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GOP wrongly pursuing its own narrow agenda

Posted: February 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Running on a jobs platform, newly elected Republicans have interpreted their temporary rise to power in an entirely different way.

GOP leaders are seizing their moment to force longstanding GOP fantasies upon the people they govern.

Several GOP-led states are pushing plans to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights. Twelve states are considering unconstitutional bills nullifying the Affordable Care Act. Arizona Republicans are lining up behind a plan to unconstitutionally strip citizenship from millions of Americans.

Republicans have returned to the GOP’s favorite pastime of denying gay Americans their constitutional rights and are hard at work trying to strip women of a constitutional right to choose and subvert their protections by cutting funding, etc.

Given the opportunity to lead, far-right politicians have decided instead to ignore the nation’s needs and pursue their own narrow, unpopular ideological vendettas.

“So be it,” said House Speaker John Boehner. “So what,” said former Vice President Dick Cheney.

It’s time for the mainstream Americans — the middle class, those of us who just want a good life, a home and retirement — to see through these radical agendas and stand up for what makes America great: real leadership, moral authority in the world, a powerful entrepreneurial spirit, a strong working class and a noblesse oblige toward our fellow Americans, not foreign dictators.

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