Are Republican Motives Ideological, or Just Plain Evil?

One sign of intelligence is never knowingly repeating events that led to a past catastrophic failure regardless a person’s good intentions or misguided ideological motives. However, intelligence does not enter into the equation when someone deliberately repeats harmful events for profit and when they conspire to ensure their actions cause the most damage to the most people. There are many Americans who believe Republican ideology is misguided and part of their adherence to conservative ideals of maintaining the status quo, but there is evidence that their agenda is not ideological, but evil, and Americans are paying a steep price so Republicans can prevail in the upcoming general election and eventually sell America to the highest bidder.

Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) assailed House Republicans for planning to extend the Bush-era tax cuts without paying for them repeating an error they made in 2001 and 2003 that helped increase the nation’s deficit that Americans are still paying for. Besides being economically unsound, it is hypocritical for Republicans to add to the deficit to perpetuate the wealthy’s tax cuts when they insisted on paying for the payroll tax cut extension, emergency aid for disaster relief, and any other program that benefits the middle class and poor. It’s obvious there are two sets of rules Republicans adhere to when the wealthy are involved. Jesse Ferguson, the DCCC spokesman said, “When it comes to giving more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, House Republicans don’t want to pay for it, but when it comes to middle-income families, Republicans demand that middle-income Americans sacrifice to pay for it. The hypocrisy is stunning and this is just the latest reminder of House Republicans’ wrong priorities that help millionaires at the expense of the middle class.” It is nothing new for Republicans, and it belies their faux concern for reducing the deficit because the Congressional Budget Office estimates that if the Bush tax cuts are extended without paying for them, it will add trillions to the deficit.

Republicans continue revealing their lack of concern for the deficit that both Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity and Willard Romney’s budget increases by trillions with enormous tax cuts for the wealthy that far exceed the Bush-era rates. In fact, if one didn’t know better, based on their penchant for increasing the deficit to enrich the wealthy, it would appear that Republicans are deliberately sabotaging the economy, and based on a recent revelation by a congressional insider, that is exactly what Republicans are doing.

In a new book, Robert Draper writes that while Democrats were celebrating President Obama’s inauguration, a group of Republican lawmakers and strategists were meeting privately to conjure up ways to impede the Obama presidency. The new book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives,” gives a telling account of how top Republicans set out to destroy the economy to portray President Obama as a failure. The four-hour private, invitation only, meeting was attended by Republican propaganda expert Frank Luntz and twelve leading congressmen including Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Pete Sessions, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, Dan Lungren, Jim DeMint, Jon Kyl, Tom Coburn, John Ensign, and Bob Corker. Newt Gingrich joined the party and along with Luntz was the only attendee who was not a legislator. Gingrich, however, gave a parting message as he left the meeting that revealed why the Republicans planned on destroying the economy; “You will remember this day,” Draper reports, “You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown.”

There is little question that Republicans are hell-bent on destroying the economy by repeating Bush-era economic malfeasance, but the rank hypocrisy of the actions define the contempt they have for the American people and the country’s economic health. Every last one of the Republicans voted for Bush bailouts of Bear Stearn, AIG, the 2008 stimulus, and two TARP measures, and supported keeping the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars out of the budget. They also supported spending $4 trillion on the top 1% of wage earner’s tax cuts while they attempted to pay down the debt for the two wars by borrowing from the Social Security Trust. With all their largesse with taxpayer dollars to bail out the financial institutions that caused the Great Recession, it was incredibly hypocritical to suddenly stop supporting stimulus legislation to help the American people and the tanking economy. In fact, by plotting to undermine the President’s economic policies, they deliberately prevented quicker recovery that could have helped struggling Americans.

When President Obama took office, the economy was losing over 700,000 jobs per month because of the Republican’s legislation and deregulation that caused the massive economic crisis.  According to Draper’s account of the meeting, the Republicans decided to “show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies,” and Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said, “We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill.” To make matters worse, the Republicans are parroting the mantra that “President Obama’s policies undermine the US economy” and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Willard Romney, who was not at the meeting has made that statement a mainstay of his campaign rhetoric.

