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August 28, 2012

Republicans Live in Alternate Universe

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A little over one hour drive from the GOP convention in Tampa is the fantasy land of Disney World. But the Republicans don’t need to go that far to find their own personal fantasies. Looking at Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) perspective of how raped women can’t get pregnant, it seems that the conservatives are concentrating on seventeenth-century superstition. But Republicans beliefs go far deeper into a magical world than that.

Republicans have this fantasy that reducing the deficit will happen if government doesn’t raise revenue or cut spending. Yes, they plan to cut spending for the safety net, but they will replace all that with adding to the defense budget and raising tax cuts for the wealthy. They have this fantasy that lower taxes for the wealthy will bring jobs—even if this hasn’t happened for the past decade when they did it.

Ronald Reagan believed that he could get more revenue by bringing in less. At least, he believed it until he found out it didn’t work and raised taxes 11 times. Some people say more. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), VP wannabe, still believes that less revenue means more money.

Republicans have this fantasy that the United States can have two wars and not have to pay for them. They think that they can pay for prescriptions for older people and not have to pay for them. They think that they can give the Pentagon more money and not have to pay for it.

Republicans have this fantasy that modeling the country after a business that guts business and sends jobs overseas will create more jobs. They think that we can have the best health care in the world without the Affordable Care Act by just saying that we have the best health care in the world. Even if the United Nations rates the United States health care as 37th in the world.

Republicans have this fantasy that there won’t be climate change if they say there isn’t any climate change. As George W. Bush said, “What’s wrong with a little heat?” Of course, he said that before last year saw the worst drought and the worst fires in history in Texas.

Other Republican fantasies include creating “clean coal” by putting the word “clean” before “coal” and assuming that all the fruit and vegetables will magically get picked even if there are no migrant workers.

Fantasies have to come from some place. As Paul Krugman pointed out, Ryan gets many of his monetary philosophies from Francisco d’Anconia. Not everyone recognizes the name because he is a fictional character in Atlas Shrugged. As John Galt’s sidekick, d’Anconia believes in the return to the gold standard, including gold coins, and rejects the concept of paper money. Ryan wants to turn back time two centuries to the early 1800s. A Republican president, Richard Nixon, took the United States off the gold standard over 40 years ago.

Even conservative David Brooks claims that Ryan lives in a “political fantasy.” When Ryan was on the Simpson-Bowles Commission, they developed a plan that would have simplified the tax code, lowered rates, and capped the size of government, brought the federal debt down from 73 percent to 67 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Because the plan didn’t address Medicare, Ryan walked out and refused to participate. The commission collapsed.

As Brooks said, “Ryan’s fantasy … is the fantasy that the other party will not exist.” According to Brooks, this fantasy has permeated the GOP this year, that the Republican politicians have not given one speech that “grapples with the real world—that we live in a highly polarized, evenly divided nation and the next president is going to have to try to pass laws in that context.” When Ryan voted against the Simpson-Bowles Plan, “he missed the chance to do something good for the country.”

Beyond the lies that the Republicans tell, they have other fantasies. They maintain that President Obama will take away all the guns because he hasn’t said anything about taking away guns. They believe that there is a plot to build a highway from Canada to Mexico in order to create these countries with the United States in a combined state, the North American Union.

Republicans have this fantasy that the founding fathers created this country as a Christian nation despite the documentation that they didn’t. They believe that a man like Nathan Bedford Forrest is a hero, a slave-trader who killed surrendered African-Americans when he was a Civil War General. One of his supporters, Todd Kiscaden, said, “I recommend this man to model his life after… He always led from the front.  He did what he said he was going to do.  He took care of his people, and his people included both races.”

One of Rush Limbaugh’s fantasies was that the president had the National Hurricane Center change the path of the storm so that he could send FEMA to Tampa and make the GOP convention look like a disaster area. More than that, Limbaugh thought that the president used the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), an ionospheric research program jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the University of Alaska, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to guide the hurricane.

The Republicans have a fantasy that they can convince women to vote for them because they will be economically better than with a Democratic leadership. Conservatives brush away the erosion of women’s rights as a “side issue.” Republicans also have a fantasy that they can woo minority voters by driving immigrants out of the country.

Republicans have a fantasy that the nation is better off with far fewer teachers and firefighters and law enforcement people. They believe that voting is a privilege, not a right. They think that fertilized eggs deserve all the rights of human beings but that LGBT people don’t deserve the same rights. And they believe that businesses, even the ones with federal assistance, succeeded with no outside help.

Republicans—especially the presidential candidates—have the fantasy that God has specially selected each one of them to rule the United States of America.

As Jonathan Schell said in The Nation, “Republicans have exhibited a strong desire to take up residence in an imaginary world, an alternate reality—one in which global warming is found to be a fraud perpetrated by the world’s top scientists, Obama turns out to have been born in Kenya and is a Muslim (and a socialist), budgets can be slashed without social pain, firing government employees reduces unemployment, tax cuts for the wealthy replenish government coffers, and so forth.”

Totalitarian regimes show that this fantasy goes well together with the will to power that the Republicans have shown in their single-minded determination to unseat President Obama. As one of George W. Bush’s advisers said to Bush at the height of the Iraq War, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” The best way to get support for propaganda is to erase any reality that disagrees with it.

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