Why be proud to be a Republican? I’m not a Republican leader. I am a first-generation American on my father’s side of the family, and proud to vote as I choose — but I still care. It seems Ms. Savage is a good person who cares, but has some gaps in knowledge of history and civics. To answer some of her questions of Aug. 2:
Profound legislation — The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed only by the help of Republican votes (against Southern Democrats like Al Gore Sr.); the EPA was established by a Republican administration; the Republican Party was founded to abolish slavery (again in opposition to Democrats). There’s more, put space is limited.
Legislation to create jobs — Business creates jobs that pay taxes to also pay for government jobs.
Lower taxes — They work: See Ronald Reagan’s decision in 1982; John Kennedy’s decision in 1963; and Harding and Coolidge decisions in 1921-23. Notice we have to relearn every 20 to 40 years, so we are right on schedule.
Deficit hawks — You can buy on credit within your income, but you can’t spend money on credit against every generation that follows; see spending from 1960 to 2008 and what we have now.
Constitution — It established a Republic, because Democracy is rule by the majority over any dissent. It is basically mob rule. The Founders were aware of history where democracy only works at the smallest scale and even then can descend into tyranny of the majority (a mob).
Destroying all social safety nets — You mean such as FEMA, Amtrak, IRS, TSA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the CDC, DMV and a few others?
Unraveling of the country — I am also disgusted. Did you notice that it’s not a coincidence the unraveling is faster and more severe in blue states (Democrat-run California) rather than red states (Republican-run Texas)? We need more elected officials with integrity and commonsense and fewer of those currently in office, Democrat and Republican. Compassion without common sense and courage is suicide; economic, cultural and spiritual.
Maybe the Tea Party is the future. Nothing lasts forever, except ideas like those of 1776.