Why should any American calling the ‘GOP, the Death Party’ find that appellation outrageous or incorrect? Republicans clearly want death and failure for the Democrats and the United States of America. In modern times, it started with the GOP’s prophet of profit, Ronald Reagan, who committed unions to death, From Reagan on, Republicans have openly hated our American government. Reagan: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ Grover Norquist about the U.S. Government: “I want to reduce it where I can drag it into the bathroom to get it down to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.” Rush Limbaugh tells Sean Hannity on Fox News: “I still want Obama to fail.”
Now, fear, death, (killing) lies, hypocrisy, bullying and failure is what the Republicans stand for. Not our country, not our Constitution or our presidency. How is this dysfunctional, greedy loose canon of a political party able to gain so much attention and control over our country? About 40 years ago, the Conservatives gleaned from Hitler’s methods, of rising to power by controlling all the media, repeating a message of fear and hate, will allow a nation and its people to be controlled. Our great founding father, George Washington knew this truth: “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” If during the Bush era, someone with an assault weapon showed up within 5 miles of a Presidential Rally with an anti-Bush T shirt, that person would have been whisked out of the country for rendition, and never heard from again.
To accomplish control, the Right Wing created conservative think tanks, joining with mega corporations and powerful lobbyists, (many of them recruited from our Congress) to take over the broadcast media, the Congress and ‘we the people.’ The GOP overlying scheme was to use propaganda, while the underlying method became unadulterated lying, using hatred, fear and misrepresentation. “You’re all going to die if you don’t think and believe as all of us Right thinking pro/real Americans.”
With RNC daily talking points, today’s Republican lies as easily as he or she breathes. Hypocrisy and facts are unknown to the current Republican leaders. The GOP worker bees are Deathers, Birthers, Yellers, Stoppers, Stompers, Tea Baggers fundamentalists, and gun totters. The conservative corporations own 90% of the airwaves today, thus inciting the right wing-nuts to do their dirty work in their drive to put our country to death. A former GOP governor suggested President Obama was using the health plan to create Death Panels to kill Grandma. We must include the Right Wing media nuts that inspired and provoked domestic terrorists to kill doctors. The current GOPeer’s knowledge of our Constitution is limited to only a very small part of the 2nd Amendment, with some strapping a gun to their leg to prove their manhood. Then the crazies yelled out, disrupting the Democrat’s town hall meetings, claiming they were using the 1st Amendment to stop free speech. And the corporate media claims they’re just hearing both sides.
Reaganomics: Special interest corporate lobbyists started putting pressure on Congress to get rid of regulations, taxes and aid them with subsidies. To hell with the people. Corporations know best. Corporations begin to realize their power and joined the Republicans in buying up the vast media. Around the mid 80s, corporations became ‘a person’ as declared by the Supreme Court. The Court, in lockstep with the GOP, determined the Corporate Person had mega benefits not available to ‘we the people.’ The result is the mega corporations along with mostly the GOP, have butchered our Constitution, our ideals, as well as our nation.
In 1986, Republican political consultant and alleged pollster, Frank Luntz, made his bones, as they say in the mob, by using the one word “death.” He made a killing by switching the word Death to the Inheritance Tax Bill to kill a fruitful tax affecting only ONE-THIRD OF ONE PERCENT OF AMERICANS. Of course, the GOP lied when they said it was a double tax, (it wasn’t) and even small farmers across the nation would be wiped out if we didn’t get rid of this “Death Tax.” (Not a single case of a small farmer being wiped out by stopping the inheritance tax was found) But ‘Death’ worked against over 99% of Americans, since the majority of them had no idea they were voting against their own self interest because of the word “death.”
After wordsmith Frank Luntz’s huge success with the “death” word, he surmised that “death” is a very emotional and fearful word in our language and the Republicans should nurture the word in our media against the Democrats. Words that imply death are a powerful impact words in politics. Big Daddy Republicans will protect you from “mushroom clouds” and “killer terrorists.” (Something the Bush Administration couldn’t protect us against) Today, Luntz must have realized the Republican Party was going to Hell in a hand basket. His first use of the powerful word “death” won him glory in the party. Knowing the GOP still owned the media, particularly FOX, Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Dobbs and Big Pharma, Big Oil, mega corporations, they could use ‘death’ attached to anything the Democrats promote and the GOP base, along with the NRA, will love it and put “death” out over all the media. Death Books against Veterans. Democrats are death to your grandma. Death to Healthcare. Death to your free speech, death to your sacred 2nd Amendment and your guns.
So it leaves open the most obvious question. Why would any thinking American want a failed, lying, and corrupt party running our government when they hate it so much? Certainly the uninformed dupes drank the Kool Aid. As George Washington said: “If freedom of speech is taken away (it has been) then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” The real question is: Are we still a democracy? It doesn’t appear so. Much more like a Corporatocracy. Big Pharma doesn’t give a damn about your health care, they only care about profits. Pharma will spend as much as it needs to kill health care. Big Oil? Hit the road, chumps. Oil will see to it that the gas price rise again. Oil will also see to it that they’ll slow down real sustainability of solar, wind and hydrogen, and Oil eventually will control all methods of energy. That the GOP lost overall control is driving them crazy and since they have control of most of the money in our country, the Republicans and mega corporations will continue their death spiral.
Will President Obama, the great compromiser, succeed? It hurts so much to see a boob like Sen. Grassley crassly smack the President in the face and the next day our leader compliments the hitter like nothing happened. Of course, President Obama isn’t an FDR or TR Roosevelt, both of whom took very bold actions to make positive change.
The GOP Death Party will plunge along until it dies an unnatural death, or they run out of Death phrases, whichever comes first. The death team of Death Writers in the Pie like Frank Luntz, are furiously writing 24/7. Maybe some of them will come to the realization their work is a dead end and a nation killer.
Reprinted with permission from the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray, Editor, where the article first appeared.
Jerry Drucker is a freelance writer and screenwriter, political progressive letterwriter, member of Valley Dems United, Dems for Change and Valley Grassroots for Democracy. Jerry was voted as the 41st AD man of the year for 2008 by the LA County Democratic Party members.