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Scary Stupid Senators’ Stunts

Friday, June 12th, 2015

vote2Republicans seem to act first, and think second; or not at all. They fail to look at the consequences of their actions. The most recent example of this behavior occurred when Sen. Tom Cotton, and his 60 days of experience, penned a letter that was signed by 47 senators and sent to our adversarial foreign leader. Unfortunately, in addition to that debacle, there have been many other times Republicans have  demonstrated lack of thought, foresight and loyalty to our country…when they shut down the government, started a war in the Middle East, cut taxes causing a huge deficit, rejected healthcare to millions, refused to raise the minimum wage, to name a few.

Scary, stupid stunts are one thing, but undermining our democratically elected president during sensitive negotiations with Iran leaders is dangerous. Did these 47 Republican senators know that the deal involved several other countries — world powers and allies of the U.S. including China, Russia, France, UK, and Germany?

Did the 47 Republican senators who signed the letter, many of whom have now said they regret signing it, even think about what they were doing?

John McCain, when faced with unforeseen criticism, said the senators should have discussed it more instead of hurrying to get out of town before the snow storm. Does this sound like a leader?

Rand Paul told Matt Lauer on the “Today” show, he did it to strengthen Obama’s hand. Do we need to explain the difference between strengthen and weaken to him?

It should be noted that seven GOP senators refused to sign the letter: Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Daniel Coats (Ind.), Susan Collins (Maine), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), and Bob Corker (Tenn.).

It is sad. Republicans had such a great opportunity to show leadership when they took over both Houses of Congress but, instead they are proving that they can’t…not Mitch McConnell, not John Boehner, and not 47 Republican senators.

After taking over the leadership of the Senate, Mitch McConnell focused on his new power and control. He said now that he controlled the Senate, “America will see how the Republicans can govern”. Unfortunately the examples below prove otherwise…

When the bill came to the floor to combat trafficking of girls and women, Republicans could have passed a clean bipartisan bill. Instead they added controversial abortion provisions that have delayed its passage.

John Boehner, rather than leading, invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before Congress against the President’s Iran deal. How can “leaders” like Boehner preach democracy while, clearly ignoring our Democratic policies and practices?

Another “leader”, Paul Ryan, continues to present unacceptable budgets to the House each year. His budget ideas would gravely hurt the middle class, the elderly, the disabled, veterans, Social Security, and Medicare/Medicaid. His budget would strip many necessary government services and increase the deficit by giving tax cuts to the wealthiest.

The House Oversight Committee is investigating Hillary Clinton’s email methods. Both Republican Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice handled their email accounts in a similar fashion and in compliance with the law. Do we need to include them in the investigation?

Even though everyone agrees Loretta Lynch is highly qualified for the position, the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to vote on Obama’s nomination for Attorney General.  Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman to hold that position.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz singlehandedly shut down the federal government costing taxpayers $24 billion dollars. Like his fellow Republicans, Cruz rather than “leading” stood on the Senate floor and actually read Green Eggs and Ham. And, just one day after announcing his bid for president and calling Obamacare the biggest train wreck in the country, he signs up for it for himself and his family. As he gets reasonable healthcare from the ACA, he continues to deny it to millions in his home state of Texas.

Democrats need to find their voice. In 2016 there are 198 Democratic seats in the Senate and House that will be up for election. Candidates and officials running for reelection should sing from the rooftops boasting of all the accomplishments over the last six years—the growing economy, the shrinking deficit, the millions who have healthcare, the soaring stock market, etc. But voters must also do their part and go to the polls.

R is for Republican and Reverse

Friday, June 12th, 2015

elephantDemocrats keep trying to drive our country forward with policies designed to help Americans in the 21st century. Unfortunately, Republicans are stuck in reverse.

Attorney Louise Raggio drafted and helped pass the Texas Marital Property Act of 1967, affording married women the right to own property, secure a bank loan and start a business without their husband’s consent.  Now in 2015, many Republicans harken back to “the good ol’ days” and propose laws stripping women of the right to make appropriate healthcare decisions with their doctors and families. Abortions were once performed mainly in back alleys and by unskilled practitioners. Do we really want to revert back to those days?

Along with women’s rights, Republicans also want to reverse minority’s rights. By requiring unnecessary voter identification, gerrymandering districts, limiting early voting days, eliminating same-day registrations, and sending out false information, they are making it harder for minorities. This is in opposition to the Voters Right Act of 1965.

