QUOTE(leetchie69 @ Feb 15 2012, 12:08 PM)
Santorum would be a great candidate...about 60 years ago.
...and this is the problem that I have with the GOP. They have a romantic view of the past. Something like a black and white "Leave it to Beaver" world where minorities didn't exist. The only latino was Lucille Ball's husband. Women cared for the children with an apron and on and on. This puritanical environment where morality was the order of the day and at worst the bad kids hung outside of the local ice cream shop. Its pure fantasy driven nostalgia. Its delusional.
They operate in part with the supposition that anyone not them is a heathen animal who is bent on raping their children, destroying the American Dream, and pissing on their parade. Look at these wild revisions of history that groups like the tea-party, Sarah Palin and a few others espouse and spread as some American gospel. Wrapped in an American Flag with a cross in one hand and a rifle in another. Riding through the towns with bells because the British were coming to take their guns.
They are woefully paranoid and think that their America is being infringed upon by outsiders. They romanticize a different America. They unabashedly use phrases like, "we are the real America." And that pisses me off. I AM EVERY BIT AN AMERICAN AS THEY ARE. I am a patriot. I love this country. I care about it. I believe that it has the power to affect some of the greatest changes for the betterment of mankind. Compared to other nations, we have so much potential.
When I go abroad, I don't always want to tell people that I am American any longer because I don't want to explain some of what has happened. We have a black President who didn't usher in a post racial era as I had hoped. It surfaced the ugly hatred and disgust of minorities and the worst of this country out of the closet. My conversations about America with some of my international colleagues make me feel almost apologetic for things like invasions of Iraq. Why? Because in my eyes, we have abused our moral authority and lost our humility and as a result people don't necessarily want to be like us, but not become us.
When I see the Right Wing candidates and the social agenda, it is this disconnect that I can not bridge. They say things like, "America's leader should never bow to a Saudi King." I am like WTF??? Where is America's humility nowadays. These people see humility as a weakness to be replaced with arrogance. They talk about "American Exceptionalism." But it is no longer earned. To them its more of, "you don't think America is exceptional?" And then they kick you in the face with a boot.
While they stand there screaming USA, USA waving a flag made in China, the world is passing us by. Education, manufacturing, R&D, engineering, medical, infrastructure and on and on.
This is why their "right wing social engineering" has caused me to look at even their good ideas and pause and say to myself, "oh, fuck that guy. He's insane."
And so, we don't need to go back 60-years. We need to go forward 20-years.
These guys produce such pessimism. Always talking in the negative. My Uncle works for NASA. He talks about the budget cuts and politicians who now look at what they do with a scowl. He brings up this great point to me. "America doesn't have dreams anymore." They see what we do as an unneeded expense. We put people on the moon for fucks sake and haven't been back since the 1970's. They invented the internet. They invented so many other things. Yes, private enterprise is important but most start-ups can't fund like NASA does. They take great ideas and make them something that private enterprise uses for the better part of everything.
And that is why I cannot go back to the RNC. They frankly, are just not progressive enough and are living in a dark time where America sucks because we have morally lost our way.
And that is how we end up with guys like Santorum, Romney, and Gingrich. They think that this is a great moral platform by which America should stand on. And it couldn't be a worse course for America.
They even were criticizing President Obama for meeting with Xi Jinping because he is not the head of state in China but a subordinate and that it is showing America as weak to the Chinese. VP Biden should have handled this. Well, Xi is about to become the leader of China and so why was it bad for an American President to welcome and open dialogue with the man who the US will have to deal with for years?