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Letter: What it means to vote for the Republican Party

Being an election year, let’s summarize what you believe in by voting Republican.

You believe women shouldn’t have equal pay, nor the right to choose, even in cases of rape and incest, and contraception coverage should be left to the employer’s discretion.

You believe global warming is all liberal hogwash, despite the scientific data.

You believe in unlimited defense spending, even though we spend more than all of the other industrialized nations defense spending combined.

You believe in the trickle-down theory (a convenient fantasy that the rich have convinced you of).

You believe that the United States has the right to strike and invade any country we see fit.

You believe those pesky environmental laws should be eliminated; they just get in the way of businesses making more money.

You believe Social Security and Medicare are Ponzi schemes and have succumbed to the Koch-funded think tanks that spew propaganda that Social Security is going broke (it isn’t).

You believe in Ayn Rand’s world of social Darwinism, and the poor deserve to live in misery.

You believe all social programs should be eliminated.

You don’t believe in minimum wage.

You believe health care is a privilege, and insurance companies have the right to choose who lives or dies.

You believe renewable energy is a waste of time and not worth investing, and see nothing wrong in continued use of dirty fossil fuels.

The reptilian brain lives on in you.



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There is a lot more to the Bundy Story that the left are fine with not discussing or knowing. Why did Bundy stop paying grazing fees 20 something years ago? Simple the BLM told him he had to reduce his herd from 1000 cattle to 150. Then they stated his watering systems disturbed turtles. They did this with other ranchers also. Who runs BLM in Nevada and what is his connection to Harry Reid? Why was the FBI investigation into Reid's corruptness stopped by the DOJ. There is a lot more to the story that the left will not discuss. On the surface, the left paint this incident as someone not paying their taxes. For many years ranchers were allowed to graze on federal lands free of charge. That changed when the environmentalists came on the scene and corrupt pols like Reid were looking for paybacks. By the way, the FBI investigation of Reid was about how he has taken federal money to make his relatives and himself rich. Pushed through legislature that benefited his family and drove the ranchers out.

did you see the bit on Reid's criminal massive jewelry purchase

Can you back up your claims with facts from any rational links, or did you simply rely on what you read in the right-wing echo chamber of conspiracy and fantasy? Get real and provide actual facts for your claims about Reid, the BLM, and grazing fees. The facts are out there, but not in sources you're reading. Here's one rational link to get you started:

google Judge Jeanine Pirro .....Opening Statement - Dirty Harry (Harry Reid) & BLM Land Grab.... even the dumbed down version for liberals shows the despot Big Gov't leftist supporters are blind to Reid's corruption.

You mean Jeanine Pirro who barely missed going to jail with her husband, who tried to run against Hillary but lost her sheet of paper. Oh right. Great unimpeachable sources you have, pun intended.

Cliven Bundy speaks, affirming once more that the "party of Lincoln" now has more in common with the party of Jefferson Davis. To Cliven, we can solve the "Negro problem" with big plantations and cotton-pickin! Get this guy on "Duck Dynasty" quick! Aint no racists in the Grand Old Party. Cliven Bundy, the latest hero of the Right, and the man one Carp Per Diem poster said is twice the man Harry Reid is, opens mouth and inserts foot.

These anti government all have their core in the white supremacist movements. It shouldn't have surprised the Republicans but they just jumped on any band wagon that is against Obama or the feds. They made their beds, I hope they enjoy sleeping in them.

Harry Reid is more of an obstructionist than anyone you can possibly point to on the other side. He is an ignorant, over the hill, dirty politician. Just do the research. Cliven Bundy is trying to make a living on land that his family has been on for over 200 years. How you tie "racism" to everything is beyond me. Here is just one "tidbit" ....

2014-1948= ? Exactly how do you get 200 years out of that? His parents bought the ranch in1948. The man has been blowing smoke up your butt for a couple weeks now, yet, you still try to make him out to be a "victim".He isn't a victim he's a moocher.

