What are “Conservative Values” in the 21st Century?

What are “Conservative Values” in the 21st Century?

I became a Republican in 1978.  At 18 I was attracted to the message of “out of the boardroom, out of the bedroom and out of my pockets.” Smaller government seemed to make perfect sense, why do we need so much government?  Simple succinct and relevant.  After all I was only 18 years old, naïve and certainly not worldly.  I had no experience in business, life or love.  That simple message seemed to resonate it made common sense to a selfish and self-centered teenager.  I was about to embark on the rest of my life, I didn’t want to pay my hard-earned dollars on taxes; I certainly didn’t believe that the US Government should be in my bedroom at 18, I understood that literally; and it made sense to an 18-year-old that too much government intrusion in business was bad…what did I know at 18.

I changed my affiliation to Independent (in California that is declined to state) because at 52 I saw the world through a different prism.  I had been a manager for 30 years; I had seen human suffering; I had experienced love and loss; I had lent my support to friends and family though tough times; I experienced economic downturns and a great recession; I witnessed the devastation of 30 years of “trickle-down” economics had on the American Middle Class.  I no longer was a believer in the “Conservative Values” of the 1970’s.

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However the “Conservative Values” of the 21st Century make no sense, are divisive, destructive, immoral, selfish, anti-women, racist, xenophobic, homophobic and un-American. Yes I said it, I know Progressives have been on the other end of that label and are uncomfortable using it.  But I am an Independent, so I dare say that the “Conservative Values” of the 21st Century are un-American bears repeating.  I can’t even relate to these values at all. Corrupted by money the GOP simply manipulates its membership with hate to continue passing legislation that helps only those at the top…the infamous 1%. The “Conservative Values” of the 21st Century as I see them:

  1. Take back the Country for White Americans
  2. Union Busting
  3. Outsourcing of American Jobs to increase profits to shareholder
  4. Keep American Wages low to improve the bottom-lines for shareholders
  5. Deny “Climate Change” to improve the bottom-line for oil company shareholders
  6. Fight “gun safety” regulation to improve the bottom-line for gun manufactures
  7. Make Christianity the official Religion of the United States
  8. Prayer in schools
  9. Privatized education
  10. Privatize prisons
  11. Privatize roads and bridges
  12. Privatize Social Security
  13. Leave 40 million Americans without health insurance or affordable access to healthcare
  14. Cut taxes for the 1% while raising taxes on the American Middle Class and the poor
  15. Cut food assistance to Americans that would go hungry but increase subsidies to corporate agriculture to improve the bottom-line to shareholders
  16. Cut the social safety, but keep corporate welfare to help Wall Street make more profits for shareholders
  17. Ban abortion
  18. Ban Contraception
  19. Ban gay marriage
  20. Suppress the votes of Women, Minorities and the Millennials
  21. Cut Medicare funding
  22. Cut Medicare Benefits
  23. Cut benefits to Veterans
  24. Do not compromise with the Democratically elected President
  25. Do not pass any new legislation regardless if it is good for Americans
  26. Continue the failed War on Drugs
  27. Spend more on wars and the military instead of on the American people
  28. Do not fund disaster relief of hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires or earthquakes
  29. Cut funding to the Nation Institutes of Health
  30. Pushing for a Christian belief in “creationism” over the accepted science of “evolution”
  31. Refuse to fund new infrastructure projects to put Americans back to work
  32. Fight any regulations on Wall Street to keep profits high for shareholders and stick the taxpayer with the bill to bail them out
  33. Fight “Consumer” protections to keep profits high for corporate America
  34. Disregard the wishes of the American voter to pander to a narrow GOP base
  35. Game the voting system to stay in power instead of coming up with new ideas
  36. Fight comprehensive immigration reform to keep America White
  37. Cut government programs to the poor and middle class in the guise of making government smaller, then give the savings to the 1% via tax cuts

Honestly I don’t know why “ANYONE” would be a Republican in the 21st Century except the 1%…time to grow up America, I did!

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2014 is Around the Corner…The American Middle Class Needs to Vote for Middle Class Interests!

Paul Ryan Spending Cuts Face Backlash From Moderate Republicans

By ANDREW TAYLOR 08/12/13 03:11 AM ET EDT

WASHINGTON — Midway between the 2012 and 2014 election campaigns, moderate Republican conservatives are beginning to foment a revolt of their own – a backlash to anti-spending tea party shrillness as budget cuts begin to significantly shrink defense and domestic programs.