Thom Tillis’ believes the government shouldn’t regulate the need for restaurant employees to wash their hands, as long as institutions hang signs stating that employees are no longer required to wash their hands. How is this proposal beneficial to the American people? If his idea is supported, the risk of spreading diseases will skyrocket unnecessarily. Tillis says he wants less government control. But, if the institutions are still required to hang a sign, then the only difference are the words on the sign; and the amount of illness spread.

Schools once required that students’ immunizations are up-to-date in order to enroll each year. Rand Paul however, believes that vaccinations should not be mandatory. He supports parents having the right to choose vaccinations for their children even though it might spread diseases, like measles, that have been eliminated in the US. Why can’t we continue with the laws that protect the country’s citizens and provide waivers to some parents when warranted?

Certain Governors, like Scott Walker, are reversing our public education policies and undoing higher education for the masses. They are focusing policies and funding on the elite, want to get rid of school lunch programs and food stamps, and leave millions of kids in America hungry.

Republican’s want to reinstate Bush’s policy of “trickle-down economics” even though it increased income inequality, expanded the number of people in poverty, and gave tax breaks to billionaires. Instead of growing the economy, “trickle-down economics” sent the country into a recession.

Twelve years of war, many lives lost, and a trillion dollars later, the Republican Party wants to involve America in another war in the Middle East.

Democrats on the other hand, want to take steps forward not backward.

They want to raise the minimum wage, pass immigration reform, decrease income inequality, build better roads and bridges, provide healthcare for all, and assure equal pay for men and women.

Democrats want to learn from past role models, regardless of party affiliation, rather than revert to the past. Republican President Dwight Eisenhower constructed a world-class highway system in the fifties and put millions to work pulling the country out of a recession. The Democrats want to implement his ideas and repair and replace deteriorating roads and crumbling bridges. The infrastructure bill proposed by the Democrats would boost our economic growth, reduce citizens’ car repair bills, and employ millions of workers in fulltime, good paying jobs. Unfortunately the Republicans will not support this bill.

When you continue to take steps back you never progress. Whereas, if you take steps forward, you get where you are headed – whether it is building a bridge or passing the ACA, it is progress…and that is what makes America great.

Going in reverse only lets you see where you have been, not where you are going in the future.

Drive, ambition, and innovation are what make our society advance. Going forward keeps America a world-leader. In 2016, let’s find Democratic candidates who will move the country forward.

 

Republicans Control both Houses of Congress; Democrats the Presidency: So What Does the Future Hold?

Friday, June 12th, 2015

capitol1After the 2008 election, Republicans vowed to do everything to obstruct President Obama and keep anything he supported from passing. When they lost again in 2012, they doubled down on this philosophy. Unfortunately for the country, this strategy, coupled with falsehoods about Democratic programs and the Democrats cowardly showing in 2014, Republicans now control both the House and the Senate.

The question facing Republicans now is what to do with this power. If they continue their obstruction and do nothing, they will not be able to shift the blame to Obama and the Democrats. If they yield to their conservative base, Obama will veto whatever they propose and two more years will pass with nothing being accomplished. If they work with Obama, their conservative base will rebel causing internal turmoil and damage to their brand going into the 2016 election.

On the other hand, the Democrats have to prove to their once loyal base, that they still stand for middle class values, job creation and strong financial reform. Their quietness in 2014 and lack of support for their president was a huge tactical error. As Obama angers the Republicans by passing immigration reform, opening diplomatic relations with Cuba and maybe vetoing the Keystone Pipeline, the Republicans have to prove they have workable ideas that will create jobs, improve the economy for everyone and that they can govern and get things done.

Thus far, they haven’t done that. The Republicans are once again trying to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. They want to dismantle ACA funding, and are again attacking women’s health and choice issues. They plan to greatly reduce Homeland funding, except to send more troops to the border and deport all undocumented people. They want to cut the NASA budget to unworkable levels, have put no women in charge of any committees in Congress except administration, and want to again deregulate Wall Street so that taxpayers are on the hook for risky behavior, rather than the banks and brokers.  And they say, “This is the new Republican Party.” So what are they doing that is new and different? NOTHING. They continue to block, obstruct, lay off, deregulate, deprive the needy while assisting the wealthy, and pass nothing of significance like infrastructure measures or job bills.

