1. morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds; an evil life.
2. harmful; injurious: evil laws.
3.characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous: to be fallen on evil days.
4.due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character: an evil reputation.
5.marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.: He is known for his evil disposition.
6. that which is evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct: to choose the lesser of two evils.
7. the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
8. the wicked or immoral part of someone or something: The evil in his nature has destroyed the good.
9. harm; mischief; misfortune: to wish one evil.
10. anything causing injury or harm: Tobacco is considered by some to be an evil.
Someone has got to tell them. For over seven days now, since election night November 6, 2012 when President Barack Obama won a resounding victory in the electoral college and would go on to lead the popular vote by millions, the Republicans have been wondering what went wrong. Words like shell-shocked, gobsmacked, flabbergasted all began to be heard, and every ranking Republican except the candidate weighed in on why the defeat happened. And the sad part is not one newscaster or pundit has actually decided to tell these wonderers the two main reasons for the loss.
First, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan acted like lying, sexist, egotistical bigots (OK, I got that from "9 to 5" as Parton, Tomlin and Fonda described their dastardly boss Dabney Coleman) but the adjectives aren't far off. Neither candidate could hold a position longer than 10 minutes to save their lives. Romney was/is elitist, disconnected from the very country he wished to govern. In fact, many times his statements seemed as though he didn't like America or Americans at all. At least not average ones. Ryan, through his budget and his words, was so beyond the pale that he made Romney seem like a moderate.
So, reason number one for your loss Republican elite: your candidates sucked. As hard as this was for Karl Rove to believe, they were bad enough to lose miserably. And while he acted like someone that had bought Ohio and refused to believe his purchase wasn't going to be completed (hey, they charged my card, why didn't I get this?) most felt renewed hope at once; hope that evil wouldn't triumph.
And that brings us to reason number two for the loss: the Republican party as it is now portrayed by its leaders is evil, pure and simple and by definition (which is why I led with the definition, to be clear, I am not name calling but actually pointing out real evil).
Speaking for God, by they Bible's own teachings, is evil. When a politician steps forth and says if a woman was to get pregnant by rape that it was as God intended, not only is that sentiment and statement evil but it implies that the speaker speaks for God Himself (or Herself). And that is blasphemy, again by definition.
Morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked... reads the definition of evil. Tell me it isn't morally wrong to deny healthcare to those in need, to deny food, shelter, electricity, water to those in need; tell me dictating to a woman what she can do with her body or telling tax paying Americans they don't deserve the same rights as you do because of what they do goes against your God... tell me that's not immoral. "Legitimate rape" discussions are immoral; scaring seniors, thinking you're going to take away their only lifeline and then send them a voucher in its place; cutting programs for needy people while increasing programs for war and killing and devastation... all of it is morally wrong, wicked. Lying, cheating, having no moral compass or center, believing those in society that are brown or black are in some way less than... all of these things are evil.
Just the leaders of the party, you say? Look at the picture of tweets collected shortly after the election. Look at the racism, hatred, immorality, pure evil, in those.
A sample of tweets the day after the election.
The fact is, Mitt Romney should be kept far away from the White House, and thankfully he will be. Paul Ryan must be fought at all costs in any future bids. But more importantly, we must not fear the demise of the Republican party as we know it: on the contrary, we must welcome its extinction.
For years I have wondered why this party was so recognized by America. Money is the only answer. Their ideas are fringe at best, their platform divisive, asking Americans to turn against family members if one is gay or needs an abortion, asking Americans to turn their backs on immigrants, show no compassion for those that need health care, asking Americans to abandon the very ideals outlined by our founding fathers of inclusion, love and caring and in place put a very White, very Evangelical, very narrow view of the nation and each other.
It is time for the Great White Zealot of a Party to sink in to the tar pit of history. If it is to reemerge, it will have to be sincere. Instead, they'll make feeble attempts to reach out to Hispanics or women (doubtful to gays)... a new tune sung to try and take back what they feel is theirs: power. If they have to pretend to like immigrants or women so be it, so long as they win. That will be their new tact, and it will be equally as evil and hopefully as transparent.
America is ready for what Jefferson called "progress of the human mind." The Republican Party and the candidates it puts forth only want to go "back" or "return" to some idealized existence that never existed except in their little White Zealot minds. A lovely White America where women did as they were told (as Romney said, getting home in time to cook dinner and take care of their man), where GLBT members stayed in the closet (like many Republican leaders have), where healthcare was reserved for those who could afford it and where there was only one stated God: theirs (knowing the true Republican deities are power and money to the party, but they cloak that in a shroud of Yahweh).
The Republican Party heads are those that Christ would remove from the Temple, the money changers, the greedy, those that would impose their will on others. He would minister to those out back, as he did in his time if you believe such things. He would unite, not divide. And people like Ryan or Romney would fear his wrath, not talk about His glory. Am I speaking for God? Nope, I've read the Bible even if I'm an atheist. It's pretty clear what happens to those who put money, power, greed, race, gender or anything else above either the Lord or each other.
A two-term African American president is an incredible, historic event. The fact that his reelection signaled the beginning of the extinction of one of the most regressive and detrimental pulls on progress in America, the Republican regime, is an added plus.
Oh, and to the states that want to secede, the willful children that want to run away to a better life; why not tough-love them? Let them go. Let the states that suck up $2 for every $1 dollar given to the Feds do without the Federal money and programs for awhile. Let them manage on their own, without Washington and the security of strength in numbers. They'll come a'beggin' back. At which time the union that's left should say "no!"
If we are to move "Forward" it's time we eliminate the potholes to progress known as the regressive Republicans. Give the Libertarians, Peace and Freedom, Green Party or countless others a chance. Couldn't be any worse. And thank whatever power you believe in that these events are occurring. Eight years of Bush nearly killed us, four years of Romney would have finished the job.
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