Whatever you may think (or even don’t) of Democratic Party policies, members of that party in the United States Congress look like the American people.
As much as anything, that’s what stood out to me in the U.S. House of Representatives Impeachment of Republican President Donald J. Trump.
There are many persons of color and women representing Democrats. Numerous are both. There’s a great deal to be said for that kind of diversity in an ever more diverse nation.
The Grand Old Party (GOP), meanwhile, is 90 percent white men. A lot of them old Caucasian males. They represent areas. like ours, that are basically lily white and conservative. A large portion of them gerrymandered so (I believe gerrymandering should be a criminal act).
Based on voting patterns and office holders around these parts, you may have the idea there are no white people with liberal or progressive viewpoints to take account of. You might want to think that one over.
According to the GOP, Liberals are the pesky folks who are socialists; chomping at the bit to take away your guns and religion. It’s in the vilest b.s., but it sure sells.
Following are the factual aspects of the Republicans and conservatism that are most concerning to me:
The GOP, which once had the most to do with eliminating African-American slavery in this nation, is now anti-immigrant, if said persons have brown or darker skins.
Republicans, in states their Legislatures control (such as Ohio), cook up anti-voting devices (another thing that should be unlawful) against minorities, blacks and Hispanics, in particular.
The anti-abortion movement, which punishes poor women and their health options, is it’s doing.
Find me a place in the last 100 years of American history where the Republican Party was on the side of the working men and women?
I’ll save you the time. You won’t find it. The GOP has opposed all the major advancements in the time span: unions, better wages, working hours and benefits, increases in the minimum wage, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid (and the expansion of it).
Over my lifetime, I’ve come to understand the word Conservative, especially in political terms, equates to “I’ve got it, and the h*#* with you.”
The writer is a former Sidney Daily News sports editor (1973-75), was a Logan County Schools truant officer (1979-2005) and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force in the Vietnam era (1965-69).