First of all, let me state that I am a Christian … first, last and foremost.
For many years I was a Republican. Well, sort of, anyhow. My family was Republican and as an adolescent of the 60s, I was basically apolitical at best. I voted, sometimes, but with a certain apathy because, hey, why bother? Then one evening a friend of mine woke me up to the realities of the modern day GOP. Holy cow….I had no idea.
I began doing some research and was sickened to learn what the Republican Party has become. Especially the so-called Christian Right. The Bible thumpers would do well to become Bible readers. I see nothing of Christ in their hatred and rhetoric. Christ, Himself, must be weeping.
During an exit interview with a local news crew in Columbus after the last Presidential election which, I might add President Obama won….again, I was asked how I had voted. Upon hearing my reply, the interviewer said, ‘Oh, we’re only interviewing Republicans’. I replied that I used to be one but wasn’t any longer and did she care to know why. The camera was turned back on and I explained my profound embarrassment of ever even having been called a Republican. Not sure if it ever made the news, as most of the news in Columbus is right-leaning.
I’ve actually tried a time or two to watch Faux News. I am stupefied and revolted by the ‘newscasters’ themselves, in addition to the garbage that they spew. Jon Stewart provides a far more thorough, honest and intelligent rendering of the news and he’s on Comedy Central! Yet, millions of Americans get their news from Faux…..dangerous and sad, to be sure.
I fear for the future of our country when President Obama leaves office. We are in far, far better shape in every conceivable way than we were when he started. One has to wonder what he might have been able to accomplish without the most combative congress in history doing everything in their power to throw roadblocks in his path. Not one of them is fit to shine his shoes. Boehner and McConnell care nothing for this country; their only goals are to hang onto their own positions, do everything possible to stop the President and try to appease the whackjobs in the Tea Party! Governing? Nah, who has the time for that?
Through it all, President Obama remains an intelligent, well-spoken gentleman with more class (for lack of a better word) than the entire GOP put together. I shudder to think what will happen to us should the Grand Old Party reclaim the White House.
The gaggle of prospective GOP candidates for 2016 is staggeringly frightening. Wonder who will walk away with the nomination: Ted Cruz? Rand Paul (and his horrendously hateful daddy)? The illustrious governor of New Jersey? Another Bush? Marco Rubio? Dear Lord! Save us from the GOP!
Why can’t people see? I don’t understand…