Another day, another shameful day Republican politician.
In case you’re following, I’m referring to Thomas Massie, the US congressman, who on Saturday tweeted out “Christmas pictures” showing his smiling family heat packing, with the words, “Santa Claus, please bring ammo.”
You can support Second Amendment without feeling the need to embellish the weapon and put it on public display. Unfortunately essay definition Massie’s photo — coming in just a few days shooting range has four students fatally shot and seven others wounded — indicating that fake password not just stupid; it is heartless.
It’s also quite revealing about characteristics of the current Republican party. This behavior signals a radical autonomy, focusing on “rights” instead of responsibilities, and prioritizing the desire for cheap buzz and attention over concern for others, such as families of the victims.
The same can be said of how Republicans are prioritizing individual autonomy and publicity when it comes to COVID-19 mitigation efforts over caring for vulnerable Americans. Who can forget Ted Cruz’s attack on Big Bird for tweeting pro-vaccination? Or Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comment on “Nazi vaccineAnd compare the House mask’s mission to the Holocaust? The consequences are real. People living in Trump country are more likely to die from COVID-19, according to a new NPR analysis. maybe because they believe misinformation about mitigation.
On the Monday episode of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and his panel made this point, while calling the Republican Party the “party of death”.
I agree with that — except on the abortion issue.
It is noteworthy that the issue of life, once the defining issue for many Republicans, is philosophically out of touch with the transcendental right-wing worldview.
In fact, if you were designing the two political parties of the United States today, de novo, you can make one party purely individualistic and another more communal. The former will be obsessed with personal “rights”; second, about communities and protecting vulnerable people. Today’s Republicans would likely be the former, while the Democrats would be the latter.
It is no coincidence that today’s anti-vaxxers on the right have chosen the old pro-choice slogan of the left, “My body, my choice.” Both sides selfishly prioritize the interests of an individual over protecting the vulnerable.
I’m not the only one to notice hypocrisy. It has become a cliche when I hear progressives talk about how Republicans are supportive of life until after birth (at the time, you had to fend for yourself when it came to health care, violence, etc.) gun power, addiction, etc.).
To the extent this is true, the consequence is that Democrats are only concerned with protecting the vulnerable who managed to be born.
For Americans with consistent living ethics, this is not a rounding error that can be easily eliminated. According to the Guttmacher . InstituteThe most recent report of, “About 862,320 abortions were performed in 2017.”
To put this in perspective, last year, Gun violence kills about 20,000 people (approximately 44,000, if suicides are included), car crashes kill about 42,000 Americansand COVID-19 lost about 352,000 VND life.
This means that if you agree with the view that the GOP has become (like Morning Joe put it) “party of death” – except (as I am pointing out) abortion – you still could reasonably decide that voting for Republicans would save two evils. Indeed, the math will support this argument. That the Supreme Court, after three Trump appointments and confirmations, could on the brink of upheaval Roe v. Wade seems to confirm this political calculation.
As it stands, there is no consistent pro-life party, which suggests there may be a market for one party. For reasons it has to do with maintaining their current alliance together, the Democrats won’t fill this void, but they maybe try and exploit this political opportunity by going back to Bill Clinton’s “safe, legal, and rare” formula. Instead, the Democratic Party has tended to the opposite, as evidenced by Joe Biden’s 2019 Turning Point on the Hyde Amendment.
From where I sit, we have not one, but two, the feast of death. If Democrats don’t get you in the womb, Republicans can get the job done.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/republicans-are-winning-on-abortion-but-doubling-down-on-death?source=articles&via=rss Republicans are winning on abortion but doubling the death toll