Sunday, March 25, 2007

Fewer And Fewer Americans Claim To Be Republican!

I can’t tell you how much I love this story. Results of a new Pew Research Poll shows that the Republican Party is in decline and that Democratic values are gaining wider support. I’m not at all surprised, it’s what I’ve thought for years, but it is nice to finally have some numbers to back up this general feeling of a shift in public attitudes.

What I find most interesting about the poll is that highlights the exclusive and extreme nature of the Bush administration and their policies. Under previous Republican rule, there has generally been a certain level of discontent from the fringe religious right of the Party that have always wanted their moral views, not only codified by leadership, but legislated as well. Not so under George W. Bush. It seems that since 2002, the only ones happy with the direction the Republicans have taken the country in IS the extreme religious right. Georgie Boy promised not to turn his back on them and they are steadfastly returning the favor.

So much for being a uniter, not a divider. Bush has maintained 30% support (an indictment or our educational system if there ever was one), but even that number is deceiving since that 30% most likely only includes Republicans with maybe a spattering of religious extremists that, for whatever reason, still register as Democrats. It’s more than a little ironic that the most immoral administration in the history of this country continues to enjoy the unflinching loyalty of the Holy Rollers. I just wish that these “patriots” would take the time to read their Bible AND our constitution. If they did, Bush surely wouldn’t have any support left.

So what are the Democratic values that are gaining favor with the public? Fiscal responsibility, taking care of the less fortunate among us, recognizing that healthcare is a universal right, defending our nation rather than using our military might to fight wars of aggression and protecting the planet we call home. It’s sad that the Republican Party has abandoned these values, they should be American values, but the greed and cronyism has metastasized and the public instead now understands them to be Democratic values. Republican values now consist solely of waging war against Muslims and hating gays. There’s certainly a constituency there, but not a large one. By playing ONLY to his base, Bush has damaged the country and decimated his Party. If it takes 50 years or more for them to recover, at least something good will have resulted from this disastrous presidency.

Two of the biggest crisis facing this country have been ignored and made worse during the Bush years, the reality of global warming and a for profit healthcare system that, while lucrative for those administering it, isn’t working for anyone else. The American people care about solving these problems, but not so much the Bush administration and by extension, the Republican Party. However painful their defeat at the polls this past November, they better get used to the feeling because it looks like it’s only going to get worse. Choosing an idiot to lead your Party has consequences and I’m going to enjoy watching you suffer them, for decades I hope.

The Democrats don’t get a free pass though. While the country is trending toward Democratic values, the Democratic Party has moved away from them. Call it fear of the Republican noise machine, political pandering in search of the donut hole referred to as the “political middle” or lack of true conviction, but whatever the cause, the Democrats we’ve elected to represent us have, for the most part, failed to do so adequately. 64% of Americans think the government should provide universal healthcare. 63% of the American people (and a staggering 73% of our troops serving in Iraq) want our troops out of Iraq by the end of 2008. 88% of Americans think that global warming threatens future generations. With overwhelming public support for the most critical issues we face as a nation, if the Democrats want to fare better than their Republican counterparts, they better get back to their roots and champion the causes most of us care deeply about. We’re tired of OUR government being unresponsive to our needs. We’re done having OUR government serve only the interests of the top 1%. We want OUR government back! The Democratic Party can either be the vehicle through which we do that, or they can suffer the same fate as the Republicans. I hope they choose wisely.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mullah Cimoc say ameriki people republican party now waking and the fog remove of the brain.

How bush destroy usa too much. destroy mental and emotional of amriki people.

but usa media so control (google: mighty wurltizer +cia) never to asking how bush becoming president.

this called the media coverup. bush family long time so corruption with intel community. am him bush jr. real republican? who these eviling people making him the president?

This make the cure for republican freedom people making majority. love the god, and love the family and working so hard every day.

but controlling hims of republican not this kind good person. him the wicked and loving the power and the torturing people, children of god, this too wicked. hims also loving the LBT (low back tattoo) and the killing the baby of abortion and ameriki woman becoming the slut for taking all the man.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous david said...