Bruce, who on the right is supporting Bundy? Only idiot I saw call him a hero is Hannity. I have yet to see any pol support his actions. Hannity's show is on it's way out. Moved from prime time to a later spot and losing viewers. I cannot stand Hannity. Harry Reid is just as ignorant as Bundy. I have lived in quite a few places and have seen racism. That includes living in MA a very Democratic state. Ignorance has nothing to do with what party you belong to. For every ignorant Rep, there is an ignorant Dem. This administration does not want to be held accountable for anything. They do not want to be judged on their performance. That is why they have approved using hate rhetoric. Destroy your enemies. Anybody with half a brain or common sense, should be outraged that they are being used in this way. No leader should be pushing hate rhetoric no matter what party he belongs to. Leaders do not divide, they unite. President Obama should have spoken a long time ago and stated it was unacceptable to use race to shut down discussion. Did he? Honest question. He actually gave the message, in my opinion, with the incident where the cop arrested the professor, that using race is okay. Got involved before he even knew what happened. Same with Martin case and others. That is why you Dems use race, it has been approved by your party and the media. Yet none of you see how you are being manipulated.

Who was supporting Cliven Bundy? How about Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Rick Perry, for starters.

Who was supporting the hygiene challenged Occupy movement. Well here are some all stars, from the Hill: "Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) have also applauded the movement. “All of us should join that movement,” Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a leader in both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus, told a liberal crowd gathered in Washington on Tuesday for the Take Back the American Dream conference." Read more: Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

So in your world, bad hygiene on the left is the moral equivalent of right-wing racism and threatened armed insurrection against the United States of America?Were Cliven Bundy black or Muslim, the right would be demanding military action by the federal government.The Constitution has a remedy for the Bundys of this nation. It’s in Article 3, Section 3. Washington used it to justify putting down the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. In law code terms, what Bundy did is sedition: "In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.Typically, sedition is considered a subversive act, and the overt acts that may be prosecutable under sedition laws vary from one legal code to another.”—Wikipedia I

you may have Lois Lerner confused with Bundy.....

You might have Lerner confused with Bundy, but that's a Carper meme to hang on to and repeat, Goebbels style. And since you brought it up: "A series of IRS documents, provided to ThinkProgress under the Freedom of Information Act, appears to contradict the claims by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status “received systematic scrutiny because of their political beliefs.” The 22 “Be On the Look Out” keywords lists, distributed to staff reviewing applications between August 12, 2010 and April 19, 2013, included more explicit references to progressive groups, ACORN successors, and medical marijuana organizations than to Tea Party entities."

If that definition of sedition would hold up in court, most of the Occupy folks would be in jail, protesters marching and burning buildings in Seattle would be in jail, several Congressmen and women would be in jail. Yet 60's radicals walk free. You selectively choose those who would be tried for sedition. Not surprising, anyone against Obama and his regime would be guilty of sedition but those who worked feverishly against the Bush administration, constantly calling of impeachment and the trial of Dick Cheney are more than likely in your mind "patriots"

Yo've changed the topic. Just think what you'd be saying if Bundy were black or muslim, or both.

Who on the right was supporting Bundy? I can't believe you said that. If you can't remember just watch to see which politicians are putting out statements all day yesterday. And of course all the Republicans on this site. I wish you would carefully reread your post, starting with the sentence "leaders do not divide...and then reread O'Brien's speech. The Democrats are not just people that don't believe what he does, they are his mortal enemies. I see the Right's hate on this site and on other blogs constantly. Just read the WMUR site, and yet you all blame Dems.Iff you believe it, it is complete self-deception.

