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What Does It Mean To Be A Republican In 2012? The New And Improved GOP!

Updated on September 18, 2012

The New Conservative Is An Extremist!

Being a Republican in 2012 is different than in the past. The definition of GOP has changed. The requirements of being a member of the GOP have changed. The new and improved Republican has devolved and embraces extremism; promotes intolerance, limits freedom for only the worthy, and now, pursues the very destruction of certain segments of modern society. Don't believe it? Think the theory sounds like liberal propaganda? Read on. You may discover that the Republican party is not the same as it was when you checked that box on your voter registration form. The Republican party gave us the greatest man in the history of this country. If Abe was here today, he would not recognize his brethren. Indeed, he may even be forced, due to his sense of honor and integrity, to change his party affiliation. The modern GOP leadership would not protest. They would lead him to the nearest exit.

The Republican party of 2012, while fractured after the elections of 2008, has been able to reorganize, with the help of wealthy corporations and most notably Fox News, to reinvent themselves. In order to be a Republican in 2012, you must believe that Democrats are evil, socialist, Communist, godless terrorists, who are committed to the destruction of business, free markets, families and the very Constitution of the United States of America. While Republicans send the message that they want small government with most control being turned over to the states, cuts to the deficit, fiscal conservatism which usually equals less taxes and fewer regulations, they also send the message that the Democrats want big government, increased deficits, increased taxes, increased regulation and the control of every privately run industry in the country.

The rebirth of the GOP also concentrates on the revival of social or cultural issues. If you support gay rights, a woman's right to choose, rights to basic family planning, union rights, separation of church from state (notice I said from), health care for the poor or uninsured, federal funding of the EPA, the Department of Education, or any number of other cultural issues, you are not a 2012 Republican. Sad to say, but you are one of the evil people.

According to Outlandish, a frequent contributor and pundit at the Huffington Post, the GOP is circulating a new help wanted ad. It pretty much covers the agenda of the new and improved Republican party!

Position Available!

Head of the ticket for the Republican Party 2012.
No skills needed or even basic intelligence.
Must be: angry, white (token applications accepted but no chance of job selection) ­,
Vitriolic. To the point of irrational hysteria.
Have no plans for the country.
Have a small passing knowledge of the constitution but be prepared to rant about it incessantl­y,
while maintainin­g its perfection and what parts you favor and what parts you want to change.
Proud of your ignorance, It must be projected as a virtue.
Color blind. Except for brown, yellow, and black.
Be against feeding off the public trough for anybody else but you and your friends,
Must be prepared to hold your positions in the face of obvious flaws in their logic.
Must be a late night TV comedians dream.
Must appear to be as ill informed as the most ill informed in the base and pander to their prejudices ­.
No elitist with integrity and common sense need apply.

The GOP Messaging Machine: If A Dem Likes It, It Is Wrong For The Country!

Much of 2009 thru 2012 has been spent disagreeing with anything that has been proposed by the current Democratic President. Even if the idea proposed was originally presented by a Republican, once President Obama proposes it, it becomes the very worst decision ever made. Selective amnesia spreads faster than swine flu, and the GOP loses all memory that one or more of their own party faithful originally authored or endorsed the proposal.

A case in point is the Affordable Health Care Act. It has been said that the final legislation is almost a carbon copy of the plan that is now in effect in Massachusetts. That plan was signed into law by then GOP Governor Mitt Romney. According to Reuters, a new poll conducted by Market Decisions, shows that 84% of Massachusetts residents are satisfied with the plan, but for the last several years, Romney has been trying to separate himself from the plan. The individual mandate has been supported for decades by Republicans. In the early 1970s, GOP President Richard Nixon favored a mandate that all employers provide insurance. In the 1990s, the Koch supported Heritage Foundation, a GOP conservative think tank, endorsed the idea of an individual mandate. Romney supported it as "a personal responsibility principle" and the mandate was also supported by now GOP Senator Scott Brown. Selective amnesia...

TARP, The Troubled Asset Relief Plan, which was signed into law by GOP President G. W. Bush (really! this is not an urban myth!), was a $700 Billion dollar program designed to save banks and other financial institutions deemed too big to fail. Most Republicans blame President Obama for TARP, and consider it a plan for government control and takeover of the banks. Selective amnesia...

Weeks before leaving office, GOP President G. W. Bush authorized over $17 Billion dollars in loans to GM and Chrysler. Yet, when Democrat Obama came into office, provided additional funds, requirements for reorganization and repayment to the taxpayers that saved the American auto industry and at least one million jobs, he was accused by GOP lawmakers of taking over the helm of auto companies. Many complained of socialism in the works. Where were they when Bush was handing out billions and requiring nothing in return? Selective amnesia...

