READER COMMENTS ON
"Dear Republicans: Why Do You Hate America?"
(26 Responses so far...)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 12/17/2009 @ 1:39 pm PT...
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 12/17/2009 @ 2:26 pm PT...
This editorial along with Keith Olbermann's from last night have defiantly hit home with me.
I am just beside myself with disbelief over the actions of several Insurance Whores, sorry, I meant Democrat Senators, along with every Republican Senator this week.
Thank you Frank! Your voice reflects a lot of passion to the mood in this Country at the moment.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 12/17/2009 @ 2:29 pm PT...
Truer religious AND political words have never been spoken.
The Republican Party should change its name to the Ringling Brothers Circus.
Except the circus performers would do a better job governing, and I'd really hate to insult the clowns. The CIRCUS clowns, that is.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 12/17/2009 @ 3:06 pm PT...
I agree that the Republican party has become an enemy of the country. Their actions are diametrically opposed to the good of the country.
I don't understand how it is legal for the Senate (or Congress) to mandate by law that one must buy insurance from private vendors and can fine one through the IRS if one does not. This is unprecedented.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 12/17/2009 @ 3:23 pm PT...
And the corporate hucksters who own our media and our congress play along with the evangelical movement because whenever these thugs are in power, they get to loot the national treasury while the evangelicals look the other way. Middle class be damned (literally)!
It seems the evangelicals want nothing more than access to our fine military for purposes of bringing about Armageddon and their own precious (and false) rapture.
How self centered and un-Christian can one get?
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 12/17/2009 @ 4:26 pm PT...
As much as I've always like Brad, and come here often for great reporting, lately I come looking for NEW from Frank Schaeffer.
The Republican party, as we grew up knowing it, is nothing compared to what it was. If they continue down this path, they are likely to go by way of the Dinosuars. They wont be missed.
Thank you Brad and Frank for all the wonderful stuff you do!
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 12/17/2009 @ 6:45 pm PT...
You are right about the Republicans, but if the Democrats are less bad it is only by a small amount.
Besides pandering to Christian crazies the Republican fully support the interests of the kleptocratic elite that make up no more than 1% of the population of your nation. They are the natural party for these elites to support. However if the Republican manage to alienate enough non-elite voters to lose power, the Democrats are there as the backup party. When the Republicans are in power the Democrats criticise them for doing things against the interests of the non-elite and not doing thing in their interests , but when they gain power they pursue exactly the same polices.
Gore Vidal said, one party with two right wings called Democrat and Republican.
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 12/17/2009 @ 6:52 pm PT...
Quote from Frank's article...
I add my voice to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who said from the floor of the Senate: "We have two wars, global warming, we have a twelve trillion national debt and the best the Republicans can do is try to bring the United States Government to a halt!"
BRAVO! Frank...outstanding insight...
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 12/18/2009 @ 9:10 am PT...
Dear Frank: Stop Hating Americans, and Start Bringing us Together.
Enough! If prayer is what you call for now, here's my prayer: May the Republican Party with its lies, hate, stagnation and obstructionism be swept away by our first black President's success against all odds!
By success I guess Frank means a surge in the "right" war: Afghanistan, and promoting a drone war in Pakistan.
Success also maybe lies in the fact that Democrats have had Congress since 2006. And the wars comtinue to escalate.
Maybe success also lies in the promotion of the lies of 9/11 and a hyped global war of terror...
Or does it lie in the success of Ben Bernanke (another Bush appointee) and his Federal Reserve policies for which Obama is a proud supporter.
Does success include TARP and stimulus package?
Does success lie in the continuation of Bush era policies that unermine our fabric of society, like habeus corpus, rendition, and torture?
Frank, I would hope you dont see all our problems as Republican based, and if you do, please rethink your position. We are all under the big hand of corruption, and it does not stick to one party. Bringing us together is the only hope.