Leaders do not divide, that applies to all leaders. I did not see all the Reps on this forum defend Bundy. Just one. I read what Cruz said, Rand Paul and Perry. Did they defend Bundy? I did not get that from what they said. I got concern about the way the incident was handled by the BLM and concern about the govt grabbing more and more land. As far as mortal enemies go. Obrien and Reid are in the same class. As, I have stated, both parties have idiots among them. The statements being put out are about Bundy's ignorant, racists remarks. If they did not comment on them, then you lefties would say they approve of racist remarks. I have always made my views about O'Brien clear on this forum. He runs on being fiscally responsible, then gets in and ignorance comes pouring out of his mouth. We have plenty of that on the left also. Just curious, do you folks believe that President Obama should have gotten envolved in those cases I mentioned, and do you believe that President Obama has ever stated that playing the race card is wrong? I have never seen him make any attempt to stop the hate rhetoric, especially from his own party who use it on daily basis to divide us.

Bundy is a deadbeat breaking the law. He has been to court and lost. Cruz, Paul, Perry should be upholding the law. The Feds have been waiting TWENTY YEARS. The government isn't grabbing more and more land, it is Bundy who is stealing from the taxpayers of this country. People could have been killed over a deadbeat cheat. Any where else people train their guns on officers trying to do their job, they would have been arrested or shot. Before the racist remarks, these Republicans should have been defusing the situation not adding to it. You have a double standard, Rabbit. What is wrong is wrong. The situation is no different than before Bundy made his racial remarks. He said he did not believe in the US government. Are you kidding me, and US senators defended this man? They hate OBama so much, they would aid and abet treason.

What do the following all have to do with each other, Tillies welfare cowboy, Overpopulated "endangered" desert turtle, convicted Harvey Whitmore, a Nevada developer and lobbyist, democrat senator Harry (criminal) Reid, a $5 billion Chinese solar panel plant (ENN), rare earth elements in the larger adjacent area, Rory Reid, son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid new client — ENN Energy, 36 year old head of the Bureau of Land Management - Neil Kornze - recent member of Senator Reid's staff..... IF you dont know how they are all connected then you probably should stick with Tillies welfare cowboy story.

Your post and its implications are nonsense. A Carper is factually challenged--again. Your claims about Reid, the BLM, and the Chinese are false. They are debunked here:

Politifact - Really? - what a joke - time for you to stop going to the comic book store

Mortal enemies, nice. Too bad that they did not have "morals" as well.

Bruce, during the Clinton years when he was being impeached, liberals talked about "proportionality". I would say that the same applies here. Was there a real need to send hundreds of agents to his property. What about a lien? Speaking of Clinton, did you see where his "enemies" list was released last week. You should read the material and tell me that his paranoia doe not trump anything that you hear from the Tea Party and please be intellectually honest.

another black eye for the media....and you...I love what Bundy said! He's exactly right...after for the media..still trying to gin up a racist where none exist....Great day for Bundy and another bad day for the media.

I am glad to see that you are finally realizing what Fox News and people like Sean Hannity are really all about.

I have to give you credit, I don't think there is one Republican left that would say they agree with Bendy that Negros were better off as slaves picking cotton. Actually I think you and Bundy are alone in that belief. Congratulations for finally proving to me the truth of what I always thought you were.

thats because I'm probably the only republican who read in entirety Bundys statements...but, one certainly had to really look to find them. Bundy is a rancher, not a trained public speaker, but the theme of his comments was compassion, not racism.

.. and so what I've testified to you -- I was in the Watts riot, I seen the beginning fire and I seen that last fire. What I seen is civil disturbance. People are not happy, people are thinking they don't have their freedoms, they didn't have these things, and they didn't have them. We've progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and we sure don't want to go back. We sure don't want the colored people to go back to that point. We sure don't want these Mexican people to go back to that point. And we can make a difference right now by taking care of some of these bureaucracies, and do it in a peaceful way......did "your" media report Bundys full comments??

Bundy is "exactly right"? Pardon, someone's extremist views are showing again. Let's get this straight: an anti-government, gun-toting, tax-cheating cowboy who's claiming government programs that benefited black Americans are worse than the 250 year holocaust of slavery in this country is "exactly right". And the ACA is worse than the Fugitive Slave Act too. Only in that alternate universe inhabited by those who reinvent history to suit an ideology that justifies selfishness and greed as morally superior virtues.