Well, I wouldn't be so hard on the elected Democrats. The fact is that it isn't easy to become elected in America. You have no liberal media. For all the ranting by Beck, O'Reilly, Gingrich, Limbaugh, and Buchanan, there is very little in the way of liberal media in America.

The FCC needs to step in and breakup a few of those big media companies. And the fair & balanced rules have to be brought back. (And NO, Fox doesn't have copyright on that phrase.) And one thing has to change to make the press free again: the readers need to rule.

I have two remedies. 1st, advertising should no longer be treated as a business expense. It should be deemed to come out profits AFTER taxes. This will severely alter the landscape of bought media. 2nd, every tv, radio, iPod, cellphone, etc, should have a small tax added to finance public radio and television. What America has is a pale imitation of the BBC. And it is essential to have media that actually caters to what viewers want --and not just advertisers want-- and which offers serious journalism, performing arts, and drama. American TV often delivers, but too often it just fills time slots.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Dale H said...

In related stories, membership in the Flat Earth Society is in decline, Alcoa and Reynolds speculate that decline in demand related to decrease in use of product as 'headwear' and General Foods reports record inventories of Kool-Aid.

Nice try in attributing steadfastness of the thirty per centers to the decline in our educational system, rather than just labeling them as the intractable, factually challenged dumb asses that they are.

Memo to Gonzo: Read your frickin' email BEFORE making statements! Can't Dubya just hide this guy in a traffic court judgeship in Laredo?

4:24 AM  
Anonymous david said...

Well, this is one reason why I like Obama. Most Americans are liberals. It's in their blood. It's what the whole experiment that is America was about. But American politics have become confrontational. And Rove & Co spend fortunes finding those wedge issues to keep their base from seeking consensus.

Why I don't like Hillary is that she comes across as someone who loves to fight. She's eager to do battle with the forces of Darkness. But this just defines the terms of the debate in ways that benefits the hardline Republicans. By saying You're either with Us or you're against Us, one becomes the Enemy.

Americans are Liberals. They are Progressives. That's why one has to pay attention to the phrasing of questions. All the Hot Button issues aren't nearly as Hot as you might think. It all depends on how the question is phrased. And when we let the Roves of this world phrase the question, they win.

Liberal Democrats are the Big Tent. They need to be sensitive to how people feel as well as how they think. That people may agree to disagree and still get along. They may agree to the same program as long as the wording is changed. It's all about consensus. It's all about inclusion and accommodation.

In "The Poisonwood Bible", Barabara Kingsolver describes an African village leader expressing his skepticism of democracy's principle of majority rule. He offers the image of the cooking pot held above the fire by three stones, pull one stone away and, although there's a two thirds majority, the stew is still spilled and the fire put out. Liberal democracy --as distinct from conservative democracy-- is about finding consensus, it's about finding what we all can live with.

Let's face it. The social Darwinism of the neo-conservatives is not American. It fosters inequality, it curbs liberty, and incites imperial wars. Those are fundamentally unAmerican attitudes. But those who have always been liberal progressives have to get over their smugness. Don't be provocative. We are Family. Think before you speak: Rephrasing the question might win friends and influence people. I just hate this All or Nothing attitude that drives this Clash of Civilizations; it usually means we end up with NOTHING.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous david said...

And now, just to make the likes of drm happy, Republicans appearing before Congressional committees will be taking The Fifth.

Comparisons are already being made to the great Mafia investigations of the past. Perhaps we may even hear "Are you now or have you ever been a neo-conservative?" Is Periwinkler the opposite of Pinko?

5:19 PM  
Anonymous biloxi said...

Until we get rid of AIPAC and stop allowing Israel to be the true controlling force of the USA, there is no sense in thinking about voting for a dem, nit or half wit anymore than a reptile-repub.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Dale H said...

Impeachment Threat Is Real

March 27, 2007
(The Nation)

"A new USA Today/Gallup Poll — conducted over the weekend — shows that, by close to a 3-to-1 margin, Americans want Congress to issue subpoenas to force White House officials to testify in the Gonzales case. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed say the president should drop his claim of executive privilege in this matter, while only 26 percent agree with the reasoning Bush has used to try and block a meaningful inquiry."

