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What Drives Republicans?

In one word - POWER. After Barack Obama took office as president, Republicans immediately set about to destroy the popularity of the president and of the Democrats in order to regain political power. Through the Tea Party and through the media they waged a daily campaign of lies, defamations and smears. In Congress, they erected walls to prevent confirmation of Obama’s nominees and to stop or delay all Democratic legislative initiatives. Republicans have demonstrated that they care not one whit for helping Americans. Their sole concern is to regain power.

From inauguration day Republicans maintained a constant drumbeat of malicious and ferocious attacks on President Obama. Hard-right nuts insisted Obama was not a legitimate president because he was not born in the U.S. Republican Senator Shelby added to the hubbub by replying to a constituent's question as follows:

Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate. You have to be born in America to be president.

As if he did not know better.

Far-right nuts have called Obama a Muslim, an Anti-Christ, a Nazi, a Communist, a racist, a traitor, a socialist........ Do Republican leaders correct this in any way? Sometimes, faintly. Mostly we hear things like this:

Representative John Boehner, the Republican leader in the House, called the budget proposal and recently passed economic stimulus plan "one big down payment on a new American socialist experiment."


Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina called Obama "the world's best salesman of socialism."

Republicans are masters of the art of building "tea-party" emotions with hot words like "socialism." When it comes to stopping presidential nominations, however, Republicans don't need emotion; just gall. By means of "holds," they prevent a nomination from being considered. Senator Shelby placed about 70 "holds" on pending nominations for the purpose of getting some pork for Alabama. Senator Bunning of Kentucky used a "hold" to prevent the enactment of extension to unemployment insurance. Neither succeeded but their actions show the lengths Republicans will go to achieve their goals at the expense of the country.

By preventing confirmation of executives to run the various agencies of the government, Republicans hamper government operations. Republicans then complain the government is not doing its job under the Democrats. Brilliant, Republicans think. So what if the public suffers?

While Democrats were busy with substance, Republicans were campaigning. While Democrats sought bipartisanship, Republicans were erecting walls. While Democrats spent 14 months seeking Republican ideas, Republicans first feinted cooperation and then objected en masse to the actual bills.

This was and still is the Republican strategy. As the New York Times tells us now:

Before the health care fight, before the economic stimulus package, before President Obama even took office, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, had a strategy for his party: use his extensive knowledge of Senate procedure to slow things down, take advantage of the difficulties Democrats would have in governing and deny Democrats any Republican support on big legislation.

The essence of McConnell's strategy is to prevent President Obama and the Democrats from governing. Thus the Republicans think they will "prove" that Democrats are incompetent and that government can't do anything right. What Republicans are truly "proving" is that they are willing to destroy America for their own benefit.

For 14 months Republicans have used filibusters, "negotiations," "tea parties," polls, outrageous attacks, false posturing, emotional smears, hypocritically-changed positions, scare tactics and myriad other techniques of obstruction to prevent the passage of healthcare reform. But healthcare reform did pass both the House and the Senate, the latter with 60 votes in favor. Now the House is scheduled to pass the Senate version and also an accompanying bill containing some improvements. After the House acts the Senate will pass the "improvement" bill through reconciliation, which requires only 51 votes.

Again, Republicans are screaming that they do not like the procedure, though they have used the same procedure many, many times when they were in the majority. Republicans don't care about procedure. Their only goal is to prevent healthcare reform. They know that once healthcare reform passes, it will help the Democrats, not the Republicans. This is their sole concern.

Republicans are driven by power. They cannot accept that Democrats won the election. They will do whatever they can to hurt Democrats. They do not give a damn that their efforts to destroy the Obama Administration may cause ordinary Americans to suffer. All they want is power.

Posted by Paul Siegel at March 17, 2010 6:29 PM
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Actually they have already set a precedent…look at what they tried to do to Clinton. It has become ingrained into their psyche…Newt, Rove and the unethical, unpatriotic pundits have colluded to bring America down to street thug level.

Posted by: Marysdude at March 17, 2010 7:12 PM
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I can’t speak for every republican, but as I read your post I realized that you mixed up some terms. If you substitute democrat for republican you would be correctly describing democrats and leftists during the last eight years of Bush.

To quote Willy Wonka, “Strike that. Reverse it.”

I love the amnesia. It says to me that your partisan bias is complete (to paraphrase Darth Sideous aka Emperor Palpatine).

But really, Paul, do you actually believe that socialism works in the real world? Do you believe that big government is never corrupt and ineffecient, that the answer to every problem is having the federal government take it over?

Posted by: eric at March 17, 2010 8:41 PM
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I don’t trust the vast expansion of government. I don’t like the arrogance of the Democrats in Congress. I don’t think President Obama really likes being president, at least not the part about leadership in government. He prefers to “fight” as an outsider and feels uncomfortable now that he is “the man.” That is bad for our country.

Other than those things, I love and cherish the Democratic leadership.

Posted by: Christine at March 17, 2010 8:58 PM
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“Other than those, I love and cherish the Democratic leadership.”

Absolutely, I can’t imagine how any Republican could not love and cherish these jokers.

Trying to impeach Clinton was probably the stupidest thing Republicans tried to do. If the wingnuts in the House had had their way, it could have changed the course of history. We might not be in the Republican mess we are in now.

Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed in the Republican Senate. Clinton signed more important Republican legislation than even Republican presidents have and the Democratic legislators voted to pass more of it than ever in history.

If Republicans had removed Clinton, that progressive socialist, Al Gore would have become president. As a matter of fact, he may have just vacated the office last year. History may have been different.

Posted by: jlw at March 17, 2010 9:17 PM
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Paul, power is what drives members of BOTH parties. Make not the mistake of believing political parties exist for any OTHER reason than power, first and foremost. They don’t.

Posted by: David R. Remer at March 17, 2010 9:19 PM
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Christine, Sorry…”Other than those things,”

Posted by: jlw at March 17, 2010 9:20 PM
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But you just loved the biggest expansion of government since WW@ when the Republicans were in charge. Looks to me that you don’t really mind expansion so much when does not help working people.

Get a grip.

Their behavior is not untypical of a threatened kleptocracy. Here in the RP the rulers of one province were being threatened with an electoral defeat. Their response was to murder the wives along with a number of journalist and lawyers on their way to register their husbands as candidates. The candidates had thought that with the press and with simple human decency their wives would be less likely to be attacked. They were wrong. More than 50 people were murdered.
The motive the perpetrators had IS IDENTICLE to the motives of the Republican leadership,to protect their aparachiks,to protect their sources of income, now and in the future, and to secure their power at any cost. Should they get a pass because their behavior is more “civilizied”. NO! If they succeed in blocking passage of the HC bill,a lot more Americans will die needlessly than were killed in Magindinao. They are cut from the same cloth.
I am a good deal more sympathetic to those that oppose the HC bill because they are deeply frightened and none too bright. They are just being used.They are victums. Hopefully they will someday see through it. What I find reprehensible are those that actually understand the proposal, see how much help it will be for the average American but oppose it anyway for political reasons. I do not know if there is a hell but if there is the latter have a one way ticket.

Posted by: bills at March 18, 2010 2:41 AM
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Being driven by Power is not a bad thing or a good thing; however, it does matter why you seek power. And that is where I see both political party members falling short.

Yes, America does need to face the Issues of the 21st Century. Yet, to do so without learning the lessons of Government and Society over the last 60 plus years is not only a waste of My Time, but demonstrates clearly the Ignorance of the Individual Candidate and Incumbent drunk on the Idea of Power. Especially since I do believe the hardliners of Americas’ Democratic and Republican Party can’t help watch the opportunities of Commerce and Industry pass them by.

Posted by: henry Schlatman at March 18, 2010 4:29 AM
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Never has a President had so many people or so many things going for him than Cheney/Bush…until the truth started to come out, and then no amount of bad-mouthing could compare to the harm he did to our country. This ignorant crap being put out by the Republican party is BEFORE the fact, and it was the same for them during Clinton. Republicans cannot seem to get enough of that wonderful stuff. Hate and vitriol in payment and revenge for Democrat successes, not realizing their own shame,,,ignorance is bliss…

Posted by: Marysdude at March 18, 2010 6:46 AM
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The unprincipled tactics used by the Republicans to oppose not only the health care bill but the Obama administration in general has created a crisis of governance. The Democrats must pass a health care bill. Otherwise, our very system is threatened. If a minority party can block any and all legislation, our nation cannot be governed. The veto power is vested in the elected president, not in Congress. The tactics of the Republicans have turned this concept on its head. If they succeed on this issue, then you can kiss goodbye to needed financial regulatory reform, etc. The founding fathers created a system to protect against the tyranny of the majority but not to establish a tyranny of the minority.

Posted by: Rich at March 18, 2010 8:35 AM
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Just to show how little things have changed since ‘91, here is an inspiring message to Democrats, and it should be manditory reading material for them.

Posted by: Marysdude at March 18, 2010 8:41 AM
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“I am a good deal more sympathetic to those that oppose the HC bill because they are deeply frightened and none to bright.”

That just about takes the cake for an arrogantly elitist attitude.

Of the 55% who oppose this legislation, half don’t want any kind of government HC bill. the others know this bill for what it is, corpocracy.

Here is your counter statement:

I am not that sympathetic for those who want to believe the governments cost estimates. They are woefully ignorant of past government performance and none to bright.

Paul, how about hunger for power as well as arrogant? A definition describing both political parties.

Posted by: jlw at March 18, 2010 3:50 PM
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Again I ask you…what is your alternative? If Republicans nor Democrats can govern to your satisfaction, what is your alternative? If no third party can garner enough strength to gain enough votes to change things to your political views, what is the alternative?

I read you loud and clear…i think…government is essential, but should not govern. Does that do justice to your mindset?

Posted by: Marysdude at March 18, 2010 9:39 PM
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As P.J. O’Rourke so eloquently put it… “Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it”

Posted by: JusMe at March 26, 2010 2:46 PM
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I have a real fear of the whole Washington infrastructure. It is not going to matter who is in office, Republicans or Democrats. Even if we replaced every senator and representative in congress, the situation would be the same again in a few years. The professional politicians are the staffers that move from one congressman to another, who backdoor the system and strike the deals. That is the real problem with Washington. The big businesses get the bailouts and the bonuses while people lose their jobs and their homes. Get rid of the infrastructure get rid of who is in office and lets start with the Constitution all over again.

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