You should always answer your own questions Tillie, that way you can validate your beliefs. Watch out for that wind out there, a tree just fell in my back yard. Did not hit the house.

Well Rabbit as I guess we are on speaking terms again, I must say I have to answer my own questions because you and Itsa and GWTW don't ever explain any of the statements you make in your posts. Glad the tree ,missed the house, fuel for next winter.

What I see in this letter is a litany of most of the statements attributed to the extreme right of the Republican party and many of them are conclusions, based on what was said and taken way out of context. The same type of letter could be written about letters and statements from the extreme left. Im not a young man any more ( im in my 70s) and the black and white world I saw with my idealistic rose colored glasses has gotten pretty grey and Im not sure that is such a bad thing. Life as lived in reality tends to be right in the middle of things. That does not mean I have not accepted my Civic responsibility and I have voted regularly since I was old enough in the early 1960s. My ex wife and I divorced when our boys were small children and one of the things I told them again and again as they were growing up that neither their mother or I were right or wrong about things we just believed differently. One example of mis construing the facts by labeling people is abortion. I consider my self pro choice but I do not personally believe in abortion. What i do believe is that the final decision lies with the woman who is carrying the child and is neither mine nor the governments. I consider myself a moderate republican . I guess calling me a Rino would put me in the same category as the Dinos on the left and I am not unhappy with that label. I welcome the give and take in these columns . What I do not enjoy is the constant personal attacks on each other. Why cant we stick to the Issues????

If you are indeed “a moderate Republican” AND you can find “a moderate Republican,” to vote for, you are actually an EXCEPTIONAL Republican. That unfortunately is the point of the letter, as announced in its opening (“Being an election year...”), which the knee-jerk partisan backlash on this page ignores: At least for federal offices, the actual Republican candidates for whom you must vote if you want to vote your party largely espouse the moronic-sounding beliefs listed in the letter, so in voting that way, you would put party ahead of principle.

that's BS

Is it? Care to elaborate? The modern Diogenes goes in search of the vanishing "moderate Republican". Or like Ahab going after the white whale. One can't seem to find many out there, because they're mostly all "out there", cheering on Billy Boy O'Brien's take on reality from the alternate universe of Ayn Rand and the Koch boys. There's nothing "mainstream" or moderate about their beliefs. And no matter how tightly they wrap themselves in the Constitution and claim it as their own, it belongs to all of us, and their own particular (and peculiar) mis-reading of it and history is a self-serving justification for greed and plutocracy. Most of the Founders were wealthy men, but they didn't intend to turn the nation into what Ayn Rand and the Kochs would make of it.

Where are the moderate Democrats?

Is that a serious question?

Nothing new here. The left cannot defend their policies, so they have to bring back their hate rhetoric. With elections coming up, all attention has to be averted from the ACA, and the list of corruption going on with this administration. Bush cannot still be used, so why not invent some other hate cards to play. Just go to their deck of cards and bring out some new ones that demonize folks who actually know what they are talking about. Your deck of cards will collapse, once it starts to come out that the policies you voted for will make things even worse. What next, put no limit on how long Presidents can serve so you can keep President Obama in office forever? The Dems are better at convincing the uninformed that as long as they keep voting for them, govt freebies will follow. No need to worry about the economy, deficit or jobs. They will just keep printing money, provide govt jobs and charge on the WH credit card. Why else would folks ignore how those things need to work? Basically, if you need the govt to take care of all your needs, then it stands to reason you have no clue about how anything works. Because if you did, you could manage your life just fine on your own.

Oh yes, here is another one. Making a hero out of a "welfare cowboy" who is breaking the law and feeding at the public tough for 20 years with out paying while other ranchers have been.

You forgot one. You're willing to get in bed with bigots, racists, homophones, and misogynists to further your agenda.

homophones?? Better check your dictionary, Devil.

The spelling police always come out when they've lost the argument.

No one has lost the agrument, Doc. The fact that you seem to believe that Republicans are all of those things or the fact that you infer that they are, exposes that your side of the argument is impotent. When you can't argue the facts, name call. You are good at that. Are homophones a specialized phone and are there heterophones as well? Only King Philip would know for sure.

