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Do We Need the GOP?

So, yesterday Steve Scalise is trotted out by the GOP to start revving up the 2024 campaign and is interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC. And what important question is he asked? He’s asked to state whether the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

How does Scalise answer this question when the guy who’s leading the GOP primary field by more than 30 points is still saying that the 2020 election was hijacked from him?

He doesn’t answer the question, mumbling something instead about how he’s looking towards the future and isn’t interested in the past.

So, Stephanopoulos repeats the question again and Scalise mumbles something about the future and the past again.

The day that Trump makes a plea deal which includes dropping out of the 2024 race is the day the GOP can finally stop worrying about what they should say about the results of the 2020 Presidential vote.

And this moment will mark an especially important, indeed unprecedented moment for the GOP, because in the party’s history over the past century or so, it will be the first time the GOP begins to define itself as being in favor of what we should do going forward instead of what we should have done in the past.

Remember Nancy Kassabaum? She was a Senator from Kansas in the 1980’s who sometimes jumped across the aisle to vote with the blue team. She came by her independent streak honestly, because her father, Wendell Wilkie, was Governor of Kansas and got clobbered by FDR in 1936.

Wilkie refused to go out on the campaign trail in that election after the GOP adopted a plank at their convention which opposed the New Deal. Now the fact that the New Deal kept farmers in Kansas from starving in the 1930’s was something that Wilkie understood but it was an issue which hardly penetrated the GOP.

Know when the GOP dropped their last legal challenge to social security? Try 1949. The rest of the industrialized world had implemented social security programs before World War I, but the GOP still believed that government shouldn’t be handing out freebies even if social security was funded by monies contributed by workers themselves.

I love these fucking Republicans who tell me they don’t believe their tax dollars should be used to pay people to perform any kind of work because the ‘free market’ is always more efficient than the public dole.

I once heard that blowhard Newt Gingrich say that the Postal Service should be replaced by FedEx because you could send a FedEx letter from New York to California, and it would get there overnight. Now the fact that the FedEx delivery was $15 bucks and a first-class stamp was 40 cents at that time, oh well, oh well.

Here’s another fact. The United States has the highest percentage of its total workforce of any industrial country getting paid from government payrolls. Know what’s the largest job category in California? Try school bus driver, okay?

They don’t have school buses in Germany or France. The little kiddies in those countries have to walk to school. In my town, the school bus picks up kids who live across the street from the school. I’m told it’s to make sure that the kids won’t get run over if they try to walk across the street.

Of course, where the GOP shows its true colors, pardon the pun, is over the issue of race. It’s bad enough that we let women vote, but abolishing the poll tax? Which Commie-Democrat came up with that bright idea?

I love how this GOP dickhead from South Carolina – Tim Scott – goes around telling everyone that his ability to run for President reflects how the GOP has taken a ‘leadership role’ in civil rights. Someone might want to remind Timmy that if it hadn’t been for a liberal Democrat named Fritz Hollings who was Governor of South Carolina back in the early 60’s, Scott would be picking tobacco in Sumter County for a buck a day, if he got paid at all.

My mother and her parents came to this country in 1923, getting off the boat in Brooklyn just two months before the GOP-sponsored law took effect which would have sent them back to their burned-out village in – ready? - Ukraine.

Tomorrow is Election Day in my state and many other states. Want to make America great again by voting for the GOP? You can fuck yourself, the horse you rode in on and the whole cavalry behind you.

My apology to the horse.

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