I find it amazing that not four weeks ago the Republican Party was trying their best to convince the American people that Mitt Romney was the next great president of the United States. The Republicans even compared Romney to their patron saint, President Ronald Reagan. Republican pundits and political leaders gave great speeches about how Romney’s business experience would lead us out of debt and create jobs, jobs, and more jobs for everyone! The Republicans explained away the debacle of Romney’s comment about the 47% by insisting he was misunderstood, and those comments were being taken out of context by a liberal media. Ironically, days after the election was over Mitt Romney decided to put his foot in his mouth once again by saying African and Latino Americans voted for President Obama because of the “gifts” he would give them.
Consequently, Republicans far and wide, led by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, were lining up to negate the insults issued by the defeated candidate. Gov. Jindal went on every talk show and news outlet possible in attempts to discredit Romney’s philosophy, alluding to the fact that the Republican Party needs to send a message of uniting not dividing. As he stated during his CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer, “We need to stop talking down to voters…As a Republican party, we need to fight for 100 percent of the electorate. Not 53 percent, not 52 percent, but 100 percent. We’ve got to stop trying to divide people into different groups by race, by gender, by class.”(Jindal on GOP)
What happened? Did I miss something? How is it that suddenly Mitt Romney has gone from being this great business man leading us out of this fiscal crisis to being a man who cannot walk and chew gum at the same time?
Republicans are even trying to change their monochromatic, stereotypical image of uptight, rich, white men who don’t care about the needs of the common American. For example, Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, capitalized on the success of a 71% approval rating in his state by appearing on Saturday Night Live, a gesture making him appear both comical and likable. In the same manner, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a press statement urging constituents to understand that minorities have an important place in the GOP, “The conservative movement should have particular appeal to people in minority and immigrant communities who are trying to make it, and Republicans need to work harder than ever to communicate our beliefs to them.”(Rubio on minorities)
Even Republican strategist Karl Rove believes the Republican Party needs to change the “tone” of their explanations on their positions. Speaker of the House, John Boehner, is also giving the impression that he is willing to work with the President because, in his own words, he is “the most reasonable, responsible person (here) in Washington.”(Boehner on Washington)
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!! This kinder, gentler GOP, in my opinion, is nothing more a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Republicans in Ohio are still pushing legislation that denies a woman her right to choose. Republicans in Wisconsin are pushing legislation to deny individuals in their state the right to register to vote on the day of the election, a direct attack on minorities. Republican Governors are reconvening in order to secure ways to opt out of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obama Care”.
The Republican controlled Congress just passed legislation making it harder for immigrants to become American citizens.
Presently, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is telling the press that President Obama’s fiscal cliff proposal is “not a serious offer”, dismissing it as ‘playing rope-a-dope.”(Cantor on fiscal cliff)
Meanwhile, Cantor is willing to slash entitlements like Medicare as indicated by his open support of Paul Ryan’s plan “A Roadmap for America’s Future” and more recently his position that “it is equally unrealistic for the President to continue to insist that Obama care is off the table, or that Medicare and Medicaid require nothing more than some additional provider cuts.”(Cantor on Medicare)
Women’s rights, voter suppression, healthcare, immigration, and our financial direction, all hard fought issues in the courts and election, were upheld by Democratic support; however, the Republicans still continue to push their one-sided tea party policies all while trying to give this perception of willingness to meet Democrats halfway.
My fellow Americans elections are not high school popularity contests. The individuals we elect to office set forth laws and policies that will affect this country for generations. Look past the kind words, good looks, smiles, and charm and focus on what our political leaders put in black and white. Look at what Republicans put on paper; this, not a Saturday night comedy show or a Sunday morning talk show, will tell you everything you need to know about their true intentions.