2011: The Year The Republican Party Repeatedly Humiliated America

It is beneficial, and often distressing, to look back over the past year and attempt to rationalize the conduct of politicians elected to serve the American people to predict where the country is headed. The biggest news of 2011 is not the various Republican assaults on job creation, or holding the debt ceiling hostage nearly sending America into a credit default, or their extremist presidential candidates, but their sustained assault on the poor, women, children, and senior citizens. There is a famous quote that says; “The measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members” and although there is questionable attribution related to those few words, it certainly is relevant to the lack of humanity inherent in a major segment of the population and especially the Republican Party.

If an independent entity measured Republicans’ treatment of America’s weakest members, they would assign labels like disgraceful, hateful, and reprehensible for the vile attacks on the population in general, but the poor and minorities in particular. When referring to the poor, minorities, women, and seniors as weakest members, it is important to remember that in America, weakness is relative to income and influence in government. The Occupy Movement understands this simple fact and it is why the best summation of their entire purpose was nicely articulated by a protestor who said, “we want government to work for the people; not just the wealthy and corporations.” Republicans have not only rigged the government to work for the wealthy, they actively sought legislative means to punish those least able to fend for themselves or have a voice in the government tasked with serving them.

There are volumes written about Republicans’ assault on women in 2011, and with over 1,000 bills in states and Congress meant to deprive them of their constitutional rights under the 14th Amendment, there is ample evidence Republicans distinguished themselves as having low-moral character. The sad fact that many conservative Christian voters support the GOP’s assault of Planned Parenthood that serves primarily low-income women with family planning, contraception, and cancer screening means that as a country, America is better measured against extremists in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan than a modern industrialized society.

Republicans have also assailed senior citizens who built this country into the (once) great nation it would become only to fall into disrepair because the GOP rejected job creation plans to rebuild roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals. Retired Americans who paid into their retirement (Social Security) and healthcare accounts (Medicare) for their entire working lives have been charged with taking welfare from the government that Republicans claim is better spent on enriching the wealthy and Wall Street.

There is no better measure of America than how we treat children, single mothers, and those stuck in dire poverty. Within the ranks of the poor lie the real victims of Republicans’ malfeasance and contempt; minorities. It is true, that in late 2011, there were one-in-two Americans at or very close to the federal poverty level, and at nearly 50%, it is more than just minorities who are affected by Republican Draconian spending cuts.  However, before they slashed spending to eliminate countless public jobs, Republicans slashed spending on programs that assisted low-income minorities, including seniors, women, and children.

Republicans have assaulted the middle class since the beginning of 2011, but their primary emphasis was on inner-city, low-income minorities. The GOP cannot stand before the American people and claim ignorance for the spending cuts that target minorities, because House Speaker John Boehner said,  “No one here in this Congress, Democrat or Republican, wants to do anything about putting holes in the safety net for Americans. There are Americans who are poor, and I think it’s the responsibility of the rest of us to ensure that they have food in their stomachs and they have a roof over their head.” Lofty words that should have evoked tears of humanity from the House Speaker, but Republicans spent nearly all of 2011 pushing spending cuts that would slash low-income benefits like Medicaid, food stamps, heating assistance and housing subsidies and John Boehner supported all of those cuts. The groups most impacted are the poorest Americans including senior citizens, children, the infirm, single-mothers, and the poorest of the poor; rural and inner-city minorities.

The Republicans are a humiliation for Americans who have even the slightest hint of humanity and if cutting programs that help the weakest among us was not enough, there is the issue of disenfranchising voters from the ranks of the poor. In nearly every state legislature that Republicans control, there are efforts to restrict voting among the demographics that are most impacted by GOP spending cuts. Students, minorities, senior citizens, and the poor have been targeted with laws to suppress votes and it is no coincidence Republicans target the groups most likely to vote for Democratic candidates who have fought for the weakest members of our society. In those Republican-controlled legislatures, unrealistic limitations on voter registration, early voting, and out-of-state students is meant to keep Democrats from winning and eventually staunching safety net spending cuts Republicans are so fond of passing.

The worst aspect of Republican assaults on the poor is their claim that spending cuts and deficit reduction measures create jobs. Republicans have not only killed jobs and job creation plans with their spending cuts keeping the weakest members of society poor, but they have the audacity to tell them to go find work. The assault on African-Americans is most egregious and it is a measure of insult and inhumanity to tell Black Americans they were better off living in slavery than under the Obama presidency, and then guarantee they stay poor, starving, and homeless by eliminating jobs with their cuts.