Tea party forces may have dominated the House GOP’s approach to the budget so far, but pragmatists in the party have served notice they won’t stand idly by for indiscriminate spending cuts to politically popular community development grants, education programs and even Amtrak.

Voting in the spring for the tea party budget developed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who was Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate last year, was one thing. But as long as a Democrat occupies the White House, Ryan’s budget is little more than a nonbinding wish list – cutting Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps and slashing budgets for domestic agencies funded annually through appropriations bills.

Many tenured Republicans, particularly members of the House Appropriations Committee, have viewed Ryan’s sweeping cuts as unworkable all along. When more than $4 billion in entirely new cuts came to the House floor in the form of an actual bill for funding transportation and housing programs, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, confronted shaky support from less ardently conservative Republicans and decided to pull the $44 billion package on July 31.

That sparked a frustrated outburst from the committee chairman, Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky. He called for abandoning the Ryan budget and starting bipartisan negotiations that would provide appropriators with “a realistic spending level to fund the government in a responsible – and attainable – way.”

“Attainable” is code for something that can pass the Senate and get signed by President Barack Obama. That’s rarely a recipe for tea party fun.

It seems that the Presidential hopes of an Ayn Rand 1% utopia are being dashed for Paul Ryan.  As the Republican Party does that math, some of them have finally figured out that 1% of the votes is not a sustainable strategy?  Ryan Budget’s draconian cuts to programs that help keep the American Middle Class strong would spell doom as those in the Middle Class figure out that they are the ones being targeted and screwed by the GOP.

The self-serving 1% who continue to pour money into campaigns have not figured out that “Tivo” is their worst enemy.  Costly TV ads did not work in the Presidential Campaign of 2012 as technology allowed those tech savvy Americans to just cut out the ads.  The Primaries and Debates seem to have made a comeback and that is surely why Reince Priebus is trying to game the cable networks who will carry the Republican Primary Debates.

Paul Ryan’s budget aims to usher in an 18th Century America in a 21st Century world to undo the 20th Century gains that the Roosevelt Administration implemented to end the Great Depression.  Programs that worked to strengthen the American Middle Class.  As Pope Francis re-directs the Catholic Church to focus on social issues (world hunger, injustice, the poor, racism and tolerance) and lighten the Church’s tone on the divisive issue of homosexuality; Evangelicals push for immigration reform; the backlash of Reagan’s War on Drugs; the push back on Bush’s surveillance state; Women’s reaction nationwide on issues that affect their pay and health; acceptance of marriage equality; and the abject failure of free market and trickle down solutions to help bring prosperity to the middle class are only serving to brand Paul Ryan and his budget persona non grata.  The shiny youthful and creative image of Paul Ryan the young boy wonder is showing his age and beginning to tarnish.

If the Republican Party is to remain relevant, they need to start coming up with ideas that help a majority of Americans prosper instead of catering to those rich in wealth but poor in votes, 1% of the voting public to be exact.  The future of the Republican Party hangs in the balance, continued bleeding of support with women, minorities and Millennials is not sustainable for a national political party.  Even Senior citizens seem to be turning on the GOP. “Just 28 percent of voters 65 and older had a favorable view of the Republican Party in a national survey conducted last month by the Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, versus 40 percent who had a positive view of the Democrats. That’s a reversal from a poll Greenberg conducted in early 2011, when 43 percent of seniors saw Republicans favorably and 37 percent saw Democrats that way.” according to an article in the National Journal.

The 1% is spending billions of dollars to keep White Middle Class men from voting their interest, cynically creating strategies to keep the Middle Class White Males angry at everyone else but the 1% that has systematically extracted their wealth through Wall Street graft; busted Unions that provide pensions, healthcare benefits and job security; the outsourcing of good paying American jobs to third world countries to line the pockets of the investor class at the expense of the American Middle Class. Cutting governments programs designed to help keep the Middle Class strong and viable like student loans, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans Benefits and the Social Safety net to cut taxes further for the very rich.

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The Republicans in Congress have waged war on the institutions that keep our Country strong and provide stability to the markets.  The short-term profit taking strategies of Wall Street create a continued stream of bubbles that burst, the system rigged so that the wealthy win even when the market crashes, as they support government guarantees for their reckless gambles at the expense of the middle class tax payers and their 401K retirement plans.

