creates more revenue. It’s bullshit.

The Laffer curve of gun ownership. Only there is nothing funny about it

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Response to bottomofthehill (Reply #15)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:29 AM

17. The Laughable Curve

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:38 AM

18. Follow the link and read it there. Give him the hit.

This was an especially good piece of writing. I enjoyed every paragraph.
Thanx Thom!

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:45 AM

19. Yes. That is exactly what they expected.

And it's what they continue to expect, in the face of all evidence to the contrary.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:47 AM

20. F'ing K&R. Excellent rant about the Repugnantcan Party. nt

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 11:56 AM

21. K&R! Right on the target! I hope you do not mind me doing a copy and paste on this but others need

to read this!

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:08 PM

23. K & R Wow, my head is reeling

Thanks for this well-written post. I hope it gets through to the Repukes.


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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:10 PM

24. Two maddening points: 1. Even more could be added; 2. Those who need to read it, won't.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:14 PM

26. I've come to the conclusion that Republicans (really their owners) want to break down the sense

of community in the US. When citizens have a sense of community (all politics is local) they can get together and work to make change. If they live in constant fear (pick anyone from Hartmann's list) the sense of community is harder to maintain and the ability to work for change becomes more fractured and difficult. Shaming Republicans is useless, they know what they are doing.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:15 PM

27. Excellent and on point, as always.

It always amazes me how gullible Republican voters are. They choose to be willfully ignorant & keep falling for lies over & over again.

It's like they keep going back to the same used car dealer who keeps lying to them & selling them lemons, over & over, but they keep going back & getting lied to & ripped off over & over.

Why???

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:18 PM

28. Good piece. Any rational person would appreciate it.

Call me cynical, but that is precisely the reason conservatives will not read it. Despite what Ben Shapiro and his ilk say about facts v. feelings, conservatives operate in a universe where emotion, not logic is the primary motivator.

Perhaps there are some "good faith" former Republicans out there, but if they have been involved with Trump and his brand of conservatism, then good faith has left the building.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:31 PM

29. Didn't win it but I have my autographed copy of 'Screwed'

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/287773.Screwed




Met Thom at the autograph signing tour at the local bookstore, so proud of the 'To Tommymac' inscription.




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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:39 PM

30. Spot on, as usual. Thank you so much for taking the time to put into words

what is and has been happening in this country and posting it on this site. It is so much appreciated. I have saved it to share with anyone concerned enough and brave enough to read it. So important.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:42 PM

31. Well, that was a good, substantial read. It would have lost every conservative reader

before the end of para 3, but what can one expect?

I couldn't come up with a good counter to any of the points raised, when I played my usual "Devil's-advocate-in-my-head," which I take to be a strong sign of a good argument.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:46 PM

32. I love the GQP legislation contest. He's a genius. Saved on my hardrive.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:54 PM

33. Mind blowing!!!


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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 12:57 PM

34. Wow, what he said!

Don’t think he missed anything.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 01:09 PM

35. Bookmarked

If I get the chance, I'll post it to my Trump humping relatives.

I often bring up the same question to them....What did Trump do for the average worker? Or even more generally, the average citizen? What legislation did he champion that would have made those lives any easier? I usually either get a blank stare, or a pivot to how bad the Democrats are at it too.

When those of us who opposed him can list many destructive things, environmentally, socially, economically (by delaying the recovery by delaying the COVID fight), and faith in institutions like the CDC or the FBI. The battles to dismantle the ACA, add back in pre-existing conditions. Cutting food stamps in a pandemic. Could go on and on....

When they shout how Trump made America great again......how did he make it great again for you?



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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 01:15 PM

36. EXCELLENT! Thank you Thom Hartmann!

Bookmarking

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 01:42 PM

37. Good compilation.

(R) stands for two things: mindless racist tribalism and lawless plutocracy.

That makes voting simple for...Bigots 'N Pigs.

(I was naive enough to think the (R) party (of Lincoln and Gen. Eisenhower) would learn some lessons from Nixon's debacle and straighten themselves out. Instead they got worse.)

K/R

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 02:03 PM

38. Concise history

Thank you!
By the way, my elderly parents (now deceased) who were lifelong Republicans, voted for Democrats only in the the last decades of their lives.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 02:28 PM

39. Bookmarked, thanks Mr. Hartmann!

A one-stop shop of republicanism.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 02:31 PM

40. This kind of straight talk is precisely why I listen to you on XM radio.

Please, keep it up!

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 03:59 PM

41. Great post, makes a lot of great points.

I'd like to add one more. The republican elected officials are just plain lazy. Their laws they pass are not only bad for the country, they are the works of lazy people taking the easy way out. They just don't want to do the work that is required to run a government correctly.

Democrats want to run the country.

Republicans want to run to the country club.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 04:20 PM

42. thank you n/t

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:21 PM

43. Kickski

Great stuff, Thom!

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Thu Mar 25, 2021, 10:31 PM

44. Thom listening to your show for so many years changed my political views and taught me how to

eviscerate a Republican in an argument. You are a true patriot.




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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Fri Mar 26, 2021, 03:52 AM

47. Waaaay tooooo many words for the Republican voter.

And I'm not kidding.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Fri Mar 26, 2021, 09:04 AM

48. It all depends on your idea

of what "great again" means. It appears to be Jim Crow returns.

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Response to thomhartmann (Original post)

Fri Mar 26, 2021, 09:35 AM

49. Hartmann could write a book on this summary alone.

A little bit of context and commentary and there it is.

Great summary of Republican Lies and Transgressions.

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