If America was judged by the way Republicans treat the weakest members of society, this country would be labeled the most hate-filled, morally bankrupt country in the history of the world. The only saving grace is that Republicans are not in control of all 50 states or both houses of Congress and the White House. However, with Republicans controlling just the House of Representatives, they have caused more damage to women, seniors, children, minorities, and students than in recent memory and it is a blemish on this nation’s  image at home and abroad. Republicans are so morally deficient, that all of the candidates for the GOP nomination for president promise more inhumane legislation and executive orders that eliminate departments of housing and urban development, privatizing or ending Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, abolishing child labor laws, and eliminating the minimum wage. The goal behind ending those programs is to take the savings and hand them to the wealthy and corporations.

This country is better than the Republicans who have decimated the poor and now that they have begun assailing the middle class, the public is finally expressing outrage. Of course, with nearly half of the country at or near poverty, the middle class is disappearing and giving more entertainment value to Republicans who take great pleasure at besetting doom and gloom poverty on more of America. 2011 will go down in history as the year America became a society of cold-hearted and callous people who were measured and came up lacking in basic humanity for treating our weakest, poorest, oldest, and sickest citizens as little more than dirt. Decent Americans weep at the plight of the poor, child hunger, homelessness, and destitution of the elderly, but Republicans see the disadvantaged and devise novels ways to increase their numbers. Because of the GOP’s policies and agendas in 2011, the measure of our society is a vile, shameful nation.

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25 Replies to “2011: The Year The Republican Party Repeatedly Humiliated America”

  1. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID
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  2. Sociopaths do not care about others, they have zero compassion, it is all about what is best for them, no one else. They are short-sighted, self centered, dangerous people in our society, and yet in some sick way in order to not offend them, because Progressives and dems are too damn polite, we do not call them what they really are to Americans, we the People, but they are our enemy from within.

  3. These are not merely sociopaths. These are sadistic psychopaths who take pleasure in inflicting hardship and degradation on all those they see as small or weak. People of this kind are on an endless treadmill of fear and rage: secretly fearing their own smallness and weakness, they keep torturing and crushing the small, weak Other to convince themselves they are big and strong, yet the harsher an example they make of the Other, the more they fear their own secret smallness and weakness. How such people can be cured, I don’t know: from the standpoint of the human community, though, once these people exist, there are only three possible remedies:

    1. The Padded Hotel;
    2. Big Max;
    3. Old Sparky

  4. I’d add that I expect one of their trolls here imminently, earning his pittance and convincing himself he’s the head of a lion instead of the tail of a rat by “disciplining” us.

  5. This is an excellent well written post that should go viral for all of America to read and assess. The truth of the GOP and its Tea Party destruction and obstructionism has done more damage to this country than our so called enemies. Emma’s right, there’s an enemy from within the US called the Republican Conservative party.
    The only thing they want to conserve is more millions and billions for those who already have them. They want to destroy the middle class, medicare, social security, women’s rights, civil rights, voting rights and our children. I still don’t understand how they sleep at night and falsely claim to be Christians or Mormons. They give all the breaks to the 1% and call them job creators though there is no evidence of job creation other than by individual small business owners or the President. The 1% simply has more capital to play with while the middle class and even less fortunate suffer and struggle to provide for their families. It’s a crime. There needs to be a shake up of the Congress and Senate and the Supreme Court Conservatives to get this country to operate for the benefit of the whole and it’s not going to happen with a Republican President. That will only make the situation worse. They will control the Supreme Court, the House, the Senate and the executive office. They will keep us in war zones and the rich will get richer. Newt wants our kids to be janitors. The Tea Party acts like the Romans when they cheered for red meat from the arena. Mitt has absolutely no idea what the middle class represents other than someone he can take their jobs and send elsewhere and have more money for the executives to build more bigger and better mansions. I’m starting to rant now but thank you Rmuse for this post. The airwaves are so full of bull and lies, it’s refreshing, even though sometimes painful, to actually read about reality. I can’t imagine what other countries must think. i think the world had hope with the election of President Obama. I don’t think anyone thought he would have this much obstruction in governing the US.

  6. One correction. “Progressive” and “Flat Tax” are contradictory.

    We have a “Progressive” Tax system now. Buried in exceptions and deductions is a simple system that taxes income higher the more you earn.

    Earn more than $3 Million per year, and you should be paying 39.5% in taxes on every dollar more than that amount, IIRC.

