14 Vicious Republican Assaults on America. 'Freedom of the press, D.O.M.A. , Legal Shooting of Protestors. # 5, 6 and

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Attacks on America imaginary or real

Should the public be allowed the choice of news coverage? Should this attempted monopoly of the news media by right wing fanatics be stopped?. Is marriage equality a legal or religious subject? Is meeting government protests with deadly force the appropriate solution? Should the freedom of speech include hate speeches at funerals?

Parts: 5, 6 and 7, of 14 Vicious Republican Assaults on America.

#5 NPR and PBS

The sad part of this topic is that millions of people depend on this news service source as the most reliable and unbiased in this country. Thus is the G.O.P. hidden agenda, and its ensuing cost to government (American taxpayers); and the destruction of freedom of speech venues that counters, or does not promote, the right wing radical agendas.

The money saved by government is so minimal, a mere drop in the bucket, compared to taxpayers' money being spent on free insurance for members of congress, excessive retirement benefit packages, high salaries (that they are supposedly paid to represent the American people instead of themselves and their wealthy benefactors), useless 'wars' like Iraq and Afghanistan, unearned tax discounts to the rich corporate entities, the billions still being given to Iraq for their 're-building', and other "perks" that congress has voted for themselves, just to name a few examples.

Senator Jim DeMint (R. - S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R.- Okla.) have just moved to stifle NPR and PBS, introducing a bill in the Senate to cut off federal funding for public media.

This bill is part of an anti-democratic campaign to destroy serious journalism in America, and silence a source of news and programming that the vast majority of American taxpayers say is well worth the cost.

Oddly enough, a poll last week, found that 69% of the public, including more than half the Republican faithful, oppose attempts to gut federal funding for public media.

Meanwhile, these politically extreme politicians are more worried about proving their Tea Party bona fides than supporting the primary sources of local news and current events for many communities across America.

With that kind of cynicism, it is little wonder that four out of five Americans trust public broadcasting, and not even half, trust Congress. These attacks go against the will of the American people.

House Republicans just recently passed a budget bill that zeroes out ALL federal support for NPR and PBS. Now it is on to the Senate.

If the Senate passes this budget, hundreds of millions in funding for NPR and PBS will disappear. If you rely on 'Morning Edition' during you morning commute, if your kids demand 'Elmo' first thing in the morning, and if you agree with the majority of Americans that we need a world class public media system - you should be worried sick.

#6 DOMA

(defense of marriage act).

After President Obama's courageous decision to stop defending DOMA, radical GOP lawmakers have launched a new attack that will cost taxpayers billions, in defense of their discriminatory beliefs.

Although, president Obama dealt a blow to this discriminatory law, Speaker Boehner and Republican leaders could step in and begin defending it. Anti-LGBT lawmakers are being pressured by right wing groups to use taxpayer resources to defend this discriminatory law in court. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R.-Texas) and other members of Congress have already stepped in to defend DOMA in another federal court.

Speaker John Boehner and majority leader Eric Cantor, in order to pacify these anti-gay special interest groups, have vowed to "defend DOMA - no matter what it takes, or costs, the American taxpayer".

What a waste of time and effort to defend this "sacred" institution at taxpayer expense, when it is nothing more than a dam man made law to bind two people together for legal purposes. The argument that it has any religious validity at all is not a matter of government, and totally ludicrous, since our own constitution bans discrimination for any reason. Not to even mention the divorce rate in this country!!

This DOMA bill needs to be repealed, and the Government needs to stop wasting taxpayer money in their arguments and efforts to continuously try to mandate morality on the people.

#7 Indiana

Deputy attorney general Jeff Cox suggested on twitter to "use live ammunition " against protesters in Madison, Wisconsin. When he was questioned by the media regarding this statement he followed up with "you're damned right i advocate deadly force".

Although, he was subsequently fired for this statement, the fact that a public official is even comfortable calling for the shooting of peaceful protesters exercising their First Amendment rights is terrifying. Unfortunately, it is not surprising since the political Right has moved so far away from supporting democratic norms.

The Right -Wing movement has taken sides against the working people of Wisconsin and is trying to paint peaceful protesters and unions as "thugs", in doing so, they are aligning themselves with some of American history's worst villains - the politicians and robber barons of the late 1800's and early 1900's who would call in private security firms and militias to break union strikes and intimidate workers with outright violence, and sometimes mass murder.

We remember the violent actions and rhetoric of some of the Tea Party congressional candidates in 2010 - Sharron Angle with her "Second Amendment remedies.", Joe miller with his private security guards who roughed up and illegally detained a reporter. Now we are faced with public officials who are falsely trying to portray public workers, who are under attack, and their supporters, as violent and advocating real violence against them just for standing up for our basic rights.

And these same right wing GOP members are calling Gaddafi a tyrant and dictator for doing exactly the same thing against his people. What a bunch of hypocrites and two faced people we have allowed such accessibility into our government. (of course, if my computer hacking theory of new election practices are correct - we did not, in fact, elect any of those idiots. They were actually computer hacked into those positions. )

After the termination of Jeff Cox in Indiana, the Attorney General's office put out this statement:

"Civility and courtesy toward all members of the public are very important to the Indiana Attorney General's office. We respect individuals' First Amendment right to express their personal views on private online forums, but as public servants we are held by the public to a higher standard, and we should strive for civility."

