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Friday, 29 April 2011

Repugnance

Before my American friends write me off a just another socialist, let me declare that it is for once true that some of my best friends are Republicans. I mean it. The word doesn't immediately summon up, for me anyway, images of Neoconservatives slavering at the mouth. However, it would be true to say that the influence this demonic bunch exert in the GOP is frightening. Just ask the grieving relatives of the tens of thousands of both US and foreign citizens who have died, or those who have had their basic rights trampled over in this particularly nasty little cult's push for power. 


Just take a look at their recent history. We're talking about a bunch of people who practically worship a senile old geezer who couldn't remember his own name and allowed everyone else to take the fall over the Iran-Contra scandal. They actually believe this moron was responsible for the downfall of the Soviet Union. Jeez. 


After Bill Clinton had not only balanced the Federal Budget ahead of when he promised he would, in fact leaving a huge surplus, they managed to get a man elected who couldn't find oil in Texas, so astute was he. This guy managed to oversee the worst economic performance in America's history, yet he is still hailed as a financial genius. He managed to set fire, in cahoots with his puppy Blair, to a large part of the Middle East during his 'War on Terror', which left the West in more rather than less peril.


Now, with the United States having got over itself and actually managed to elect (without any voting jiggery pokery) its first President of African American origin, they're actually considering nominating, among others Donald Trump or Sarah Palin. One is a multi millionaire who still believes Obama was born outside the state which categorically says he wasn't. The other, well, it defies logic that this nutcase, the darling of the Tea Party, could even be given airtime. As Governor of Alaska, she did her level best to destroy what natural resources it has, with a fair degree of success. 


I know Obama hasn't exactly set the world on fire with his progress, but he did manage eventually, and despite the cowardice of so many in his own party, to get his Healthcare Bill passed, albeit somewhat watered down. He deserves some credit for that. Now, with a Republican Congress sworn to hamstring him until the elections, is it too much to ask that the American people act like adults and see this once proud party for what it has become? 


The first Baron Acton said, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." The old boy had a point. Nixon, Bush, Shrub, Cheney. Need I go on?

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