RickRick91 saidIt's nice that a few Repubs are bowing to pressure and public opinion and are disavowing the anti-gay bigotry of the vast majority of the Repub party.
This - along with Jan Brewer's veto of one of the anti-gay bills in AZ - shows that the Repubs are starting to recognize that a majority of Americans think the official Repub party bias against gay Americans is disgusting and unfair.
We must keep up the pressure - because as of now the pro-gay Repubs are a lonely few and the overwhelming majority of the party is still pushing legislation that would make gay Americans second class citizens.
And the motivation behind this slight movement toward embracing gay rights in the Repub party is not one of solidarity for gay Americans.
The Repubs who are dropping anti-gay rhetoric have been motivated by the movement in THE POLLS against anti-gay bigotry.
They're NOT motivated by concern for our equal rights.
The majority of the Repub party still must be viewed as our enemy because the party still supports policies that would make us less than equal to straight Americans.
It's right there in their own official Repub party platform - where they state very clearly that the Repub party opposes any marriage that's not between a man and a woman.
Their own words in their own platform indict them.
Oh so slowly, the electoral truth is beginning to dawn on some of the less zealously ideological Republicans.
Let`s hope it continues to spread!
Ultimately, in a representative democracy, elected officials must reflect and serve their constituents' views . . . or they'll be replaced by those constituents when they next vote. Is it better to allow Republicans to represent us who've acceded to this one issue conforming to our views or to have Democrats in those positions who share most of our views?
Personally, I vote based on economic issues not on social issues.
The Repub party's economic issues have been an epic disaster and yet they refuse to change their obsession with the disproved fantasy notion that giving the rich and the big corporations big tax cuts is good for the economy.
The facts of the historical record have shown time and time again that tax cuts for the rich blow up the National Debt and do not create the strong economic and job growth the Repubs promised.
The catastrophic failure of the Bush tax cuts proved that very clearly.
But, because the rich and the big corporations continue to write out big checks to the Repub party - the Repub continue to promise to cut taxes for the rich and the big corporations.
The Repubs are willing to sell out our interests and America's future in exchange for money and power.
That's the biggest reason why they're the enemy.
Thanks. Yet on the other hand our taxes are approaching the level of a Socialist country, without the social benefits. It's tough to support either party's economic policy.
The idea that there's been a massive hike in tax rates by the Democrats is nonsense.
At the end of 2012 - President Obama and the Democrats refused to extend the failed Bush tax cuts for the rich and allowed the tax rates to return to where they were back in the 1990's under Clinton when we had one of the longest strongest economic booms in US history.
At that time, President Obama and the Democrats tried to extend the tax cuts for the middle class and to merely end the tax cuts for the rich - but the Repubs refused to vote to give middle class Americans a tax cut - because they said that if the rich weren't going to get to keep their tax cuts - then they didn't want middle class Americans to get one either.
So the Repubs really only care about cutting taxes for the richest 1-2%.
And the tax rates today are nowhere near the highest levels we've had in our country's history.
Back in the economic boom years of the 1950's and 1960's - under both Democratic and Republican presidencies - the top tax rate was 90% - more than twice the top tax rate of today.
Was the America of the 50's and 60's a "Socialist country"?