Why I could be a Republican, A Socialist Perspective

Many times throughout the history of the United States, the Republicans can be seen as the ones fighting for the common man, the poor and the underprivileged. To me this does make sense. I pulled out the dictionary on this one to find out exactly what “republican’ or “republic” means.

My Cassell’s English Dictionary states that a republic is: “1 a state or a form of political constitution in which the supreme power is vested in the people or their elected representatives; a commonwealth”. Thus, a Republican would be a person who upholds such values. What is wrong with that? Nothing, in my opinion; we could all strive for such a political system.

A good example of a somewhat conscious, progressive Republican is Theodore Roosevelt who was the leader of the Republican Party and the 26th President of the United States. He believed in things such as having “an inheritance tax”. How can we all be equal when at birth some of us are starting off in the slums and dying-off in the slums with hardly any opportunities, while some of us can be drunks, cocaine addicts and still become Presidents? I think Roosevelt saw the disconnection in that too. Some people work hard only to lose it all (due to such things as Katrina or economic collapse) and some people do not work at all and they have all they want and more.

Roosevelt believed in people having social insurance. He can be seen as one who supported workers due to his view on worker’s compensation. His platform that he ran on included a National Health Service and one of the political reforms proposed was women’s suffrage. Some of Theodore Roosevelt’s progressive measures from my socialist point of view were great!

Roosevelt is by far not the only Republican worth discussing though. I would argue that, former congressman Paul Norton “Pete” McClosky Jr. did more for the environment in the United States than former Democrat Vice-President Al-Gore. In his sixteen years in office he was the “co-chair of the first Earth Day in 1970. He coauthored several pieces of environmental legislation, among them the Endangered Species, Marine Mammal, Coastal Zone and Estuarine protection acts. He also served as congressional advisor to the Law of the Sea Conference and the International Whaling Commission.”

(http://www.coa.edu/press-release-archives_pg64_49.htm)

Mr. McClosky is no longer a member of the Republican Party as he no longer thinks that the party represents him. I agree with him because all I hear coming out of the GOP now is the same vehement speeches about how taxes should be cut. As if cutting taxes was the panacea of all our problems. That is I suppose the main problem of the Republican Party now :it has degenerated so much over the last few decades that now it has finally broken apart in many pieces (just like the country itself). Now what is left out of the Republican Party is a salad of some lobbyists, tea-baggers (or whatever they are called – they supposedly are divided in many different groups too from what I have heard) and perhaps a few Republicans.

I do indeed think that there are still Republicans worth a vote for! Ron Paul (senior) is one of them. To those who say he is too old, I would like to point-out that McCain did not seem too old a couple of years ago. I know this is extremely hard to imagine but what would have happened if for example, Ron Paul was President instead of George W. Bush?

I am inclined to say that the United States would not have been in the economic decay that it is in now. Ron Paul would not have taken the United States into Iraq – big money-saver there! He might have succeeded in taking back the control of the currency from the crooks at the Federal Reserve Bank, finally releasing people from the financial slavery they are in. I am certain life would have been much better not only for the United States but for many people in other countries as well.

For now, the United States is left with a political system running in circles. There is nothing progressive about it. Interest groups spend billions of dollars in shaping public opinion through “political pundits”, advertising and highly controlled media outlets. The same interest groups fund the political candidates around the country with little regard of whether they are Democrats or Republicans. Luckily, this pretend-to-be democratic capitalist system is so broken that it cannot go in circles much longer. If fundamental changes do not take place, such as abolishing the Federal Reserve Act and throwing lobbyists out of Capitol Hill then, I do believe the entire system will collapse from within just as the pretend-to-be communist regime of the Soviet Union crumbled in the late eighties. What we really have in the United States is by far not a democracy. The government is not representing the majority of the people but the wealthiest lobbyists.


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Comments 19 comments

rakuba 5 years ago

What we can see today in America is called simply as SHOW. American Democracy with its elections and freedoms is one big show. There is no big difference between Democratic or Republican Presidents because they all belong to the same secret societies, which in fact rule the country. They are pushing America toward totalitarian socialist-fascist state. The hell has just begun.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

If voting doesn't help our situation; if politicians do not act-out our interests and they only listen to lobbyists, what are we supposed to do?

Thanks for the honest answer Rakuba.


rakuba 5 years ago

I am afraid you have no other choice. Revolution.

You better save your country now. And save the world.


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RichardSpeaks 5 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

rakuba sounds a bit Tea Party. For those of you who may not be aware of it, yes, there have been times in our history where revolt may have seemed the best choice. It almost never was, nor is. Consider the Civil War. It wasn't just about slavery. It was also about State's Rights "You in Washington cannot tell us that we cannot own other people. It's up to the states to decide that." More than 600,000 people were killed. And the insurrection was put down. It took almost 150 years to come even close to some kind of civility in this nation. Is that what the revolters want to go through again? Also, just in case you do not know it, there is a provision in the US Constitution that allows the federal government to use military force to crush insurrection and major rebellion if it threatens the Union or the social peace. Keep that in mind if you are considering taking up arms against the US. The vast majority of us will be absolutely against you. Period.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Fair enough, Mr. Richards. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I would like to ask you what I asked Mr. Rakuba too. If the politicians people vote for do not act in the interest of the people but in the interest of the lobbyists whom they get paid by, what should be done if anything at all?


rakuba 5 years ago

It is OK, Richard. If you think what american government did with its own citizens on 9.11 is the social peace, then it is OK. If you don't consider 9.11 and 22.11 as CIA's taking up arms against american nation, then it is OK. If you agree to give up all your freedom and privacy, in turn of "fighting "terrorism", then it is OK. If true criminals from federal government will never be punished, and that what you call justice, then it is also OK. You deserve such a government, you deserve what it does to you.


