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"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson

The United Citizens' Action Network

From Views & News, a Georgia paper, 2002

By John R. Taylor (from Views & News 2002)

For the first time in, - - well, ever, there is a Republican President, both houses of congress are controlled by Republicans, the Governor is a Republican, and the entire state legislature is controlled by Republicans. They are definitely in charge, but do their ideas represent your ideas?

As a preface to my remarks let me say three things – firstly, I have voted for and supported Republicans for almost thirty years and will for the foreseeable future most likely continue to do so. So I am no attack dog for the democrats. But I have supported Republicans and will continue to do so because I see them as the lesser of two evils, not because they fully express may dream of what American government ought to be. Now don’t for a minute think I am espousing a third party, I am not. In the current system a third party does more harm than good. (Read my articles on the Electoral College, you can find them online at viewsandnews.ucan.us.)

Secondly, there is a great and terrible reality to our government, and that is that there is little difference between the extremes of one party and another. This is great because it protects us from an over zealous nut that might other wise cause immense damage to the nation. It is terrible because is also prevents a great leader from making monumental changes for the good, or at least from making those changes rapidly.

And lastly – having said there is little difference, there is one thing which might make a big difference- terrorist or rogue nations with weapons of mass destruction. With the wrong Commander and Chief, millions of American lives may one day be needlessly lost.

The rise of the Republican Party, particularly in the south is not so much a result of the party’s fiscal, that is monetary, policy, as it is the party’s social policies. Most hardworking Americans recognize that much of the Republican platform disproportionately favors the very wealthy individuals and large corporations over the common man and small business. But they also recognize that the Democrats are equally bias against them in favor of those who want something for nothing. Be all this as it may, it is not these money issues which have relegated the democratic parity to minority status. It is the democrats’ willingness to scorn Christianity, marriage, honor, chastity, and traditional moral values as outdated and unimportant that has turned the electorate against them.

Does the Republican Party Really Represent You? Will odds are that it does much more closely represent your views of right and wrong than does the democratic party, but there is still much we could hope for. The wealth gap and the income gap is forever widening in this country. The poor are getting poorer and the rich getting richer. While it is naive to really expect to one day live in a world that has no rich and no poor, it is realistic to expect that one day the major factors determining if you are rich or poor have to do with your work and savings habits, not the origin of your genes. The Wal-marts have driven most independent store owners out of business. Huge corporate farms are displacing family farms. Over half the population of the country receive some form of unearned government aid. We are rapidly ceasing to be a manufacturing power.

It is not the Republicans alone to blame for these and other ills we face. The democrats were more than willing to support NAFT and any other legislation which force American companies to either go broke or move manufacturing operations overseas. Both parties are gung-ho to eliminate the inheritance tax, a move which will only help the richest of the rich. While most Americans agree with them on this it is only because they don’t fully understand the facts about the tax. Most of us, more than 99.6% of us that is, will not have estates large enough to be taxed at all. In 2009 the first $3.5 million is not taxed at all.

The democrats ranted and raved about the republicans cutting the capital gains tax, calling it a break for the rich. Never mind that it actually greatly helped the average working family directly and indirectly. It saved the average family money when they sold their home and saved for their retirement, and it helped them indirectly by encouraging companies to expand and invest in new equipment, creating a better economy. All the while, they were going right along with the republicans in working to end the inheritance tax, a benefit only for multi-millionaires and billionaires.

More than anything else, we are stuck with the republicans because the democrats are “crazy Eddie.” Crazy Eddie can be best explained with an example. Suppose there is a large ship sinking in the icy North Atlantic. They have no lifeboats, but a rescue ship is on the way. All they have to do is stay afloat until it arrives. If they run their bilge pumps at the maximum they can do this. However the bilge pump operators decide it would be a good time to go on strike for more money and better working conditions. They do, and they and everyone else onboard either drown or freeze to death.

That’s crazy Eddie. In a real world example: the republicans say that raising the minimum wage causes an inflationary spiral that actually hurts the lowest wage earners. I think this is more the rich trying to keep the poor poor, than anything else, but for our example let us suppose it is true. The democrats would still do it. Even though it would hurt the ones they claim to champion, they would still do it. That is crazy Eddie.