Fiscal Conservatism, The Common Sense Approach...

Reduce the deficit! Who can argue with fiscal conservatism? On paper, it all sounds so good, so warm, so fuzzy! And how does the GOP reduce deficits? The Republican party of 2012 reduces the deficit by first reducing corporate taxes and taxes paid by the wealthy. Of course! So simple! Reduce taxes! But wait--If a government reduces the amount of revenue (taxes are revenue) coming in, how does that reduce the deficit? That's simple, silly wascal! It doesn't. Plain and simple, it doesn't. If your bills at home add up to $3,000 per month, but you only bring home $2700 per month, you are going to have a deficit. Now, let's be as simple as we can. Cut that $2700 salary a month to $2500, and how much have you cut the deficit? If you are a Republican, your mathematics is a little bit different. Most of us know that decreasing revenue does not decrease deficits.

Decreasing revenue increases deficits. I know, I know. There is more to it, Republicans say. You must decrease spending, too. But now, instead of decreasing your bills from $3000 a month to $2700 a month, you are going to have to decrease your bills by an extra $200 a month to just break even. Everyone, regardless of party affiliation, realizes and accepts that the deficit must be controlled. But Republicans of 2012 require that the first step be a reduction of taxes to the corporations and wealthy. This is the new first commandment.

This first commandment is being obeyed at the federal level, as well as at the state level. Almost every GOP governor elected in 2010, as their first order of business in 2011 signed into law new tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. Gotta keep your friends, right?

So, what do you cut or cut out? Start with unions! Collective bargaining costs nothing, but pretend that it does, just long enough to dismantle the unions of public employees. To make up for the tax cuts, ask middle class public employees to cut their pay, increase their contributions to their health care and retirement. If they refuse, which is ultimately your goal, fire them and outsource their jobs to corporations. Keep telling your constituents that public sector employees are worthless leeches, parasites that have destroyed the economy. Selective amnesia...It was not public employees that destroyed the economy. It was financial institutions and Wall Street. But don't ever admit it. Keep blaming the firefighters, the cops, and most of all, public enemy number one, the teachers. This is the new second commandment. Destroy the unions. The unions, by the way, always contribute to Democrats and the candidates offered by Democrats. You owe them nothing. It's not like they support Republicans!

After you have villified union and public sector employees, cut health care to the poor. The increased pricetag of Medicaid is compromising state budgets throughout the country. It is also having a negative impact on the federal budget.The pricetag is increasing because of illegal immigration, high unemployment, and just more people without money requiring medical care, without the means to pay for it. Medicaid is welfare and Republicans do not like welfare. If you can't get up off your ass and pay for your own doctors and medicine, you certainly cannot afford to contribute to Republican candidates, so die, if you must. Medical care is not a right, especially if it is to be paid for by the state or federal government. Welfare, unless it is corporate welfare, is socialism.

Third on the path to fiscal conservatism, is the repeal of tax credits to the poor or the elderly. Tax credits for corporations are good, tax credits for the poor or elderly are bad. In fact, they, like Medicaid, are welfare. In addition, tax the pensions of senior citizens. That will help to defray the impact of those corporate tax cuts that are so important to the Republican party of 2012.

Finally, the state and federal government is too involved in the day to day affairs of its citizens. Smaller government is the key to conservative fiscal policy. Divest the states of any responsibility that you can. Sell the prisons, sell the state run liquor stores (which create revenue), and if schools and cities cannot become fiscally sound and responsible, sell them, too. Corporations will be lining up to buy them. Additionally, allow corporations to purchase any state owned energy companies. If you have played your cards right, the corporations have already purchased the GOP governors and legislators, so why shouldn't they own all of every state's assets, too? The one exception to the rule against government involvement? Force every woman in this country to face invasive intervention when it comes to abortion. Prevent abortion by any means necessary! While you are at it, support a Personhood Amendment that will outlaw horrmonal contraception.

What? Fiscal conservatism doesn't mention the creation of jobs? The economy in the tank? No. Just that tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy will create jobs. How? They don't know, but it is not that important in the scheme of things!

GOP 2012: Still The Party Of GOD And Family Values!

Ever notice how the letters GOP are almost the same as the letters GOD? There is a reason for that! It is because the GOP gets you as close to GOD as you can get, without actually claiming to be GOD! While some members of the GOP come close to claiming that they are the Messiah, or that they speak to GOD or GOD speaks to them, as of yet, they have not officially changed the name of the party to GOD. But they are pretty close!

