An Open Letter to the GOP “Base”

I doubt if I will ever understand why so many people in red states continue to vote Republican, and do so habitually. Why do none of them take the time to realize that the Republican leadership is playing them for fools. Therefore, I am directing this to the Republicans who make up their party’s “base.” Why do you let them take you for fools/

Do you know why the Republican Party says the things they do to? It’s because you fall for it, that’s why. They’re trying to fleece you, and you let them! Actually, not only do you let them, you practically insist that they continue.

Look at the loudest voices on the Republican side. Do you really think people like Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Ann Coulter and the like actually believe the crap they spout? They sure don’t live the way they demand you live. Limbaugh is a drug addict, who was caught doctor shopping and who used his maid to pick up thousands of oxycontin pills for him, so he could avoid authorities. Then this right wing Republican icon went to the ACLU to help get him out of trouble. Obviously, I don’t have a probem with the ACLU, and have been a member for years, but Republicans supposedly hate them. He’s also been married four times and he was caught with lots of Viagra when he was coming home from a vacation to the Dominican Republic. Does this sound like a “family values conservative”? How about Ann Coulter? What about her lifestyle screams “conservative” to you?

The highest profile Republican mouthpieces, like Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and countless others hire ghostwriters to write books full of lies, slander and bigotry for them (you don’t really think they write them, do you?), because they know the Republican “base” will buy them, even if they never read them, and that right wing websites will give them away as premiums to those of you who pay them every month for the privilege of reading their lies. Companies like Regnery Press have built a business model in which they publish books that no one actually reads, but which right wingers will buy because they want to feel like they’re supporting a “cause.” If you think I’m joking, consider that all right wing books use endnotes, not footnotes, and most of the endnotes lead to opinion pieces that agree with their statements, without actually proving them. Endnotes are usually used by those who hope readers won’t bother to go all the way to the back of the book to check them and will certainly not verify the information. Endnotes are sometimes used by liberals, as well, but they are used more extensively in right wing circles.

These people are heavily sponsored by the Republican Party and their sponsors, and their overall mission is to tell you guys what you want to hear, and you fall for it. If you look closely, they never actually do anything; they know you’ll support them with lots of money, because you seem to have no idea you’re being fleeced. This is the Fox News business model; tell you right wingers what you want to hear, regardless of the facts, and collect money for doing so. They repeat Republican talking points because that’s what makes them money. I will guarantee you that, if liberals were as gullible, there would be a liberal network. 

You folks in the Republican “base” are the veritable wet dream of the richest 1% of the country, because you’re so goddamn gullible. You have little to no money, yet you will buy anything “certain people” want to sell you. The current leadership of the Republican Party are nothing more than snake oil salesmen, and they count on the “base” to be dumb enough to buy anything they sell, no matter how ludicrous and fraudulent the product is. How else can you explain their affinity for Donald Trump, who only became a Republican  because he knew Democrats would never nominate him. Lucky you, huh?

If you’re part of the Republican “base,” what the hell is wrong with you? Blue states are better places to live; they feature more jobs, better pay, better education, less crime and an overall better standard of living. I’ve proven it with the numbers in another blog post. The only reason your states get away with lower taxes is because so many blue states subsidize you.

Think about it. Most people who habitually vote Republican have almost no money, and yet, you cheer when the Republicans screw you by killing a higher minimum wage or by instituting “right to work” laws, thus guaranteeing lower wages for the foreseeable future. Why do that to yourself? Because of tax cuts? Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but most of the Republican “base” has seen almost nothing in the way of tax cuts. Most tax cuts over the last 40 years have gone to the very rich. In fact, the top 1% saw 17% of the tax savings, and half of the savings went to the top 20% of earners. That means most of us are paying roughly the same tax rates we paid prior to the neocon era. In many cases, working class people are now paying higher taxes. And it’s no wonder, since the GOP pretty much only cuts income taxes, which many working class people don’t pay, while they routinely raise payroll taxes, which everyone but the very rich pay.

I guess the question is, Republicans, how stupid are you? You know your states are economic toilets, where the richest folks and corporations get treated like kings, while the average person is treated like a serf. You are being played, Republican “base,” and the way you get played just keeps getting more absurd. Like their promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

Your Republican handlers are doing is fleecing you. They’re taking campaign funds from you by making a promise that they can’t possibly keep. The Affordable Care Act is a law, not a bill. A LAW. It’s not an option for Congress to fund it, it’s an obligation. But even without funding, most of the ACA will continue to be implemented. Most of the ACA is about regulating the insurance industry, not providing “free” insurance to people. It doesn’t create a government run health care system and it doesn’t create a government insurance system. More than 90% of its funding does not come from government.

Therefore, how pissed off will you be when the GOP shuts down the government over a scheme that won’t even work? Because it won’t work. It can’t work. WE pay for most of Obamacare, not the government.

Stop believing everything the Republican BS machine puts out there for you to buy. Learn to think for yourselves, Republicans. They’re lying to you, in order to make lots of money from you. At some point, you have to open your eyes and look around and realize this. Donald Trump and the GOP are performing the ultimate con, and you’re falling for it. That’s bad for you and it’s even worse for the rest of us.

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