No, this is not a Daffy Duck impression but a commentary concerning the leadership of the Republican Party. It's so despicable that I do not understand how the faithful have become so blind.
It started with Rep. Todd Akin’s comments concerning the crime of rape and continued with Akin and the Republican Party wanting to outlaw abortion in any and all circumstances, including rape, incest or if the mother’s life is endangered. In other words, they care more about a life yet to be than a life that is.
The Republic National Committee’s 2012 platform appears to take away more personal rights than it protects — putting government into our bedrooms and personal relations while advocating a multitude of First Amendment violations, including, “the public display (in government buildings) of the Ten Commandments as a reflection … of our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.”
Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the convention was panned by a covey of fact-checkers of both sides of the political aisle with its misinformation and outright deceptions.
His first and the most repeated GOP claim? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has ripped $700 billion away from Medicaid. Conservative BusinessWeek’s headline screamed, “Hey Paul Ryan, Obamacare Doesn't Steal From Medicare.” The $700 billion is the projected savings to the program using a revised medical payment schedule.
The inhumanity continued with Mitt Romney’s extremely well-executed but meaningless acceptance speech. While touting he is human and a nice guy, he brushed over or said nothing about the issues that really matter to the humanity of America — jobs (no plan), the economy (cut more taxes) and health care (repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with nothing).
Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush and father of American Crossroads Super PAC, said, “If (Akin is) found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts.”
Rove’s apology was as meaningless as Akin’s. Do not discount unscripted words; they usually represent the true meanings. In both cases, they proposed inhumane actions.
On Saturday, Mr. Romney made the most heartless statement to date. While visiting New Orleans, he told Jodie Chiarello, who had lost her home to Hurricane Isaac, that help is available. Chiarello told the Huffington Post, “He said, go home and call 211.”
What home, Mr. Romney? That is not the help she or others facing tragedy expect from their government.
These are only a few and more recent examples of the lack of morals, whether Christian, Jewish, Islamic or secular humanist, exemplifying the GOP’s lack of understanding of right versus wrong.
I understand the need for a “two-parent” political household, with a conservative father wanting us to pull ourselves up by our boot straps and a liberal mother wanting to help when called upon. I understand that either side can overreach its bounds to the point of bullying. I believe the GOP and its minders have reached that point.
I am not taking a Democratic, liberal or atheist position. These are the values of that radical philosopher, Jesus of Nazareth. He told his followers, “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)
This inhumane behavior is causing rifts the GOP cannot afford. On Sunday’s "Meet the Press", Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard and current vice president of the Republican Senatorial Committee, dressed down former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, the rest of the round table and both political parties for acting as if women’s votes are based strictly on their opinions about abortion.
She said of today’s politics, “... It makes me sad that that we continue to treat women as a special interest group. … It is an extreme example of gender bias.”
The poet Robert Burns wrote, “Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.”
From George Bernard Shaw, “The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.”
We must ask whether the GOP has become indifferent, “unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good” (2 Timothy 3:3).
I will closely watch the Democratic National Convention this week. Will they also cross the line or have they seen the light?
To see if either party understands, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah. ...” (Talmud)