Being the party of family values carries a great responsibility that Republicans take even more seriously than any other of their great responsibilities. Democrat begins with the letter 'D'. Did you know that DEVIL begins with the letter 'D'? The party of GOD will certainly never let you forget that.

Social and cultural issues are taking center stage with the Republicans of 2012. Family values, DOMA, gay rights, abortion rights, contraception and God are all at the forefront. GOP legislators, in addition to GOP Presidential hopefuls, all promote small government. Government needs to stay out of the lives of citizens, unless you are gay, want an abortion, seek family planning services or do not believe that God should be at the forefront of America's laws and values.

Almost every GOP led state in the country is seeking to limit the access to abortion, providing so many roadblocks that it will be close to impossible to actually get the procedure. While not outlawing abortion, which is a right granted to every woman in this country since the mid 1970's, the states are trying to circumvent the law so much so, that abortion effectively becomes illegal. At the federal level, HR 3, supported by all Congressional Republicans and Mitt Romney,would allow the IRS to audit the medical records of every woman that has used insurance to receive an abortion. If the abortion is sought as the result of rape or incest, the implementation of HR 3 will require that patients audited provide police reports and medical records. The defunding of Planned Parenthood (which is goal one of Romney) may cause the organization to downsize or even close its doors. Not only will abortions be discontinued, cancer screenings and family planning services which include contraception will cease. Millions of mammograms will no longer be provided. All of this in the name of family values.

The repeal of DADT is being fought by the new and improved Republican party. The GOP also stands behind DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, thus ending the possibility of equal marriage rights for gay Americans. Push back any gay rights that have been achieved. The new GOP would like to end the ability of gays to adopt children. Not only are they against sex education in schools, they are against any education about homosexuality or other alternate lifestyles. All of this in the name of family values.

God is so important to the Republican party that separation of God from state is abhorrent. The GOP wants a theocracy in this country and they are not ashamed of fighting for it. While they unanimously condemn Muslim states in the Middle Eastern countries, they desire the United States to become the United God States or even the United States of God. The Muslims just pray to the wrong God, according to the Republican party. The born again, evangelical Christian God is the correct God. If you are Jewish, they will tolerate you, only so far as the part that Jews play in their ever important end days. If you are Catholic, who knows? Episcopalian? I don't think that Episcopalians qualify either, because they allow the ordination of gay clergy. If you are Muslim, you are a threat, and if you are an atheist or agnostic, you, too, are an outcast.

Republicans are so frightened of Muslims taking over America, that GOP legislators, in states across the country, are introducing legislation that prohibits Sharia law. The GOP would like to make sure that Muslims are not welcome at the lunch counters at Woolworth's. Wait! Make that the coffee bar at Starbucks! For a moment I became the victim of time travel. Backwards time travel!

What Else Does The GOP of 2012 Stand For Or Stand Against?

So far, the Republicans of 2012 have not stood for jobs, jobs, jobs, which as I remember, was the rallying cry of the 2010 midterms. Selective amnesia...

The 2012 GOP stands for the abolition of the EPA and the Department of Education. They stand up for the firing of up to 700,000 federal employees in Republican ruled states. They believe in the privatization of Social Security. Republicans believe that Medicare should be abolished, because it is a socialist program. No. They don't promote death panels. Just death.

Government regulation of private businesses? No. They are against any regulation. Regulations are job killers.

Oh! Perhaps more than anything else, they are against Democrats! Lest anyone forget, Democrats are evil, socialist, Communist, godless terrorists, who are committed to the destruction of business, free markets, families and the very Constitution of the United States of America. The only good Democrat is one that lives in another country.


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    8 years ago

    Excellent Jullian! BRAVO your analysis of the GOP is spot on!! Jullian your article isn't just a home run, IT"S A GRAND SLAM. I've been preaching all your points about the GOP since Regan start destroying this country!! Todays GOP is a haphazard mix of corporate america , crazy mind numbingly stupid politicians, sick twisted so called evangelical fakers, racist homophobic hateful folks. The republican party has basically turned into a MOSTLY southern WHITE MALE KLAN! look at your typical red state, it's usually rural, so called religious! and heavy spoon fed conservative radio and television!! Fux nose has crippled this nation by brainwashing weak minded people into believe complete utter nonsense!! THANK YOU RUPERT MURDOCH!

