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America: Death by Republicanby Daniel Johnson, Deputy Executive Editor
The GOP has brought America, a once proud nation, to its knees and so many millions of Republican supporters don't understand how, for the last thirty years or so they have been voting against their own best interests and the interests of the nation they claim to love.
(CALGARY, Alberta) - Congressman Louie Gohmert from northeast Texas told a House hearing that the trans-Alaska oil pipeline improved the sex lives of some wild animals. “When the caribou want to go on a date,” he said, “they invite each other to head over to the pipeline.”
Last year Gohmert blamed a breakdown of Judeo-Christian values for the gun slaughter at the Colorado cinema. He has claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood had deep influence in the Obama administration, and that the attorney general—the nation’s highest law enforcer—sympathized with terrorists.
Despite these and other wacko statements Gohmert runs virtually unopposed in elections, explaining why we have an insular, aggressively ignorant House of Representatives that is not at all representative of the public will, let alone the makeup of the country.
As a result of a $30 million Republican action plan at the state level, there is now a clot of retrograde politicians, comically/tragically out of step with a majority of Americans. It’s not just that they oppose things like immigration reform and simple gun background checks for violent felons, while huge majorities support them, but
In the aggregate, Democrats got 1.4 million more votes for all House positions in 2012 but Republicans still won control with a cushion of 33 seats. They won despite having the lowest approval rating in modern polling, around 10 percent in some surveys. Richard Nixon during Watergate and B.P.’s initial handling of a catastrophic oil spill had higher approval ratings.
As a whole, Congress has never been more diverse, except the House majority.
There are 41 black members of the House, but all of them are Democrats. There are 10 Asian-Americans, but all of them are Democrats. There are 34 Latinos, a record — and all but 7 are Democrats. There are 7 openly gay, lesbian or bisexual members, all of them Democrats. 3 percent of the United States population is white. But in the House Republican majority, it’s 96 percent white. Women are 51 percent of the nation, but among the ruling members of the House, they make up just 8 percent. (It’s 30 percent on the Democratic side.)
In the final analysis you can't blame the GOP. The responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of the American people who are among the most politically stupid in the world (part of their Exceptionalism?) who keep electing them.
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