The strawmen that define the #GOP

This Education Week article, “Education Continues to Struggle for Airtime in GOP Debates,” might be behind a paywall, so let me just offer 2 fun facts from it and end with my own conclusions about what it has to tell us about the level of desperation and insincerity that informs the current state of Republicanism.

GOP-Debate-Milwaukee-blogCaveat: No I didn’t watch last night’s GOP debate. I saw the previous one, and one was enough for me. This post is simply meant to make sure their b.s. doesn’t go unchallenged and unacknowledged. Paragraph captions below are mine. The italicized text that follows is taken verbatim from the article.

Ted Cruz’s ‘Rick Perry’ Moment

“At one point during the debate, which was hosted by Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas listed the five agencies he’d like to eliminate. He named the Commerce Department twice, but didn’t say that he would also like to shutter the U.S. Department of Education. Did he change his mind about getting rid of it, or just forget to mention ED?

“It seems he forgot to mention it. His campaign tweeted this during the debate:

Cruz tweet

Rubio ‘Welding Together’ Lies

“Higher education fans got a couple of quick nods, mostly courtesy of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who reiterated his support for vocational education as a possible alternative to college.

“For the life of me, I don’t know why we stigmatized vocational education,” Rubio said. “We need more welders and less philosophers, welders make more money.” (For the record, welders make about $36,671 annually, while newly minted philosophy majors get about $39,000.)

The Strawmen That Define the GOP

First and for the record, no one I know stigmatizes vocational education.

I’m a graduate of a high school vocational-technical program. I went to college and earned associate engineering degrees which, by all accounts, are meant to be vocational. I didn’t earn a baccalaureate degree until just a few years at the age of 45.

So, to Marco Rubio and any conservative out there making the claim that liberals and Democrats are supposedly ‘stigmatizing’ vocational education, please go ahead and kiss my ass.

It was this EdWeek article and a recent Salon piece that has me asking this question yet again:

Will the poor and middle class Americans who think they’re Republicans ever learn that “their” party has nothing but disdain and disregard for them?

The GOP’s entire identity is built on duping Americans into believing in the existence of imaginary strawmen that exist only in the impenetrable Fox News/conservative AM radio/Breitbart/Glenn Beck bubbles.

spendingJust look at how they still call Democrats the taxers-and-spenders when every bit of data proves the opposite.

Listen to how they talk about the so-called out-of-control, tax-and-spend, Kenyan-born, liberal Muslim terrorist occupying the White House now. You know? The same president who drones more people and deports more people and who got more money from Wall Street than any of his predecessors ever have.

Yeah. That guy.

The same one who shrunk the Republican deficit he inherited by $1 trillion.

That’s a 1 followed by 12 zeros.

It’s a thousand million.

It’s $1,000,000,000,000.00

It’s how many reasons there are for being against the entirety of the Republican Party and anyone who claims to represent it……..unless, of course, you’re comfortably above the $340,000.00 it takes to be in the One Percent.

Wake up, America. The Republican Party of the present day exists only if you believe their lies.

 

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