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For forever—or at least for as long as I can remember—the modern Republican party and conservatives generally presented themselves as the party of business. Claiming to fight for both large and small, from Exxon/Mobil to Maria’s Shoe boutique in Littletown USA and every private enterprise in between.
Republican candidates were elected to help the businesses stay free of undue governmental influence, and by refraining from passing laws that were bad for business. The corporate lobbyists and donors told them yes or no and even wrote proposed legislation for them to present. But now, oh but now, that claim may be approached with scoffing laughter and ridicule. Gone are the days of a private enterprise. Take Disney, for example, being free to make its own political decisions or even internal policies without being objectively singled out or punished by any level of government.
There are laws against this. Gone are the days of legislators refraining from passing laws that make recruiting employees from out of state difficult. Indianapolis-based Lilly Pharmaceuticals has put out a rare political statement regarding the new Indiana abortion ban and how it is bad for business. Lilly is not alone nor an outlier. Large corporations have issued similar press releases and have gone as far as moving out of states as Lilly may do.
In Texas, Governor Abbot created a chaotic bottleneck at the border with trucks coming from Mexico. Mexico was about to start building a railway from the US border all the way to Canada. Naturally, it should have gone through Texas but not after this stunt by Abbot. Mexico has determined that Texas is “unreliable” and has diverted the rail line to run through neighboring New Mexico.
Texas loses billions of revenue every year over the next many decades. The jobs and factories to be built along that line would have gone to Texas, but no. And why? For the cruelty, of course. Steven Miller, a top aid to Trump, said the quiet part out loud about the children in cages: He wanted the images of cruelty to deter any Mexican or Central American from coming to or through Texas.
For the most part, the Republicans currently vote as a block and must be outvoted in Congress or be so brutally shamed in public that they cave. Note the recent tie-breaking votes in the Senate by VP Harris and the shaming in public of Republicans by John Stewart over the PACT act.
On almost any issue, their momentary performance art stance is a cover for an ulterior motive. So let’s put to rest that the Republicans have ever dealt in good faith. At least four SCOTUS justices lied under oath and betrayed their oath of office. They did have preconceived motives that they kept under wraps.
Their decisions and rulings have shown us all that It’s all about the cruelty and has always been about the cruelty. It’s easily tested since we now live in the universe of the almost instant fact check and video of previous contradictory acts and statements.
- They say they support family values except when they don’t. For example, banning abortion while voting against public assistance for infant and child care. Holding a cold shoulder to families crying for their murdered children, begging for stricter gun laws.
- They say they support fiscal conservatism except when they don’t. By giving massive subsidies to already hugely profitable corporations and a military budget larger than the total budgets of the top six other country’s budgets combined.
- They said they support the U.S. Constitution except when they don’t. They just trashed the 4th Amendment by immunizing law enforcement from civil litigation.
- They said they support the rule of law except when they don’t. A crime spree of unprecedented magnitude and scandal after scandal for crimes committed in the public eye by the last POTUS and his administration with no extemporaneous actions by the DOJ.
- They said they support the troops except when they don’t. Observe what it took to get the Republicans to pass what they already passed before yet another stunt, and I’ve got sources to back it up)
- They said they support body autonomy except when they don’t. They loudly proclaimed body my choice when it’s a vaccine but not a woman’s right to her own body autonomy. Guns and corpses have more rights than living people now.
I could go on, but I’ve either made my point or failed by this time.
Don’t get me wrong; I bought the lie too. I believed, social issues aside, that it was really all about the money. I was wrong; the last decade has proved me wrong. It’s all about the cruelty and has always been about the cruelty.
Now Republicans are not even trying to deny that it’s about the cruelty anymore. Many in office or candidates openly use violent images. Declaring RINO hunting season while breaking into a house with a military force. He’s advocating killing fellow Americans whom he disagrees with politically.
One Rep. Paul Gossar made a cartoon of him killing Rep. AOC and then moving towards the President. Many running advertisements with them shooting guns, at even a Prius. Oh, of course, slow, ponderous ancient turtles such as Mitch McConnel will wax on and on about American democracy, the rule of law, and small government, but their glory days of gamesmanship that have led us to this disaster are over. A new breed of authoritarians is taking the once Grand Old Party and, sadly, the rest of us to chaos and mayhem.
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