I might vote Republican. Sike.

October 14th, 2008 by Dan Charnas

If the Republicans truly were who they said they were, I might vote Republican.

If the Republicans were truly fiscally responsible, they might have my vote. It’s good to spend less than you make. But the past three Republican administrations have presided over the biggest expansion of debt in U.S. history.

If the Republicans were truly for lower taxes, they might have my vote. But the taxes they lower are for businesses and the ultra rich. Folks who make 50 grand a year lose a third of their salary, so someone who makes a million a year can save 100 grand.

If the Republicans were truly for a strong defense, they might have my vote. But the Republican wars seem to make us weaker. Their bungling of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq give me absolutely no confidence.

If the Republicans truly took our enemies seriously, they might have my vote. But instead of using covert operations and espionage that might create real intelligence about terrorists, they launch full-scale invasions of countries that have nothing to do with terrorism.

If the Republicans were truly tough, they might have my vote. But the Republicans of today are not about being tough. They are about looking tough.

If the Republicans were truly for free markets, they might have my vote. But “free markets” under Republican rule mean handouts for the rich, not the poor.

If the Republicans were truly for liberty and individual responsibility, they might have my vote. But while Republicans don’t want the government telling them where to send their kids to school, they have no problem telling women what to do with their bodies, or censoring what people should watch, hear and read.

If the Republicans were truly for Christian ethics, morality and spirituality, they might have my vote… and I’m Jewish. But so many Republicans vote for policies that are the antithesis of the teachings of Jesus, who called for stewardship of the land, loving your neighbor, and turning the other cheek. Remember, Jesus defended the whore, and despised the money-changers.

If the Republicans were truly the party of Lincoln, they might have my vote. But not since Eisenhower sent troops to Central High in Little Rock have the Republicans been on the side of African-Americans.

So what are the Republicans truly about? They’re not about the lofty ideals of fiscal responsibility, free markets and morality. Republicans are about preserving privilege. For well-off Americans and big business, Republicans promise that no one will share their wealth. And for the white working class, Republicans promise that they will not have to share power with anyone who doesn’t think like them, or look like them.

The Republicans of today are an alliance of the wealthy and the scared. The wealthy get the scared to vote with them by appealing to their fears. That’s all.

One day, if the Republicans do become a party of preserving values instead of privilege, they might have my vote. We might have a true choice. But today, we have no choice. The Democrats, for better or for worse, are the only party who come close to representing the interests of the diverse American majority.

Dan Charnas
Journalist, New York, NY
www.dancharnas.com/wp

18 Responses to “I might vote Republican. Sike.”

  1. Zyanya says:

    Brilliant piece Darlin’! I agree with you 100%.

  2. Zentronix says:

    otm! of course, dems aren’t what they say they are either… :)

  3. Kerri Chandler says:

    Dan for president!!

  4. DJ Becky says:

    Dan — magnificent. Concise. Brilliant. Thank you.

  5. Trackstre says:

    I couldn't have said this better myself.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It's "psych" not "sike."

    ("I might vote Republican. Sike.")

  7. [...] my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: Instead of using covert operations and espionage that might create real intelligence about [...]

  8. [...] my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: Instead of using covert operations and espionage that might create real intelligence about [...]

  9. [...] On my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: [...]

  10. [...] my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: Instead of using covert operations and espionage that might create real intelligence about [...]

  11. [...] On my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: [...]

  12. [...] my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: Instead of using covert operations and espionage that might create real intelligence about [...]

  13. [...] On my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: [...]

  14. [...] my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: Instead of using covert operations and espionage that might create real intelligence about [...]

  15. [...] On my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: [...]

  16. [...] my blog in 2008, just weeks before Obama’s election, I wrote about the Bush /Republican war strategy: Instead of using covert operations and espionage that might create real intelligence about [...]

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Get Updates via Email

Latest Tweets

Why I Wrote “The Big Payback”



To view the entire Big Payback video series, click here

Visit The Archives

Danifestos

The best of the blog, since 2005.

Minding My Own Business, Part One
Minding My Own Business, Part Two
Minding My Own Business, Part Three

My debut posts, rethinking what it means to write about hip-hop.

Blacks and Jews, Part One
Blacks and Jews, Part Two

An untouchable subject, touched.

White People, Get Over Yourselves
A video reaction to candidate Obama's "race speech"

America's Two Destinies
A marination on the legacy of 9-11

buy Maxalt drugs purchase Maxalt overnight where to buy Maxalt online buy revia with visa buy generic keflex online no prescription where can i get revia without a prescription atarax order online buy requip online australia buy requip pharmacy tenormin tablets 50 mg no prescription australia order keflex uk buy atarax canada online buy tenormin cheap cheap Requip online no prescription is it legal to buy Requip online Requip 0,5 mg order online buy Requip now Requip over the counter generic requip online next day delivery on Maxalt saturday what does Maxalt look like buy Maxalt cod buy Maxalt once a day buy cheap Maxalt order cheap Maxalt online buy cheap Maxalt line buy discount Maxalt line buying Maxalt buy cheap generic Maxalt online buy Lisinopril with american express where can i get requip mail order requip Requip to buy in canada where can i get Arimidex without a prescription Arimidex overnight delivery buy arimidex pills no prescription buy Requip online without prescription buy generic Requip uk requip online purchase order generic requip online no prescription Requip no prescription needed online pharmacy arimidex no prescription buy Requip uk online generic Arimidex no prescription buy Requip 0,5mg uk Arimidex on line buy Requip in canada ordering Arimidex online without a precription Requip cheapest place to order Requip generic 0,5 mg buy cheap Requip Requip overnight delivery buy generic Arimidex australia ordering arimidex from canada without a prescription Requip online pharmacy how to buy Arimidex without a prescription Requip order overnight Requip without prescriptions in usa buy Arimidex 1mg canada buy 0,5 mg Requip buy Arimidex prescription Arimidex online no prescription 1 mg Arimidex online order where can i get Requip buy Requip best buy Arimidex uk buy Requip prescription Requip no prescription required ordering Requip from canada without a prescription i need to order Arimidex without a prescription buy Arimidex american express buy Arimidex in usa buy Requip online without prescription Arimidex cheap on online Requip order overnight Maxalt online generic Maxalt cost how to buy Maxalt without a prescription buy discount Maxalt on line Maxalt online order where can i buy herbal Maxalt buy maxalt free consultation Maxalt usa buy cheap Maxalt no prescription buy discount Maxalt on line buy Maxalt no prescription canada Maxalt wholesale Maxalt cheap buy Maxalt without a rx buy Maxalt cheap without prescription Maxalt prices buy Maxalt cheap online buy cheap Maxalt free fedex Maxalt 10mg buy Maxalt Online maxalt drug buy Maxalt Online Maxalt prices buy Maxalt doctor prescription buy discount maxalt online buy Maxalt online without prescription where can i buy herbal Maxalt buy no online rx Rizatriptan buy Maxalt on line Maxalt no prescription overnight cheapest place to buy Maxalt uk buy Maxalt Maxalt cheap Maxalt best buy buy generic Maxalt canada