America, and what it means to be an American, comes with so many images, songs, mantras, and there is of course our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Civil Rights. America the Beautiful. Home of the Brave and the Free. Stuff I thought we were proud of. Things that made us different, inspired us, and allowed us to grow out of our blemished beginnings which included a native holocaust and the support of slavery.
What I don’t understand is why the GOP, especially the Tea Party wing of the GOP, continues to fight all progress toward fulfilling the Dream that is so uniquely American, and by their actions demean all we say we believe as a nation. How can they wave the flag, talk of liberty, equality, justice for all, the pursuit of happiness, and freedom? How do they talk of their patriotism with a straight face, while they vote against helping our veterans? How do they talk of freedom and not give a grown woman choice? How do they talk of compassion but do not act as compassionate?
My head is spinning. What I see from the spokespeople for the TPGOP is hate. Hate for the immigrants. Hate for those who want to help others going through hard times. Hate for those who are sick and have no insurance. Hate for those who think differently, or look differently. Hate for the poor, the homeless, even though it is their policies, or lack thereof, that created the lack of jobs and opportunities, or medical help necessary, for a decent life.
We call ourselves Americans. We say we believe that all are Created equal. Our Statue of Liberty calls out to those in need.
TPGOP I am calling you out! Stop the lies. Just say you hate America and all it stands for, and be honest enough to leave, or shut up. Give your flags to Americans that can appreciate them, and who respect our Veterans enough to believe they should never have to go homeless, and uncared for. Just come out with the truth, that you believe the Statue of Liberty should be taken down and a corporate ‘academy award’ put in her place. For gawd’s sake, and you do prattle on about being Christians, tell the truth! Tell that although you call yourselves Christian, that you do not practice your faith. ‘As ye treat the least … you treat Me’ … just say it. It means nothing to you.
Republicans, who do believe in our American Dream, need to step away from today’s Tea Party, and declare themselves, before they get totally lost in the smoke and mirrors of the TP funhouse. Before the Grand Old Party is just a memory.