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    Jason R. Manning 

    8 years ago from Sacramento, California

    I guess this will make me the only conservative daft enough to comment on your hub. Setting aside one hyperbole for another I’d like to address just one portion of your critique and that is Romney-care. The only reason Romney is distancing himself from his non-partisan work with Kennedy is due to the fundamental changes he did not approve of, which are creating cost projection issues for him. It isn’t fair to tie him into a bill that has been changed after his tenure and thus he has a hard time taking credit for many of the tenants that do work. I agree he should stand firm and defend the good parts, while highlighting what isn’t working. Cheers from the bottom feeding side of politics…

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    Donna Lichtenfels 

    8 years ago from California, USA

    Dear FPack,

    I hope that you are right! I agree. They seem to be on a mission to destroy themselves, but they will not go easy.

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    8 years ago

    I totally agree with your assessments on the GOP of 2012. It's a party catered to corporations over workers, cash money over speech, and opinion over fact. I take some solace in figuring that the GOP, in its current state, is probably a dying national political party. It's views and objectives are becoming to radical and insular for the mainstream American voter.

  • Jillian Barclay profile imageAUTHOR

    Donna Lichtenfels 

    8 years ago from California, USA

    I wouldn't admit it either! They are getting more and more frightening!

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    Gemini Fox 

    8 years ago

    Yaaaaaaay!! You hit every nail on the head! The GOP is scary!

    The silver lining to this cloud is that you're hearing about more and more old school repubs. becoming disenfranchised with these new nutters. The ranks of independents are growing. And it really is too funny to watch all the staunch repubs., who will vote repub. no matter what, running around trying to find a candidate, changing their collective minds each week because all the options are so bad! Lol! Frankly, if I was a repub., I'd never admit to it these days!

  • Jillian Barclay profile imageAUTHOR

    Donna Lichtenfels 

    9 years ago from California, USA

    Thanks, ThoughtSandwwiches- will be checking out your writing this weekend- Promise!

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    9 years ago from Reno, Nevada

    Hi Jillian...I believe "Fat Lester" above is a part of the Republican Attack force...good job tweaking some noses!

    You are correct...the Republican party changed for the worst following their lurch to the right in the waning days of the second Reagan administration. They have been unabashed whores of the right-wing ever since. Quite disgusting.

    Voted Up and interesting and useful...I will save the idiot part for something 'Fat Lester" may write.

  • Jillian Barclay profile imageAUTHOR

    Donna Lichtenfels 

    9 years ago from California, USA

    I agree, Raymond!

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    9 years ago

    Excellent hub, Jillian. They are a " mad bunch '.

  • Jillian Barclay profile imageAUTHOR

    Donna Lichtenfels 

    9 years ago from California, USA

    Why, thank you! At least you call me "useful"...

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    Fat Lester 

    9 years ago

    Whoever wrote this isn't very smart. In fact, the term "useful idiot" comes to mind...

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    9 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

    Great Hub, Jillian, as always you are in great form. Todays GOP has about as much similarity to the days of its founding as Abraham Lincoln has with GW Bush. I need not go there!! This GOP has got a propaganda machine that must be the envy of the modern world. The social issues are an elaborate smokescreen to lure the feebleminded away from the pertinent issues.

    We remember when Pat Paulson was a joke running for president. Well, with this scurvy GOP crew, he would certainly be an credible candidate today. Palin, Bachman and Trump. Picture President Donald Trump telling congress "You're fired". What most of the GOP constituency fail to realize is that their party consider them expendible, as the all mighty dollar and the aristocrats need plenty of 'red meat' to lure the dupe to the bait. Romney is a 'blow dried' phoney, he wont pass muster with the 'red meat crowd. In the last 50 years the GOP has gone from the mantle of "Rockefeller Republicans' who at most can be accused of neglect toward those that work for a living to now displaying hostility toward the same. There will be hell to pay come next year when the workers realized the mistake they made last fall, putting those clowns back into office. I just had one thing to say, 'always remember that you asked for it'. The rightwinger always said that God is a conservative republican, yeah sure...

    Thannks for stiring up this pot and keeping it stirred up, you always help me break through my writers block, keep it up....

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    Terry Phlip hirneisen 

    9 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

    OK I motivated you.The result is Spectacular. One of the best hubs I have read! This is one I keep coming back to read. Just wish it were mine as it is said with such fire and fact. You can be proud!

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    9 years ago from Somewhere in the south

    Excellent hub. You hit the nail right on the head on all counts. And you were much nicer than i have been on these same subjects. Good job. dw

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    9 years ago from Arizona

    Brilliantly put!!! Hittin' the buttons for sure on this one!

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    9 years ago

    Yep, you nailed it, Jillian. There is nothing harsh or untrue in your revelatory statements regarding Republicans. I supported their rhetoric until 2000, when everything went way RIGHT...and might is not always right.