Liberals didn't invent the "Southern Strategy". Pretty sure that was a Republican working for Nixon.

How about gramophones? They are so last century.

Choo choo, let's ride that train and get some grain along the way from the silo next to the windmill. Progressives, so 19th century in technology and so Utopian in their view.

You forgot they want to take formula out of babies mouths and take medicine away from Granny and kick kids off their lawns and burn down all public schools ..... as for the rest of the list someone has been watching too much MSNBC and drinking way too much of the liberal Kool Aid

I'd say your post comes pretty close to describing the rhetoric you use on those issues, and what's equally unfortunate is you're not alone in the party formerly known as the GOP.

One more thing to add..., Republicans don't believe in science.

Here's another: Republicans believe in making access to voting more difficult, in the interest of reducing the numbers of minority voters. Using phony claims of rampant ballot fraud state and federal elections, Republicans are cutting back hours and reducing the number of days that polling places are open, and imposing often onerous voter ID requirements.

AND closing the rest rooms for all the people that wait in the long lines they created.

Absolutely untrue. We want Democrats to stop trying to find ways for those who want anyone to vote without an ID, dead people to vote and plying homeless with alcohol and meals to get them to vote for a Democrat. Onerous, voter IDs, that is laughable. You have to have an ID to do practically stamps, EBT cards, social security, libraries, credit card use, driving, etc. You use the excuse that it is a financial burden to get an ID but that is BS.

If you believe that, I got bridge for sale.

Is it in New Jersey?

Detroit....everything is on sale...

"avoid Detroit 2.0" and "stop Democratic incompetence and corruption, vote Republican."

How about: "The Tea Party: So Wrong They're Almost Reich"

I prefer a bumper sticker I received. "Democrats - Cleaning up republican messes since 1934" But then again I was always the kid with the stick by the hornet nests.

Funny, ya never hear the folks who are anti voter ID tell us how the folks who have no ID manage to cash their govt checks, buy booze or get their meds. You also never see the lame stream media parade them out, so they can tell their stories how they manage to do anything without an ID. If they are all out there, living without IDs, then where the heck are they, and why is the lame stream media not showcasing them to bolster their argument that getting an ID is too expensive, costly and hurts minorities. Honest question.

There it is right there, the very reason Republicans are so worried about voter id. Because it is only the poor that don't have it and obviously they all vote Democratic.

There it is right there, if you are poor you cannot afford an ID. Even if that ID costs 10 bucks and last 5 years at the DMV. 2 bucks a year for a non drivers ID. The same argument is made by the left in regards to anything the poor need. Yet, we are still waiting for those folks to appear on TV and tell us how they manage to go through life without an ID. They are not on the Chris Mathews Show, or any liberal show. Those folks are a goldmine to support the left's claim that getting an ID is pretty much impossible for folks who are poor. Being poor is an excuse that the left use on a daily basis. Poverty prevents anybody from making any decisions that will benefit them. Basically, the left believe that folks are incapable of bettering their lives.

Honest answer to an "honest question": First, the near total absence of real voter fraud--despite the claims to the contrary. In Texas, for instance, "In 10 years, just 100 federal prosecutions and 50 state convictions -- in a colossal state with a population of more than 25 million people. You can do the math. You can be stupid and vote in America. You can be drunk and vote in America. You can be mentally insane and vote in America. You could vote in America for Snooki or Rod Blagojevich. Or, like tens of millions of your fellow citizens, you can choose not to vote at all. But if you don't have the means to get a driver's license, or if you cannot afford the time and money it takes to get certain other forms of government ID, you are out of luck? What a great country this is." "Studies show that as many as 11 percent of eligible voters do not have government-issued photo ID. That percentage is even higher for seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, low-income voters, and students. Many citizens find it hard to get government photo IDs, because the underlying documentation like birth certificates (the ID one needs to get ID) is often difficult or expensive to come by. At the same time, voter ID policies are far more costly to implement than many assume. Instead, Improvements in voting technology and modernization of our voter registration system will both increase efficiency and close the door on mistakes and fraud." "Texas has no driver's license offices in almost a third of the state's counties. Meanwhile, close to 15 percent of Hispanic Texans living in counties without driver's license offices don't have ID. A little less than a quarter of driver's license offices have extended hours, which would make it tough for many working voters to find a place and time to acquire the IDs. Despite this, the Texas legislature struck an amendment that would have reimbursed low-income voters for travel expenses when going to apply for a voter ID, and killed another that would have required offices to remain open until 7:00 p.m. or later on just one weekday, and four or more hours at least two weekends." Tell us again it's not simply about suppressing the votes of the poor and nonwhites, and about how easy it always is to get that i.d.

