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November 1, 2014

GOP Hopes to Exchange Fear for Votes

Filed under: Elections,Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 11:40 PM
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Halloween is gone for 2014, but the GOP is still pouring on the fear to garner votes this next Tuesday. If they can’t stop people from voting by mandating photo IDs, then they hope to terrify them into voting for conservatives.

Conservative candidates try to convince people that ISIL is working with Mexican drug cartels to get into the United States. Senate candidates David Perdue (Georgia) and Tom Cotton (Arkansas) are pushing this thoroughly debunked idea even if their states aren’t on the border. Cotton went so far as to use his ads to disseminate terror footage provided by ISIL.

The most popular false claim just three days before the general election is that Ebola can be stopped only by banning all travel from West Africa. Scott Brown, GOP senatorial candidate in New Hampshire, is running ads that diseased people will be pouring across the southern border, ostensibly with all those ISIL warriors.

Pushing his conservative credentials, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has joined the “party of stupid” by claiming that human-caused climate change is a “Trojan horse” that liberals invented to push their economic agenda.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK ) invented the story that the new Common Core curriculum is an invention of socialism. Rep. State Rep. Charles Van Vant added that Common Core will cause children to be “homosexual.”

GOP Joni Ernst, ahead in the Iowa battle for U.S. senator, claims that the president is a dictator who is a threat to Congress. The Affordable Care Act is so frightening to Ernst that she wants to arrest the officials who implement it. Liberals are trying to kill innocent eggs, according to Ernst, so she wants to give them “personhood” rights and end not only abortion but also contraception. The immigrants are so fearsome that she wants to make English the official language of the United States. Her solution for people who displease her is to shoot them.

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) talked about how people commit suicide because they lack support from friends and family at Wasilla High School where a student had recently killed himself. He followed this statement the next day by saying the handouts from the government also make people kill themselves.

Thom Tillis, North Carolina’s GOP candidate for the senate, wants people to be afraid of criminals and blacks. As state House Speaker, he supported the repeal of a law allowing death-row inmates to appeal their sentences with evidence of racial bias because it didn’t honor white Republicans. He also agrees with Ernst in banning contraception and any abortion as well as agreeing with Jindal in the “Trojan horse” of a belief in human-caused climate change.

Other terrors spread by conservatives are the fear of an increase in the pay equity although Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now claiming that he supports it in his campaign re-election. He actually did away with it in Wisconsin.

Fear of freedom of religion is a focus of Jody Hice, running for a U.S. representative from Georgia. Lack of religion in the schools has caused the mass shootings, according to Hice. He’s also opposing the “judicial terrorists” who want to give religious rights to everyone in the United States. In his book It’s Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America, he spreads the fear of Muslims, who “[don’t] deserve First Amendment protection,” and gay people who try to “sodomize” children and persecute Christians.

Another fear that Hice spreads is that of federal officials trying to make people obey the law. He praised the armed militia groups at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada who threatened violence against law enforcement officers. His position is that everyone should have the right to “any, any, any, any weapon that our government and law enforcement possesses,” including “bazookas and missiles,” to fight the government. He also spreads fear of Central American children fleeing violence in their home countries and coming into the United States, proposing militia groups at the country’s southern border.

Glenn Grothman, candidate for U.S. representative in Wisconsin, campaigns on fear of unions because they fight for a five-day work week and paid sick leave. Water disinfection programs are another fear that Grothman spreads. Another fear is “women” because “gals” are ruining the United States in their “war on men.” Single motherhood is terrifying because it is “a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”

Not content with just opposing gay rights in the U.S., Grothman also defended a Ugandan law that makes homosexuality a crime punishable by sentences including life in prison. He even suggested that “unbelievable” American criticism of Uganda’s law would prompt God to punish the United States. Homosexuality needs to be controlled by life imprisonment.

As an Oregon resident, I have the opportunity to oppose Monica Wehby for senator. Although she claims to be pro-choice and pro-marriage equality, she didn’t support these issues until after she had won the primary, indicating that it’s a short-term position. Her other positions are echoed by most GOP candidates across the country:

  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act
  • Support the Hobby Lobby decision that takes contraception from women
  • Oppose the Paycheck Fairness Act
  • Incentivize businesses in sending jobs offshore
  • Reduce taxes, including those for corporations
  • Eliminate federal minimum wage
  • Set all school curriculum at local level
  • Leave “all options on the table” regarding Social Security (meaning get rid of it)
  • Secure the border before any immigration reform; deport most undocumented immigrants
  • Stop new EPA regulations
  • Protect forestry industry from lawsuits
  • Oppose expansion of background checks on gun purchases
  • Send ground troops to Middle East
  • Avoid the U.N. Arms Treaty

A few months ago, David Sarasohn, my favorite Oregonian columnist, wrote that Wehby had hit the trifecta of candidate disasters: “embarrassing revelations, plagiarized positions and debate refusals.” Wehby copied material from conservative websites and from her primary opponent for her own website. She first refused to debate her opponent, before she changed her mind to do one debate in the less-populated southern part of the state. And reporters found that she was the subject of three police calls for domestic disturbance against both an ex-husband and an ex-boyfriend.

Although Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, was touted as a medical expert, her health care plans were lifted from Karl Rove. When asked about this, her spokesperson said,”Dr. Wehby is too busy performing brain surgery on sick children to respond, sorry.” She wasn’t. Even after she took her website down to remove the copied material, there was still more when the website became active again.

Sarasohn missed the one about her investment in a company that owes $100,000 in back taxes. Throughout her campaign she used her private sector experience as a doctor to prove that she can “create jobs” in a small business.

Republicans likely selected the unknown Monica Wehby because of her gender, hoping that women would rally around her in the largely blue Oregon. As of last week, only 22 percent of women polled are supporting Wehby.

Almost exactly six years ago on the night that Barack Obama was elected president for the first time, Sen. Mitch McConnell secretly gathered his minions and declared, ““Our No. 1 priority is to make this president a one-term president.” Today, he promised to end gridlock if the people elect enough GOP senators to dominate the chamber. The Minority Leader of the Senate is promising that a GOP minority in the senate will continue to take hostages until the country gives in to his blackmail. This is the real fear that voters should have, electing terrorists to Congress.


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