It is one thing to have ideological differences with the opposition party in politics, but to deliberately scheme to destroy the economy is beyond despicable. The Republicans certainly have used every method of obstruction to sabotage President Obama’s economic agenda to pull America out of its economic malaise, but they started before Barack Obama was on the national stage and they plan to finish the job if they win the White House and control both houses of Congress after the general election. The reason? If they can bankrupt America, then wealthy industrialists can take over control of every facet of government as a private enterprise to profit from everything from schools to Veteran’s hospitals to roads and national parks to name a few.

The Republican’s obstruction over the past three years is egregious, and there are no doubts their goal was impeding President Obama, but they have been on a mission to destroy the economy since 2001 and they have demonstrated, with their deficit increasing tax cuts for the wealthy in their budgets, that whether or not President Obama wins a second term, they will continue destroying the economy giving bigger unfunded tax cuts to the wealthy until the debt reaches an unsustainable level. Their unrelenting attempt to privatize Medicare and Social Security have nothing to do with reining in spending because both programs are funded by taxpayer dollars, but to take the $2.7 trillion from the Social Security Trust  and taxpayer-funded Medicare funds and hand them over to Wall Street to squander in the next Depression. No-one can possibly say the Republicans did not learn the lesson of unfunded wars and tax cuts, because they knew what they were doing then just like they know that the Ryan and Willard budget will increase the deficit, and if they are successful, drive America into bankruptcy.

There are many pundits proclaiming that the extremists who swept into Congress in 2010 are the driving force behind the deficit-reduction frenzy, and it is true they have bought into the Republican myth that reducing the nation’s debt is paramount to saving America, but Republicans began sabotaging the economy long before 2010 and their intent is to finish the job in 2013 if they prevail in the general election with or without the teabaggers. The neo-cons, led by the traitor Grover Norquist, have been on a tear to destroy the economy, and thus the government, since Ronald Reagan was president and their steady march toward a privatized government is wholly dependent on bankrupting America. It is a sad, tragic end to a once-great country if one political party is allowed to send America to an economic death, but Republicans have shown themselves to be America’s tragedy for many years and the most heart-rending facet of this whole pathetic story is that one-half of the American people are willing participants in what will certainly be the end of America; and they call themselves patriots.

19 Replies to “Are Republican Motives Ideological, or Just Plain Evil?”

  1. Evil is compassed in the definition of first-degree murder: to take human life with premeditation and malice aforethought. The Friedmanists have been engaging in this kind of evil abroad for for decades; if none of them physically pulled a trigger, raped a liberation theology nun, or tortured a liberal to death, they have sponsored and approved such things a million times over. Now, as we reach the beginnings of the endocolonization phase, their malice is focused on us.

    Milton Friedman often used to say: “I’m not evil”…”I don’t think people call me evil…” “What I’m doing isn’t evil…”over and over. Who even thinks of talking like this unless the evil of his thoughts, words, and deeds are patent even to him? So with these: they know the malice of their own hearts, and they delight in the evil of their deeds and their lies both.

  2. Is there really a difference between ideology and evil? What is ideology but idol (or idle?) worship of an idea instead of an image?

    To paraphrase Mark Twain: “It’s not what people don’t know that causes problems. It’s what they think is so that ain’t so.”

  3. Evil is malice and its fruits. That includes what the law calls “universal malice” and what the French once called “fuckitism”: a will Hell-bent on what it wants that it doesn’t care who or what gets destroyed. Ideology is a neutral term. It has nothing to do with “idols”, the “idea” can be malign, benign, or neutral, and so can the means of effectuating it.

  4. You all want a laugh? I just got contacted by Steve Oelrich’s organization and asked to support him for Congress. Talk about stupid and desperate!

    Yep, he’s Republican or Tea Party. Looks like an older angry white male to me. Blames President Obama for everything.

    He tried to use the surge in private prisons to get my attention. He’s connected with UF and tied to the problems with USF Polytechnic (no, I will never accept “Florida Polytechnic” because I know what really has been going on). Worse yet, he’s been a cop. He’s a Florida Republican and you know how they are.

    The funny thing is that I had to dig a bit to confirm his political party… it’s nowhere on his website. I knew he was from news articles in the past, but it seems he’s trying to run and get his name on the ballot by petition and keeping his party affiliations from people.

    There is no way I’d ever support him, with his history! In fact, if I could stop him (and cause him to get out of politics for good) I would.

    They MUST hate this country… and President Obama even more. They probably hate our president because he reminds them that their favorite stereotypes about African-Americans and other minorities are bullshit, and that yes, an African American can lead this nation and do a fine job doing so! Their demonstrated vision for this country is so counter to their promises that I’m surprised anyone would support them.