One issue is always glossed over on voter ID. It's wasn't about voter ID being necessary, it was about the extent to which some proponents were trying to make it intentionally difficult for certain groups. Everyone has an ID for one thing or another. It was purposefully structured to disregard college ID's and out of state drivers licenses for college students in particularly. There is more to it than just voter ID.

I think the actual rate of voter fraud is equivalent to one person out of the entire population of New Hampshire (which according to the last Census was 1,316,470). Even with that evidence, states like NH still felt it was necessary to pass a voter ID law:

2 points...the majority of Americans want voter id....and after it passed in NH, a record percentage of votes were cast. Was that in the Obama media story you linked to??

2 points...the majority if Americans want gun control. For the sake of argument we go with id, why all the closing of polling places, the cutting of hours, not allowing students to vote, no registration on election day? A few "honest questions" there. .

Nice one, Don't hold your breath waiting for a response. Right wing Republicans know that the only way they can hold onto Congress and governorships in red states in the long run is by restricting access to voting by minority voters. Claiming widespread voter fraud gives them cover for what amounts to resegregation of the voting booth.

Yep, doesn't say much for your party if they only way they can win in a Democracy is by being undemocratic.

No I am not holding my breath because Rabbit can write essays on why the poor should have ids and how they deserve the life they live because they don't want to "better" themselves but not one word on why the Republicans close inner city polling places, cut hours, refuse to let schools teach civics classes, close bathrooms where long lines of people are waiting to vote or allow registration on election day. Have I missed anything?

I will answer my own question, because no one else will. The Republicans are cutting early voting in swing states. You would think that deep in their heart of hearts they could be honest with themselves like that Republicans chairman from PA.who said we are doing this so Romney(republicans ) will win. Voter fraud, hogwash!

here is cause to be worried about voter fraud here in the U.S. It appears in a new report that 44,000 people are registered to vote in both Virginia and Maryland. A vote-integrity group crosschecked the voter rolls in the two states and found far too many people registered in both states. The group, known as The Virginia Voters Alliance, is going to expand their research into surrounding states like Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia

Claims of voter fraud are hugely exaggerated and not substantiated by the facts of the matter or by statistics. Such claims are a smokescreen designed to give cover to Republicans as they go about restricting access to the ballot by minorities in states all over the nation. Actual voter fraud is nearly non-existent. For one thing, the number of people who share the same name AND birthdate is surprisingly high. Taking just one name from the Republican National Committee, "Sean Spicer" reveals that there are 20 different "Sean Spicers" born on the same date. "Introductory statistics classes are commonly presented with the Birthday Problem: the surprisingly high probability that two students in the class share the same birthday. Here, we review and extend the Birthday Problem to find the probability that two persons in a given group share an exact birthdate and in a related calculation, the expected number of matching birthdates in a group of a certain size. These thorny calculations are simplified in a simulation framework. We then apply the “Birthdate Problem” to a pressing legal and public policy debate concerning allegations of widespread double voting and/or multiple registration. We show that these allegations are inflated by not appropriately accounting for the Birthdate Problem, and discuss the implications of the Birthdate Problem for the debate over double voting and the means to address this perceived fraud."

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