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DAVID ROSMAN: Inhumanity has plagued much of the GOP leadership

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 4:14 p.m. CDT

Despicable.

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)

David Rosman is an editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.


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Daniel Cullimore September 5, 2012 | 6:27 p.m.

Perhaps I am bring naive, but I am amazed at the extent the Republican Party revels in bearing false witness: they practice this ungodly behavior as if it were a virtue. It's more heinous than their conniving hypocrisy. And I've yet to see in print anyone calling this spade by it's proper name: lies, told by liars. I couldn't be persuaded to vote for any of them, and will spend my resources to defeat them.

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James Krewson September 5, 2012 | 6:32 p.m.

First of all, you are incorrect about Paul Ryan's statements. He was in fact CORRECT about the plant closing in 2009. The democrat-favoring fact checker, Politi-fact, was 100% wrong. Just check the local Jamestown newspaper for Feb 2009. The plant continued to produce medium-duty trucks well into 2009 after it closed its SUV line down in 2008. Secondly, with regard to the Akin remarks, practically every conservative leader in the GOP CONDEMNED his remarks. They are NOT representative of the GOP, and to say so with your column is in fact intellectually dishonest. This is why we have problems between the Republicans and Democrats. As long as you keep writing garbage like this, the chasm between the GOP and Democrats will continue to widen.

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James Krewson September 5, 2012 | 6:38 p.m.

Also, considering Democrats were running ads saying that Paul Ryan is pushing granny off of a cliff, can you really take the high ground here? Any attempted reform to Medicare by the GOP is met with hatred and vitriol by the Democrats, and now you scream 'foul' when Paul Ryan calls out Obama for raiding Medicare. Unbelievable...

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Brett Williams September 6, 2012 | 2:17 a.m.

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2012-...

Funny, I didn't see any mention of this in your piece. I guess it just doesn't fit the narrative, right?

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Charles leverett September 6, 2012 | 9:24 a.m.

It's people like you who are destroying our great country. It's not because your democrat, it's because your blind to the political reality. Yea, the GOP are reprehensible, most not caring for anything more then their own power. But you've blinded yourself, because the democrats are the same. Because you carry water for a political party that is just as bad as your despised GOP all you do is encourage our country's slow decline, as we continue to argue and fight over the stuff that doesn't even matter, that won't change.
Sadly your not alone, a significant part of America just goes along, year after year, with a clearly broken political system happily blaming the other side for all of our troubles. After all, as long as each side has a boogeyman to blame, we won't ask for real change.
It's all a sick joke that you haven't gotten yet.

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David Rosman September 7, 2012 | 2:43 p.m.

James - The GM plant, "in fact," closed in December 2008, during the Bush administration. The plant did not reopen because of GM's eliminating the Pontiac and Oldsmobile divisions to stay alive. Yes, that restructuring was required as part of the bailout, but over one-million jobs were saved.

My information - General Motors.

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