To win the White House in 2016, each party needs a good candidate. While there are dozens being talked about in the Republican Party, only a couple would probably put up much of a fight. A total conservative like Ted Cruz or a bully like Chris Christie will only attract extremists, not a majority. Mitt Romney is a two-time loser; Rick Perry had an embarrassingly poor showing in 2012; and Jeb Bush has to disassociate himself from his very unpopular brother, and show that another Bush in the White House would not create a dynasty.

Rand Paul has to attract enough conservative voters to get through a primary. Marco
Rubio wants to be president, but his wishy-washy ways have endeared him to very few Floridians, let alone other states. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum want to turn the government into a theocracy, not a democracy.  Donald Trump thinks he would be a great president, but he is in a very small minority who believe that.

Scott Walker might be a good candidate if labor unions don’t organize against him and the deficit he has grown in his own state with his radical ideas aren’t seen as a big negative. Dr. Ben Carson would like to be president, but the Republicans nominating a black man is highly unlikely.

Fearing Hillary Clinton will top the Democratic ticket, the Republicans have scrambled to come up with some potential female candidates such as Kelly Ayotte, Jan Brewer and Nikki Haley.

While Hillary will most likely be the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders is thinking of running as well. His middle class values, outspoken commonsense and experience will capture a lot of attention from far left Democrats, especially if he added Elizabeth Warren to the ticket.

With all those possibilities still pending, I have a couple of words of wisdom for both parties.

To Republicans: show the American people you can get things done that help them. Don’t block Obama, but find ways to compromise with him without adding unpassable amendments to otherwise good legislature. In other words, show some leadership, do your job and govern.

To Democrats: stand up for your values and with your president. Right now, I think the Democrats are broken, don’t stand for much, and are afraid of everything. My advice is to demonstrate a strong backbone, hold the Republicans accountable for their actions or inactions, and give Democrats a reason to vote in 2016.

Republican Governors Questionable Behavior

Friday, October 10th, 2014

vote2While some Republican governors’ behavior is criminal, others are morally and ethically wrong. Below are some of the choices made by our brilliant elected officials…

Hardworking California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger not only impregnated his wife with their fourth child, but also had an affair with his maid, Mildred Baena, and impregnated her.

In June 2009, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford simply disappeared for six days. A bewildered spokesman said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. But what he did was fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina to be with his mistress, Maria Belén Chapur. He elected to abandon his position without notice or communication with his office, for almost a week. Apparently some voters don’t think extramarital affairs are that bad. After his term as Governor ended, the voters chose to elect him to Congress to serve SC’s first district. What message are they sending by electing him again?

During the 2012 election cycle, Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett bragged about implementing a new voter ID law that would ensure Mitt Romney was elected president. Since then, he has done nothing to help PA’s economy, the law was overturned by a federal court, and Romney did not win the Presidency.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has been mired in corruption associated with his tenure as CEO of Columbia/HCA, cut education funding and a high speed rail project. He also publicly denied global warming and the impact it will have on his state. In spite of his unpopularity, he vowed to spend $100 million to hold onto his job…makes you question his motives?

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan pushed through a “right to work” law in his union-dominated state and enacted a tough abortion bill – both laws passed in a lame-duck session in late 2012. I wonder: do laws that can only pass in a lame duck session really serve the people who elected them?

John Kasich, Governor of Ohio, ruled with conservative ideology that led to an unpopular law restricting collective bargaining rights for public workers. The restrictive law was subsequently overturned by Ohio voters.

In 2014, a number of Republican Governors faced problems

Governor Chris Christi’s “Bridgegate” involved the closure of the George Washington Bridge to get back at a political opponent. While this scandal hasn’t been directly linked to him…it makes one question how and why it happened under his rule.

Just this month, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, was found guilty of 11 counts of bribery, fraud and corruption; his wife Maureen, guilty on eight counts. Convicted of accepting lavish gifts from businessman Johnnie Williams for political favors including Williams paying for their daughter’s wedding, going on shopping sprees together and borrowing his Aston Martin “James Bond car” for vacations.

While the GOP might love Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s actions against labor and unions, not everyone agrees. He is marred by prosecutor investigations for illegally coordinating with conservative groups, special interest groups and a campaign committee. Charges were brought against a major campaign donor, one of his appointees and three of Walker’s close aides were indicted on felony embezzlement charges.

