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How can Mitt Romney characterize half the nation as no-good parasites at a $50,000 a plate fund raiser, and expect that the potential donors would agree with him? It’s simple: all those rich people — and Republicans in general — completely distrust the Federal government since George W left office, which was the the highest point of Republican trust in government since Nixon. They agree with him: they think the government is taking their money and giving it away to people that don’t deserve it.
The thinking is like this: ‘Now we have a muslim socialist in the White House, giving away our hard-earned tax dollars to shiftless layabouts! Bailing out the banks, and the auto industry, when we should be drilling for oil and shooting wolves!’
Charles Pierce likened the GOP to a Confederate party recently, not so much because of racism, whiteness, and southernness — which are all the case, though — but based on the mania for state rights.
In the GOP platform we can see the Tenther principles:
The Republican Party, born in opposition to the denial of liberty, stands for the rights of individuals, families, faith communities, institutions – and of the States which are their instruments of self-government. In establishing a federal system of government, the Framers viewed the States as laboratories of democracy and centers of innovation, as do we. To maintain the integrity of their system, they bequeathed to successive generations an instrument by which we might correct any misalignment of power between our States and the federal government, the Tenth Amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, is the author of the Arizona immigration bill that the US Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional. So of course the GOP had Kobach craft the party’s immigration plank for 2012 in August:
The current Administration’s approach to immigration has undermined the rule of law at every turn. It has lessened work-site enforcement – and even allows the illegal aliens it does uncover to walk down the street to the next employer – and challenged legitimate State efforts to keep communities safe, suing them for trying to enforce the law when the federal government refuses to do so. It has created a backdoor amnesty program unrecognized in law, granting worker authorization to illegal aliens, and shown little regard for the life-and-death situations facing the men and women of the border patrol.
Perhaps worst of all, the current Administration has failed to enforce the legal means for workers or employers who want to operate within the law. In contrast, a Republican Administration and Congress will partner with local governments through cooperative enforcement agreements in Section 287g of the Immigration and Nationality Act to make communities safer for all and will consider, in light of both current needs and historic practice, the utility of a legal and reliable source of foreign labor where needed through a new guest worker program. We will create humane procedures to encourage illegal aliens to return home voluntarily, while enforcing the law against those who overstay their visas.
State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked. The pending Department of Justice lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, and Utah must be dismissed immediately. The double-layered fencing on the border that was enacted by Congress in 2006, but never completed, must finally be built. In order to restore the rule of law, federal funding should be denied to sanctuary cities that violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, and federal funding should be denied to universities that provide in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, in open defiance of federal law.
I guess it’s not unexpected that the GOP would continue to push for state enforcement of federal laws that they agree with. like deporting illegal immigrants, and push for state obstructionism of laws they don’t agree with, like abortion. But it shows that the real issue isn’t state rights, it is opposition to an open, liberal society and the rule of law.
So I think we should all say, as much as possible, ‘I am voting for the Democrats across the board this election: I am voting against the Confederate Party’.
(chart from Look How Far We’ve Come Apart - NYTimes.com)