What kind of party is the Republican Party? What kind of world do they truly want to see? It is only the actions of cold hearted ideologues who could advocate repealing a health care law that has help more than 20 million people in the United States. The Republican’s only argument is that the law is bad for small businesses. They do not talk about pre-existing conditions. They do not talk about unemployed youth who can stay on their parents’ health coverage until as such time as they can get on their own two feet. Republicans do not talk about the many services for which there is no upfront co-pay. Unfortunately, many who are receiving health care benefits voted for Republicans who vow to destroy the law. Such behavior defies explanation. In an interview, one such person stated that she needed a premium that she can afford. The logic of her response is that since my premium is high, I prefer not to have health insurance period. Detractors have argued that premiums have gone up each year. Guest what? Long before the Affordable Health Care Act came into existence, I did a dance each sign-up period trying to find an insurer who premiums had gone up the least. Nevertheless, Republicans only want to repeal the law. They have no plan or clue as to how to provide health insurance to those who currently benefit from the law.
Look what Republicans did to the water in Flint, Michigan. Look what Republicans are doing to democracy in Michigan as a whole with the practice of emergency managers who can come into an area and replace elected representatives. Given the fact that Republicans have a problem with democracy, this is why many Republicans are not alarmed over the Russian tampering with America’s presidential election. Republicans balked at the automobile industry bailout which saved untold jobs. Republicans are against unions that have help to create respectable incomes for workers. Republicans are against increasing the minimum wage. Republicans constantly assault women’s health care provisions. When it comes to gun safety, Republicans are absent from the discussion. Amid all the carnage from gun violence in America, the only solution which emanates from Republicans is to add more guns. Their logical conclusion would have six-year-olds wearing firearms to school where they would be greeted by teachers who are also wearing guns. The bus driver would have a gun and so would the bus aide. If they a do not ride the bus, kids would be picked up by parents who are also wearing guns. Imagine going to the grocery store or supermarket on to be checked out by a cashier who is wearing a gun. Perhaps this would not be so alarming because you would be wearing a gun also. I do not have to ask the question as to whether this is the type world Republicans want to see. All one has to do is listen to their argument and following their arguments to their logical conclusions.
Republicans would also like to end all social services. They would place the responsibility of caring for others solely on religious institutions and not for profit organizations. As a consequence, Republicans would also like to see fewer government employees. In New York State Governor Cuomo just proposed free college tuition for individuals whose parents make less than $125,000 a year, Guest what? Republicans are not happy about this idea. They would prefer to see college student’s graduate from undergraduate school shackled with upwards of $200,000 in debt. Republicans are not even happy about state assistance to state institutions of higher learning. Republicans deplore public education. They are particularly against public education for inner city kids. It is ideas such as these that make me ask the question again, “What type of world do Republicans want to see?” I truly believe that the envision moated castles and private security insulating the wealthy from the horrors of a society designed, engineered, and constructed at the hands of Republicans. Their only proposal for a public works project is to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Is the Mexican government attempting to destabilize the American government? The logic is astounding. Build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Cuddle with the Russian head of state.
Heartless Republicans do not mind seeing people go without health care. Poverty, according to Republicans, is an individual choice. College is not needed for our citizens. It would be cheaper to siphon off the best and the brightest from other countries including Mexico. Oh yes! About that wall; it is just a symbol to give the Republican base something to feed on while inequality, hatred, and fear have accelerated. Based on Republican arguments and logic, this is the world Republican want to see. Republicans are indeed, heartless.
Anthony Neal earned his Ph.D. in political science at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). Dr. Neal is an associate professor at State University College, Buffalo. The author of numerous book reviews and journal articles, he has had his work published in the Western Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Black Studies, and Black Issues in Higher Education. In 2014 Dr. Neal received the university’s Faculty Appreciation Award, was named Instructor of the Year by the university’s United Student Government, and Professor of the Year by the Student Political Society in the Department of Political Science. In 2015, he published The American Political Narrative which is a succinct yet poignant narrative about the development of the American political system and what is needed to maintain it. In 2016, he will publish a book of poetry entitled “Love Agnostic | from 9/11 to Charleston”