The G.O.P.: Party of obstruction

Republicans are lame. There, I said it. (Alessandro Fillari)

Republicans are lame. There, I said it. (Alessandro Fillari)

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It’s been 10 months since Obama’s been in office, and I don’t think they’ve done one single productive thing during that entire time period. In fact, they’ve gone out of their way to prevent any kind of progress.

Whether it was blocking and slowing down the process of legislating much needed healthcare reform in this country, or inspiring slightly racist, uneducated, and belligerent protests against the Obama White House, they seem to be dead set on making sure nothing productive gets done.

Rather than just be satisfied when genuinely losing an election, Republicans as a whole seem to be extremely angry, as if they didn’t expect this or see it coming. There seems to be a collective amnesia among the conservative base as to the kind of disastrous polices where implemented in the past 8 years; implemented of course by their very own golden boy: George Bush Jr.

Do Republicans forget that they were the ones who originally thought that going to war with a country that didn’t attack was a good and justified idea? Did Republicans forget that their pseudo-elected president managed to take a national spending surplus and turn it into an equally and then an even larger deficit (with the gall to still consider himself a “conservative”)? Did Republicans forget that their duly elected senators were in full support of such institutions as Guantanamo Bay, and then, when the world was exposed to the true nature of these hell holes, they fully supported torture?

I really, really struggle to think of a single, even remotely beneficial result of the Republican Party being in power for these past 8 years.

The American populace has been surprisingly forgiving of them though, as their only real punishment for sending the country into a complete tailspin was losing an election in an absolutely spectacular fashion.

I would be na’ve if I assumed that they would do the rational thing and calm down, take a deep breath, and reflect on themselves while trying to improve.

Instead, leaders of the party decide to use their own party’s vitriol and bitterness and do something completely unproductive and just stupid, really. I’m alluding to the 9/12 March on Washington.

The protest was created and advertised by TV Host/Extremist Glenn Beck and by extension Fox News, which can really be considered part of the Republican Party at this point.

The event itself didn’t have much of an impact on anything, as the White House and government seemed mostly unaffected by the people’s anger; this is common of even larger demonstrations: see Iraq War Protests.

It did, on the other hand, show the world how extremely thick the party had become. The protests openly compared the president and his policies to being Communist AND Fascist, as if the two terms weren’t utterly mutually exclusive.

The president’s healthcare proposal was openly and repeatedly compared to Nazi Germany’s final solution and to eugenics as a whole, which is assurance to those when basic high school education that these protesters have absolutely no freaking idea what they are talking about.

Worse yet, the president was openly and repeatedly compared to terrorists, and called a Muslim extremist. And yet the Republican Party and its leaders were in full support of this movement; you heard it here folks: The President is a communist, a fascist, Muslim, and a terrorist.

The Republican Party appears to be pro-rape, if the KBR fiasco is any indication. On October 6th of this year, the United States Senate voted to stop funding defense contractors who deny assault victims the ability to take legal action. This was in regards to defense contractor Jamie Leigh Jones who was gang raped by her co-workers and imprisoned in a shipping container when she tried to report the crime.

The amendment passed through with a vote of 68-30. Of those 30 that voted against it every single one of them was Republican. The arguments against this proposal given mostly by said Republicans can be summed up as: Bothering groups such as KBR and Blackwater with such frivolous things such as law would weaken our forces abroad/would make us less safe as a nation/is just big government intruding on the system we know and love.

None of these arguments are well thought out or compelling in the slightest. This leaves me with a pretty cut and dry conclusion: The Republican Party is either a super big fan of gang rape, or is against companies being held responsible by their own employees when egregious crimes are committed.

It enrages me whenever I hear some right wing talking head even bring up the term un-American, as if anyone has the right to define who is and isn’t American. Adding on to this though, is how insultingly against America republicans seem to be.

Take for example the 2009 Olympics bid for Chicago. When it was announced that Chicago was voted out on the first round, like the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh were literally laughing with joy.

“Hooray! America doesn’t get to host one of the most prestigious and peace encouraging events in the world! Awesome!”

The explanation of their reaction is that they were less hoping for America to fail, than hoping for Obama to fail. Rush Limbaugh said in regards to Obama’s presidency as a whole, that he wants him to fail.

I don’t think he, or anyone else who shares this view actually understands what it means to be president. Even if you don’t like the elected president, wouldn’t you want him to improve the economy, fix problems domestic and international, and work toward world peace?

The answer is no, according to contemporary conservatives.

What is the Republican Party working towards? What are their base values?

If the last 8 years have taught us anything, it’s that they surely aren’t conservative with spending or use of military force. They are still conservative on social issues, which is to be expected.

They still appeal to those of faith, somehow, even as their actions are totally incongruent to the teachings of Christ.

So what exactly is American Conservatism? Who is in charge of the Republican Party, and what do they plan to do with it?

If the last 10 months have given us any indication, they don’t plan on helping anything.