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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Republicans and the 'Big Lie'

  • Ultra-conservative Republicans have taken to telling many lies and exaggerations in order to paint themselves as victims, instead of what they are: the killers of democracy.
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  • To the editor:
    Ultra-conservative Republicans have taken to telling many lies and exaggerations in order to paint themselves as victims, instead of what they are: the killers of democracy.
    The most important lie they tell themselves and others is that they are all opposed to "big government."
    The most obvious tells for this Big Lie are the facts that the majority of laws they try to pass are aimed at different minorities' rights: gay rights to marry; women's rights to decide what happens to their own bodies; Latino rights to be Americans, and, reintroduced to the mix this year, African-American rights to vote.
    In short, Republicans no longer believe in a democratic America, even though they pretend to be ardent supporters of our troops' efforts to "bring democracy" to other parts of the world. Instead, what they really want are the rights to buy slave-labor in other parts of the world to manufacture and sell what were once American goods abroad in order to make the largest profits possible.
    Ironically, most Republicans also claim to be ardent Christians, having transformed the Moral Majority into the Tea Party, which sounds good on paper, but which has repeatedly exposed its MM roots this year. This brand of Christianity, however, doesn't really believe in prophets, just profits, although they have become very adept at attempting to use religious guilt and false patriotism to try to build support for their MM causes.
    So what "big government" do they oppose really? A government of the people, by the people, and for the people—the one our ancestors fought and died to create and preserve. A government that collects taxes to help everyone's lives become better.
    To trick people into believing democracy is evil, they call it communism. And they put up red herrings to distract us from the fact that, while they oppose handouts for the poor, elderly, and middle class by derisively calling them entitlements, they love handouts for the rich and they love being able to buy whatever government influence they need to ensure that that wealthy welfare keeps coming.
    Are Republicans really opposed to "big government"? No. They oppose anything that gets in the way of their avarice because all they want is more money and more power, and the rest of us can be damned.
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