In August, Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted for one count of abuse of official capacity and one count for coercion of a public official. Perry, both ignorant and arrogant, when asked “what his charges were?” answered his question, with a question: “bribery?” Afterwards, he created t-shirts with his mug shot. Are these responses presidential?

Democrats aren’t saints either

Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy had a prolific and brilliant career. He was on the path to the presidency. But, when he was involved in the car accident and drowning death of Mary Jo Kopechne, he chose to leave the scene of the accident, and not report it until the next day.

In 1987, Gary Hart was the frontrunner to win the democratic nomination for president. Unfortunately, when his extramarital affair with model Donna Rice surfaced, that goal was unachievable.

John Edwards had dreams of being president, but poor judgment and sexual indiscretions crushed that ambition. Edwards, not only had an affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter, as his wife was dying of cancer, but he fathered a child with her. Later, in an attempt to cover up an extramarital affair following his 2008 campaign, a North Carolina grand jury indicted Edwards in 2011 on six felony charges of violating multiple federal campaign contribution laws. Edwards admitted the affair, was found not guilty on one count, and the judge declared a mistrial on the remaining five charges.

Bill Clinton had his affair with Monica Lewinsky and Congressman Anthony Weiner texted unwanted photos of “his wiener” to multiple women.

New York’s Eliot Spitzer had at least seven liaisons with prostitutes over a six-month period. Investigators estimated Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a period of several years, while serving as both attorney general and governor.

Maybe it’s time to stop voting for incumbents. Maybe it’s time to use a moral compass rather than a high-dollar portfolio to decide who we elect to office.

Why I’m no longer a Republican

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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In 1988 when I voted for George H. W. Bush for president, there was nothing unusual about it. From the time I turned 21, I had always voted Republican. But, after he broke his promise not to raise taxes and the country was in the midst of a recession, I reconsidered my position in 1992.

As Bush floundered, the brilliant and charismatic campaign and message of William Jefferson Clinton hit the scene and I voted for my first Democrat.

During the next eight years, I watched how President Clinton oversaw the longest peacetime economic expansion in our history; how the nation enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate in decades; how the home ownership rate grew to the highest it’s ever been in the country’s history; how he improved economic equality that led to a strong economy and a surplus federal budget. Though his tenure was plagued with scandals and impeachment, it is important to remember, he was acquitted of all charges.

In 1996, I still didn’t consider myself a Democrat, even though I voted to reelect Clinton. I was an Independent who voted for the best person. But, when the Republican Party nominated George W. Bush in 2000…I began to think of myself as a Democrat.

Living in Texas, I saw Bush’s policies and ignorance first hand. I could foresee many problems the country would face if he was elected and, unfortunately, he didn’t prove me wrong. Against strong counsel from his own financial advisors, he cut taxes while starting two wars; something no other president had ever done. These decisions began the immeasurable damage to our country that would take decades to recover from.

He took a substantial surplus, and turned it into a huge deficit; he changed America’s standing in the world, by trying to force his views on other cultures; he chose to invade Iraq first, rather than Afghanistan, allowing Osama bin Laden to continue his reign of terrorism for years; he destabilized the Middle East which led to more insurgents. Bush and Cheney did not listen to Americans or our Allies and millions of lives were lost.

As the neocons continually promote just one more war to spread democracy, I believe we should fix America’s democracy first before we try to change the cultures of other countries to mirror our own.

Near the end of Bush’s disastrous two-term Presidency, it was an easy decision for me to vote for Obama over McCain. But, it was the creation of the Tea Party facet of the Republican Party in 2010 that turned me into a loyal Democrat, rather than an Independent. I don’t feel I abandoned the Republican Party but, I do feel the Republican Party abandoned me. Their emerging views on government, religion, women’s rights, workers’ rights, income inequality, violence against women, equal pay for women, minorities’ voting rights, made me move away from these radical ideologues as quickly as possible.

In 2014, the Republican Party is now split between the old GOP idealists and the new GOP obstructionists; between those who know their message is losing voters and want to change it and, those who would rather suppress and buy the vote, than change the message. The GOP no longer stands for Grand Old Party, but for Greedy Old Plutocrats.

Democrats must rally their base. There are many smart and educated Republicans who believe their Party’s lies, support their Party’s positions and who will come out to vote Republican at any cost. In America that is their prerogative. But, it is up to the rest of us to make sure these extremists are defeated in 2014, in 2016 and beyond. It is critical to this country’s future, maybe more than any other election in our history that you vote in November. Choosing not to vote because you think your vote doesn’t matter is just plain wrong. I worry that if people do not stand up for what they believe in, and vote, then our future right to vote may vanish.

