The Republican Way: Regulating Morality While Deregulating Corporations

During this election cycle, Republicans are repeating the conservative mantra of removing regulations on businesses, and particularly corporations, as a means to encourage economic growth. The one thing Americans can count on is that Republicans hate regulations on anything to do with the corporate world.

It doesn’t matter if it’s regulations to do with the environment, safety, or taxes on corporations, Republicans hate regulations. Even teabaggers scream that there is too much government intrusion into people’s personal lives.

The government must impose regulations to keep corporations from raping workers, the environment, and the government; in other words, to keep them  honest. Even with regulations, corporations find loopholes to get around regulations to increase their profits.

So with all the talk and subterfuge by Republicans trying to deregulate banks, corporations, and worker safety regulations, conservatives have found one area that they feel deserves stricter regulations; an area they definitely don’t belong.

Republicans and teabaggers want to regulate morality and pass laws that force archaic biblical regulations on every American. Conservatives are hell-bent on regulating what goes on in the bedroom between consenting adults, and they want to regulate what kind of person teaches in schools.

Jim DeMint says sexually active single women and gays cannot teach because their morals don’t follow Old Testament regulations. Prohibiting gays and single women from teaching is based on non-compliance with the bible and is unconstitutional, but DeMint wants the bible to be the Constitution.

Sarah Palin wants a Constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage based on the bible’s archaic standards. Christine O’Donnell doesn’t like masturbation, and one wonders if she would make laws to forbid it.

Alan Grayson’s (D-FL) opponent, Daniel Webster, wants to institute stoning as capital punishment for adultery, witchcraft, and heresy.

These are extremely idiotic propositions, but these Christian candidates in the Republican Tea Party are becoming emboldened and vocal about their religion-based views and want to pass regulations to make everyone comply.

Regulations are necessary to protect citizens from greedy corporate rapists, but the Republican Party protects corporations at the cost of working Americans. However, regulating an individual’s private life is unnecessary and very close to a Theocracy.

Of course, these moronic Christian candidates seem out of the main stream, but if Christians become emboldened enough, and reach positions of power, they will make regulations that encroach and intrude on the privacy of every citizen. They will monitor our bedrooms, reading material, and communications to discover anyone breaking biblical laws.

It’s not a conspiracy or paranoia because these idiots make these statements in public as a matter of policy, and it will lead to an Inquisition like the world has never seen. The Taliban regulates lives in Afghanistan, but they will look tame compared to the Christian extremists in America.

America is at a crossroads, and while conservatives are deregulating banks, corporations, and election laws, they are trying to regulate morals. Their vision of America is one where citizens are kept poor, uneducated, and fearful of church regulations, but businesses are allowed to freely rape the environment and American citizens.

The saddest part is that it’s 2010 and instead of progress, Republicans and teabaggers openly campaign to go back to the Stone Age where superstition and mythological fairy-tales regulate behavior. If Americans are not diligent, we are going to find ourselves under Mosaic law, and the Constitution will be replaced by the Ten Commandments.

It is not the America a sane person wants to live in, but that is the goal of conservatives. Republicans want citizens to be afraid of displeasing the church and corporations, and they want a preacher to make regulations for the masses. It will not be a nice place to live.

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  • f these folks get their way, we can count on becoming a country where only the wealthy count and we face government intrusions we could never have imagined. It's a sad commentary that there are so many enablers in the form of people who can be counted on consistently to vote against their own best interests. The far right counts on short memories and our national penchant for instant gratification, even when it comes to political solutions to pull ourselves out of the economic ditch we're in. When I see polls showing that, for example, an ignorant, empathy-challenged nitwit like Sharron Angle is leading, I can only shake my head in disbelief that any sane human can vote for someone who has openly espoused policies guaranteed to shred the safety net and cause even more widespread misery. Too many of us are content to rest on what we think of as our "exceptionalism," and the Party of No feeds into it with one hand while they use the other hand to pull the rug from under us. That complacency will sooner or later cost this country its place as a superpower if it remains unaddressed, and we are already seeing negative results of the complacency with other countries ahead of us in terms of things that contribute to the overall quality of life--such as health care, education, and infrastructure.

    • Nicely said. As far as corporation in this country are concerned, we all are sub-humans. Someone to make money off of.
      THIS is what the #GOP supports.
      I knew when Roberts and Alito were confirmed, that we had taken a horrible turn to the right. It will be decades before the damage that has taken place in the last 10 years can ever be dealt with.
      The fact that John Roberts lied through his teeth to get confirmed made us ill.
      They were put in for a purpose, and we aren't a part of that.
      The #GOP wants to make themselves permanent and they aren't above BUYING that position.

