By now, we are all familiar with the plot. Republican’s hate President Obama and the plane from Kenya he flew in on. As an example: TV personality Jimmy Kimmel took his cameras to the street and asked passersby if they preferred the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Not knowing they were the same thing, most of them said they were in favor of the Affordable Care Act but were opposed to Obamacare. That really sums up what is going on in Washington. It’s not only politics dividing our country; it is hate, discrimination and republican ignorance.
Last week, republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota said shutting down government was her goal from the beginning and she was glad to see it closed. She later changed her tune and said what she meant was she was glad to see Obamacare shut down. Someone should remind her that Obamacare didn’t shut down, it went into effect on Oct. 1.
For years, I have suggested that a third political party would provide a healthy political alternative to the extremes and radicalism of the two-party system. An independent party that would not only balance negotiation with compromise but act as a conduit for moderates of both major parties to have their voices heard and concerns acted on. A party is needed that would preserve our democracy, solidify our republic and be the solid foundation of a government sensitive to the financial and health needs of the poor, individual rights for minorities, religious freedom for women and those who have their own differences and the working middle class that is the backbone of our economy.
I never thought a radical, ignorant, contentious and extreme right faction of the GOP of all things would raise to the political level of becoming, in essence, the third political party. The moderate Republicans, what’s left of them, have allowed the radicals of common sense to take over their party and majority in the House; leaving Speaker of the House John Boehner to do their bidding for them.
Like the cracks in the Liberty Bell and thanks to the extremes of the Tea Party, we are starting to see cracks in our democracy. If the division in our republic cannot be resolved, we could become a Tea Party Republic ruled by political gunslingers from the NRA, oil companies, military war mongers, Christian catechisms and radical despotic politicians. Our one branch of government would be ruled by a president appointment by Tea Party governors of each state. All government employees would be paid minimum wage comparable to Burger King, after all, the Tea Party regards them as “nonessential.” Sounds like the republican death knell for our democracy, republic and government isn’t too far off in our political future.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.