The term “Republican overreach” has been drifting through the corporate media lately. Have the Republicans gone too far? Oh for heaven’s sake, they have been going too far for the past eight years! The people who threw up their hands and resigned themselves to the presidency of George W. Bush probably thought it would be nothing more than an abberation on the political scene back in 2000. But stealing a presidential election was just the beginning. Republicans piled on more and more of their agenda in the following eight years. They expanded the arena to voter suppression, gutting federal regulations and looting the Treasury of everything they could cram into the bank accounts of the petro-billionaires who bought and paid for them.
In a word, they went hog-wild, and the election of Barack Obama was nothing more than their latest excuse for treason. But they made the mistake that rampaging bullies always make–they pushed it too far. Many people fell by the wayside as the savage conservatives went on tearing America apart.
Today’s Republican Party has no values. Honesty, integrity, credibility, humanity–all have gone the way of what can be sacrificed for the sake of money and power. They pulled all the stops out. Ratchet up the pain. Make the American people pay for electing this colored man. As an anonymous writer said recently:
I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I paid attention.
Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To “Get over it.”
To accept this…
And those Republicans trumpeted their intentions to give Hillary Clinton the same treatment should she be elected President. They promised more obstruction. They said on the record that no Supreme Court nominees would be entertained. Americans died for this, literally lost their lives to lack of health care or bankruptcy and the loss of their homes.
Then it came out that Donald Trump had won the election. Insanity has broken out on all sides as racists and fanatics have turned on their neighbors, attacking people on the street, in stores, and even in classrooms when a teacher attacked a Muslim student. This is what the Trump campaign brought to America.
But it is not the turn of the century all over again. The Republicans have gone so far beyond the boundaries of civilized society–with the enthusiastic partipation of people who call themselves Christians–that no one can seriously deny either their actions nor their intensions. But Friday a petition was filed for a recount of the presidential votes cast in Wisconsin this past election. With Hillary Clinton leading the popular vote by more than two million ballots cast–so far–it seems quite likely that the recounts could reverse Trump’s touted victory. It seems that the Republicans have gone a bridge too far. Amnerica is not a nation of incipient Nazis. We voted Trump down. And I would really like to see all kinds of talking heads stop decrying us and blaming us. I don’t even read stories that purport to explain why the Democrats lost; they didn’t lose,
If the Republicans had not gone hog wild for the past 16 years, they might get away with stealing another election. But if Trump does end up winning, he will have to win fair and square, of he will never be president of the United States.