"The people are not the problem, the problem is the problem" -ghandi
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 12/18/2009 @ 9:21 am PT...
the republicans and the democrats are all the same. there is no difference. all any of them care about is winning and gett8ing re elected. i would like to see a provision in this health care bill that requires the congress to live on the same insurence as the rest of us instead of getting lifetime to the max insurance for free. stop playing politics. it is all the same. the real truth is that neither side will work with the other to get real health care. the republicans cant get the dems to negotiate so the can only block and the dems want to rush this bill through in the night without even thinking about it. how can you rush something as important as health care with artificial deadlines. this is working and all of us will lose. but dont blame the republicans; both sides are to blame.
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 12/18/2009 @ 9:38 am PT...
Walter Bachner said:
the republicans cant get the dems to negotiate so the can only block and the dems want to rush this bill through in the night without even thinking about it. how can you rush something as important as health care with artificial deadlines. ... but dont blame the republicans; both sides are to blame.
Look, there is no love lost here for Democrats. But if you're going to tell me "the republicans cant get the dems to negotiate", after the Dems had reached out, for months, allowing virtually every Republican amendment to be brought up in conference, after Obama reached out to them again and again, then I'm calling u out as a wingnut, or someone so desperately misinformed that u might as well be.
U then go on to say, "dems want to rush this bill through in the night". After which I'll say, yup, you're definitely a wingnut. If a 6 month (or more!) open debate on this, going through 5 committees, etc. is "rushing this bill through in the night", then yeah, you're a wingnut and your phony "the republicans and the democrats are all the same" rhetoric is little more than a cover for your partisan wingnutery.
Sorry, that stuff may work on other sites, but we call out such nonsense here.
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 12/18/2009 @ 11:21 am PT...
Dear Frank: Why do you constantly capitalize on your father's achievements and reputation while trying to harm his legacy? I know that you will always have an audience among the hate-evangelical Christianity crowd (as they revel in people like you), but all I've read from you over the years is hate and hurt. Whether you are an agitating evangelical, a rigid Greek Orthodox or a smarmy atheist, it's just the same anger, different recipients. May God heal your soul.
COMMENT #13 [Permalink]
Ernest A. Canning
said on 12/18/2009 @ 11:54 am PT...
Frank: Congratulations on a well-written and insightful piece.
The only thing I'd like to have seen added, is the link between these hard-right Republicans and their propaganda network, especially as it pertains to your assessment, quoted by Brad, that their incitements amount to "trolling for assassins."
COMMENT #14 [Permalink]
said on 12/18/2009 @ 1:02 pm PT...
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COMMENT #15 [Permalink]
said on 12/18/2009 @ 2:24 pm PT...
Ah, Travis, you just don't get it.
The Christian conservative voting block was used.
Used like a 5 dollar coke whore.
The corporate hucksters took your vote and took control. They promised family values and delivered crippling debt that will last for generations.
And the corporate hucksters gave themselves a 100 trillion dollar payday over the last 30 years.
You've been had, Travis, and the sooner you realize this, the sooner we can take back this nation.
Obama ain't the answer. CONGRESS is.
Let go of the abortion issue and the hucksters will no longer have anything to offer and you will see through their lies.
Open your eyes, Travis, we need you to see clearly. Your nation is dying. And the Christian Conservative voting block has been the vehicle that put these hucksters in power.
COMMENT #16 [Permalink]
said on 12/18/2009 @ 3:46 pm PT...
Repubs and Dems aren't the same...
Repubs are the drunken abusers...Dems are the battered wives.
Snippets from a Consortium News piece:
So, when the Republicans are in a position of power, they throw their weight around, break the rules, and taunt: “Whaddya gonna do ‘bout it?”
Then, when the Republicans do the political equivalent of passing out on the couch, the Democrats use their time in control, tiptoeing around, tidying up the house and cringing at every angry grunt from the snoring figure on the couch.
Those that adhere to the evangelical GOP loony right wing are authoritarian personalities who are susceptible to fascist rule.
Quoted from Impact Lab:
Those who think the world is highly dangerous and those with the greatest fear of death are the most likely to be conservative.
Liberals, on the other hand, are "more likely to see gray areas and reconcile seemingly conflicting information," says Jost. As a result, liberals like John Kerry, who see many sides to every issue.
