The people of the United States used the 2006 and 2008 elections to resoundingly send a message to the GOP: never again. Repeated failures of trickle-down economic theory, radicalism in combating programs that benefit the masses, the wars, the deficit, the recession, the insane social agenda... the people were sick of it all. And then came 2010. Conservatives continuously told the people that they had listened and they had learned. The GOP message sounded eerily like that of a cheating significant other. "I know I goofed up, but give me another chance!" In the 2010 midterms, they got that chance. And it didn't take long for them to come home with lipstick on their collar.
Not only did the Republicans and the Tea Party candidates elected into office in 2010 go back to their old, debauched ways... they picked up a drug problem and hopped into bed with even cheaper prostitutes. The right-wing was radical during the Bush years, but nothing like what we're seeing today. Fueled by Tea Party insanity, the right has been pushing what can only be fairly described as the most polarizing political agenda in the lifetimes of anyone reading this article today. The funnier angle to this is that those Conservatives joining the right-wring craze have absolutely no idea what they're doing to their own agenda. Of course, when you hear about what that agenda actually contains, you'll most likely stop laughing.
The Republican-majority house, as well as Republicans in local and State legislatures across the Nation, have been pushing to abolish the reproductive rights of women, strip collective bargaining rights from American workers, insult and villainize public employees like teachers, police, and firefighters, outlaw/ ban gay marriage, lower taxes for the wealthy (while some have gone so far as to raise taxes on the poor, the elderly, and the middle class to make it possible), and in the midst of all of this, they've still managed to find the time to push draconian immigration laws and outlandish birther bills. And that's just the cake. The icing comes in the form of Paul Ryan's budget plan, a budget with an attached message that if you don't endorse it wholeheartedly, as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich failed to do, you'll be thrown under the GOP hoof in the middle of a stampede.
Paul Ryan's budget plan is essentially a caricature of right-wing fundamentalism, in essay-form. He proposes we should cut taxes for the wealthy and for corporations by a staggering 10%, and also extend the Bush tax cuts beyond their expiration date in 2013. He wants us to abolish Medicare and replace it with a voucher program that solely benefits private insurance companies. He wants to strip down Medicaid to a shell of its former self, disenfranchising millions of poor Americans in the process. He wants to drop the health care legislation, too, not that you didn't see that coming. His plan would slash grant opportunities with the same violent fervor that it would slash government regulations. Paul Ryan has managed to squeeze everything the American people despise about the modern GOP platform into a single bill. Impressive, isn't it?
The American people have quite loudly and resoundingly made it clear that they have no intention of getting behind this nonsense. Take a look at all of the recent special elections around the country, where seats formerly securely held by Republicans have just flipped to Democrats. Toss a glance toward the recall elections scheduled in Wisconsin, where the people of that State have unified to reject Governor Walker's ridiculous union-stripping measures. It's as obvious today that the nation is sick to death of GOP neanderthalism as they were before the 2006 and 2008 elections. But who isn't getting that message? Why, the GOP, of course!
You really do need to sit back and gaze in awe at the GOP. The American people send them a firm message that they don't want their country going in the GOP's direction. In response, Republicans can step on the brakes and turn the car around, or stomp down on the gas pedal, zooming along at full spead toward an oceanside cliff while screaming from the window "I can jump it! Europe, here I come!" Which did they choose? The latter, of course! It's like telling a young child to stop playing with their Legos and clean their bedroom, but when you come back to their room an hour later, they've built a plastic Metropolis. The GOP heard "no more right-wing stuff," and what did they yell? "More right-wing stuff? You got it!"
I find myself wondering if Paul Ryan is really a secret agent, working undercover for the Democratic Party. It seems like they planted him there to cause chaos. I mean, really, am I the only person who finds it hard to believe that the GOP looked at the 2006 and 2008 elections as a mandate that they weren't bat-stuff crazy enough for the American voting public? Did they really think they could push this radical nonsense "down our throats," to quote the Tea Party, and we'd somehow manage to support them for their efforts? It's one thing to cheat on your significant other. But let me tell you something, GOP... it's something else entirely to ask your significant other to hold the video camera during your shenanigans.