by Evert Cilliers aka Adam Ash
You can't understand what a Republican is about until you zone in on his core belief:
“I don't want the government to take my money and give it to poor people. Especially poor black people.”
Republicans are children who never learned to share. Selfish. What's mine is mine.
Children is the right word, because Republicans get childishly bratty and emotional about their beliefs (consider the recent Republican government shutdown temper tantrum, for example). It's a visceral thing for them. They feel.
What do they feel the most? Threatened. They feel threatened by the Other, the Different, the New. They're paranoid. They see so many threats: poor people, blacks, Mexicans, gays, even women. Modernity itself gives them the jitters. They want to move backwards, to some white Christian paradise of the South, when men were men, and women and blacks were slaves.
They want the world to be like them. Reality scares them. They suffer from arrested development. In fact, Republicans are not fully developed human beings.
Their appeal is to childish emotion, not to adult reason. That's why they find it so difficult to compromise.
Democrats are very different. They're about doing the sensible, practical thing. They don't have an ideology, like Republicans do. They don't try to bend the world to some fundamentalist worldview. They try to fix things, not shape the world to some pre-ordained edenic vision.
So, today's question: can we rely on the Republicans to keep screwing up to the point that they lose the House in 2014?