That is a thumbnail of the differences psychologically in liberals and conservatives.
COMMENT #17 [Permalink]
said on 12/19/2009 @ 7:01 am PT...
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COMMENT #18 [Permalink]
said on 12/19/2009 @ 9:59 am PT...
Sen. Leiberman in a clip posted here told Sen. Franken not to 'take it personally,'regarding his request for extra time to spew his vitriol. How else can one take this maddness?
Thank you Mr. Schaeffer for your passion and Brad for yours in posting this. To me it seems a crack in the Dem./Rep. fake war fortress. I appreciate both of you for your unwavering effort to expose this strange convoluted corruption.
One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Mr. Schaeffer's honest passion coming from a man who understands well one aspect of the deception and corruption, Brad's willingness to allow open discussion from 'warring' camps, and Sen. Franken's naivete' is what is needed to bring the people together.
COMMENT #19 [Permalink]
said on 12/19/2009 @ 12:59 pm PT...
Brad and all, the real "problem" lays in the PAC and Lobby money that has Purchased Capital (yes I know the difference) Hill and rules this nation now. Unless and Until we have Corporate Purchased Politicians removed from office and real Statesmen install we are screwed.
The system is broken. Get the Corporate, Wall Street, Banking and Insurance money out of politics and build an accurate representation of the American people.
Frank is right about the Republicans being hijacked by the Cults of Jesus and it's their demise. Good riddance is what I say and each member of Congress who is GOP demonstrates exactly why. The Blue Dog Democrats are no better than the deluded Republicans and all line their pockets at the American Citizen's espense.
WAKE UP America and take back our government.
COMMENT #20 [Permalink]
said on 12/20/2009 @ 8:52 pm PT...
Now I will post a question:
Dear Mr. Schaffer; Why do you continue to spew lies and hate about Republicans?
That's right, I said you are lying. Republicans do not hate America. Democrats do not hate America. I refuse to join your hatefest about people who dare to disagree with whatever it is you now believe. We just saw it personified with Alan Grayson demanding that some guy with a website be thrown in jail for five years simply because that guy is getting under Grayson's skin. Whaah. That's who you remind me of.
COMMENT #21 [Permalink]
said on 12/21/2009 @ 8:15 am PT...
If what Greyson alleges in his letter is accurate, then that lady Langley is in violation of election law. And yup, her crappy website ONLY attacks him.
So there's a good chance she lied to the FEC.
PS, I was EXTREMELY offended when the LDS in Utah inserted themselves into the CA Prop 8 campaign and honestly felt the entire church should lose it's tax exempt status. I also feel the same way about the Rhode ISland Catholics and any Bishop that attempts to direct the policy debate on Abortion.
Dick Cheney SHOULD Shut the FUCK up.
The FED Should be audited.
And Your comedy is always welcome.
COMMENT #22 [Permalink]
said on 12/21/2009 @ 9:32 pm PT...
It would be s-o-o-o entertaining if Holder tried to take any action. Langley could then charge Grayson with false arrest and then sue his sorry butt. I don't think Holder is that stupid, however.
Dick Cheney will never shut up. And for that I am glad.
COMMENT #23 [Permalink]
said on 12/21/2009 @ 11:55 pm PT...
Damail, dear, the only way you could possibly mean that is if you ARE Dick Cheney. I know it's yer job to be obtuse about this stuff, but, sheesh, please. I know even you will be glad when he shuts up.
COMMENT #24 [Permalink]
said on 12/23/2009 @ 3:12 pm PT...
I don't think Republicans hate America, but they are its enemy at this point.
I used to be a Republican also. Well, I suppose I still consider myself a conservative, but there's nothing 'conservative' about the current Republican party. They've resorted to childish tactics to stall government, without offering meaningful and/or realistic alternative solutions to our nation's most pressing issues.
I cant vote Republican with a clear conscience until the party turns around.
COMMENT #25 [Permalink]
said on 12/28/2009 @ 12:52 pm PT...
Sorry. Democrats are the enemy of this nation. Now what?
COMMENT #26 [Permalink]
said on 12/28/2009 @ 2:58 pm PT...