GOP intolerance: “It’s part of their political DNA”

The Democratic National Committee sent out an email last night that uniquely summed up the Republican party’s intolerance problem. I’m going to quote it in full.

The Hitler image, below, is from a Tea Party fundraiser – it wasn’t part of the DNC message.

Tea Party compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler in an email fundraiser.

Tea Party compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler in an email fundraiser.

Here’s the DNC:

The sad thing is, these tweets are only part of the problem…

. . . Not the NRCC’s offensive tweets claiming that “Happy Holidays is What Liberals Say”

. . . Not the one where a GOP Senate Candidate’s staffer tweeted a photo sumperimposing Sen. Landrieu as Mussolini

. . . Not the NRSC tweeting a sexist photo of Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

. . . Not the RNC tweet claiming the end of racism

. . . Not the one where the NRSC tweeted the lie that Obama Administration closed the embassy at the Vatican

Or the one today where Scott Walker’s aide was fired for tweeting demeaning and racist comments about Hispanics.

Last year the Republican Party pledged to change their ways and reach out to the very folks what had been alienated by the GOP’s policies and rhetoric – like women, African Americans and Hispanics.

But the problem for the GOP is that they just can’t help themselves.

Republicans can’t broaden their appeal when their rhetoric and policies aim to divide.

Republicans can’t build a winning national coalition when they actively alienate whole communities.

Republicans can’t avoid this rhetoric [when it’s] engrained in their party – it’s part of their political DNA.


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  • dave bowen

    Becca,you do this country proud. YOU are the kind of person it was an honor to serve for in my two decades of military service.

  • david bowen

    Here is the bottom line Gay folks being married is not a threat to heterosexual unions. That threat is DIVORCE,by people who do not take their vows seriously. I cannot express in words my distaste for the “religious wrong” and their extremist allies. I did not serve twenty years in the Army,defending all that the country stands for,to see it hijacked by Christo-Facists,and other hate mongers

  • barada

    So, Evil just can’t help itself.
    Surprise! Surprise!

  • Number Six

    They may have gotten bigger, but I sincerely doubt any of them have grown up.
    :(

  • Jim Olson

    That is exactly the GOP’s fear. Its also why they’ve never passed a jobs bill, so the President (and his party) do not get credit for fixing the economy. Remember, Bush had a surplus and lowest unemployment in decades when he took office.

  • Jim Olson

    Amen. No, I cannot take a joke. You’re being a dick and a bully, and I don’t have to take it. Or, that’s what I would have said to my Jr. High school bully if I’d not feared for getting pounded into the ground. The RNC, when they do things like this, are just Jr. High school bullies who grew up.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    It’d be easy to stop America’s Hitler: just stop worshiping him as a god. Remember when he went to Bitburg in 1985 to lay wreaths on Nazi graves? Welllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, it’s the Democrats’ fault, Nancy!

  • Anonymous

    How Republicans see the world:
    Racism, homophobia, etc. – “freedom of speech”
    Criticism of the church’s practices (ie pedophilia scandals) – “religious intolerance”

  • Peter

    FWIW, I think you mean “Falling in Love Again” from “The Blue Angel” with Marlene Dietrich.

  • pappyvet

    Thank you so very much , so very much indeed

  • pappyvet

    warmth and grace to you my sister

  • pappyvet

    thank you my friend

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “the quiet is deafening” Oh do I know that feeling. Vibs your way my friend. Michael

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd Blog

    Well said.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Take care, and Goddess Bless you, Colin. I am so very, very sorry for your loss.

    (((hugs)))

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Nowadays, those initiatives have become a sure way to rally LGBT civil rights supporters.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Well Done.

  • BillFromPA

    A few cycles ago the GOPers would drag a ‘Save Marriage’ initiative on to a ballot to rally the troops, with positive results, from their point of view. Faster than I would have guessed, gay bashing is a loser for them outside of the Slave States. The world has changed, and they missed it, and yes, they can’t help themselves.

  • pappyvet

    Absolutely !

    Anyone who sees anything except hostility is deluding themselves. Spoken hostility is only used when full open aggression cannot be obtained. As I have stated repeatedly , there are no “missteps , misspeaks , or out of context evaluations. They know exactly what they are about and so do we.

    By the way Sis, thanks for your warmth and prayers , the quiet is deafening. I’ll write later.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Let’s also not forget their overt and continuing anti-gay intolerance.

    The Republicans were the ones who insisted that letting gays and lesbians serve in the military would destroy America’s ability to defend itself. And most of them are open about wanting to reinstate DADT.

    They’re the ones who not only insist there’s no need for laws banning discrimination in housing or employment for LGBT Americans, they turn right around and insist it should be the absolute right of someone to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    They’re the ones who, unlike the Democrats, have not given up the anti-gay animus and who continue to cite bigoted lies as the reasons why they oppose same sex marriage.

    The GOP wants the LGBT vote and support — yet at every turn show they despise us, and would just as soon see us all dead.

    Yeah, that’s gonna be really effective…excepting of course, the self-deluded such as LCR.