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

Good hub!! A friend told me the other day that she doesn't believe the American dream anymore. She still goes to work every day but she doesn't believe that hard work will get her anywhere. She hopes to keep her home. She read in the paper that over 70% of the wealth is owned by the wealthest 20% of the people and they don't want a to pay more taxes. Her husband has been lsyed off twice in the last two years. She is earning extra money cleaning condos for absentee owners. I didn't argue with her.

It is the political season and the airways are full of vote for me ads. Where is my friends representation?


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very well done. Buttons up! God bless!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Very interesting. The Dems in history were indeed the big business party, so what you say makes sense to me. Pity the Reps have fallen so low (in terms of their policies and actions) now.

With all the negative noises being made about Mr Obama recently I wonder where those who criticise him were when GWB was doing far, far worse things? Just a thought from another country!

Love and peace

Tony


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

No pity Mr. Tony! lol Pity is bad, quite detrimental actually. Falling so low is a necessity and something to learn from.

A lot of those making negative noises about Obama now were in power during Dubbya's time so there was nothing to complain about. Obama hired the Wall St. lobby not the Oil lobby so ya, the latter are bitching now.


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M. T. Dremer 5 years ago from United States

Everything you said pretty much hits the nail on the head. We've got a major problem coming our way for the next two years; congress won't pass anything with a republican house and a democrat senate. Republicans will continue to say No to every democratic bill and Democrats will say no to every repeal the Republicans propose. It's going to be an extremely frustrating time. I don't know how we're going to get corporate lobbyists out of washington, but it needs to happen before a total collapse.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thanks for commenting M. T. Dreamer. The Next two years will be tough for most people living in the United States. The numbers don't add-up and cutting taxes as much as it sounds attractive will not solve the problem of unemployment and that of the devaluation of the American dollar.


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stclairjack 5 years ago from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks

kleptocracy,... look it up, though i may have spelled it wrong, google seems to be very forgiving of my poor spelling,... at any rate, kleptocracy is what we seem to have in the US these days,.... and the veil of faux democracy that shrouds its true nature is getting thinner and thinner as the years go by,... and for all the "lock and load" comments, theres very little the that the common man is going to do about it but ride out the storm and hope for the best,... hope does spring eternal doesnt it?


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RavenBiker 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA.

Oh, golly. You missed Lincoln!----slaves=politariat "gone wild"

Teddy Roosevelt also created the national park system so that even the politariat can enjoy nature's beauty (now that is a socialist comment!)

Eisenhower and the interstate system=the politariat can get to those national parks

George Dubyuh Bush and his AIDS vaccines in Africa=the African politariat can get the anti-viral drugs (but not for the American politariat) and no access to condoms


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

slaves=politariat "gone wild" - Now, that is pretty funny!

Proletariat though.

"Eisenhower and the interstate system=the politariat can get to those national parks" - Yes, they could get to those parks if they could afford the gas (lol).

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment, Mr. Ravenbiker.

All the best!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 3 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

People don't seem to like it when I tell them the J.F.K. "secret societies" speech was about a hell of a lot more than communism.

What people like is security, even if the security is based in falsehood, and so they say, "the secret societies speech was only about communism." It also makes them feel smart to say that.

Nobody much listened to the J.F.K. speech, and nobody is much listening to Eisenhower either.

Thing is, major changes in history ...in the thoughts of the populace, those things don't happen over night. They happen over generations.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hey Mr. Wesman,

Thank You for stopping by and yes, I agree: not many people will carefully listen to such speeches. I guess that is why I try to post-up clips of shorter versions. This clip of President Eisenhower I think is priceless ... the same may be said about the Kennedy speech.

And You are right again in saying that change takes place over decades and generations. I am glad it has begun though.

Many thanks once again for taking the time to read and comment.

Cheers!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 3 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

It took some time for us to get to these low days....it'll take some time to get out of them!

I always focus on the media....as I consider the persons in programming departments the biggest enemy there is to anything worth knowing or having or doing.

I don't think I'm able to endorse any particular system of economics though...there seem to be winners and losers in all of them.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

"I don't think I'm able to endorse any particular system of economics though...there seem to be winners and losers in all of them." - I agree with You here. We certainly need to come-up with a better system. It is quite obvious that what we have tried in the past has not worked-out so well.

The problem I see is that so many people are afraid of change ... for the most part they just give lip service.

Well, something will have to give sooner than later lol

Thank You for stopping-by Mr. Wesman!

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