I don't know if the Boone County Republican Party Central Committee will bother to offer a rebuttal to the Democratic Party Central Committee's self-serving commentary in the Missourian, "Voters are at crossroad," or merely ignore it. Nevertheless, the regurgitation of the same old fearmongering "Democrats good, Republicans evil" is hardly a model of objectivity.
Republicans (author included) have no problem with the Democrats' theme "Democratic Party offers more realistic, just vision of America" — each political organization is expected to believe in and espouse its own virtues, facts to the contrary notwithstanding. Additionally, the first paragraph reads: "The visions that the political parties espouse are sharply different. These conflicting visions are more important than any single issue, for they will determine the type of nation that we become." It is similarly factual in that conflicting visions are necessary to initiate new and productive ideas.
From the initial reasoned analysis of that first paragraph, the commentary goes downhill faster than Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn. The Boone County Democrats toe the Democratic Party's national line in describing the political tone of a possible Republican administration as falling somewhere between the policies of Egypt's deposed President Hosni Mubarak and those of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.
We are reminded once more that Republicans are warmongers in that they seek military domination throughout the world — they are comfortable with the sacrifice of homeland economy for worldwide military domination. Yes to guns, no to bread and butter is the alleged GOP mantra.
It is obvious also that the Democrats, those of the Boone County Central Committee at least, suffer from a delusion that Republicans somehow are bereft of mothers and fathers and eschew senior citizens. Why else would the GOP opt to gut Medicare, old-age pensions and, horror of horrors, privatize future retirement benefits?
Finally, we get to the meat and potatoes of the Republicans' nefarious agenda, that of favoring the wealthy over the middle and working classes and the war on the environment. Should it not be obvious that the greedy 1 percent, who earn the princely sum of 19 percent of the income but pay a paltry 40 percent of the income tax, is not paying its fair share?
And, it is by now indelibly carved in stone that the GOP remains unalterably opposed to clean air and water and favors desecration of the planet. Any political entity that prefers the creation of jobs over saving the endangered snail darter, the scimitar oryx, the spotted owl and the sage grouse along with the clearing of dead trees and underbrush to reduce the occurrence of forest fires is "an enemy of the environment."
The list goes on and on — the Republican Party is anti-education, anti-fairness, anti-justice, anti-equal opportunity and hellbent on the destruction of government and public dialogue to secure domination in the private sector. These allegations would be amusing had they not been repeated so often and so loudly that the uneducated and uninformed have come to accept them.
Political jockeying, pandering, rumors, innuendo and half-truths have been the electioneering norm since the advent of the Greek city-states. Negative and "gotcha" politics are as American as apple pie — despite the crocodile tear lamentations of this negativity in campaigning, it is effective and here to stay.
Nevertheless, into this abyss of political muck and offal, a measure of common sense and reason is warranted. As there should be, there are differences in Republican and Democratic Party governing ideologies, and some of them are major. The size and scope of government, taxation policy, national defense outlays, individual liberties and energy policies are but a few of the most argued issues.
Nevertheless, injecting the tactics of fear by labeling the GOP as warmongers, pro-pollution, anti-middle class and elderly and in opposition to nearly everything that is fair, just and socially equal is absurd. The last time I looked, the membership of the major political parties embraced honest and sincere desire for the well-being of the United States and its citizens.
The differing opinions on just how we arrive at that well-being are generally decided by our unique free election process depending largely on the current state of the nation, the "salesmanship" of the campaigners and the personal appeal of the candidate(s).
To me, the most compelling feature of the committee's editorial was its total absence of commendation or even a positive reference to the president, the titular head of their party. While it is true that President Barack Obama assumed a sinking economy, it is also just as true that despite the rosy portrayals of progress, the ship of state continues to take on water at an alarming rate.
A party whose leadership has painted it into a corner can be expected and perhaps even forgiven for lashing out with unbridled ad hominem attacks.