Posts Tagged ‘Republicans’

GOP Delenda Est

February 3rd, 2020

I was moved to write to my senator last week. Here is what I wrote.

Dear Senator Leahy,

This afternoon I heard you on Vermont Edition and I was moved to gratitude for my good fortune to live in a state with the wisdom to select such sane and decent representatives as you, Peter Welch, and your junior colleague in the Senate. What I understood from your remarks is that a substantial number of Republicans are so gutless and unprincipled that, for fear of opposition in the primaries, they are throwing over the constitution, the basic principles of fairness and of democratic government, and their own oaths of office, and acquiescing in the effective coronation of King Donald I, even though there are sufficient numbers of them so that, in the unlikely event they were to do what they privately admit they know is right, the impeachment trial would be an actual trial with witnesses and evidence instead of the laborious farce they are allowing it to be, and the outcome would be very much in doubt, instead of the shameless whitewash that everyone expects. What makes it ironic is that, in order to preserve their Senate seats, they are surrendering their congressional powers to a psychopathic would-be dictator. My respect for you is heightened because I honestly do not know how you can go to work every day and be polite to these people. I do not think I could do it. I want you to know that even as our government teeters on the brink of a fundamental change towards authoritarianism and corruption, it is heartening to know that there are people such as you fighting to preserve its aspirations to democracy and justice, and that even if the cause may be, for the time being, lost due to the fecklessness, shamelessness, fearfulness, and corruption of the Republican party, who I firmly believe collectively will burn in hell for it, the spirit of community, responsibility, and liberty lives on in Vermont and was well represented by you.

Sincerely, with gratitude and in sadness for these times,
Seth Steinzor, Esq.

Parte per te stesso

July 17th, 2011

I was going to begin this sentence with the phrase “in these times of massive lunacy,” but when, looking at the national political scene, could one not have described it thus?  Just the other day, Senator Orin Hatch (Shit-for-brains, Utah) trotted out once again the idea of a constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to have a balanced budget, just a bare two years after the federal government saved his ass and everybody else’s from economic catastrophe by (cue drums) deficit spending.  Meanwhile, the liberals’ Great Hope Obama calls for “shared sacrifice” to reduce the deficit, with cuts to social support programs coupled with raised taxes on some of the playtoys of the rich, as if there were some parity involved.  It brings to mind Anatole France’s quip that “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich and the poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”  At the same time, on the right wing the Tea Partyers and their associated stooges for the megarich like Eric Cantor (Dickhead, Virginia) insist that the social contract should not apply to them, at least not insofar as they are expected to contribute to society – they’re perfectly happy to receive government benefits –  while across the room the progressives flounder in a myopia which cannot perceive the difference between Haley Barbour and Barak Obama.  A plague on all their houses.  As did Dante seven hundred years ago, I declare myself a Party of One.

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The first casualty of class warfare…

March 10th, 2011

Really, it is too much.  This morning on Vermont Public Radio I listened to Jim Douglas’ apologia for the shame of Wisconsin.  VPR likes to hire “former” politicians as commentators, as if the politician’s perspective were under-represented in our civic discourse, overwhelmed by the thundering voices of the poor, the marginal and the disenfranchised.  The commentary was presented in Douglas’ usual soothing tones; if you could bottle this man’s voice, you could use it as cough syrup.  He availed himself of the familiar conservative Republican tactic of depicting the facts not as they are but as they might be on a planet where they support the conclusions that he would prefer to draw.  Thus, he described himself as a believer in collective bargaining and implied that, as a former union member, he is a friend to organized labor.  He described Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Senate as motivated by concern for the state budget.

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