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It is time for the American Middle Class to fight back, enough is enough, “We the People” must unite regardless of race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief, age and focus on the economic interest of a “MAJORITY” of Americans.  Just remember Corporate American has lobbyist fighting for them in Washington, Wall Street fights for the Investors, CEO’s fight for the Executives and Marketing, the Board of Directors fight for the CEO’s….Stop and think who is fighting for me?

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Regardless of your race or ethnicity, when you sit down at the kitchen table to pay your bills, ponder these questions.  How does stopping gay people from getting married help me provide for my family?  How does English only legislation help me pay for braces for my teenager?  How does overturning Roe vs. Wade provide me with job security?  How does voting 40 times to repeal Obamacare help me get affordable health insurance for my wife with cancer?  How do tax cuts for the 1% help me pay my mortgage or rent?  How does prayer in school help my children get a good ACADEMIC education so that they have a better life then I did?  How does busting Unions provide me with a living wage? How does reducing funding for food assistance help me feed my family? How does shutting down the government help me send my kids to college?   Ask yourself these questions America don’t let Republican talking points lead you down the path of destruction…Throw the TEA PARTY into the metaphoric Boston Harbor!

“Lunch Pail” Republicans…GOP betrayal of the Middle Class White Guy!

How the GOP betrayed the “Lunch Pail” Republicans…

From the Lunch Pail Republican Website:

“All across America, many life-long Republicans are feeling completely disconnected from their Party and their candidates in Washington. They want their Party to return to the issues that define what it means to be a Republican. We hear you loud and clear. It’s time to take back our party.

 Are you a Lunch Pail Republican?

Do you believe in…?

  • A strong economy?
  • Less government?
  • Good paying jobs?
  • Less government intrusion in the private sector?
  • Employee-sponsored health care?
  • Labor-Management cooperation?

If you answered “yes” to 3 or more of the above questions, then you are a Lunch Pail Republican. It’s time to take back our party. We invite you to join us.

Who Are We?

We are Republicans who are focused on providing for ourselves and our families, protecting our rights and our property from intrusion, and keeping our country on a path toward recovery and prosperity. We’re not taking the Party in a new direction. We’re simply returning it to the traditional core Republican values that used to define who we are.

About the Lunch Pail Republicans

Statement of Principles

  • We the Lunchpail Republicans believe in building and maintaining an America with a strong economy, unrivaled liberty, and a government that unobtrusively empowers the middle class.
  • We believe that the Republican Party has abandoned its traditional principles by advancing an agenda that negatively impacts workers’ wages, benefits and quality of life.
  • We believe that the current anti-worker agenda ultimately harms the Republican Party by discouraging middle-class Republicans from voting for Republican candidates whose policies would harm them, or worse, from participating in the election process at all.
  • We believe that the interests of workers and businesses are reliant upon each other, and without one, the other cannot stand.
  • We believe that elected officials have an obligation to protect workers’ interests as well as corporate interests, and that a growing disparity between the two is harmful to America’s long-term viability.
  • We believe that America’s economy is strongest with the presence of a robust middle class.
  • We believe that enemies of the middle class exist on both the left and the right, and the middle class must mobilize to remove them from office.

We are the Republicans who are focused on providing for ourselves and our families, protecting our rights and our property from intrusion, and keeping our country on a path toward recovery and prosperity.

We are not being represented.

Too many “Republicans” are far more focused on pushing someone else’s agenda and playing politics to get re-elected than looking out for us, the working people who they are sent there to protect.

Our beliefs are simple.

We believe in freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and most of all, in limited government. Our parents’ and grandparents’ Republican Party would never stand for the type of attacks that are being leveled against working people. We are pro-business and pro-labor because neither one can survive without the other; we will stand with candidates who stand with us.

Hands off our unions.

If we work under a union contract, chances are we are paid better than we would be without it. That means something to us. If a union helps us earn more money to support our families, paying our union a little bit is only fair. We aren’t freeloaders, and we don’t want the government forcing our union to represent freeloaders, because it will just weaken our ability to bring home those better wages.

If you think you have the right to tell any union, business, or independent organization that it has to work for nothing, stop calling yourself a Republican. Stay out of it. It’s none of your business.

We are looking for a few good working men and women.

Too many of our leaders have forgotten what is important to working people, so it is time for them to go.”

The Republican Party has moved so far to the “WACKO-EXTREME” even those that call themselves “Lunch Pail” Republicans can see that the GOP has left them behind.  The Republicans wrongfully believe that “EVERYONE” that supports them is either a Corporate Executive, Investor or an Entrepreneur.   1% is 1%…and 1% is not a majority.  There are working class Republicans that are increasingly feeling alienated by the Party of Lincoln.

