Listening to Republican leaders and TV pundits debate the need of the pending rebranding of the party and their relative philosophical failures for the past eight years* is a grotesque cynical insult to all of us.
To equate branding tactics and philosophical spin as more important than deeds is wrong. Do they not remember “right and wrong”? It seems that the sinners have found Jesus again and promise to sin no more. I say, give me good works. I say their congregations should demand it, too.
To suggest that the same people will somehow act differently if just given another chance is akin to letting the wife beater back in the household. It is a sickness and soft words with a broad smile will not hide the hard heart and mean spirit for long. They don’t need new spin, they need to demonstrate they can be trusted.
We have cycles in our political system. There are swings every 10 years or so. It wasn’t long ago that the Dems were so down that Rove and Company were talking of a permanent Republican majority. Where did they go wrong and why so quickly? Just google, “Bush, Cheney, Rove, lies, betrayal, corruption, hypocrisy” and you’ll likely find your answer. Or, just notice that during Bush years, the Dems didn’t try to undermine America, but to make things as good as they could. They built trust by being trustworthy. We can only hope, they will stay that way.
America needs more than one viable political party. Healthy debate washes issues to remove imperfections – at least, some of them. All of us, need the Republicans (the top 1% more than others). But we need them to be more interested in good governance than in power. More interested in what is good for America than what is good for their next election cycle. More interested in the people they represent who aren’t often heard, than those they hang out with in their testosterone-filled caucus. More interested in what is good common sense, than good sound bites for the party faithful. These times are far too dangerous to be working against the common good. What they do matters.
*In case the elephant does forget and to name just a few, they doubled the national debt and crippled our economy through deficits, outsourcing, cronyism, corruption, incompetence and deregulation; started two wars, tortured and wiretapped; corrupted our judicial system and undermined the constitution; and led America by division, fear and bad faith.