WHY EDUCATED PEOPLE SHOULD BE AFRAID OF THE AMERICAN POLITICAL CLIMATE

The Republicans and the Tea Party nuts claim that we should not raise taxes on corporations or rich individuals because they are “job creators.”  That is a crock of you-know-what!  Under the Bush Administration and subsequently the rich and big corporations have not been heavily taxed and many corporations and rich individuals cleverly avoid paying the taxes they are supposed to pay.  Under these conditions, according to Tea Party and their Republican lackeys, the rich should have been freed up to create lots of American jobs.  Instead, they pocketed the money and cut the American labor force and are shipping jobs overseas.  Many previously fully-employed American workers have been fired, laid off or reduced to part-time or contract workers who do not have to be paid benefits.  Are the American people blind and deaf or are they just shopping?  When are Americans going to wake up and realize that they are being duped and injured by the rich and powerful?  Where are the academics and educated people?  Why don’t we hear an outcry again such insanity.  Tea Party madness is sweeping into the halls of power and Republicans do not have the cojones to stand up to these ultra-right wing fanatics, many of whom are very ignorant and prejudiced people.  Look at this quote by Representative Michele Bachmann,” suggesting that gay-singer Melissa Etheridge should repent after getting cancer: ''Unfortunately she is now suffering from breast cancer, so keep her in your prayers. This may be an opportunity for her now to be open to some spiritual things, now that she is suffering with that physical disease. She is a lesbian.''  What a small mind!  That is small-mindness with regard to social issues.  What about her knowledge of history?  See this Michele Bachmann quote about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution:  ''But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. ... I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly – men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.''  Opps!  Reality check: John Quincy Adams was not of one of the founding fathers and many of the real founding fathers were slave owners and none “worked tirelessly” to end slavery, which went on for about another hundred years in America until the end of the Civil War.  Again, she criticized the Democrats who want to tax the rich crazily saying: ''I don't know where they're going to get all this money because we're running out of rich people in this country.''  On what planet is she living?  The rich are growing in numbers and wealth and many are becoming super-rich.  Do we want such Tea Party insanity in halls of government?  Every educated person in America should be afraid of what is going on in the Tea Party and among the right-wing Republicans.  I will close with one more Michele Bachmann quote.  Speaking about returning to normal times when the gay lifestyle did not exist (when was that???) she stupidly says, “A very effective way (to move toward normalization) with second graders is to take a picture of ‘The Lion King,’ for example, and a teacher might say: ‘Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?  The message is: I’m better at what I do because I’m gay.”  Lunacy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  But alas, the Tea Party nuts and their Republican followers are correct.  That’s right, they are absolutely right when they say that the rich and corporations are job-creators.  They are creating lots of jobs in India, Mexico, Brazil, China and anywhere but here in America.  The numbers of people who have given up looking for work in America, the under-employed, the part-time and contract workers without benefits, the very poor and homeless are on the rise.  Wake up America.  This is not right and academics and educated people should be shouting from the rooftops: “We don’t want ignorant and prejudiced people leading us away from making the rich pay their fare share.”  And again: “We don’t want right-wing nut policies that force the middle class into the lower class and the lower class into abject poverty and homelessness.”

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