Sunday, July 31, 2005

The GOP First Movement

A new special interest has emerged in this country--the GOP First Movement. These are not the Republicans who consider party affiliation just one part of who they are. These are also not the Republicans who think about their party only on Election Day. These are the Republicans who identify themselves as Republicans first, Americans second.

It's for them that the acronym IOKIYAR (It's OK If You're a Republican) was coined.

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The GOP First Movement's unofficial motto is "Party First, Country Second." Grabbing power and votes is the be-all and end-all. Rewarding the corporations who give them money is taken a given with the GOP First Movement. Their goal is to serve the Party; why should the piddly voters concern them?

The GOP First Movement embraces the idea of a one-party state with gusto. They make no secret of wanting the Democratic Party either consigned to permanent minority status or simply erased from existence. They have only contempt for the achievements of Democratic presidents. Thus, their hostility to the New Deal. The GOP Firsters also have no love for other parties.

The GOP First Movement encourages a sense of entitlement. Although they support the Iraq war, joining the military is for other people, not for them. They believe that keeping the party in power is more important than serving their country--the country is beneath their concern.

GOP Firsters see politics not as something that can better the lives of people, but as a contact sport. Their mentality is not "my candidate is better/stronger/more effective" but "my guy can beat up your guy."

It's okay for a GOP Firster to make outlandish attacks on opponents. However, GOP Firsters hate it when anyone calls them on it or--God forbid--makes similar attacks on them.

There is no dissent among GOP Firsters. They do not tolerate disagreement--even healthy disgreement. Anyone who dissents is cast out of the GOP Firsters and dubbed a RINO.

GOP Firsters may be hostile to outsiders, but they are loyal to their own. If a fellow GOP Firster is accused of a crime--be it perjury, taking bribes, or treason--the rest rush to protect and defend him. An attack on a GOP Firster is an attack on the Party.

Because GOP Firsters are loyal only to themselves and not to their country, their time in power could be very short-lived. In the end, every GOP Firster is answerable only to the people who put him there--which includes Democrats and independents as well as other Republicans. And a GOP Firster makes a poor public servant, because he serves only his party, not his country.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Talking Points for GOP Kool-Aid Drinkers

Man, I love Daily Kos. Expecially when they have kick ass diaries like this one.


If Bill Clinton had dressed up in a flight suit and landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln five weeks after the war began and told us it was over, what would you be saying about him?

If Bill Clinton had been in charge of the national security of this country on September 11, 2001 and terrorists murdered 3,000 Americans, what would you be saying about him?

If Bill Clinton had invaded Iraq based on WMD that didn't exist, what would you be saying about him?

If Bill Clinton had said "Bring 'em on" and encouraged Iraqi insurgents to kill American troops, what would you be saying about him?

If Bill Clinton had made us the face of torture in the world, what would you be saying about him?

If James Carville and other members of a Clinton White House outed an undercover CIA officer during a time of war, what would you be saying about them?

If Bill Clinton had sent troops to Iraq without adequate body armor and other equipment, what would you be saying about him?

If Bill Clinton's hatchet-men claimed that John McCain and Chuck Hagel never served honorably in Vietnam and didn't deserve their medals, what would you be saying about him?

If participants at the Democratic National Convention handed out Purple Heart band-aids to mock McCain and Hagel, what would you be saying about them?

If a male prostitute posing as a White House "reporter" for a left-wing media organization was throwing softball questions to Bill Clinton, what would you be saying about him?

If the Clinton White House had paid off Molly Ivins and Paul Krugman to endorse administration policy in friendly opinion pieces, what would you be saying about him?

If Bill Clinton's administration had inherited a budget surplus and turned it into a $400 billion deficit, what would you be saying about him?

If Bill Clinton had been elected without winning the popular vote, what would you be saying about him?

If Bill Clinton's electoral victory was decided by roughly 500 votes in a state where Bill Clinton's brother was the Governor and his state campaign co-chair was the vote-counting Secretary of State, what would you be saying about the integrity of that election?

If Al Franken (not Rush Limbaugh) had three failed marriages and a drug habit, what would you be saying about him?

If Michael Moore (not Bill Bennett) had a gambling addiction, what would you be saying about him?

If Keith Olbermann (not Bill O'Reilly) had a phone sex addiction, what would you be saying about him?

If Bill Clinton (not George W. Bush) was born into political and financial royalty with a grandfather in the Senate and a father who would later be President of the United States, would you still consider him to be "one of us" or "authentic" or "a guy you'd want to have a beer with"?