September 29, 2006

Reasons to vote Republican

As the 2006 elections approach, I'm reminding myself of why voters keep returning Republicans to office. A list of obvious reasons made the rounds a couple of years ago. I don't know its author, but one of the many online sources is Extremely Smart Humor.

Here are the things you are required to believe to be a Republican today:

  1. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush wanted an excuse to invade Iraq and hand its oil fields over to Halliburton, even though his daddy had written in a book that trying to overthrow Saddam would be a bad, bad, bad idea.

  2. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while (a) slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay and (b) inviting into the military high school students who before 2004 were considered too short, too unwell, too stupid, too fat, too lazy, or too gay to be soldiers, and telling the fat ones they won't have to exercise or eat less.

  3. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense, but a president lying to drum up support for a war in which thousands die — including well over 100,000 innocent civilians — is solid defense policy.

  4. Having the top one percent of Americans become even more wealthy while more than 4.1 million Americans slip into poverty is a huge success for Bush economic policies.

  5. Jesus loves you — and Jesus hates homosexuals, Hillary Clinton, liberals, uppity women, uppity blacks, uppity hispanics, uppity orientals, immigrants, and everyone else you hate and/or fear.
For points 6-19, see Republican dogma.


StealthBadger said...

Slight (but only slight) tangent...

I'm tearing my hair out now reading up on biblical law.

And they expect us to naturally and non-violently accept this stuff??

aikane said...

The Republican facade of righteousness is skin-deep. Scratch the surface and something ugly is exposed.

Republican politicians show little interest in Biblical law - or any law, for that matter -- when applied to themselves.

Biblical principles are all about love (not the word but actions that flow from the heart), compassion, caring for the poor and less fortunate, and accountability -- something foreign to Republicans when it comes to applying their supposed standards to their own behaviors.