    G W Bush went to war on a whim, and the programs that have been put in place, or removed, have not led to a stronger USA--it has weakened the most powerful nation that ever existed.

    Watch "A Special Relationship," with Dennis Quaid and Michael Sheen portraying Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. What a great bit of film-making! It was after Gore lost that election that the world change and we were no longer in Kansas, Dorothy.

    Keep up the great writing.

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    9 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

    Hi Jillian, this article is so right on! I am not sure what has happened to humanity in America. The Republican party and their followers seem to have lost all sense of compassion. I have friends and family who are staunch Republicans and they could care less if people suffer and die.

    I am so baffled over this. It is as if they are robots and have been programmed with such a high level of self-indulgence that they cannot feel anything else.

    They keep talking about Social Security as an entitlement program, but I have worked my whole adult life and have PAID into social security and medicare/medicade from every single dollar I have earned. If the Republicans were not so busy giving it away to their cronies, they might have taken the time to set up an investment trust for these programs and made a return on the money invested therein.

    Your hub is so very needed. The people who keep voting these short-sighted politicians into office need to WAKE UP!!!!!


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    9 years ago from Scotland, UK

    It's very worrying that a majority of the people can't see what's happening to their democracy Jillian. Even more reason for you to keep at it.

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    The Frog Prince 

    9 years ago from Arlington, TX

    A little off base here and there but well written. I reckon now you need to dissect the Democratic Party with your pen?

    The Frog Prince

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    Nan Mynatt 

    9 years ago

    Interesting hub and thought provoking. I think that it's a matter of black v. white. Pres. Obama is really African American, and that is the reason they are giving him such a hard time. He is not accepted, and he can't seem to do anything to please the Republicans, and a lot of the Democrats. The next 2 years should be interesting.

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    Terry Phlip hirneisen 

    9 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

    I had to sneak away from wife to read this on a Sunday. It may be the BEST thing you have written. Nothing Soft here! I wish I could vote SKY HIGH and Hilarious. Now I must return to my Sunday and will check in later. YOU have spoken the truth and IT SHALL BE HEARD. I am putting it on my Facebook and spreading the word.

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    Deidre Shelden 

    9 years ago from Texas, USA

    Can't say I agree with this take on all the facts here but appreciated reading an objective view of the GOP without the harsh rhetoric. Good hub!

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    Lee Raynor 

    9 years ago from Citra Florida

    Hi Jillian, Great Hub, wish I could argue with it. It's depressing to think that the Republicans of my youth would be considered Liberals today. Rockefeller, Goldwater, Nixon and even the Demigod Reagan would be lefties compared to this bunch. We are stuck in a country where tax breaks for the ultra wealthy and the corporations have given us 90& of the deficit that the kids have to pay off, and it isn't just liberal kids, conservative kids have to pay for these tax breaks too. Let's hope they wake up soon. Voted uop and awesome!

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    Howard Schneider 

    9 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Great Hub Jillian. You are right that the GOP has changed dramatically over the years. It began when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights bills. The South was then lost to the Democrats. Not that it bothers me but the Far Right loonies began employing their dirty tricks. This crystallized in 1988 when Lee Atwater, from South Carolina, won the presidency for President George H.W. Bush with tactics such as the Willie Horton ad. Karl Rove and others learned from him and so it continues on. Divide and conquer is their motto. This became the Tea Party machine after President Obama was elected. Of course we know that the Koch brothers are behind this all. This wing which is now unfortunately the majority of the GOP, has become an evil empire. I sincerely hope that the people wake up to this fact in 2012.

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    Donna Lichtenfels 

    9 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Arb,

    Don't want to get your dander up on a beautiful Sunday morning! Or is it raining in Oregon today?

    There apparently is alot of money to follow! But you are right! It is always about the money!

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    9 years ago from oregon

    Well, I have a lot to say on the subject, but, it would get my dander up. In summary, they know where the money is and if you follow the money you will find their agenda.

    wonderfully written Jillian.

  • Jillian Barclay profile imageAUTHOR

    Donna Lichtenfels 

    9 years ago from California, USA

    Dear Fay,

    Stayed up all night because Terry thought I might be going soft, so had to finish just as proof I haven't! Thank you so much for your kind, kind comment! There was so much to say! Couldn't stop! The fact that you like it means alot! The help wanted ad by Outlandish has to be the best, don't you think?

    Again, thank you!

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    Fay Paxton 

    9 years ago

    Jillian you hit a home run with this one. You have managed to cross every "T" and dot every "I". You have left me nothing to say except that this should be required reading!!

    voted up/useful and awesome


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