    A “Flat Tax” would be ruinous. It would allow the Wealthy to skate by paying 20%, which for them is not a problem, and the poor would starve paying it.

    The only way it would work is if we then re-created all the Deductions and Exceptions to buffer the impact on the poor so they got a full refund, and then it’s not a Flat Tax anymore.

  7. “America better beware of a candidate who is willing to stretch reality in order to win points.” –George W. Bush, aboard his campaign plane, Sept. 18, 2000

    Goshy-darn, don’t cha’miss’um?

  8. First, I want to say that I agree with the overall sentiment and conclusions of the article. The Republican Party has become inhumane in both its rhetoric and its actions. I wish, however, that a stark contrast could be made between the GOP and the Democrat Party. While the Democrats certainly do better, they have also become servants of the corporate class. For the weaker members of society it is like a choice between a monster and someone doling out breadcrumbs.

    There are also some exaggerations, which I understand are rhetorical devices, but in this case they are unhelpful as neo-conservatives latch on to those as evidence of dishonesty. See, for example, “If America was judged by the way Republicans treat the weakest members of society, this country would be labeled the most hate-filled, morally bankrupt country in the history of the world.” Lots of societies have been equally hate-filled and morally bankrupt.

  9. Have you ever been poor and tried to get help from a Republican?

    Take my advice and don’t try it. It could be dangerous for your health, and at the least very unpleasant or a source of despair. I don’t know which is more unpleasant, being told you’re lazy, good for nothing, and need to “Get a Job!” – or just hearing “we’ll get back to you” (and they never do and you know they won’t – sometimes they shitcan your paperwork as you’re walking out). Or the ever-popular “If you repent of your sins, turn to CHEEZUS, and join our church, then GAHD will heal your problem!” (And if GAHD doesn’t, you’re obviously holding onto your sins and don’t want help!)

    Another thing I suggest is that if you’re poor, NEVER tell your dreams and hopes in their presence. They will do everything in their power to stomp on them and keep you from achieving them.

    Speaking from experience.

  10. We’re talking about the same damn thing. They’re not acting out of mere exgreedience or vainglory: they’re actual sadists.

  11. So, people are wising up,and realising that maybe the some the 1% just wants us all to be eliminated, but then who will tend their gardens, watch their kids, and clean their houses? I guess they’ll import help that they can pay cheaply, and once they are gone, maybe they’ll turn on each other….
    Don’t let these guys get away with it for another term, DO NOT vote red.

  12. “If America was judged by the way Republicans treat the weakest members of society, this country would be labeled the most hate-filled, morally bankrupt country in the history of the world.”

    This is probably the truest statement of the entire article. The GOTP has certainly not been the friend of the majority of people that vote that way for several decades, not just 2011. I am hopeful that this will come back to haunt them in a major way in November.

  13. I’ve had this crazy idea regarding WWII (and possibly even the Korean, Vietnam, and Iraq wars)…

    I had this thought many years ago, but rejected it as crazy and un-American. Then I started learning the truth about this country and now realize that while the idea is really “out there”, at the same time it does fit the pattern.

    The idea: Those three wars were used to draw down the number of young non-rich males in this country. I don’t believe that WWII was deliberately started by America (or the Korean war), but the others…? WWII especially seemed to have been conducted (by most of the military leaders) to get as many people killed as possible. The stories of brain-dead stupidity from the “top people” are many and horrific. The stupid errors in judgment were many, and some people agree with me that it was a miracle the US didn’t loose.

    I wouldn’t put it past the elites to decide how many spare Americans they have (so as to keep wages down) and try to eliminate any excess. Maybe this time they think they will eventually just starve them away.

  14. This is the best article I’ve read that explains the devious attacks against the majority of Americans. I have often wondered how this country is viewed over the last 3 years. How can this country claim to be the model for all countries to follow? We are no longer a free country, governed by democracy. We are simply the toys of the elite.

    This article needs to be brought to every American’s attention. We can accomplish much in the next 11 months to rid this country of the Teapublican plague

  15. But this is supposed to be America. Why would we compare members of this society with socialist countries?

    Why go to other countries to see how their government leaders treat their citizens? We should be greatful that our political leaders don’t screw us as much as some 3rd world country?

    Sorry, I demand way better. I also don’t equate those less fortunate as being coddled when giving them life saving help.

  16. Do some historical research,about the Republican party durring the World War II era. There were American facist groups,that had the sentiments of Germany and they were comprised of Republicans. Senator Joe McCarthy set the tone of Republican politics,from the 1950s onward. Nixon and others were influenced by him.

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