Today's GOP: Unqualified for Public Office
There is an old business management axiom,“Never hire a manager who doesn’t believe in your product. They’re sure to make a mess of your company. And when they’re done screwing things up, they’ll blame your product.”
While Republicans argue among themselves about whether laissez-faire capitalists or morality enforcers should be in charge, it’s worth remembering that neither believes in the concept of government.
The first -- call them “Business Republicans” -- are willing to double down on the recent, deregulation-caused near-depression in order to make a few more bucks, regardless of the possibility of economic collapse. The latter -- call them “Morality Republicans” -- think the role of government is enforcing their personal dogma. Although these two factions believe different things, they impute that everyone agrees. What the two sides have in common is simply that they’re both pissed.
It’s worth noting that teabag protesters fall into this latter group. The Tea Partiers claim to be something new, but they’re not. In the Nixon era, they were called “Right-Wing Reactionaries.” There used to be a third faction, Moderates, but they’ve all left the building.
Government’s job is creating a “more perfect union.” A leader who promotes divisiveness and self-interest is morally unqualified for the job. Neither unregulated capitalism, or “my way or the highway” is compatible with justice, domestic tranquility, common defense, or general welfare. Those "me-first" attitudes are distinctly inconsistent with the democratic nature of Americanism.
Similarly, neither philosophy is compatible with liberty and justice for all. Each Republican faction believes in the supremacy of some Americans and the acquiescence, by force of law if necessary, of the rest. Liberty and justice for some, it seems ….
It should come as no surprise to anyone why Republicans don’t believe in government: They stink at it. When they’re in charge, they generally cock things up in some spectacular way. As good as George Bush seemed to be when he all but announced that no regulation would be enforced, he proved an unmitigated disaster for the health of the economy. Bush also failed to subjugate an oil-producing country that seemed ripe for pillaging. And lastly, he put Neoconservatism, an arguably imperialist philosophy, on life support.Continued on the next page