In the days leading up to the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives, I was slightly encouraged by the message coming out of the House GOP leadership, who said to anyone with a microphone that their NUMBER ONE priority was "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS."
Incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner: “When are we going to address the number one issue on the minds of our fellow citizens? When are we going to focus on the economy and getting people back to work, instead of all of the job-killing policies that we're seeing move through this Congress? When are we going to begin to listen once again to the American people who sent us here to do their work?”
The GOP rode back into power waving the JOBS banner on high. It would be their FIRST priority. We could expect to see a Republican House majority that would walk the walk on jobs, not just talk the talk right?
Weeeeeeeeellll... Turns out, not really. The truth is, when Republicans say they will work on "Jobs" they really mean they will be working on anything and everything BUT jobs. Rachel Maddow breaks it down for us...
So the new GOP-led Congress will now roll up it's sleeves and... work on their suntans, I guess. Oh, that and the elimination women's reproductive rights and the continued outsourcing of America's dwindling manufacturing infrastructure to China, Mexico and India. Oh, that and, making sure in the District of Columbia, all those icky Gays and Lesbians can't get married.
It's probably a good thing that Republicans don't have a better work ethic.
On that same note when Republicans say they want "Limited Government" or "Small Government' or any of the countless other GOP/Tea Party variations on a theme that we have heard coming from the Conservatives in recent years, that ISN'T what they really mean.
What Conservatives really mean, is limited regulations on business, and small taxes on the wealthiest of the wealthy and HUGE intrusive controlling, Orwellian government to regulate American women's bodies, and all American's bedrooms. Cue Rachel..
Yet even the wingnuttiest of the Wingnuts over at the Heritage Foundation, know they aren't there yet. The Social Security Piggy Bank is still out of reach. So with their real number one goal still unattainable, you have to do something to pass the time.
The GOP knows they can't do anything that might actually HELP the rest of economy, because that would be good for President Obama politically. And the cranky, loony toon birther/teabagger base that elected them, is not going behave itself for much longer. You have to throw that rabid dog a bone.
So the Culture War is back, in a big way. If you have forgotten where that beloved Right Wing concept originated, let's set the wayback machine to 1992. Cue everyone's favorite anti-Semite and holocaust revisionist, Patrick J. Buchanan.
I mentioned in the previous blog entry about Ronald Reagan, that I used to be a Republican. It was that speech in 1992 that made me a Democrat. It became all too clear then, and is vividly clear now, the Republican Party has lost its mind, and sold its soul. It is now beholden to a rabidly angry base, that really doesn't care about about empty talking points of Fiscal Responsibility and Limited Government . What the Republican Base wants, is for the power of the Federal Government to be used primarily, to punish and marginalize other Americans, who they don't like.
The only constituency left to the GOP is the Tea Party monster it spawned. A movement created in a lab of violent racist, blasphemous and homophobic rhetoric. A mob that talks of "Second Amendment Remedies", and targets opponents on maps using the cross hairs of a rife scope.
To borrow a line from President Reagan. The best thing for our Democracy would be for the GOP and it's Tea Party offspring, to end up on the political ash heap of history.