Yes, if you really believe that booshwah about Christians pushing to save lives, you really are demented. It's the so-called "Christians" in our culture like Trump and Fiorina and their ilk who demonize American muslims, prevent women from obtaining reproductive health services, and propagate evil lies about Planned Parenthood. Without all the nonsensical noise by rightwingdings we wouldn't have hundreds of bombings at PP Clinics and numerous murders of doctors and their patients.
OTOH, Republicans thank the Mooslims for GWB's election in 2000.
It is important to recognize how out of sync current Repubicanl views are with the Republican Party’s historical record. In 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first sitting president to speak at an American mosque. At the inauguration ceremony of the same Islamic center that Mr. Bush visited in 2001, Ike assured his audience that the nation “would fight with her whole strength” for Muslims’ right to worship according to their conscience.
In 1974, Gerald R. Ford became the first president to send an official message to Muslim-Americans for Eid al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, saying that America’s diversity had been “greatly enhanced” by the “religious heritage” of Muslim-Americans. In 1981, Ronald Reagan nominated America’s first Muslim ambassador, the convert Robert Dickson Crane.
These were the Republican footsteps that Mr. Bush was following in 2002 when he became the first president to visit an American mosque on Eid. He had the advantage, of course, of being an incumbent president, rather than a prospective candidate. Yet he and advisers like Karl Rove and Michael Gerson understood that demonizing Muslims and depicting Islam as “the enemy” not only fueled Al Qaeda’s narrative but also hurt their party’s electoral prospects.
Minorities matter — in general, if not primary, elections. A study commissioned by the Republican National Committee in the wake of Mitt Romney’s 2012 defeat noted how “many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country.” To be sure, Muslims constitute just 1 to 2 percent of voters in the United States, but in 2000, when the presidential election turned on just 537 votes in Florida, more than 46,000 Muslims in that state voted Republican. In the view of the influential conservative activist Grover Norquist, “George W. Bush was elected president of the United States because of the Muslim vote."
No-one is surprised at the escalation of violence and animus toward Muslims, whether they are American citizens or not. Republicans have made whipping up hate toward the Muslim community their current cause célèbre after spending no small amount of time and effort demeaning Hispanic immigrants ad nauseam. In fact, the violence targeting Muslims is no different than violence toward Planned Parenthood and it is “Mission Accomplished” for Republicans inciting terror attacks against Americans.
Trickle Down - another hoax perpetrated by Republicans against hardworking lower and middle class Americans.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders connected the dots and called out the unintended consequences of Republican rhetoric while responding to the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting.
In a statement, Sen. Sanders said, "Planned Parenthood has been the subject of vicious and unsubstantiated statements attacking an organization that provides critical health care for millions of Americans. I strongly support Planned Parenthood and the work it is doing and hope people realize that bitter rhetoric by Republican politicians can have unintended consequences.”
The political campaign against Planned Parenthood has involved edited videos that are not factually accurate, congressional hearings which were filled with heated and inaccurate attacks against the health care provider, and even a Republican presidential candidate (Carly Fiorina) flat out lying about Planned Parenthood on the debate stage.
Recently, there has been an increase in the number of Americans who recognize that there is negligible difference, if any at all, between the dreaded ISIS, American right-wing-nuts, and now Saudi Arabia. Since the three groups, although not related, all share the same characteristics, they can be easily identified as practicing religious extremists. Just one aspect connecting the three closely-aligned groups is enforcing religious edicts and imposing extraordinarily harsh punishment for non-compliance. It is true that in America the government is not yet terrorizing or killing citizens for violating evangelical “religious laws,” but that action is increasingly the purview of armed religious maniacs.
One thing is certain; it is very unpopular to point out to religious extremists that they are acting precisely like extremists in the Islamic State (ISIS, IS, ISIL). There was a news item that Republicans forbade corporate media to report because although Saudi Arabia imposes extraordinarily harsh death penalties for violating religious laws, the “Kingdom” is a major defense industry customer. Republicans epitomize hypocrisy as a matter of course, but while they complain that ISIS beheads people for not adhering to their religious beliefs, they turn a blind eye when Saudi Arabia does exactly the same thing.
Two weeks ago a Saudi court sentenced a Palestinian man to death by beheading for apostasy based on alleged “blasphemous statements” during a discussion group and in a book of his poetry. The condemned poet, Ashraf Fayadh, claims another man made false accusations to the country’s religious police following a personal dispute. Now, what connects Saudis directly to ISIS is their implementation of dreaded “religious police” that monitor the population for non-compliance to religious edicts and metes out punishment; often in the form of a proper public beheading. One might wonder why Republicans are not clamoring to invade Saudi Arabia or bomb them.
Republicans Wrong Again: More Mexican Immigrants Leaving Than Coming To The US
James Woolsey and other neocons responsible for Iraq and other messes in the Middle East are out beating drums for war once more!
Undocumented workers don't want welfare just work. Most of them never receive SS but they are still drawn to the American dream.
Corporations hiring the undocumented workers are R campaign donors. R hirelings won't disappoint their financiers.
Confiscating most of the 270,000,000 guns would save lives and promote safety unlike the unlawful deportation of millions of hardworking undocumented workers.
Carson's exaggerations and fantasies would not be a big deal if Carson was not fantasizing about non-existent beneficial economic effects of the Flat Tax; American military grandeur; taking away health insurance from millions of poor people; and unproven social theories. For a very precise speaker like President Obama or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders the loose use of terms like "West Point scholarship" would not be such a big issue as it is with Carson.
No hypocrisy there.
Republicans who believe workers can raise a family on $7.25 an hour are living in a fantasy world, as per usual.
Mario Cuomo famously said: “‘You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.’”
The Republicans (especially Trump and Carson) say, in effect: That’s for normal hack politicians. I will campaign in fantasy and govern in prose. Why not?"
Republican voters are fond of fantasizing about American world supremacy, tax cuts that pay for themselves, privatizing Social Security, and treating minorities harshly. Trump and Carson fantasies are especially attractive to old, white R voters.