I support the Democratic message because I’m for job creation, rather than obstructionism. I support healthcare for all, rather than repealing the ACA with no alternative plan. I think we should keep the safety net for those who need it and have paid into it all their lives. I support Social Security, and believe the system could be solvent for years if the income cap was removed and people paid into the system for every pay check they received. And unlike many Republican Governors, I also support Medicaid expansion which saves lives, adds billions in federal funds, and creates jobs.

I’m for keeping America safe and strong, but not for sending Americans into harm’s way when it isn’t necessary. I’m for helping veterans when they return from serving our country, rather than cutting their benefits. I’m for lowering Congressional pay and perks, so that elected officials’ jobs aren’t about becoming millionaires, but rather are about their responsibility to serve their constituents and their country.

I believe in food stamps for the hungry, but not subsidies to big agricultural firms. I believe in healthy school lunches for our children, but not Republican supported junk food lobbyists. I believe in putting people to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and bridges, rather than blocking the vote on job development, and asking “where are the jobs?” I believe in energy independence, but not at a cost to our society and way of life. I believe we should do something about man-made climate change, not deny it exists. I believe we should leave America, and the planet, a better place for my kids and my grandkids, rather than a worse place.

I’m for easy to vote elections, rather than designing restrictions that make it harder for minorities, the poor and the elderly to vote. I’m for term limits for all elected officials, rather than lifetime politicians. In other words, I’m for democracy…a democracy that is quickly diminishing under the current Republican leadership.

If I were a Republican strategist, I would…

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

elephantAcknowledge hatred isn’t be a bonding emotion

While it would be nice to say racial inequalities and bigotry don‘t exist in America, we can’t. The election and reelection of an African American president, while historic, has invoked historic racism and bigotry. People, who are fiscally conservative or have always been loyal to the GOP are now turning away because of the brazen hatred. The Republicans should separate themselves from and denounce these people. By doing so, the GOP will expand their base to many others who aren’t currently even considering them.

Value-oriented Republicans need to stop the bleeding that the Tea Party has inflicted on them. This vocal, minority group, has taken over the thought process and imposed great harm on the Party. Speaker Boehner needs to disregard this part of his caucus and move the country forward with bi-partisan votes in the House. Having both parties work together is a good thing and will boost Republicans standing among many.

GOP leaders need to stand up for what is right and begin vocally criticizing Republicans who are out of line. Right now, many Americans see the GOP leaders as weak and only vested in their own reelection, not the country, not their constituents and not even their own Party.

Be the solution rather than the problem

During the upcoming budget debates, don’t present the same Ryan budget as before. It has been turned down time and time again. Consider what is really important to the Americans and the Party. Don’t present reduction in entitlements. It has lost every time it has been proposed. Start looking at reforming/improving Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid rather than privatizing them or creating a voucher program. Don’t continue to fight losing battles that keep the GOP from being on the winning side. Keep the core values that make sense today; abandon those that don’t.

Stop blaming others for things you created. The Republicans cut funds to embassy security, so don’t blame the White House for Benghazi. The GOP shut the government down, so don’t blame the parks department when the War Memorial isn’t open. Accept responsibility for your actions, devise a plan of action that is built on positive solutions to real problems, and remember everyone doesn’t share the same ideology. If the majority of Americans are opposed to the Party’s views, trying to force it on everyone will only alienate the Party more. Focusing on what is important to most Americans, not just the extreme conservative base, is a strategy that will win American support and elections.

If you don’t want to support Democratic bills, get out in front and propose real, viable solutions that would put people back to work and help the economy grow. Republicans have the chance to be heroes.

The Republicans have a decision to make. To rebuild their image and grow their numbers by adapting their values to the 21st century as the Democrats did in the 90s. Or go the way of the Whig Party–split and dissolve.

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If I were a Republican strategies, I would…

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

elephantMaintain core values, but bring them into the 21st century

The GOP is opposed to entitlements, but I don’t think they understand the concept. Seniors have paid into their Social Security and Medicare all their working life. They deserve the benefits of this program in their silver years. It is not a handout. It’s an earned obligation. If the GOP is concerned about the government’s ability to pay, there is an easy fix to that problem.

