Republicans Wrong on Nearly Everything

republican-logoI criticize progressives out of love. When their plans lack fiscal sense, popular support, political will, or moral high ground, I try to bring extra history, counterpoints and critical thinking to the story. Democracy can’t work without all the facts.

The Republicans, especially the current batch of presidential candidates, I mock because their platforms are wrong from bottom to top.

One of the larger differences between the parties is the size and use of America’s military, undeniably the strongest in the world. Ignoring outlier isolationists on both sides, Democrats are in favor of shifting some of our military spending to domestic programs, and relying on international coalitions to promote the general peace. Republicans insist the boogeyman is at the town gates and America is the sheriff, calling for full funding of any proposed military program and full engagement with any perceived threat to our national security.

They are frustrated at the peaceful dismantling of Iran’s nuclear program, having gone as far as attempting a somewhat seditious line of communication with Tehran with the apparent aim of leaving only military options and escalating tensions. They want strictly enforced no-fly zones in our areas of operation to provoke open conflict with Russia.

US citizens are apparently still supposed to be poised for invasion, minutemen muskets at ready on the fireplace mantle. Conservatives label Obama’s widely supported expansion of background checks a “shredding of the 2nd Amendment” and vow to reverse his executive actions on inauguration day. ISIS is portrayed as a bigger problem on our own soil than in the Middle East and Europe. Xenophobia is labelled common sense.

Several candidates seem to be completely out of touch with the world markets. One sentence will demand China revalue its currency, the next will express outrage at the New Year international stock slump — driven by China revaluing its currency. Some show little understanding of the web of effects from tariffs and push for flat out economic war. “Free Trade” is a euphemism for conditions favorable to America.

They push regressive tax plans that would hurt 99% of their voters and weaken our national budget. They repeat the tired call to coddle the “job creators” and insist the wealth really will trickle down this time. They copy the worst pages from the populist playbooks of the left around foreign profits and corporate inversion – though their solutions use more carrot than stick compared to Sanders.

If you missed this 6th Republican debate, don’t fret. Nothing of value was said. analysis of the debate

“What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.” – Billy Madison (“Okay, a simple “wrong” would’ve done just fine.”)

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Jay is Editor In Chief of The Agonist, veteran and technologist.

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