In other words, it is OK to be a bigot, just don't show it in public. Sort of the new version to the old 'don't ask, don't tell' mentality?

Republicans are actually going to fine House Democrats $250 a day for stopping a vote to slash workers' rights. Amazing.

To be continued.............

by: d.william 03/14/11

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

dwilliam, I normally enjoy reading your very well written hubs, and agree with much of what you have to say. However my friend, you went way to far left for me on this series. I dislike far right, and far left, commentary as most is slanted and presents only one side of any issue. The middle ground is where intelligent and educational debates can happen. Perhaps next time my friend.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for reading and expression your concerns. Sorry if this article offends you. It is NOT a bash on the right. These are just facts that need voicing.

These are true accounts of the current assaults on the middle and working class in america. Nothing more, nothing less. There is no opinion, or even debatable comments. Just stating factual accounts of current events. I am also a registered Republican, but this party has moved out of bounds in their attacks on the middle class.

I do not, nor have ever, believed in supporting the party simply for the party's sake. If there is harm done by either party, i will voice it.

Question: If these radical assaults were being made by the democratic party, would you be as apt to judge, or take offense, to their being aired?


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

d.willam, no offense was taken, I enjoy everything you write, I am also registered as a Republican, but will soon be changing this to Independent. I am fed up with both sides of the isle and the things that are being allowed to happen. We are on a path of self destruction like I have never seen in my life. If the same energy was expended in problems solving as fighting the other side we might even get some things done. I too don't support any candidate based on the (D) or (R) label they stick on their name. I wish more people could see how foolish it is to vote based on a letter from the alphabet rather than what the candidate stands for or believes in. Our country is in trouble and it needs to be fixed. I could care less which party fixes it, I just want it fixed so I can once again be a proud American.


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Stump Parrish 5 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

Great hub and comments. OP, welcome to the ranks of the independents. I agree with the comment about being on a path to self destruction and I am beginning to believe I will be alive to see this country be destroyed from with in.

This type of behavior is acceptable to those on both sides of the isle. Part of the problem is the short memories most Americans have, Very little is retained past the next sermon they receive from their trusted source for lies. I tend to agree with the Dems more often than not if we are basing it on ideolgy. I would rather err on the side of helping people who need it than people who caused the problems in the first place. Seriously, how do you justify welfare for the richest 1 or 2% when this country is in the shape it's in? How do you justify cutting services to the mentally handicapped to pay for it? States across the country are doing just that in an effort to make up for their attempts to destroy this country for profits.

I am looking forward to reading the earlier parts and the rest of this series as well. Keeping the facts about the actions of both sides fresh in the minds of voters is a daunting task. I commend you for trying to do just that. Just remember that American Idol has started a new season so you have some serious competition for the brain cells of this country.


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Stump Parrish 5 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

d, just a note to let you know I've linked one of my hubs to all three parts of this, thx for posting it. Peace


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Stump Parrish, I have read most of your hubs, and like with d.william, I agree with most everything you have to say. I honestly can't remember the last time I voted along straight party lines, and can promise I never will again. I'm really beginning to believe that these labels we are familiar with is a large part of our problems. Our representatives rarely vote on any issue with their heart or mind, they vote with their label. Most will vote with their cronies even if they believe the exact opposite on any issue. The results would be the same if we divided them into the short and tall groups, skinny and fat groups, or young and old groups. They would still vote with their group regardless of the issue at hand. I guess this is just the way people are conditioned to behave.


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Stump Parrish 5 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

"I guess this is just the way people are conditioned to behave." This is our biggest problem in my opinion. People have forgotten how to, or forsaken the need to think. The majority has been conditioned to respond to a few key words and this is how elections are won. The 30 second sound bite exceeds the attention span of most Americans. They have no clue about a subject and rather than research it to learn, they wait for instruvtions on what to think and say about the subject.

America has been reduced to a nation of talking parrots and the results are starting to show.


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Amen brother, I think you nailed it with this comment.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you both for your excellent dialogue and you both have it right on. I too, am going to register independent as i certainly agree that neither of the two parties have a lick of sense anymore. Even though i may seem bias toward the left when i write articles like this series, it is because the democrats have done nothing noteworthy enough to warrant my attention at this time. Again, thanks for your input. dw


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Sister Mary 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Wow the comments here are as interesting as this thought provoking hub. That surely is the best sign of a great hub. I also love the way you don't back down and stand your ground but do it in a nice way. Good on you d.william.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

See how you attract such quality energy to yourself through your hubs. The comments here actually enhance what you have written and show you to be a great leader. You should consider doing some free lance writing as newspaper reporter. Your words could have the power to make or break politicians and that my friend is power!


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Thanks again for reading, your kind remarks, and your support. I am looking forward to reading your articles as well.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks again for you kind words. Actually, i am quite surprised that these hubs got this much attention. And on the whole, such civil comments. I used to attract only those that did not know how to converse any other way that making stupidly unfounded statements and call me vile names. Things are looking up after all. LOL


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

I can't add anything to this insightful hub. I love reading when people present the facts. I am so fed up with the misinformed.

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Thanks for your support. The radical right wing really hates me. LOL


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