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What Have They Ever Done?

John Boehner
John Boehner
John Andrew Boehner, born November 17, 1949, is the 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party, he is the U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district, serving since 1991. | Photo: Aaron Stipkovich | John Boehner, Republican, Speaker Of The House, Ohio,

What have Republicans done except say "No?"

I would like to ask this question. Aside from being on the wrong side of every social advancement made over the past 100 years including Civil Rights, Medicare, Social Security child labor, women's rights, equal jobs and housing, the right to collectively bargain, to unionize---what has the Republican Party ever passed?

What have they ever done except oppose all the above?

I'm not against obstructionism as a right, especially when it's used against that which is wrong. Opposition to wrong is not wrong.

But remember, such things as Medicare and Social Security the overwhelming majority of Americans have come to expect as rights they depend on. These must be considered examples of big government socialism that even right-wing Tea Party members wouldn't refuse.

It's clear that conservatives are not opposed at all to big government when they see a benefit to themselves personally.

My grandfather was a simple man from Missouri who sewed burlap sacks for a meager living. One day 80 years ago he got a check in the mail from Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Social Security check, one of the first ever issued. He was dumbfounded. He was being paid money for no other reason than he was old. He never could get over it and told me when I was a boy of his amazement.

Think of it, he said, being paid to do nothing.

But I ask again the question. What has the Republican Party ever done just once in the past 100 years to advance social justice? Launching wars on tiny impoverished Middle Eastern countries based on false weapons of mass destruction to grab their oil doesn't count.

The Republican Party has opposed all of the things mentioned above and if it had its way, none of the above would exist. It would still be an 1890′s America.

Republicans have a long history of nothing. Three successive Republican presidents, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover were in office leading up to the Great Depression of 1932. Harding drank and played cards with cronies and fondled a mistress in the White House closet with hangers jangling over his head. Coolidge kicked his heels up on his desk and snoozed away the afternoons while Japan was rearming. Hoover was a more successful humanitarian and philanthropist in Russia than he was in his own country.

More recently, Bush and Cheney presided over the near collapse of this country, the worst since 1932. Bush and Cheney nearly destroyed the American economy and started two un-winnable wars.

Before that the trickle-down economics championed by Ronald Reagan and the fantasy that money hoarded by the ultra-rich and the tax loop-hole privileges they enjoy would make life better for the dying middle class and the poor has proven a dismal failure.

All the Republicans have done since the Civil War, the last time they were proactive, backing Lincoln and emancipating slaves, all they have done ever since is to obstruct, except for wars. They love war. They say they stand for limiting big government and opposing higher taxes, a lie borne out by the mushrooming debts incurred under both Reagan and Bush.

Reagan, the god of Republicans, raised taxes 11 times.

Reagan supporters also claim that he alone won the Cold War, though it was the ineptitude, wastefulness and corruption of the Russians themselves that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. A system that worked wouldn't be brought down by one man. That's nonsense only a Republican could believe.

Republican John Boehner, when he isn't crying from the rostrum for some reason, reiterated famously saying "so be it," in other words, "let them eat cake," when told an action could result in people losing their jobs. It's clear, he like other Republicans hope the American people suffer and the economy goes down the drain so Republicans can gain seats in the next election. Your misery is his gain.

Not a lot has changed.

John Boehner
John Boehner

John Andrew Boehner, born November 17, 1949, is the 61st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party, he is the U.S. Representative from Ohio's 8th congressional district, serving since 1991. | Photo: Associated Press |
The Republicans rail about socialism and give-aways and entitlements. How many Americans if a poll was taken would like to see Social Security and Medicaid abolished because they are entitlement schemes enacted by socialist liberal traitors?

What original ideas have conservatives or Republicans conceived? What legislation have Republicans engineered that like Social Security most Americans benefit from and endorse?

What have Republicans done for the common good?

Tea-baggers at one of their frenzy rallies hinting they're going to take up arms to oppose Obama---most of them are products of a government-run public schools system.

If they were honest, they'd tell you. I don't want my money being given to a (N word---racist meaning African Americans). It also includes more than just African Americans, but all those to whom conservatives secretly consider to be freeloaders and brainless animals leeching off government. Historically, black Americans have had to look to the federal government to give them redress to the blatant racism and double standards that individual states, particularly those in the South, wouldn't provide.

The objects of Republican scorn (they will deny it) now include in addition to those of the N word, women, gays, immigrants, Mexicans, liberals, anyone who looks different, and of course, Muslims, a religion that existed for countless centuries before many Americans decided to hate anyone of the faith for no other reason than 9-11. Condemn an entire religion? There are people who hate Catholics and Jews for the same irrationality.

To mask their racism and to try and collect so-called minority votes, Republicans now search for women and blacks to serve as token figureheads of their party. This at least makes sense.

But I ask again. What have they ever done except say "No!"

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