(There you have that nagging, perplexing 26% again. Intelligent Design is as Intelligent Design does, I guess.)

Novak wrote "The I-word (incompetence) is used by Republicans in describing the Bush administration generally. Several of them I talked to described a trifecta of incompetence: the Walter Reed hospital scandal, the FBI's misuse of the Patriot Act and the U.S. attorneys firing fiasco. 'We always have claimed that we were the party of better management,' one House leader told me. 'How can we claim that anymore?'"
(A fair question. DRM, can you don your beanie or you aluminum foil stetson, take a swig of the GOP Kool-aid, and take a swipe at an answer?
No fair dragging up Bill, either.)

"While the people saved Clinton — by signaling to their representatives that they opposed sanctioning a president's personal morals — it does not appear that they are inclined to protect Bush."

12:22 PM  
Blogger Ron West said...

Only hard-core reality ignorers would claim to be reeps these days. IOW, one basically has to be insane to admit being a reep.


7:59 PM  
Blogger Notes From Dixon said...

Hi Liberal Girl. I read your blog and disagree. I'm on the other side of the political fence and very interested in trying to understand your reasoning. You and my daughter would agree on every point. Drives me nuts.
I read all of your March blogs and I have no wish to disect every statement but in a general way, looking past your "Rosie O'Donnell" type rants, I take issue with the following and wonder how you arrived there.
(1) You call the administration the most immoral in American history. In my lifetime Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon were all considerably worse. I can't even see a contest between them.
(2) You say the Democratic values are gaining favor with the public. then you go on to name a few:
a. Increasing welfare
b. Providing Universal Healthcare c. Protecting the planet ie. global warming, and
d. Fiscal responsibility.

What leads you to think that more money thrown at the people who need help is the answer?

Our healthcare system is self destructing as we speak but remains the finest, most available, and most technically advanced in the entire world yet it truly needs revision and modernization.
America must find ways to provide better access to those who are truly in need, while at the same time we must find ways to eliminate the outrageous costs.
Perhaps the quickest bandaid would be the reduction of frivolous lawsuits, the seriously unreal judgements rendered, the way lawyers are paid, and other steps related to the medical legal system.
The next logical bandaid might to remove the insurance companies from the diagnosis and treatment business.
But what you call Universal Healthcare (in my mind) is something else alltogether. It smacks of more welfare and big government control. Why do you think this would improve either access or treatment?

Global warming. This one really troubles me. You say that this and our "for profit" healthcare system are two of the biggest threats facing America. I don't agree.
If (big if) global warming is influenced by human beings in some way, the danger is still off in the future. Compared to the immediate mortal danger of the radical and intolerant religious culture associated with Islam, global warming doesn't even come close. Compared with the immediate potential destructive power of thousands of atomic and hydrogen bombs stockpiled around the world in both stable and unstable countries, global warming still doesn't even register as a threat. How in the world did you arrive at your statement?
Lastly, the major two themes of your March blogs were: (1) Your constant bashing of President Bush snd his administration, and (2) Your mistatements of facts to support your quite liberal views. On these two subjects I will make only a couple of observations.
Bush certainly does NOT enjoy the unflinching loyalty of the Holy Rollers (I presume you mean the Born Again crowd).
Your statement "Republican values now consist solely of waging war against Muslims and hating gays" Where in the world have you been. Your statement is positively wrong and awful. How can you not know that there are millions of Muslim Fanatics who want you (you personally) dead.
How can you know that homosexuality is right or wrong or whatever. Why for example does politics have to be the judge in the first place? I really don't believe that homosexuality is either Republican or Democratic. This is an issue like abortion and stem cell research that is and will be controversial forever.
Conservative to the core.

Dixon Webb

9:58 AM  
Anonymous david said...

Dear me, Dixon Webb! I am glad to hear your daughter would agree with LGND 100%. It proves whatever you have isn't hereditary.

7:55 PM  

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