2011 has become a year that I would desparately like to forget in some cases. How is it that Republican obstructionism has gotten to the point that only their reactionary policies will be enacted or the government will be shut down? Many of the members of the Republican ranks have done more to damage America than to help it out. There is no sense in their thinking. They really need to rethink their strategy and come up with solutions to creating a stable setting to bring America out of this crisis. That means putting Americans back to work.
Yet, I failed to see any plan coming from either the House or Senate Republican conference, since their objectives are largely social issues. One thing they are going to try to do is try to re-enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and will try to push a national religious test for office and place a new identification law for voting on a national scale, just to model their victories in states like Wisconsin and South Carolina. This enactment would controvene the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which I can tell is another target for them. I also largely think that the fringe in charge of the Republican Party has largely gone too far in trying to bring America back to the 1820s.
As for the peace process, it’s stalled, but largely out of the headlines. This is primarily due to the ongoing struggle for freedom in Syria and the capture and killing of Muammar Khaddafi in Lybia. Lybia dominated the news today, I think way too much. Yeah, I’m happy that he’s no longer around to terrorize the world and to contemplate other acts of terror against the Lybian people, but his death is now being too overhyped. Plus, it really did not make much sense to show his execution on Al-Jazeera, but it’s really not my call to make in the process. I just hope soon that we’ll be able to focus on securing a final peace between Israel and Palestine, only we need to apply more pressure to both sides. This eans we must go public about our opposition to Israel’s continued construction of settlements. At the same time, we need to pressure Palestine into reengaging Israel in direct peace talks, but along the lines of granting it the same rights as other sovereign states.
I can say this quite easily, there is no rhyme or reason for this unbelievably abhorrent behavior displayed by the Republicans over this past year. From the failed union busting bill in Ohio to the gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin, these are just small examples of how far they are willing to go to stay in power. This is absolutely insane, and I really wish they would wake up to the fact that the public is becoming turned off by their extreme rhetoric. Plus I have not heard one real solution from their side of the aisle.
While I count myself thankful that no one will go union busting here in California or the Bay Area, it’s a shame that it’s going on in other parts of the country. How can this kind of mentality return? This is beyond me. Seriously, we should get President Obama’s message out to the people that the Republicans have gone too far this time. It’s fairly obvious the party wants to take away our rights for their own profits and want to keep us divided through anger and fear. If we don’t act now, they’ll find a way to turn America into Nazi Germany. I say this in the sense that they want to establish a totalitarian state here, where they can control our personal lives. There’s a reason that we have the 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th and 14th Amendments. How the Republicans can trample these specific guidelines and have activist judges on the bench to help push this through is beyond me.
After watching the budget debates go on in Washington and around the country, there is no reason for me to think that they have any real intentions of helping the situation out. The only thing they want to do is extend even more tax-cuts and tax-breaks for the wealthiest 3% and leave everyone else to pick up the tab. There is no reason to do this, and especially there is no reason to target ordinary working Americans, either.
Let me put this as simply as I can. Targeting public employees, who have already agreed to offer as many concessions as they can afford, by taking away their right to collectively bargain is just plain stupid. That right is there for a reason, to help ensure that everyone is treated fairly and to make sure labor has a voice in all decisions. Not to mention, there is no reason to go union busting, especially when wages have been stagnant for years. If anything, let us be sure to make it known to these reactionaries that we will not accept their actions quietly.
Now for budgetary matters: Republicans have no incentive to make the situation work for anyone. It’s cut social programs to maintain money for the tax cuts and the wars, or face a government shutdown. This is ludicrous, the only thing they seem interested in at this point is just keeping the country on lock-down for the next war to fight, and keeping us in debt to keep their corporate cronies happy. Pres. Obama, despite his willingness to make a $40 billion cut in the budget as a concession, has had no luck in getting Republicans to compromise. I see this only getting worse as 2011 continues to unfold and soon turns into 2012. I really see that the Republican Party is only interested in 3 things: power to dominate people’s lives, enriching themselves and their corporate cronies, chucking Obama out of the presidency in 2012. In a way, I have a fear that their last goal will be the most successful. They will run Obama out, on a landslide. I can see the ticket now Barbour-Santorum, which will win: I think 375-163.