Legislative roadblocks, religious extremism, Tea Party bigotry, and favoritism to wealthy interests in the form of huge tax cuts and deregulation for chemical polluters of our air and water. All this along with deregulation of our financial institutions who rob the nation of its wealth, would all become history, if one can only imagine if the GOP ceased to exist.
Just think; we could actually have a health care system that is single-payer and serves everybody the same. Our infrastructure could get needed dollars to pay for new bridges, roads and schools. Jobs would be created because of those dollars to fix our infrastructure. The minimum wage would go up high enough for the lowest paid workers to make a decent enough living to pay for the necessities of life, saving tons of money on social programs that take care of those things now through Welfare, food stamps and Medicaid.
Immigration reform would open the door for millions of immigrants on a path toward citizenship. The right to marry would open up in every state. Voting rights would increase and it would become just as easy to vote in urban poorer neighborhoods as it would be to vote in wealthier, more affluent neighborhoods. Those urban poorer neighborhoods would also get more funding for infrastructure and crumbling schools.
Decent gun restrictions would lower the number of gun deaths. African-Americans and Hispanics would be treated more equally by our justice system. Religious freedom would actually mean freedom of and from religion for everyone and not just Christians. Diplomacy would be first priority over going to war and the military industrial complex would not have as large an influence on our nation when it came to going to war or not going to war.
Women's rights would be increased, concerning their rights to an abortion and equal pay in the workplace. Sexual harassment in the military would decrease, or at least women no longer would need to go through their chain of command to see proper action taken.
Yes, it would be a new day in America when finally equality was present tense and not and endless struggle for rights for LGBT members, immigrants, African-Americans, Hispanics, women and average workers. The super wealthy would no longer be able to buy elections and politicians, because Congress would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United v. FEC and any other law that gave the wealthy an advantage over all other Americans.
Our African-American president would not be treated with the such bigotry, just because he is black and has a Middle-Eastern name, and his agenda would get serious consideration, instead of a consistent "No" on everything and anything he asked for. The first woman president, whenever we finally elect her, would not feel she needed to give special deference to the male dominated Congress and even more women would be elected to public office and our court system.
Alternative energy would take a faster pace while the oil industry would no longer be given subsidies while they made record profits.
America would become a much friendlier place as bigotry would no longer have a place in our government. Fox News perhaps would have to close their doors or stop catering to the right and Rush Limbaugh may decide to retire, if one could only wish. What a great day in America that would be.
On the other hand, perhaps the GOP could start actually listening to the American people and not just their base. Certainly, a two-party system is preferred in a democratic country but for a two-party system to work, both parties need to serve the people and work together. The Republican Party has gone so far off to the right by allowing far right extremist to decide what the party represents, that it can no longer work with the Democrats to improve America, just block them at every turn.
Shutting down the government just to get its way is no way for a political party to operate. It is as though we are dealing with children at a neighborhood ballpark and the Republicans act as though they own the ball, the bat, the mitts and the ballpark, and if we do not let them win, they will close the park down and no one will get to play.
The majority of Americans want immigration reform. They also want Congress to fix ObamaCare, not get rid of it. The want our two major parties, both Democrat and Republican to work together for the betterment of ALL Americans, not just the wealthy or the Christian religious right.
The GOP needs to enlarge its tent of constituents because it seems to becoming nothing but a small group of ill-tempered, small-minded, bigoted-oriented tantrum-prone losers, who think they are right about everything. Right-wing purity has replaced moderate and even conservative Republicans with a bunch of Tea Party absolutes who listen to no one but their own dribble of nonsense.
In other words, get up-to-date to where America is heading or get off at the next stop, because an America without the GOP is much better than one that does nothing but stand in the way of progress while stepping on the dreams and hopes of many by an agenda of a Grand Old Party, blinded by its own hubris.
This is a republish of my website: Fidlerten Place