Monday, August 27, 2012
A Reason to be a Tiny Bit Cheerful?
Let me quote from my favourite newspaper to make the points so much better than I or a series of in-depth articles could possibly do:
Going into their 2012 convention, the Republicans are a party in which there is no significant internal division over the claim that taxes must be slashed, that all government programmes other than defence must be cut, that the government economic stimulus should be undone, the federal pension system privatised, the federal healthcare insurance law abolished, that climate change is a hoax, that a high wall should be built along America's southern border, that abortion in all but the tiniest exceptions should be a crime, that gun control laws are a threat to freedom, that civil partnerships and gay marriage should be outlawed, that Iran's nuclear programme should be destroyed and more Jewish settlements encouraged in the occupied Palestinian territories. Oh, and a lot of them still think Mr Obama isn't really an American too, while Mr Romney is a member of a church that believes Jesus travelled to America.
See what I mean?
1) There seems a pretty good chance that the Republicans will win the White House in 2016, and unless something drastic happens in the meantime it might be with someone even more oddball than Romney. This is scarcely a consummation devoutly to be wished. On top of that:
2) It's not just Republicans, is it? Most of the Democrats are just as odd, if not odder (Joe Biden springs to mind, as does Howard Dean). And this is not only the world's richest and most powerful country, but also the dominant cultural and intellectual hub on the planet. So their wackiness might end up infecting us all and that is a scary thought.
You are quite right re 'oddness' of Democrats but at leas they are better than the other lot. And I anm only a 'tiny' bit more cheerful.
In other breaking news, ursine mammals are found to have defecated in forested areas.
Please try and relax your knee-jerk partisan perspective and note that the Grauniad's comment is fact based. Republicans probably now stand for stuff even you would not countenance.
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