Folk wisdom usually tells us that “all politics is local”, but this year, because of Citizen’s United; I believe we should say that “no politics is local”.
Republicans have mantras. Lately they repeat these mantras over and over regardless of whether an election is national or local. We have called these talking points, but they are really mentioned by Republicans with an almost religious or magical quality, each word or sentence intended to call to mind an entire political stance, uttered daily on Fox News and understood by all Republicans. These devotees don’t pay any attention to contrary evidence, evidence which should make these mantras obsolete, powerless to enchant anyone. GOP constituents are so brainwashed that they do not care about the lack of evidence. They have been turned into the “Walking Dead”, GOP zombie propagandists.
We all know these mantras but they hold no power over many of us, except the power to frustrate our every logical proof that these are empty words. This week we were treated to a debate on local news. It was supposed to give us an idea of where each candidate stands. We have been down this road before. Last time we elected a Republican to the House she held inflexibly to her Tea Party line but made no allies on either side of the aisle.
Now people here seem rabid to change from Democrat Dan Maffei to Republican John Katko. However, the press has been so easy on Mr. Katko that he seems a saint. No one has asked Katko if he signed Grover Norquist’s pledge to never raise taxes or if he will sign it when he gets to Washington or any hard questions at all.
He says that he will reform the tax code and lower taxes for everyone. He means the middle class but he also means the wealthy and corporations. Cuts are the only tax reforms he can recommend because that is all his party will allow. He wants to get rid of the Department of Education.
Where have we heard all this before? Why are we just going down a road we already went down that leads nowhere. The points he makes are all on that list of GOP mantras. Here are some of those worn out and useless mantras:
Sign the Tax Pledge
Keystone will save America
Frack everywhere. Who cares if we look like one big sink hole; it won’t ruin our fresh water (lie). Fracking will save American.
Out of control debt
Education Block Grants
Raise SS age, lower payments
No public healthcare, only private health insurance
Climate change is not real. Who cares what scientists say? If our Congressmen and the churches say science is wrong, then science is wrong [sarcasm].
Jobs will be plentiful if we just frack everywhere and let the Keystone Pipeline cross America’s pristine aquifer.
and many more…
Why are these tired mantras still offered up daily on Fox News? Fox News knows that Americans love rude, trashy nonsense, that’s why. Fox News is the new Ricky Lake Show; the new Jerry Springer Show except it’s a whole network.
I understand why Democrats can’t do this phony crap; I respect them for it, but it may be a losing strategy. Still I think the higher road is the correct one. Maybe if all these so-called middle class Republicans get their way and see what happens when the Republicans put their fantasy agenda into place then the trance will finally be broken.
Will it be too late then?
Well, whoever you favor; remember to VOTE next Tuesday, November 4th.
By Nancy Brisson
<a href=https://plus.google.com/10640005355488737390?=author>Nancy Brisson</a>