Saturday, January 03, 2009


It doesn't take an Einstein to figure out why Republicans lost the last two elections...

I met Matt Towery four years ago after a political debate in Savannah, and he seems like a bright and personable guy. But his grasp on reality when it comes to recent history of the Republican Party is tenuous to non-existent. In his January 3rd Op-Ed he contends that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich "gathered Republicans together not with torches and pitchforks, but rather a 'simple contract' they promised to make with the American Public if elected." Mr. Towery conveniently forgot the GOPAC memorandum Mr. Gingrich sent to aspiring Republican candidates entitled "Language: A Key Mechanism of Control."

Here are excerpts from the memo in which he provided sample adjectives that Republicans should utilize in describing their opponents- regardless of reality or truth: "These are powerful words that can create a clear and easily understood contrast. Apply these to the opponent, their record, proposals and their party... destructive... sick... pathetic... lie... betray... threaten... devour... bizarre... cheat... traitors...."

That memo defines the bright line difference between the modern day Republican Party and its origins under Lincoln. The national Republican Party has become the party of hate and divisiveness. Non-Christians, gays, immigrants, liberals-- you name the group, and Republicans' campaigns have exploited and incited hatred and fear of them. Until finally, after years of war and economic collapse, American voters realized that we could no longer afford the luxury of irrational and unproductive hatred and distrust when that path put clueless incompetents in charge of our military, our economy, and our country.


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