You decide what’s fact from fiction and speculations from stupidity. In either case, politics are dirty and these elections can only get filthy.
Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Party Movement, the Right
“The Republican Party (also called GOP (for ‘Grand Old Party’)) is one of the two major political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, it dominated politics nationally for most of the period 1860-1932. 18 presidents have been Republicans.
Currently the party’s platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S. political spectrum. American conservatism of the Republican Party is not wholly based upon rejection of the political ideology of liberalism, as many principles of American conservatism are based upon classical liberalism. Rather the Republican Party’s conservatism is largely based upon its support of classical principles against the modern liberalism of the Democratic Party that is considered American liberalism in contemporary American political discourse.”
“We believe in the power and opportunity of America’s free-market economy. We believe in the importance of sensible business regulations that promote confidence in our economy among consumers, entrepreneurs and businesses alike. We oppose interventionist policies that put the federal government in control of industry and allow it to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.”
“The Tea Party movement is an American political movement that advocates strict adherence to the United States Constitution, reducing U.S. government spending and taxes, and reduction of the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit. The movement is generally considered to be partly conservative, partly libertarian, and partly populist. The movement has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009.
The theme of the Boston Tea Party, an iconic event in American history, has long been used by anti-tax protesters. It was part of Tax Day protests held throughout the 1990s and earlier. By 2001, a custom had developed among some conservative activists of sending tea bags to legislators and other officials via postal mail as an act of symbolism.”
“The Tea Party movement spontaneously formed in 2009 from the reaction of the American people to fiscally irresponsible actions of the federal government, misguided ‘stimulus’ spending, bailouts and takeovers of private industry. Within the first few weeks of the movement, Tea Party Patriots formed to support the millions of Americans seeking to improve our great nation through renewed support for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free market economic policies.”
“In politics, the Right, right-wing, and rightist have been defined as acceptance or support of social hierarchy. Inequality is viewed by the Right as either inevitable, natural, normal, or desirable, whether it arises through traditional social differences or from competition in market economies. The political terms Right and Left were coined during the French Revolution (1789–99), and referred to where politicians sat in the French parliament; those who sat to the right of the chair of the parliamentary president were broadly supportive of the institutions of the monarchist Ancien Régime.
In France, the original Right comprised those politicians supporting hierarchy, tradition, and clericalism. The Right wing invoked natural law and divine law to explain the normality of social inequalities. The use of the expression la droite (the right) became prominent in France after the restoration of the monarchy in 1815, when le droir was applied to describe the Ultra-royalists. In English-speaking countries it was not until the 20th century that the terms ‘right’ and ‘left’ were generally applied to their own politics. The meaning of right-wing thus ‘varies across societies, historical epochs, and political systems and ideologies.’ Although the term originally designated traditional conservatives and reactionaries, the usage of ‘right-wing’ was extended to describe liberal conservatives, classical liberals, libertarian conservatives, Christian democrats, and types of nationalists.”
What outsiders see:
- politics heavily influenced by religious doctrines,
- against abortions,
- against same-sex marriage,
- against unions,
- labor control,
- in favor of guns,
- war mongers & capitalists,
- the filthy rich & blue-bloods,
- whites (WASPs),
- the 1%,
- the south,
- higher taxes,
- anyone from Texas,
- protecting the borders from illegal aliens,
- the Patriot Act to regulate any questionable behavior under G.W.Bush including the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act — a little add-on to control prescription drugs,
“The USA PATRIOT Act (commonly known as the Patriot Act) is an Act of the U.S. Congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. The title of the act is a ten letter backronym (USA PATRIOT) that stands for Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001.
The act, as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, significantly reduced restrictions in law enforcement agencies’ gathering of intelligence within the United States; expanded the Secretary of the Treasury’s authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly those involving foreign individuals and entities; and broadened the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. The act also expanded the definition of terrorism to include domestic terrorism, thus enlarging the number of activities to which the USA PATRIOT Act’s expanded law enforcement powers can be applied.”
The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 (CMEA) is federal legislation enacted in the United States on March 9, 2006, to regulate, among other things, retail over-the-counter sales of following products because of their use in the manufacture of illegal drugs:
- phenylpropanolamine (no longer OTC due to a proposed increased risk of stroke in younger women)
Retail provisions of the CMEA include daily sales limits and 30-day purchase limits, placement of product out of direct customer access, sales logbooks, customer ID verification, employee training, and self-certification of regulated sellers. The CMEA is found as Title VII of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 (H.R. 3199). The last provisions of the law took effect on 30 September 2006.
- Romneycare (Massachusetts health care reform),
“The Massachusetts health care insurance reform law, St. 2006, c.58, informally referred to as Romneycare, enacted in 2006, mandates that nearly every resident of Massachusetts obtain a state-government-regulated minimum level of healthcare insurance coverage and provides free health care insurance for residents earning less than 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The bill aimed to cover 95% of the state’s 500,000 uninsured within a three year period. The law was amended significantly in 2008 and twice in 2010 and major revisions related to health care industry price controls were introduced in the Massachusetts legislature in May 2012 that passed in August 2012.
Among its many effects, the law and its amendments established an independent public authority, the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, also known as the Health Connector. Among other roles, the Connector acts as an insurance broker to offer private insurance plans to residents. The reform legislation also included tax penalties on residents for failing to obtain an insurance plan and tax penalties on employers for failing to offer an insurance plan to employees. In 2007, Massachusetts tax filers who failed to enroll in a health insurance plan which was deemed affordable for them lost the $219 personal exemption on their income tax. Beginning in 2008, the penalty became pegged to 50% of the lowest monthly premium for insurance available from the Connector Authority.”
