I recently opened the page entitled "What We Believe" at the official GOP website. On this page, seven simple beliefs jump out in large red font.
1 - We're fortunate to live in America
I can't really argue with number one. I do believe I am fortunate to live in America. However I think my fortunes would be better served if the GOP did not exist in the form they do now. We are less fortunate because of their narrow minded and obstructionist ways. The sad thing is I used to be a Republican.
2 - You can be what you are, and become what you are capable of becoming
Number two is okay also on the face of it. What they fail to say though is you can become whatever you want as long as you allow the GOP to define what that something is. Their intolerance to lifestyles and interactions outside their anal retentive view of the World makes this statement implicitly false.
3 - Helping those around you is worthwhile
Number three? Hmm. I wonder then if this is really what they believe, why are they not practicing it?
4 - Small government is a better government for the people
I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment. And would the leadership of the GOP actually practice what it preaches, I might not have left the party 30 years ago. They don't want smaller government. They want different government. They have the same interest in running my life as do the Democrats. Both just split on what aspects of my life they want to control.
5 - You know what to do with your money better than government
They obviously do not believe this. Teamed up with the leadership of the Democrats, they have been for years proving they believe only the financial wizards of Wall Street and the banking industry know what to do with our money. At least that is the way they have stacked the deck for the last 30 years.
6 - Free markets keep people free
Again this is just more lip service. The GOP leadership only believes in free markets at the top. Read number 5 if you have a problem understanding what I mean.
7 - Our Armed Forces defend and protect our democracy
The military serves the purpose of defending our shores so we, as citizens, can defend our democracy. The military cannot and should not be expected to enter political discussions. It is up to each and every one of us to defend our own piece of the freedoms we have now. No military can do that.
The problem I see is that people read these mission statements and buy into them lock, stock, and barrel. It is obvious by the past actions of both parties, their platforms are nothing but empty rhetoric designed to draw in the gullible and the foolish.
Tomorrow or maybe later, I will comment on the Democrats.
Gotta head to the Bike Shop................