Two years ago, 100,000 Wisconsin residents, working class Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike surrounded and occupied the state capitol. Police, Fire, Teachers and Wisconsin Citizens mobilized in one of the largest labor protests in modern American history. Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to strip public sector workers of collective bargaining rights lifted the veil of the anti-worker agendas of the new Republican leadership.

All across this Nation there are “Blue Collar Working Class” Republicans who are paid through tax dollars.  Police and Fire are part of those constituencies.  As the Republican Governors focus on breaking their Unions, Police and Fire need to wake up and see the direction the Party is going.  The family of a firefighter killed with 18 colleagues while battling a summer wildfire is waging a campaign urging the city of Prescott, Ariz., to provide his survivors with full health and pension benefits. Firemen all across this Country need to ask themselves what are Republican Governors, Representatives and Senators doing to protect the rights of their families.  Fire and Police put their lives on the line every day and all they ask in return is that their families are taken care of.  Blindly trusting that the GOP has your interest at heart because you are a White Male is misplaced.  You need to ask the question, what are you doing for me and my family?

Prescott, which employed Firefighter, Andrew Ashcraft and other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, says Ashcraft and 12 others who died were seasonal employees, leaving their survivors ineligible for benefits that would go to a full-time employee.  State, Local and Federal Representatives need to be pushed to act on “BEHALF” of Police and Fire.  What are GOP Representatives in Arizona doing to make this situation right?  Andrew Ashcraft gave his life for Arizona, what is Arizona a Red State doing to take care of its heroic firefighters and men in blue? What are the Democrats doing in that State for that matter?

“I want to be able to just be mourning my husband, be supporting my children, be figuring out what our new normal is,” Juliann Ashcraft, Andrew’s widow and mother of their four children, said at a news conference Wednesday outside the Yavapai County courthouse in Prescott. “As shocked as I was that my husband went to work and never came home, I’m equally shocked in how the city has treated our family since then,” she said.

For those Republican Firefighters and Republican Police, these are the words of widow left behind, she represents your wife and your children.  Will your wife have to fight this battle all alone, will your children be left to fend for themselves?  Is breaking Police and Fire Unions in your family’s best interest?

White “Lunch Pail” Republicans take too much for granted.  As the GOP leadership points the fingers at women and minorities, the 1% of “YOUR” tribe betrays “YOUR” interest.

In Detroit an epic battle ensues as workers and pensioners filed suit against Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and state Treasurer Andy Dillon, seeking to prevent them from filing a possible municipal bankruptcy petition for Detroit because, they argue, such a move would violate Michigan’s constitutional protections of public pension benefits. This should be a warning to Police and Fire in every major City, your State Constitutions will not help you and the Republican Governors seem to fighting against the interest of Police and Fire and not for you.

What have the Republicans in the House of Representatives done to “STOP” the outsourcing of good paying American jobs?  Nothing!  Absolutely nothing, but Corporate America has shipped “OUR” jobs overseas, reaped gargantuan profits and then hoarded those profits offshore. A state of denial exists among Republican policymakers and outsourcing’s corporate champions about the adverse effects on the US.  As they outsource our jobs leaving us unemployed, the GOP politicians then call us lazy takers.  They expect us to take 2 or 3 low paying service jobs and refuse to pass legislation that would provide a living wage.

In what might be an underestimate, a University of California study concludes that 14 million white-collar jobs are vulnerable to being outsourced offshore. These are not only call-center operators, customer service and back-office jobs, but also information technology, accounting, architecture, advanced engineering design, news reporting, stock analysis, and medical and legal services. The authors of the study note that these are the jobs of the American Dream, the jobs of upward mobility that generate the bulk of the tax revenues that fund our education, health, infrastructure, and social security systems. Ask yourself, what are the “REPUBLICANS” doing to stop this bleeding to strengthen the American Middle Class? Again NOTHING!  These are “WHITE COLLAR” jobs, so those of you with College Degrees are not immune from your tribe betraying you either.  The 1% are loyal to the 1%, they hoard money, they do not trickle it down to you…that trickle you feel is not money…

“The Department of Labor reports that more than one in three workers who are displaced remains unemployed, and many of those who are lucky enough to find jobs take major pay cuts. Many former manufacturing workers who were displaced a decade ago because of manufacturing that went offshore took training courses and found jobs in the information technology sector. They are now facing the unenviable situation of having their second career disappear overseas.”

