images-15While driving to Seattle last week, I heard Joe Scarborough (“Morning Joe”), a former Republican Congressman, refer to his own party (the GOP) as the “stupid party!” He begged them to stop being the party of the anti-science, “legitimate rape,” paranoid, homophobic, life-only-matters-when-it’s-still-a-fetus fringe elements. I almost dropped my Starbucks in my lap!

And I couldn’t agree with him more.

I believe that our country needs more than one party – we need politicians from both ends of the political spectrum who can have intelligent and relevant debate around the issues that matter most. We need compromise, we need differing perspectives, we need reasoned discourse. We need adults at the table working on our country’s problems together.

Sadly, however, you Republican politicians are slowly but surely disqualifying yourselves simply by becoming more and more out of touch. Here are some facts:

  • 98% of scientists believe in global warming.
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who sits on the congressional science committee, is a renowned climate change skeptic who has alternately decried “scientific fascism” and described research on climate change as an “international conspiracy.” He’s not alone – it seems that most of you agree with him, despite what science proves.
  • 99.85% of scientists believe in evolution.
    Another Republican member of the congressional science committee, Rep. Paul Broun, considers evolution to be a “lie straight from the pit of hell.” But here’s the thing, Paul. Of the 480,000 scientists working in the fields of earth and life sciences in the U.S., only about 700 believe in “creation-science” or consider it a valid theory (Robinson 1995). This means that less than 0.15 percent of relevant scientists believe in creationism. And that is just in the United States, which has more creationists than any other industrialized country. In other countries, the number of relevant scientists who accept creationism drops to less than one tenth of 1 percent.
  • The majority of Americans want a ban on assault weapons and large ammunition magazines.
  • Most Americans believe in fidelity in marriage, but don’t give a shit about who people have sex with outside of that parameter.
  • Most Americans want equal rights for all Americans, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender, or nation of origin.
    Most Americans value ALL life…not just the life of fetuses.
  • Most Americans believe in a strong middle class, and providing a safety net for the unlucky and the people who have failed to succeed. Most Americans would like to see the rich pay their fair share of taxes.
  • Most Americans would like to see us turn our attention to future sources of alternative energy and stop our religious devotion to the coal and oil industries.
  • Most Americans would like to see us turn our attention to future sources of alternative energy and stop our religious devotion to the coal and oil industries.
  • Most Americans do not consider corporations to be people, nor do they believe that the profits of pharmaceutical companies or gun manufacturers or insurance corporations trump the needs of people to make a living wage that is sufficient to provide food, health care, housing and health care.
  • Most Americans believe that voting should be accessible to everyone, and that people should not have to wait in line for 6 hours to exercise this right.

GOPprimaryThe positions you politicians hold are becoming increasingly fringy, as the country continues to move to center-left. And THIS is why you are losing more and more voters every election cycle and why most of your candidates got fewer votes than the democrats and why you lost seats in both houses in November.

You’re losing people.   They are jumping ship faster than you can make new converts.

And your response?

1. Move farther to the right!  Instead of promoting more centrists Republicans who could actually draw in more voters, you continue to challenge moderate Republicans in the primaries so that they drop out (like Jon Huntsman did this week).  You’re putting more  tea party true-believers into office, not fewer.  Your science denying incompetent candidates will be putting on another freak show in 2016 like they did in 2012, to the entertainment of the Democrats, and to the detriment of the country.

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2. Come up with ever more elaborate schemes to keep people away from the polls, re-draw the congressional districts and re-write the electoral rules.  If you can’t win by offering up reasonable candidates, you’ll win by either cheating (8 hour lines to vote) or by changing the rules!   You call Obama a tyrant.  But would you not consider it tyranny to rig the elections so that the winner isn’t the person receiving the most votes? I just read a great tweet: “Republicans to unveil plan that only lets people with the last name ‘Koch’ vote for president.”

3. Continue to make up lies about President Obama.  The latest? Obama’s alleged “spending spree” during his first term. Check out the graph…Obama raised spending less than any president since 1900!

You have used anger, fear, racism, fake-science, polarization, dirty tricks and lies to mobilize the right-leaning members of our country. And I get it! There are not enough angry white men left, so your methods have seemed necessary. But c’mon, guys. This is what happens when you let the tea party take over your party. I know you didn’t ask, but here’s some free advice:

  • Boot the extremists out of your party
  • Accept science
  • Affirm the rights of everyone
  • Stop kissing the asses of corporations and the NRA
  • Stay out of my bedroom
  • Value all life…then, when you think you can behave like grownups, c’mon back to the table, and let’s talk.
Comments
  1. Joe says:

    Tell us how you really feel, Mike! Well said, bro.

  2. This is truly great, sadly I dont think the GOP or the corporations that own them care at all.

  3. Precioso says:

    WOW Rolana!!!! BIG BIG BIG IDEA FOR ME . . . “Am I doing what I want instead of just doing what I feel at the moemnt.” Thank you so much for articulating that concept so simply and beautifully. ~L

  4. Full of salient points. Don’t stop believing or writing!

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