  5. …”If they can bankrupt America, then wealthy industrialists can take over control of every facet of government as a private enterprise to profit from everything from schools to Veteran’s hospitals to roads and national parks to name a few…”

    True, but it’s more than that; they are undermining democracy via a “soft” underbelly treasonous government that is positioning it self every single day to over-take the current system in order to have a “Friedman Governance” (as Raynardin pointed out in his post). And, they “win” if when we fall into a civil war over their dissecting our government because there is war in profit, plus the after-market (carpet-baggers) leaving nothing but constant destruction of resources and a huge military (where else will you get a job?) That is why Grover the evil is so keen on making the commander in chief a figure-head dictator so that “whoever” can be interchanged at the “will” of the free market…dictated by bribes and guns.

    Verdict: Evil.

    Soon, we will be forced to form a “Resistance” on par with WW2 movement, plus an underground in to move people around/out of the country for in order to fight them off.

  6. As the names of these Friedmanists and Teahadis come increasingly to stink in the public nostrils, expect more and more false flags and concealed agendas.

  7. Singh, they had a whole shadow government ready to take over on 9/11. It didn’t happen exactly because the plane that was headed for the Capitol was brought to ground in Pennsylvania. Honi soit qui mal y pense.

  8. Reynardine, the plane supposedly brought down in Pennsylvania was never in Pennsylvania. It flew in to Cincinnati, Ohio, the occupants quickly rushed into an empty NASA bldg. at the far end of the airport. People at the airport, before the plane landed, were sent home, had to walk, could not use regular transportation, no cell phones. It’s a mystery what happened to those passengers but one thing is clear–they didn’t crash in Pennsylvania that day. The plane has been spotted numerous times since then in full operation to this day. Big cover-up. No plane crashed into the Pentagon either. It was a missile. Check out LooseChange website. I was making copies of the DVD about the truth of 911, which was circulating around college campus’ nationwide at the time, passing them out, then, became the target of Republican Tea Partier’s here for the next 5 years. Everything in my life was violated, I was stripped by them of my middle class status. Terrorized because I was alone and had to work. No one would help me. The F.B.I. told me the system is broken.

  9. That is like declaring does an excellent history college student in college make a very good background instructor. No, some ppl possess a natural knowledge for educating and sharing their understanding with other men and women. Other’s do not.

  10. I would have hoped by now everyone would have realized what BS your post is. Can you imagine the plane being spotted in full service today? Hello? Wouldn’t they have painted a new number on the tail? If so how would anyone recognize it? Please, this stuff is now too old to have a drop of truth to it

  11. Agreed. The Neo-Cons little global organization for world dominance, Project for a New World Order…er ah, I mean “Project for a New American Century” (launched stealthily during Clinton years) was supposed to become a Bush/Cheney center-piece for their administration (look it up). It was designed to become the Neo-Cons (Kristol, Rummy, Cheney, et al) principle means to bring forth their “soft shadow” government into hard administrative action…

    Cheney even forewarned that the “project” would need a catastrophe of sorts to put it into motion…regardless if these particular individuals did/did not conspire on 9/11, they purposely ignored all the warnings in hopes of disaster of a catastrophic…same kind of principle(s) that fuels the Shock Doctrine.

    I say this as one perspective as to why “the big lie” is so necessary in the creation of usurping any power structure that does not feed an elite shadow ruling class, be they religious or political.

  12. Cheney even said specifically that what Americans needed to get them behind the Bush administration’s foreign conquest agenda was another Pearl Harbor. What a coincidence!

  13. And you think you might be one of those types?

    May I suggest you learn to write clearer – it goes without saying that if you have the time to write and aren’t clear in your phrasing, then you are certainly not going to be very clear or coherent while speaking. While writing, you can proofread… if you’re speaking, what comes out is already history as it’s uttered and you cannot edit it.

    The ability to communicate effectively and coherently is inherent in the ability to teach. I find Rmuse and many of the others to have the appropriate skills, although admittedly everyone gets brainfarts now and then and typos do creep in. Your comment does not show the necessary coherence or clarity and the problems I have with your writing are also clearly not the result of brainfarts or typos.

  14. With malice towards all, with charity towards none (except, in each case, the extreme upper-upper-crust).

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