  • Yet when these deregulated corporations screw up, where do they turn for a quick bail out? Our government, our money.

    As far as morality goes, I say they need to prove they can follow their own moral codes before they try to enforce any on the rest of us. And we all know that will never happen. Heck, they can't even do the simple things like tell the truth and do unto others.

  • This actually scares me more than the terrorists. We have seen no evidence that any of these bible-thumping politicians and ministers are any more "moral" that anyone else. If they don't cheat on their spouses, they lie, cheat or abuse others in many ways, misuse their campaign funds or do any number of things that are immoral, illegal, or not ethical. Very few of them, including the most devout, live by all the rules and tenets of their particular church or place of worship. Many should be praying that God is not real. Faith is a very personal thing and should not be imposed on others because, in reality, it cannot be done.

    They are also ignorant on the Constitution. The Founders did not intend for the USA to be a "Christian" country, as many claim. If they had, it would have been spelled it out in plain language.

  • I wonder why so many Americans are attracted to the right/Republicans/Tea Party? Their position seems so horrible to me, I can't understand why anyone would support the sorts of policies the Repubs offer. The tea party types don't seem wealthy, yet they support parties and policies that seem so obviously to be against their own self-interest. Why is that? I can understand that a few people might get mislead, but there is so much support for the right that it appears the Repugs will gain seats in the Senate this election, and maybe even take the House. I really don't understand why anyone at all would vote for the Repubs or support their policies. Does anyone understand the attraction?

    • Why do I support the tea party? The answer is simple. Do you have a job? if so, then you have a set income. You know how much money you earn. First of all, the government takes a large chunk of it. What is left will then be taxed based upon what you buy and what you own. The more you make, the more they take. What is left is then budgeted. If you spend more than you earn, you have a serious problem. Yet the government wastes billions each year and has no budget. It simply increases taxes and prints more money.
      Secondly, social and moral issues should never be addressed by government - rather it is my belief that society should take care of it's own problems. While many put down religion, most major religions support charity and good deeds, even to those with whom they disagree. If there are people who are poor, they are to be helped and shown how to help themselves get out of the position they are in. If they are old, normally these institutions will help IF they family does not.
      The problem with government is simple :
      1] It never stops growing. This means that they take more and more.
      2] It is ineffecient. They have huge wastes of money and time. 60 Billion dollars of medicare fraud. TARP money spent on wasteful projects. The theft of Social Security funds for other "projects". The list goes on and on.
      3] It becomes more intrusive in things where it should not be. If you do not believe this, try looking and all of the laws and regulations involved with opening a new business! Everything is in play when it come to control... the size of the signs, the location, the type of building, etc. For crying out loud, NY City is even trying to tell the people in the food industry how much sugar and salt they can put in the food!
      4] Everything it does is for itself. Every major bill involves more control and more taxes. A new stadium for the local team? Paid for by the public dollars to increase the governments tax base! That new strip mall that is built after using imminent domain to forceably take their houses from them? Improves out tax base.
      5] They punish those that try to improve their lives and reward poor behavior.

      For the record, Republicans are just as bad as Democrats. Both parties waste money. As far as capitalism goes, we do not have true capitalism. We have huge companies (which the government allowed to grow to their present size) that are not allowed to fail (TARP ring a bell?). In a true capitalistic society, there is the user and the producer. If the producer sets a price too high, the user will not buy it. If it is too low a price, he may go out of business due to losses. Allowing the business to make a profit while still providing the user with a quality product is what capitalism is. BUT when companies become greedy (and huge) and the users are allowed to spend money they do not really have (essentially what credit is) and companies that make bad decisions are artificially supported, it is a common sense recipe for disaster. If you believe that Walmart or AT&T is good for the community, try starting up a competition with them. The cards are all stacked in their favor! As far as these outrageous packages that these CEOs get, IF they are making the company better (quality and price) let them make a good pay. BUT if they are driving the company under, why are they getting ANYTHING???

      • Blah blah blah. I pay taxes, clown. Don't talk down to me. You're the one who doesn't get it. You're a puppet of your corporate masters.