  • Lawerence Collins

    You’re far more kind than I am! I was thinking Santorum stained depends!

  • nicho

    Not a coincidence since it was followed up by Ronnie visiting a Nazi cemetery to honor the people buried there.

  • Max_1

    Since when did the GOP borrow from LaRouche?

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Think of all the happy poor people with health insurance who will be voting Democrat in 2014.

  • pappyvet

    By the Way…..HAPPY HOLLIDAYS TO ALL !

  • Indigo

    Indeed. But it’s more than a dodge, it’s a leading indicator of a bully.

  • Indigo

    I’m a “liberal” and I rarely say that. I usually remember to say “Happy holly daze!”

  • Indigo

    Dear Santa,
    Please send a lump of coal to any and everyone who self-identifies with the GOP. And give Jared Leto my phone number.
    Thank you.

  • pappyvet

    I would have given you 2 thumbs up !

  • pappyvet

    It is part of who these people are. Then they bring it to our government. Wonder how some working people and poor folks could ever vote for them? The answer is simple , the rightwing plays to their hatred. How is it possible to vote against the best interests of your family , your community ?

    Well , who wants that “N” in the white house.
    He’s a secret Muslim .
    He wants to take our guns away
    He’s not an American
    He’s a fascist
    He’s a communist
    Did I mention he was black?
    And he’s a Liberal !!
    And as for Liberals
    They hate this country
    They are not our fellow countrymen
    They should be used as human shields
    We should kill all but a few to keep as relics
    To list but a small sampling.
    What we have is a group of people driven exclusively by greed and hatred. They want to go back to “The Good Old Days.” The “Good Old Days” was fiction unless you were a white heterosexual male.
    Not so if you were gay , black , or female. If you were gay , you damn well better stay in the closet. If you were black , you damn well better get off the sidewalk. And if you were a woman , you damn well better do as you were told. It was not even illegal to rape your wife.
    What they want is what they have always wanted. All they have done is changed clothes.

  • ArthurH

    In other words, they are Pharisees. And we all knew what Jesus thought about those pious prigs.

  • Richard

    The GOP is made up of selfish hateful bigoted people. Saying that they just can’t help themselves sounds like we should feel sorry for them and that’s the wrong message. What we should be saying is they need to be consistently called out for their hateful divisiveness.

  • Badgerite

    Yes, but never forget. Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman.

  • Monoceros Forth

    The NRCC tweet that “Happy Holidays is What Liberals Say” really fried me.

    Same here. But I suppose that’s the point, really–flaunting their superior godliness in the most obnoxious possible way. After all, what’s the point of accepting Jesus into your heart if you can’t endlessly brag about it afterward?

  • Monoceros Forth

    Or they resort to the, “I was just joking–can’t you take a joke?” dodge.

  • ArthurH

    The Republicans are singing from an old hymnal that contains this paraphrase of a tune from the musical “Cabaret”:
    Fouling my nest again
    Wish it weren’t true
    Nothing I can do
    Can’t help it

  • BillFromDover

    But ya gotta give them credit for recognizing their target audience: racists, bigots, and general assholes… yes?

  • LasloPratt

    But I bet you already knew that…

  • LasloPratt

    The GOP made a conscious decision in the runup to the 68 election to appeal to these people. It was dubbed “The Southern Strategy.” It appears to have worked quite well – they’ve got all the racists anyone could ask for.

    Part of that Strategy included Saint Ronnie kicking off his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Miss – site of one of the most notorious mass killings of Civil Rights activists of that era. Probably just a coincidence, seeing as how Ronnie was a Saint and all…

  • cole3244

    the gop are anti intellectual because they for the most part don’t qualify intellectually, hate, bigotry, racism and intolerance are passions of the ignorant and the gop don’t even meet that standard.

  • chris10858

    Many Republicans are like that slightly senile 90 year old great uncle who still thinks its OK to refer to black people as negro or colored and who say things like, “for a colored fella, he’s a pretty hard worker.”

    They just don’t get it and never will. Rand Paul and others like him are still calling for a repeal of the Civil Rights Act. They think its OK for a person or business to refuse employment or service to someone if they are a person of color. a different faith, or LGBT.

    Worst of all, they have the delusion that the majority of white America agrees with them

  • 2patricius2

    As the old Latin saying goes: “Silence gives consent.”

  • FLL

    The National Republican Congressional Committee is still in the midst of fighting a Christianist jihad against any Americans who don’t share their version of Bible-based Christianity. The NRCC tweet that “Happy Holidays is What Liberals Say” really fried me. The NRCC is suggesting that the only way to be considered a conservative is to be a Bible-believing Christian. Obviously, the NRCC ignores economic issues and anyone within their ranks who identifies as a mere “economic conservative,” and they remain obsessed with holy war. What a bunch of asswipes.

  • Henry Owen

    and, what’s even MORE telling, is that they are as quiet as churchmice when rightwing colleagues and talk-radio extremists perpetuate these hate-filled distortions and lies.

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