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Monday, August 15, 2016

Republican Plank # 2: More Pro-Empire Presuppositions

The Preamble to the Republican Party's platform is truly a piece of work.  The last blog post mentioned some of the outrageous claims made in it and I am compelled to critique more of it in this post.  Please consider the following political presuppositions advanced by the Republican Party of the Socialist Democracy of Amerika:
"Our economy has become unnecessarily weak with stagnant wages. People living paycheck to paycheck are struggling, sacrificing, and suffering. Americans have earned and deserve a strong and healthy economy.
Our standing in world affairs has declined significantly — our enemies no longer fear us and our friends no longer trust us. People want and expect an America that is the most powerful and respected country on the face of the earth.
The men and women of our military remain the world’s best. The have been shortchanged in numbers, equipment, and benefits by a Commander in Chief who treats the Armed Forces and our veterans as a necessary inconvenience.
The President and the Democratic party have dismantled Americans’ system of healthcare. They have replaced it with a costly and complicated scheme that limits choices and takes away our freedom.
The President and the Democratic party have nearly doubled the size of the national debt....
Every time we sing, 'God Bless America,' we are asking for help. We ask for divine help that our country can fulfill its promise. We earn that help by recommitting ourselves to the ideas and ideals that are the true greatness of America."
What is "our economy" and who is it, precisely, that owns it?  The Republicans have no clue how to answer those two questions.  The "economy" is not a living entity that can be managed and controlled by omniscient government bureaucrats.  The economy is nothing more than the combined activities of millions of individuals who come to the market freely to exchange the things they have created with other market participants.  It is not owned by anyone and it is by its very nature impossible to manage or control.  All that government can do when it comes to the economy of the SDA is intervene in a harmful fashion.  The best thing for government to do to the economy is nothing.  The Republicans promise to do a lot of things for the economy and none of those promises is the promise to do nothing.
The Republicans declare that real wages have stagnated.  Here is the truth about real wages:



Real wages at King Obama's first coronation were $35,752 per capita.  Today they are $38,894.  That represents a real increase of almost 9% and cannot honestly be described as "stagnant."  That means the Republicans will not hesitate to lie when constructing their platform.
The Republicans moan that "our standing in the world has declined."  What is their evidence for this assertion?  One of the primary bits of evidence for their position is that "our enemies no longer fear us."  Can any better evidence of the nature of the Amerikan Empire be offered up than this?  The Republicans see the world as consisting of friends and enemies.  Friends bow down and kiss the ring of the Emperor and enemies must live in constant mortal terror of our military might.  When sovereign nations around the world, like Russia under Putin, refuse to kowtow to the Amerikan Empire the Republicans throw a hissy fit and demand more money for the military.  Nothing short of perpetual war will satisfy the Republicans.  They are the party of the Empire and they want to be involved in constant wars of empire expansion.
The Republicans bemoan the present condition of the Amerikan war machine and call for more taxes upon the top 49% of the income population to expand the ability of the war machine to wage wars of imperial expansion.  Here is a list of the top 15 defense budgets for all the sovereign nations in the world:

Rank

Country Spending
($ Bn.)
1 United States United States 597.5
2 China China 145.8
3 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 81.9
4 Russia Russia 65.6
5 United Kingdom United Kingdom 56.2
6 India India 48.0
7 France France 46.8
8 Japan Japan 41.0
9 Germany Germany 36.7
10 South Korea South Korea 33.5
11 Brazil Brazil 24.3
12 Australia Australia 22.8
13 Italy Italy 21.6
14 Iraq Iraq 21.1
15 Turkey Turkey 18.2

How can any rational person say the SDA military forces are seriously underdeveloped in light of how much is spent in relation to the rest of the countries of the world?  Only a Republican can look at the above chart and make the assertion that SDA military forces are seriously underfunded.
The Republicans complain about Obamacare incessantly.  Although it is true that Republican Congressmen voted almost unanimously in opposition to Obamacare, it is also true that the Republicans want to replace Obamacare with some version of Republicancare instead.  Later on in their platform the Republicans describe what they want in Obamacare's place.  They write, "In its place we must combine what worked best in the past with changes needed for the future. We must recover the traditional patient-physician relationship based on mutual trust, informed consent, and confidentiality. To simplify the system for both patients and providers, we will reduce mandates and enable insurers and providers of care to increase healthcare options and contain costs. Our goal is to ensure that all Americans have improved access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, including those struggling with mental illness....We believe that individuals with preexisting conditions who maintain continuous coverage should be protected from discrimination....Our aging population must have access to safe and affordable care. Because most seniors desire to age at home, we will make homecare a priority in public policy and will implement programs to protect against elder abuse."
Well there you have it!  The Republicans want to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that looks a whole lot like Obamacare.  They support government intervention into all aspects of healthcare and there is no mention of allowing the free market to operate anywhere in their platform.  Throughout the entire statement about healthcare in the SDA the Republicans presuppose that it is the business and ability of government to regulate healthcare providers and insurers in such a way that the Amerikan people can be served better than the free market would serve them.  The Republican healthcare "system" is democratic socialism at its worst.
As usual, the Republicans complain that Democrats tax and spend their way into enormous amounts of national debt.  As I have shown in previous blogs, that claim is completely bogus.  Here is the truth:

Debt Increase By President

(Astute observers will note that the national debt figure for King Obama is for his first term alone.  Bringing his figures up to date indicates that he has presided over an increase in the national debt of 90%, or just about what his predecessor King George amassed.)
The Republicans conclude their Preamble by writing about how they proudly like to sing "God Bless Amerika" because they believe in some sort of god and get all misty eyed when they ask it for help.  The Republican deity believes that murdering tens of millions of citizens in various sovereign nations around the world in the name of empire expansion is a good thing.  Moreover, if the Republicans really believe in the God of the Bible, why have they made no attempt to do anything about the genocide that has been taking place in this country since 1973?  Oh, to be sure, they parade around their "pro-life" position to buy the votes of Evangelicals but those campaign promises are quickly forgotten once they are re-elected.  There is one word that describes the Republican platform quite well and it is "hypocrisy." 

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