- most importantly, a Mormon for president — completely unheard of!
Democrats, Liberals, the Left
“The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States along with the Republican Party. The party supports a social liberal and progressive platform, and its Congressional caucus is composed of progressives, liberals, centrists, and left-libertarians. The party has the lengthiest record of continuous operation in the United States and is one of the oldest political parties in the world.”
“Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own—that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share, when everyone plays by the same rules. Our party, led by President Obama, is focused on building an economy that lasts—an economy that lifts up all Americans.”
“Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis) is a broad political ideology or worldview founded on the ideas of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally liberals support ideas such as capitalism (either regulated or not), constitutionalism, liberal democracy, free press, free and fair elections, human rights and the free exercise of religion.
Liberalism first became a powerful force in the Age of Enlightenment, rejecting several foundational assumptions that dominated most earlier theories of government, such as nobility, established religion, absolute monarchy, and the Divine Right of Kings. The early liberal thinker John Locke, who is often credited for the creation of liberalism as a distinct philosophical tradition, employed the concept of natural rights and the social contract to argue that the rule of law should replace both tradition and absolutism in government, that rulers were subject to the consent of the governed, and that private individuals had a fundamental right to life, liberty, and property.
The revolutionaries in the American Revolution and the French Revolution used liberal philosophy to justify the armed overthrow of what they saw as tyrannical rule. The nineteenth century saw liberal governments established in nations across Europe, Latin America, and North America. Liberal ideas spread even further in the twentieth century, when liberal democracies were on the winning side in both world wars and liberalism survived major ideological challenges from fascism and communism. Today, liberal political parties remain a political force with varying degrees of power and influence on all major continents.”
“In politics, the Left, left-wing, and leftists are people or views which generally support social change to create a more egalitarian society. They usually involve a concern for those in society who are disadvantaged relative to others and an assumption that there are unjustified inequalities (which right-wing politics views as natural or traditional) that should be reduced or abolished.
The political terms Left and Right were coined during the French Revolution (1789–1799), referring to the seating arrangement in the Estates General: those who sat on the left generally supported the radical changes of the revolution, including the creation of a republic and secularization, while those on the right were supportive of the traditional institutions of the Old Regime. Use of the term ‘Left’ became more prominent after the restoration of the French monarchy in 1815 when it was applied to the ‘Independents’. The term was later applied to a number of revolutionary movements, especially socialism, anarchism, and communism as well as more reformist movements such as green politics, social democracy, and social liberalism.”
What outsiders see:
- politics influenced by science and society,
- in favor of abortions,
- in favor of same-sex marriage,
- in favor of unions,
- organizing & political strong-arm (control),
- against guns,
- pacifists, psedudo-socialists & hipsters (neo-hippies),
- vegetarians & vegans,
- the poor,
- the 99% (Occupy movement),
- professors & intellectual elite,
- media giants & Hollywood,
- more government control,
- anyone from New York & New Jersey,
- willing to pardon illegal aliens & encourages more illegal aliens to cross the borders,
- the fucking PMRC,
- Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) to reduce what doctors may or may not prescribe and how to care for patients under the umbrella of an obligatory universal (affordable or free) medical care,
“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, best known as Obamacare, has been controversial since it was drafted in 2009 and signed into law a year later.
It gives the government control over one-sixth of the U.S. economy and is more than 2,700 pages long.”
- most importantly, an individual hiding his religious beliefs (if any) for president.
My opinion on this charade
Ironically enough, I consider myself a conservative (registered as a Republican for the past three presidential elections or so). I live in NYC and I’ve a vegetarian since late 1995. I guess I’m messed up when it comes to politics (too).
Democrats have been caught with their pants down so many times — for example, the Impeachment of Bill Clinton. In the other hand, Republicans have been caught with their hands in the fire — for example, Nixon‘s Watergate.
The hottest topic during this election is Obamacare. Should we, as Americans, smack some sense into the current president? His package of laws will limit what a doctor can do much more than past laws. Now if curing a person is financially appropriate (within budget), the patient could be cured or allowed to die — regardless who pays for the bill, a work-sponsored insurance or the state. Having a child heavily sick with allergies and seizures as well as several disorders that doctors prefer not to talk about, this means that doctor’s might give him a quick bandaid fix and send him home while his stomach and allergies continue make his body hurt. It’s almost as if my son were an experiment taken from The X-Files.
The only way to get real health care is going to quack doctors who practice non-FDA (government-controlled) approved treatments or hollistic medicines. Since these doctors don’t accept payments from health insurance companies or the government, they can still practice medicine with a better degree of responsibility and ethics. Of course, in the case of my child, these alternative doctors and non-FDA lab test has cost me several thousands of dollars killing my credit line.
Obamacare is a disgrace and a means to control people’s health. It’s almost as a form of population control, in which the sick and disabled are let to suffer and to hopefully die in the worst of pains and/or circumstances. At least, the Nazis exterminated their sick and undesirables quickly.
Having a disabled child is tough enough already getting him the proper medical care. My health insurance doesn’t cover many tests and specialists. The State of New York doesn’t allow many different tests that go beyond blood, urine and feces. Whatever the federal and/or state government don’t care to cover comes out of my pocket. At times, I becomes a matter of being punished for trying to give my son the quality of life. If Obamacare isn’t rejected, all efforts to care for disabled children will be much worse. It just feels that we’re one step away from being told what to do, what to eat, what medications to take, whether we’re financially worth healthcare/medications and so on. I guess this is what the USSR was like. Not even Cuba has allowed this sort of control on the health and well-being of its citizens.
So whom I am voting for? I’ll take the Romney/Ryan ticket.