"Today's Republicans don't believe that intelligence, logic, compassion or an appreciation or acknowledgment of historical facts or legal precedents are relevant or worthy of consideration.

Driving jobs out of America and Americans out of their homes is "just business" to them; nothing "personal".

Corporations should be given the same first amendment free speech rights as individual citizens so they can "buy" political candidates and elections, despite the fact that works against the best interests of working class Americans and further diminishes their political relevance/influence.

Pollution, global warming and deforestation are all improvable "myths" of egg-head/tree-hugger scientists who are “socialist” enemies of “over-regulated” capitalism. The earth, which is less than 10,000 years old, will miraculously heal itself! All we have to do is “pray”.

For today's mercenary self-focused deviant breed of dysfunctional near-sighted Republicans, it's not about right or wrong, good or bad, fair or unfair, rational or irrational.....it's about power and control, even if that means intellectual, moral, psychological and functional delusion, denial and dishonesty. They want what they want for no other reason than they want it - regardless of the consequences to themselves and everyone else! Somehow, that makes "them" feel good about themselves - makes them “feel” safe."


"Stockman rushes into the ring swinging like a boxer: "If there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing. The nation's public debt ... will soon reach $18 trillion." It screams "out for austerity and sacrifice." But instead, the GOP insists "that the nation's wealthiest taxpayers be spared even a three-percentage-point rate increase."

In the past 40 years Republican ideology has gone from solid principles to hype and slogans. Stockman says: "Republicans used to believe that prosperity depended upon the regular balancing of accounts -- in government, in international trade, on the ledgers of central banks and in the financial affairs of private households and businesses too."

No more. Today there's a "new catchism" that's "little more than money printing and deficit finance, vulgar Keynesianism robed in the ideological vestments of the prosperous classes" making a mockery of GOP ideals. Worse, it has resulted in "serial financial bubbles and Wall Street depredations that have crippled our economy." Yes, GOP ideals backfired, crippling our economy.

Stockman's indictment warns that the Republican party's "new policy doctrines have caused four great deformations of the national economy, and modern Republicans have turned a blind eye to each one:"


The sad part is that GOPers aren't sitting down and asking, "how can we help America?" Instead, they're asking, "how can we destroy Obama and create fear of Dems?" They seem literally willing to trash the country to make a political point. Do they not understand that they, too, will go down with the ship?

One conclusion is that we are a bone-head public, encouraged to remain so by bone-head media and politicians. We know nothing and don't want to know. We can't let reason rise over hysteria because we love our anger. We'd rather nurse our fears than think critically. The GOP knows this and is banking on the stupidity of the general public (as always). They know democracy does not work in America because democracy assumes a responsible, informed, and thinking public. But the last thing the GOP wants is a thinking public. Keep them in a fog of vacuous cliches, lies and half truths. Ride the failure of democracy. This has been their strategy since Rove/Bush.

The mistake that the GOP makes is thinking that if they make the Democrats look bad and sabotage any success they may have then that will make them naturally look better and be more favored. All without any effort on the GOP's part - no new ideas, no plan for the future! So simple, so easy!

All they have done is weaken our nation as a whole. Congrats, party of no."

I found the aforementioned opinions and comments [from the private sector: meaning regular citizens; not journalists] worthy of attention from RJ members who enjoy lively political discussion.