      • I agree with some of what you say, but in some areas you are wrong. Your income tax base right now is at its lowest point in many years. So you can scrape income taxes off the table. What you are missing is the taxes that we pay every day. Your phone and a ton of other things such as utilities.
        However you can add borrowing sums that are beyond our imaginations and running totally unnecessary wars.

        You are totally right when it comes to our brand of capitalism. It should be called monopolism. Zero competition except for the small corps who get drummed out of business by the desperate competion they face for small amounts of money. Why the republicans refuse to face that is beyond me. I agree corporations that pay vast millions to CEO's have to be put of their minds

        I was against the bailouts because I wanted the biggest banks to fail. But guess what? This is the time we live in and the banks ARE too big to fail because of the world economy. ALL banks are too big to fail and are entertwined. Don't pretend for a second that the Congress or the tea party can stop that. But we must try.

        No one talks about the incredible amounts of money we send to other countrys. We could trim that by 2/3rds and save trillions.

        But no matter what we do, nothing can be taken away from what we have. We will not go back to the 3rd century with the republicans and the tea party. We must join the human race and have heathcare for everyone. We will not sacrifice education so a bunch of loons can teach religion instead of science and real history. This going back to the constitution is something tealings are told to say and they have no idea what it means.

    • It's really easy to get caught up by the extremes here, but it's not very useful to the debate. The truth is, the Tea Party is not about Sarah Palin or abortion or morality or religion - it's about taxation and fiscal responsibility. When you ask actual Tea Partiers, that's what they all agree on, that's what their movement is about, that's what they really care about.

      This is a view, the view that taxation should be based on fairness (e.g. everybody pays x%, so if you make more, you pay more, if you make less, you pay less, but it's the same percent for everyone), that government has a responsibility to give people a minimum of safety, healthcare, education, etc, in order to allow them to succeed on their own, if they are willing and able, and other points like that. These are legitimate, rational views, and you know what? There are legitimate, rational, opposing views as well.

      Unfortunately though, we don't get to hear those views very often from the "left" or the "liberals" or "progressives" or whatever you want to call them when talking about the Tea Party. All we hear is "Abortion" "Glen Beck" "Witchcraft" "Religious Laws" etc. It's ignoring the good points that were made and just concentrating on the extremes.

      • Maybe the extremists should get their arguments straight and not be so belligerent as to cast a shadow over tea partiers that have legitimate points.

  • These things always get me ranting. As far as I'm concerned the difference between a Democrat and a Republican is a Republican will screw you and all you love in front of your face and a Democrat sneaks around your back to do it. Both parties lie, cheat, and make money off of us. The funny thing is everyone knows the country is heading in the wrong direction but we just keep swapping between two parties that are sending us down the same path. For god's sake Obama was all about "change" then he turned around and wanted to re-instate the Patriot Act. Lobbyists still run our nation after his whole campaign was about cutting their numbers in Washington. Guantanamo is still up and running. Finally, as far as Regulating businesses until I hear someone talk about how NAFTA is raping our economy by exploiting slave labor, denying Americans jobs, and giving big business unfair advantages over small ones, I'm not listening to either parties. They just offer lip service and introductory statements with no real answers.

  • The sad part is that this only inspires the divide between parties and the truth is democrats are just as guilty. Thank you.

    • Agreed.
      Dividing the nation does nothing to help the country.
      All the party system does is allow these criminals and crooks to hide behind their party instead of actually being accountable for their actions.
      The federal government has grown too long and corrupt. States need to take back the rightful power the constitution gives them.

      RON PAUL 2012!

      • "The federal government has grown too long and corrupt. States need to take back the rightful power the constitution gives them."

        Is a bunch of garbage. Give the same powers to the states and they will be just as corrupt. Everyday we hear of corruption in the states government. Personally I like to leave the corruption in one place instead of 50. Get off the constitution thing, its merely a ploy that the Koch brothers have given you to crow about to get conservatives into power. You wont like the conservatives when they do take power.

        You need to think of these talking points that you are given before you say them

        • 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

          The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

          How can one "get off the constitution thing" when it is that "constitution thing", central to the argument in point, which determines the limitations of the federal government? The "constitution thing" is all that stands between you and slavery, you fool. That "constitution thing" is the possibly the single most significant document written in the ENTIRE history of man. The "constitution thing" represents a recognition, a pledge, a hope, a plan that for the first time in existence man is capable of establishing a government of himself, by himself, and for himself.