What has the GOP proposed to fix this Middle Class concern?  Again nothing!  The misplaced loyalty that White Males have given to the GOP is being betrayed as they laugh at you behind your back and defraud you with divisive issues, like gay marriage, prayer in school, English only, banning abortion, demonizing minorities, gun rights, LGBT rights and women’s rights.  How does any one of those issues improve or strengthen the American Middle Class…the 1% is laughing at you as they pick your pockets clean…there is no loyalty from the 1% to the “TRIBE” their “TRIBE” is the 1% and you are only there to provide the spoils not too share them.

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Demand that the GOP acts in “YOUR” interest or tell them to take a hike “Lunch Pail” Republicans!

It’s the American Middle Class STUPID!

It’s the American Middle Class Stupid!!!

In an audio recording posted Monday by the organization Right Wing Watch, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) seemed to express an openness to investigating President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. If the conspiracy theory proved true, he said, Republicans could undo all of the administration’s policies.


Meanwhile in the world of “adult” behavior, President Barack Obama touted the work his administration has done to stem the housing crisis. The President also called for more action to improve the housing sector, including increased federal spending and new policies on access to credit for first-time homeowners, during a speech Tuesday in Phoenix.

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The idea divide could not be wider and the choice could not be clearer. While Rep. Ted Yoho (Republican-Florida) diddles with himself and the far out base, the President and the Democrats continue to try and put forth “NEW” ideas to help strengthen the American Middle Class

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The vitriol on the far right blinds them to the GOP’s incompetence; and the addiction to the far right base takes the GOP down the rabbit hole as surely as a heroin addict in a full blown dependency. The two are co-dependent and like the family of an addict the Blue Collar “Lunch Pale” Republicans are doomed to suffer in silent misery.


For the past 5 years I have posed this question on Yahoo News, Twitter, MSNBC, Newsvine and various other comment outlets, “Name one bill the Republicans have proposed in the last 10 years that would specifically help strengthen the American Middle Class?”. Believe it or not with all the big mouth right wing trolls online, not one could give me an answer. Crickets!!!!

The GOP took over the House of Representatives in 2010 with promises to bring back jobs to the American Middle Class, as a matter of fact it is the first action item in the Republican Platform.
In an interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Speaker Boehner said the Republican Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs is “our number one focus” in the House of Representatives. “We’re trying to stay focused on those things that would improve our economy – help the American people’s wages increase and have more jobs available,” said Boehner.

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What we got was abortion bills, homophobic bills, voter suppression, tax cuts for the 2%, proposals to cut corporate taxes, corporate subsidies, repealing Obamacare 40 times, defunding the defunct ACORN, cutting food assistance, the sequester, birther bills, naming post offices and complete incompetence and lack of civility. The Republican Party either is out of touch or they simply don’t care about the American Middle Class. Void of ideas they cling to power with desperate claws grasping for any paltry interest from the American public. When that futile attempt at trickery fails, they move on to another hollow and trivial attempt to defraud “We the People”


If the American Middle Class does not throw these bums out, they deserve to suffer the consequences of their inaction. 2014 is a little over a year away, progressives need to be prepared as if this were a Presidential election. We vote for the President of the United States, get him into office and then move on to other distractions and then complain that the President is not doing his job. That is bull shit!! Society is moving faster, technology is making life easier and more complex at the same time. Progressives no longer have the luxury of taking the off years off. The damage the GOP has done in the last 3 years to the American Middle Class, is because “We the People” failed to vote our interests in 2010. The election has consequences.
As the Republican Party plans their government shutdown, threatening to bring down the United States economy to defund a program that helps “YOU” and your family. Think about this. What has the Republican Party done in the last 30 years that has been good for the American Middle Class? What bill have the Republicans proposed that were drafted “SPECIFICALLY” to strengthen the Middle Class? This is no trick question the answer is a dismal and unambiguous NOTHING! The GOP is good for NOTHING, USELESS and INCOMPETENT…unable and unwilling to govern…so fire them!


BLANKNESS and DESOLATION now drive the GOP. Their desperation is evident in their continued efforts to suppress the vote. Without new ideas all they can do is game our system or try to destroy our democracy. Like a wounded animal they lash out and have become dangerous, unpredictable and irrational. Like a mate that has lost all hope they cling desperately and pathetically like a piece of gum left in the sun too long. The pong of desperation is all over them, the reek of failures is all over the Republicans in the House…The Nation looks on in amazement at the once proud Party of Lincoln implodes in on itself…who would associate themselves with desperate?