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Captain America

Jon Stewart says it all:

Posted on 2010.12.15 at 06:08
For those who still insist that the Republicans are the party of decency, the party of strength, the party of national defense, and the party that remembers 9/11:
So, if you're a Republican, I mean this, a serious, genuine question: Just what does that party stand for with which you want to stand up and be counted? What is it that makes you feel like these are your guys? I really, really want to know.


tariana at 2010-12-15 13:58 (UTC) (Link)
I think almost all politicians are crooks -- on both sides. I don't think any of them have the best interests of ordinary people at heart. After the last election, I decided to become a Libertarian. I don't agree with all their ideas, but I do like their smaller government/less interference with daily lives/less taxes/less spending philosophy.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2010-12-16 12:11 (UTC) (Link)
I think that -- "They're all crooked! A plague on both their houses!" -- is too simple an answer. I think many, perhaps most, in politics chose to enter that arena out of a desire to do good, to serve their community, their state, their nation. I thank many, perhaps most, are still motivated by that desire, although it can't be denied that many are seduced into a venal pursuit of money and power.

But I'm very certain that there's a structural corruption in the Republican party that's existed since the Clinton years, a complete willingness to overrule even the will of the people and the outcome of elections in order to get what they want. The same voices that were raised for Clinton's impeachment in the name of "Rule of Law" cheered on George W. Bush's crimes, such as clear violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The same Republicans who darkly predicted a "Constitutional Crisis" if, as pollsters predicted, Al Gore won the 2000 Presidental Election in the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote, applauded mightily the wisdom of the racist, classist Electoral College system when it placed George W. Bush in the White House. And, indeed, the same Republicans who rail agaisnt "Activist Judges" and in favor of "States' Rights" applauded a Supreme Court decision that flew in the face of law and the Constitution, and prevented a state from counting votes according to its own laws to appoint Bush the Younger President of the United States.

Edited at 2010-12-16 12:13 pm (UTC)
empty heart on fire
solipsistnation at 2010-12-15 16:30 (UTC) (Link)
They're against abortion.

Usually, that's pretty much it.

(Not me, obviously, as I am as you know a huge damn hippy, but what I've read.)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2010-12-16 12:12 (UTC) (Link)
Heh. Unless you've gained a great deal of weight, you're just a moderately-sized damn hippy!
i_m_b00 at 2010-12-16 13:33 (UTC) (Link)
Fucking asshats

My heart hurts.

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2010-12-16 15:29 (UTC) (Link)
Disgusting, isn't it?
visitkarte at 2010-12-20 09:12 (UTC) (Link)
Hi dear

I read a recommendation for your fics, it's just I can't read them. I'm certainly way beyond 18, actually, I'm way beyond 40, so I think, if I'm not grown up now, I'll never be. I frieded you at LJ, now I'm waiting for you to friend me back so I can read your fics. Please?


Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2010-12-20 09:20 (UTC) (Link)
Okay, you have been friended and included in my "Restricted Fics" filter, to allow you to read the smut. You can find an index of my fics in my Memories:

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