          Consider for a moment, you plebeian, that in the long history of mankind, freedom has been the exception, not the rule. Consider that when Orwell said "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face -- forever " he didn't isolate it to the Republicans or the Democrats. Nor the conservatives. Nor the progressives. You need to understand that it doesn't matter what or who enslaves you, so long as you are enslaved. And yet you seem to think that as long as 'your' side wins, the nigh-inevitable enslavement is bearable; acceptable.

          I hope you wise up and recognize the truth in the quote "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance", as it is the only remedy for enslavement. May you live in the world you deserve.

          • You are the people Orwell warned about and you can't see it. Throughout history, conservatives have been wrong. Wrong about slavery, wrong about WMD, wrong about Iraq, wrong about Social Security, wrong about Medicare, wrong wrong wrong.

          • I am the people Orwell warned about? Thats incredible! You see, here I am railing against the threat of an eventual totalitarian tyrannical despotism, provided certain aforementioned eternal vigilances aren't observed, and yet you DC have seen right through me and my clever ploy of reverse psychology! Such amazing powers of observation you have!!

            See if you can navigate this puzzle: If conservatives are always wrong wrong wrong, and I am a conservative, then I have to say that you are the smartest, most attractive, and most intellectually honest being with whom I have ever had the pleasure to have a discourse. You are unbiased, unblemished, and unmistakeably sane. Given the choice, I would rather spend time with you debating than hanging myself by the neck from the rafters. I love you.

  • What an absurd diatribe.

    When you free business, they earn money. When you shackle them with government regulations, they die.

    Simple as that.

    • We already see the results of reckless risks that Wall Street took without regulations, which affected the entire economy. We're still "recovering."

        • The Republicans in particular are the biggest enablers of corporate warfare. They strain at the gnat of helping those with the least and swallow whole the camel of tax cuts for the wealthy. There is no way to deny that it is Republicans who blocked extension of benefits for the unemployed or who tried to block passage of the health care reform, and then whined about being left out.

          I find it ironic that the party which likes to boast about its alleged moral superiority seems to have a lot of politicians who figuratively get caught with their pants down in compromising situations. While politicians of both parties do it, people are harder on those who habitually run their big, flapping mouth about their alleged moral superiority and family values, LOL.
          It's comical to see these so-called family values GOP members get hoisted on their own petard. Then there's the irony of watching them vote against measures that help the very families they only claim to value.

          But worst of all, they gain votes by stoking fear and anger with wedge issues that have nothing to do with economic well-being. In spite of the fact that gun rights are not threatened under this president, they have riled up a lot of gullible folks with rhetoric about gun rights being eroded. They also use abortion as an issue to pretend moral superiority, although they have come out against the sex education that helps to greatly reduce the demand for abortions.

          Regardless of the fact that Democrats are far from perfect, I still would vote for the majority of them over the majority of Republicans.

        • Everyone knows about that act, as already pointed out it was sponsored by 3 republicans. Are you lying or do you not read things for yourself?

  • Well I'm moving to Northern Europe, to nice socialist democratic country. Conservatives keep telling me "If I don't like it here move". That is the best thing I ever heard, out of a conservative. So I'm taking it. I taking my money with me.... ha ha!! And Im giving half of it to my new Socialist democratic country. These nut bars are your problem now... good luck adios..

    • We might have to cut off those welfare states and sequester the cons there where they can live their ayn rand dreams of a moron.

    • Recent polls pick France as the best place to move to. Honest. Unfortunately they have caught on and its not cheap any more.

      You can also move to Guatamala for 1o,000.00 a year and have a housemaid and food.

      • France is great. It's hysterical listening to the cons bash the French because their masters have a stake in them hating the French. The French make their government work for them. Kind of like the Teascreechers say they want here, only the French are not stupid as a culture so they aren't being sold poison by corporations and killing each other to eat it.

  • The liberal/conservative debate has been raging loud and long. It has only served as a distraction to divide the American electorate while the “establishment” continues its global agenda under our bickering noses. Both Democrats and Republicans have been taking us down the road to a New World Order incrementally. Like boiling a frog, they have dropped the American people into their pot and slowly turned up the heat. A majority of politicians on both sides of the aisle put on smiling faces for the public and tell you they are working for the best interests of the country. They then take an oath of office, pledging to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, and promptly go to work for the wealthy elites who financed their campaigns. The banks, insurance companies, corporations, and the military/industrial complex could care less about the Constitution, much less the average person. Whether they are the wealthy elites pulling the strings in a capitalist New World Order or the oligarchs in control of a communist New World Order, they are still the few who rule over the many.

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