Top 10 Reasons to Vote Republican

This post may not sit well with some people, especially those not a attuned to living within the realms of reality. These 10 reasons could very well be 20, 30, maybe 50, but I think these 10 reasons pretty well sums it up.

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Re-post from | September 25, 2015 | by plf515

Why would anyone vote Republican? Well, here are 10 reasons.

1. You are a bigot

It’s true that not all Republicans are bigots. But if you ARE a bigot, the Republican party will be much more your group than the Democratic party. Remember that there are lots of ways to be a bigot: You could be a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, or lots of other things.

2. You like eating, drinking and breathing poison.

Many Republicans are calling for or voting for shrinking or eliminating agencies that protect us against poison. They seem to think that the corporations will do the right thing, without any pressure from the government. Uh huh. Read The Jungle.  Look at the way Monsanto is hiding facts about Round Up. Look at food safety and outbreaks of E. Coli.

Corporations exist to make money. They will do so any way they can. The government needs to stop them from doing so in ways that hurt people.

3. You think the rich don’t have enough money

The idea that giving more money to rich people (via tax breaks) will help poor people is nonsensical and has been shown wrong time and again in history. Huge tax breaks for the rich (a la George Bush) don’t work.

4. You don’t support our veterans

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran’s Association (IAVA) rates every member of congress on how well they support our veterans.  In the Senate, 9 people got A or A+: All were Democrats. 30 got D or F: 29 Republicans and one Democrat.

5. You like big deficits

Since the end of WW II the ratio of debt to GDP for the nation has gone down in 9 administrations (3 Republican and 6 Democratic) and up in 7 administrations (6 Republican and 1 Democratic).  The largest increases by this measure were GW Bush’s 2nd term; GHW Bush, and Reagan’s first term. The largest decreases were the three terms right after the end of WWII (Truman and Eisenhower). The last decrease under a Republican was in Eisenhower’s 2nd term

6. You don’t believe in free speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union is the premier defender of our civil liberties, including the right to free speech.  That’s free speech for EVERYONE; from Nazis to Marxists to Fred Phelps to anyone else. They rate politicians, including governors, senators and representatives.  12 people got a 100 rating: All were Democrats. 65 people got a score of less than 10: All were Republicans. Only 6 Democrats got a score under 50 (Joe Donnelly,  Michael Ross, Collin Peterson, Joseph Shuler, Mark Critz and David Boren). Only 2 Republicans got scores over 50 (Olympia Snowe and Mark Kirk)  Full list

7. You like big government

The Republicans like to claim they are against big government. It’s a lie. They only object when government helps people. But they are supporters of the Patriot Act; they want the government to say who you can marry; they want the government to forbid abortion; they want the government to be able to spy on you without restraint. Unfortunately, many Democrats agree with them on some of these, but to find opposition to these big government ideas, you have to look to the Democrats.

8. You want government to hurt people, but not help them

This is really just a summation of some other points.

9. You are greedy, short sighted and rich

You really have to be all three for this to work.

If you’re rich but not short-sighted, you know that, in the long run, when there is huge income inequality, it leads to things like stock market crashes and revolution, and everyone loses.  In a revolution, it is often the rich who lose most.

If you’re rich but not greedy, you recognize that helping others is a good thing, and that the government assuring that people have a safety net is a good thing as well.

10. You like torture

The Democrats don’t exactly shine here, but the Republicans are much worse.  It was, after all, Dick Cheney who bragged in his memoir about being a war criminal. It was Don Rumsfeld who opined that a problem in Abu Ghraib was that they weren’t torturing prisoners enough.  And it is mostly Democrats who have objected to torture.

Torture is wrong.  It’s also stupid. It doesn’t work. People who are tortured will say ANYTHING (true or not) that they thing their torturers want to hear.

Feel free to comment with your own thoughts or reasons.

Voting Rights Suppression – Wake Up America!

Voted picThroughout our history, Americans have fought and died for the right to vote. It wasn’t easy, but every American has a “Constitutional Right to Vote.” A brief history lesson on voting rights…

The Civil War – The end of the Civil War not only abolished slavery, but started the movement to give all American citizens — regardless of race — the right to vote.

Reconstruction and the 15th Amendment – “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

Women’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment – For America’s women, securing the right to vote was a long, hard-fought struggle. But their efforts were not in vain. Victory was attained with passage of the 19th Amendment “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

The Civil Rights Movement – While the Constitution guarantees equal rights for every American citizen, through the 1960s some states continued to employ discriminatory voter suppression tactics to keep African-Americans from the polls.

Historic Voting Rights Act – In response to states passing discriminatory laws aimed at disenfranchising voters, Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Act provides a variety of protections and required states with a history of discrimination to acquire federal approval before making any changes to their voting laws.

Voter Discrimation Supreme Court ToonHistoric Setback for Voting Rights  —  On June 25, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act — eliminating the formula used to identify states with a history of voting discrimination and disenfranchisement — thus turning back the clock 150 years.

Immediately following the Supreme Court’s decision, Republicans across the country moved quickly to pass restrictive voting laws. Citing allegations of mass voter fraud and the need to “preserve voter integrity”, in 2013 alone, 11 Republican-controlled states took action to limit people’s “Constitutional Right to Vote” by passing voter ID laws. Not surprisingly, these voter suppression efforts target groups that overwhelmingly support Democrats…Low-income, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Women.

Before the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, the Department of Justice successfully blocked Texas’ voter identification law. However, with the Voting Rights Act dismantled, the law was immediately passed and went into effect, potentially disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of Texans. And this is just one state.

Voter ID laws are a sham. Their purpose is to prevent people from showing up at the polls and pretending to be someone else. In reality, in-person voter fraud is virtually non-existent. One study found that just 0.0023 percent of votes are the product of this type fraud. Thus, a person is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit fraud at the polls.

Voter Fraud - Whats wrong with this picIt is obvious what’s going on here…Republicans can’t win elections the lawful way, so they will change the rules protecting our “Constitutional Right to Vote” so they can suppress the “Constitutional Right to Vote” of those that don’t vote Republican — by disenfranchising as many potential Democratic voters as possible.

Do you not think this is UNCONSTITUTIONAL?  

Does this not PISS YOU OFF?

My fellow Americans…please wake up and pay attention to what’s going on around you. Our rights are being taken away from us, day by day, and we are sitting on our hands and letting them do it. WAKE UP!


Wendy Davis Campaign Hits Back At ‘Desperate’ Greg Abbott, Rush Limbaugh

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The campaign for Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis (D) hit back at her opponent Greg Abbott and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh for attacking her personal life earlier this week.

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