Absence of Class

 Posted by at 20:16  Politics, Republicans
Mar 232010

Bob Herbert’s New York Times column today is a must-read: “An Absence of Class.” Here’s part. Click the link to read it all.

For decades the G.O.P. has been the party of fear, ignorance and divisiveness. All you have to do is look around to see what it has done to the country. The greatest economic inequality since the Gilded Age was followed by a near-total collapse of the overall economy. As a country, we have a monumental mess on our hands and still the Republicans have nothing to offer in the way of a remedy except more tax cuts for the rich.

This is the party of trickle down and weapons of mass destruction, the party of birthers and death-panel lunatics. This is the party that genuflects at the altar of right-wing talk radio, with its insane, nauseating, nonstop commitment to hatred and bigotry.

Glenn Beck of Fox News has called President Obama a “racist” and asserted that he “has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

Mike Huckabee, a former Republican presidential candidate, has said of Mr. Obama’s economic policies: “Lenin and Stalin would love this stuff.”

The G.O.P. poisons the political atmosphere and then has the gall to complain about an absence of bipartisanship.

The toxic clouds that are the inevitable result of the fear and the bitter conflicts so relentlessly stoked by the Republican Party — think blacks against whites, gays versus straights, and a whole range of folks against immigrants — tend to obscure the tremendous damage that the party’s policies have inflicted on the country. If people are arguing over immigrants or abortion or whether gays should be allowed to marry, they’re not calling the G.O.P. to account for (to take just one example) the horribly destructive policy of cutting taxes while the nation was fighting two wars.

If you’re all fired up about Republican-inspired tales of Democrats planning to send grandma to some death chamber, you’ll never get to the G.O.P.’s war against the right of ordinary workers to organize and negotiate in their own best interests — a war that has diminished living standards for working people for decades.

He’s actually spot on.

Tell the GOP: Stop inciting and supporting hate.

  2 Responses to “Absence of Class”

  1. He’s a great columnist. Glad you posted this. I’d missed it somehow. I have to believe the insanity is at least peaking and that there are far more decent people in this country than the Becks of the world.

  2. And entirely too polite. Right now the Repugicants are promoting the cliché “Don’t get mad, get even.” I don’t need another wimp ass apologist to tell me be civil to demonstrate my superiority. I still think it is time to wipe the slate clean and get on with the next phase of evolution.

    I say, it’s time to wipe the shit off our shoes on the faces of these worthless fucks and their retarded offspring. Enough of trying to reason with zombies. Crush their skulls and feed their “gray matter” to their children.

    And remember, many of these ignorant pissants are Democrats. They deserve the same treatment.

    Politics is poopadoodle.

    If God had meant for life to be fair, He wouldn’t have created humans, the malignant scumbag.

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