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Republilcans Come Face-To-Face — With A Potentially Barren Political Future!

By Frank Byronn GlennThe dawn may be breaking in the impenetrable and stubborn heads of leaders of the Republican party — which bet its future on “NO!”  They nurtured  the disgusting belief throughout their base — and a slightly extended fringe of people who are not political but didn’t want a black President of any political persuasion in the White House  — that nothing a black President would do would be legitimate (because he wasn’t one of us and therefore was an illegitimate President) — and that nothing he could do would be good for America.

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So they demonized everything Barack Obama said and did — reminding the country as the did that he was “bad to the bone” — for America.  They said he wasn’t born here — like Ted Cruz and John McCain — and that therefore he didn’t “know America”.   And since he wasn’t “from here”, he could have know clue how “we” did things here — or what we needed.   He wasn’t “one of us”, so he couldn’t “really” speak for us.    And anything he said —  or did — could not be therefore be representative of things Americans would naturally and of their own volition want or choose.

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When Obama talked about us doing things together — to help each other — it was European socialism —  the worst kind, because it masqueraded as helping the people — but it really ruined their lives. And when he talked about  doing something about healthcare for millions of people who didn’t have any — or had crappy plans — and talked about saving General Motors, extending unemployment insurance, fixing the predatory student loan market, or providing food stamps to jobless poor people so they and their children could survive — he was the secret, evil, “dark” agent — of government “take-over”.

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The Republicans said “no”, called into question his legitimacy, questioned his birthright to be President, demonized every suggestion and idea and program he spoke of — or proposed — to the point that rejecting anything Obama as inferior, socialist, or a direct threat to the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of all Americans — that the Republican party slowly they devolved into a party in which “Obama dissing” was their entire party platform.  They had to discredit everything Obama said, every action he took, and furiously and absurdly and meaninglessly try to repeal, undermine, derail, and destroy everything he did  — so much, that along the way they opposed some things that American actually wanted — or that was actually good for a few  millions of people here and there.

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And when the big one — the Affordable Care Act — finally went into effect — lurching and limping as it did at first –– it slowly began to dawn on people.  This isn’t the end of the world.  There are no death panels.   They aren’t killing Grandma. Rates aren’t going up.  Unemployment isn’t sky-rocketing.  My new plan is a little better than my old one.  The Apocalypse is not upon us.  And I don’t have to work for this company for the rest of my life because if I quit I will lose my family’s healthcare and will never be able to get it again.  And if one of my family gets sick, it won’t be our financial ruin — wiping out 40 years of hard work.

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In fact, there are actually some good things  about Obamacare.  For example, our children can stay on my wife and I’s policy until they are 26.  My “chubby baby” is no longer potentially relegated to the status of a “pre-existing condition” because he is “chubby”.  Neither are my wife and daughters — because they are female.  The insurance companies can’t collect my health insurance premiums until I get sick, then boot me off my insurance and keep my money.  If my nephew gets cancer, they can’t care for him until the medical expenses hit a made-up, for profit protection amount of money, which insurors call the “cap”– and then they quit paying and he quits receiving medical care — and he dies for lack of adequate medical care.  Seniors pay a little less for medicine because we closed the donut-hole.  Medicaid expansion extends healthcare to millions of deserving,  hardworking,  lower income people — at least in the states in which Republicans have not been successful in blocking it. Oh, yes.  And the insurance companies have to spend most of the premiums we pay for health insurance — on our healthcare — or they have to give us refund for what they didn’t spend.  And we don’t automatically have to go bankrupt if  a family member gets seriously ill.  Novel, indeed, those ideas!

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So now Republicans are caught hating on, dissing, and trying to repeal something that America is slowing beginning to realize is actually a good thing for America.  Or at least a step in the right direction.  It’s good to have healthcare.  They are sort of politically, culturally, and morally adrift.  The have no  gyro — they have no compass.  The have no core values — they have only rejection of what is — or what could be — as a political philosophy.  And that’s a pretty tough sell.  Even in the new millenium!  But  Republicans are trapped there — in that void.  They trained their dysfunctional base to expect only “no” from them — or they will get “tea partied” by them.  And they can’t win general elections with no policies, programs, or ideas — except those that benefit only the very richest people  in our society — including themselves (since most Congress people are wealthy as well).  In a country of 350 million people, it is not a successful strategy to propose programs that benefit only a couple of million people — and harm — or ignore —  the rest.