I am simply stunned by the behavior of the congressional Republicans who spent eight years blithely tolerating nominees for high office who cavalierly evaded pertinent questions about whether they would actually uphold the Constitution. They are the same congressional leaders who endorsed a cozy relationship between themselves and big wealth, corporate socialism and ranks upon ranks of lobbyists; who felt it perfectly appropriate to salt every regulatory commission with the very people that were supposed to be regulated. They seemed untroubled that the administrations under which they served set all time records for felony convictions of high government officials. They seemed unconcerned that our most recent president took unto himself the assumed powers of a near king with divine rights. They are the same leaders who presided over the astronomical explosion of the national debt to amounts that no longer make any sense to my limited math abilities, and happily authorized out of sight deficit spending for just about anything except that which would help rebuild America. They are the same leaders who refused any hint of bipartisan rapport with the minority at any time under any circumstance.
Now, over night, they have become the ethically pure minded minority, screaming bloody murder over every venal sin they can uncover, demanding limits to anything that might look like investment in America’s future (unless it involves tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy), and complaining that the current president’s unending conversations with them about needed economic legislation adds up to being ignored. All of a sudden deficits and debt matter, and yet they have no conception of what public investment actually means. They show every intention of sabotaging a stimulus package that might actually do something to help rebuild the basics of our economy and put in its place a namby-pamby piece of legislative sop so that at the next election they can wring their hands and say they tried.
Once I was a Republican. Yes, it’s true, and proud to be one. But if this party has any soul left at all it lies somewhere between the unredeemed Ebenezer Scrooge and Uriah Heep. And the worst part? The majority of them claim to follow Christ.