An Open Letter to the Grand Old Party (or is it Grand Antiquated Party?)

Today, I feel compelled to share a letter penned by the person responsible for reviewing, editing and posting Beasley Stories:

November 8, 2012

Dear Grand Old Party (or is it Grand Antiquated Party?)

Well, we lost.

We lost to an incumbent with an economy worse than the 1992 economy of George H. W. Bush; to an incumbent with $4.9 trillion dollars of debt to his name; to an incumbent running on a platform of palpable fear as opposed to the platform of hope he offered four years ago.  So, now it’s time.  Let’s cast about.

Who deserves the blame?

To that I confess I do not have an answer. I do, however, have a handful of questions we may wish to consider as we determine what the GOP or GAP (your choice) may do to support our country. Of you, GAP, I ask the following:

  • Since when did the party of Lincoln, the issuer of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, a document declaring that those held as slaves within the rebellious states shall be free[1] drift from the party of acceptance to the party of intolerance?
  • Since when did the principal authors of the 14th amendment guaranteeing equal protection under law (Ohio-R John Bingham, Michigan-R, Jacob Howard) decide equal protection of the laws need not apply to members of the gay community[2]?
  • Since when did the party established in 1854 with the original purpose (among others I concede) of limiting the extension of oppression and  slavery to the territories of Nebraska and Kansas[3] come to think it acceptable to suppress the rights of our female citizens as they consider how best to manage their own bodies?
  • Since when did the authors of the Federal Highway Act of 1956 and the winners of the Cold War (the last two rounds, at least) come to believe government programs do not contribute to the common good?
  • Since when did the party responsible for the successful expulsion of Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in 1991, backed by an international coalition of over 30 nations, and the party overseeing the unification of our former adversary Germany into a trusted ally cast aside the concept of defending against a clear and present danger and embrace a strategy of preemptive war?
  • And, though I expect it from an opposition party, since when did we think it appropriate to allow the likes of Patrick Buchanan to use the GOP primary process as a blunt instrument to humiliate moderates such as Bush Senior for simply doing what he believed to be right for the nation rather than what was right for his personal political career[4] (namely working with Democrats to reduce the budget deficit via the passage of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 through which he reneged on his promise of no new taxes and increased taxes in exchange for spending cuts and a budget agreement)?
  • Since when did the self-proclaimed party of fiscal responsibility think it appropriate to add $4.8 trillion to our nation’s debt during the last two terms the country voted to give us the office of the presidency?[5]
  • Since when did the party promoting a 2008 platform seeking to responsibly address climate change by pronouncing, “The same human economic activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. While the scope and long term consequences of this are the subject of ongoing scientific research, common sense dictates that the United States should take measured and reasonable steps today to reduce any impact on the environment”[6] replace that platform with a call to “prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations”?
  • Since when did the 1896 backers of Women’s Suffrage and the backers of the first woman in congress (Montana-R, Jeanette Rankin 1917) decide to become the party of “legitimate rape”?[7]
  • Since when were the moderate and America-first voices of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, George H. W. Bush, Olympia Snowe and Colin Powell replaced by the shrill screams of Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump?
  • Since when did the GOP stop placing the interests of our nation before the interests of the far-right members of our party?
  • Since when did you become so antiquated, my former party?
  • Since when?

And now, with these unanswered questions in mind, I bid you adieu (apologies for the application of my very limited French).

It’s best though.  Really. Let’s go our separate ways.

Oh, wait, one more comment before you continue your drift away from me and the center; one more shared thought before you go the way of the Whigs.

I want you to know, I wanted to give you money this year.  I had it all queued up in my checking account.  I did.  I really wanted to help you fight a growing national debt.  And, as a business owner and as an individual with a bit of luck in my past, I had a couple of bucks ready; ready to contribute to your cause.  But I couldn’t.  In good conscience I could not sign a check supporting you and your grand antiquated party.

I’ll tell you this, though; I can, and I certainly will, pay more taxes as part of a grand bargain if it leads to a demonstrable reduction of our national debt. It’s only fair.  And it won’t wreck my business.

So that’s it.

So long as you allow the anti-science wing of the Tea-Party to drag your platform to the far right during a primary process seemingly committed to rewarding fringe positions and luxuriating in a series of ungodly attacks on the most basic of human rights and so long as you still believe the rights you designate as God-given are more important than the rights of my friends, my daughter and my wife I find I can no longer support you (truth be told, I doubt you’d like my wife; she’s a first generation American (What, an immigrant?) raised by a single mom after the death of her father – oh, and by the way, she put herself through medical school and fulfilled the role of mother to our two children while doing so).

And, until you cast off the narrow-minded views shared by GOP leaders such as Santorum, Bachmann, Palin and Perry to a place where they can do no harm I will reject you.

Perhaps you can send them to Alaska.  I hear you can see Russia from there.

Until then, Grand Antiquated Party, you are irrelevant.

Now go. Go and get your $hit together.

Sincerely and for better or worse, no longer yours,

Glenn Morgan,

USA

PS: Apologies in advance for any errors.  I ask you to focus, not on my lack of historical knowledge or inadvertent errors, but on the intent of the message.

 


[1] National Archives and Records Administration, US Government, Featured Documents

[2] Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School citation of 14th amendment, section 1

[3] US History.org, the Origins of the Republican Party

[4] Encyclopedia Britannica Profiles: the American Presidency, Article-285344

[5] CBS News, March19 national Debt Has Increased…, Mark Knoller

[6] Washington Post, August 30, 2012 Ezra Klein

[7] NPR, August 20, 2012, GOP Rep. Todd Akin Criticized For Rape Comment

 

5 Responses to An Open Letter to the Grand Old Party (or is it Grand Antiquated Party?)

  1. Jake DiMare says:

    I’ve yet to read a more concise list of the reasons why I can no longer vote Republican. Thanks for sharing.

  2. kristine zaballos says:

    I gave up on the Democratic party awhile ago for some of the same party-before-the-people (and, for me, civility) reasons you cite. I focus instead on causes that are well thought through, well managed, and worth fighting for. There are so many, and you allude to some above.

    You nailed it in your postscript: if we focus on intent, we not only may find some substantive areas of agreement, we may actually be able to do something about it.

    Peter and I just ran into a republican state assembly member who lost his reelection bid at least partly because the state GOP pulled its support after he voted contrary to the party line a few times. Good man, with sensible and pragmatic positions, who fought hard for what he thought was right. Peter and I both voted for him as a result. It’s just sad.

  3. Marco Viola says:

    Great letter!!!

    100% in agreement!!!

  4. Kevin says:

    If this were read verbatim on MSNBC, it would fit right in! Did you run this by Axelrod before publishing? F(redacted)ing joke….

  5. Kevin says:

    Please disregard the above. Although I strongly disagree with the majority of your observations (they really do sound like dem/lib talking points), I apologize for being so rude/dismissive.

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