The solvency of the Social Security can be maintained by simply removing the cap on income that is deposited into the system. Everyone getting a paycheck should pay into Social Security each and every paycheck for all 12 months. By implementing this one change, Social Security will be solvent for 75 years or more.

If the Affordable Care Act needs tweaking, work to fix it, don’t dismantle it. You can’t win a losing fight by doubling down on the same strategy that has you underwater already. The GOP needs to show some compassion for others. Currently, many see them as cold and heartless.

Encouraging self-reliance is a key core value of the GOP, and that is good. But, in times of a recession and high unemployment, it is not the time to cut programs that would put people back to work. Being obsessed with the deficit, rather than growing the economy, shows poor business skills. If the Republicans want to retain the view as the party for business, they need to make decisions that help grow business, not shut them down.

Deregulation and tax breaks for the rich hurt everyone, including the wealthy. During both Reagan’s and Clinton’s administration, taxes increased a number of times, businesses flourished and everyone shared in the prosperity. During George W’s administration, large tax cuts were made and deregulations were plentiful and the economy fell into a deep recession as a result. Balancing spending cuts and revenue increases helps everyone. When the poor and middle class have more money to spend, they spend it and the economy expands.

Government could be smaller by cutting duplications, inefficiency and unnecessary expenditures, not by cutting programs that many Americans depend on such as the elderly, veterans and the disabled. It provides police, fire, education, infrastructure, economic stability, laws and governing. Providing subsidies to big oil that they don’t need, are wasteful uses of tax dollars that can be better spent building our infrastructure.

The government shutdown, primarily blamed on the GOP, showed just how poorly thought out the idea was. While claiming to be the party of fiscal responsibility, the shutdown cost the government $24 billion in lost revenues and thousands of jobs. It hurt our country’s standing internationally, raised our interest rates and made people the world over concerned that America doesn’t know what it is doing. Continuing to create a fiscal crisis month after month doesn’t instill confidence in the Party or demonstrate that it can lead.

Most importantly, for government to function with a two-party system, compromise must exist. Republicans need to understand that democracy does not mean “my way or the highway.” Americans want their elected officials to work together. Voters don’t want the House to send bills to the Senate that have no chance of passing…it’s a waste of everyone’s time and tax payers’ dollars. Voters want results. If Americans saw Republicans offering real compromise, not just phony rhetoric, they would be more likely to support the Party and their issues. If they provided real economic solutions, rather than obstructionism, people would take notice. The Party, whether Republican or Democrat, that helps bring our economy back will win votes and loyal supporters.

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If I were a Republican strategist I would …

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Assess the current situation, poll numbers and policies

The Republicans took a beating in Ted Cruz’s shutdown. Their approval ratings plummeted, and they got nothing in return. That is just bad business. When a child throws a temper tantrum, responsible adults don’t crater to their demands. Likewise, if the far right continues to act like children, the responsible GOP members shouldn’t crater to them, but rather punish them for their actions.

Get on the winning side of history and grow support

elephantAs our country grows more diverse, any political party that hopes to thrive in the years to come must also diversify and expand. Exclusion, rather than inclusion, is a suicide mission. Since women alone can carry an election, Hispanics are increasing rapidly, and African Americans have fought hard for their right to vote, it just makes good common sense to figure out ways to attract, rather than disenfranchise these segments of the population.

Gerrymandering and suppressing the vote are popular Republican tactics, but that can’t be the only strategy if the party expects to win nationally in the future. The GOP is currently controlling many states, but it’s only a matter of time before the people revolt against these divisive tactics.

Pro-Life versus Pro-Choice

The Republicans must end their war on women. While they profess to value human life and fight ferociously to change pro-choice/abortion laws, they do it in the most destructive way possible. When they called a committee to discuss this issue, the visual of an all-male body was stark and reconfirmed the belief that Republican men want to control women’s bodies and healthcare decisions without any input from women. Their refusal to let Sandra Fluke testify before the committee only served to reinforce this belief.

While I support a woman’s right to choice, unlike Republicans, I’m willing to listen to others points of view. Blocking sex education, contraceptives, and making unreasonable medical demands on women, won’t increase votes for either a candidate or the party. If Republicans want to maintain their pro-life stance as one of their core values, then they need to follow up after the child is born with supportive measures. When food stamps are cut, Head Start funds demolished and healthcare for the poor is opposed, Republicans weaken their case for pro-life. Currently the GOP isn’t pro-life, it is pro-birth, and that is very different.

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