The GOP is the next thing to America’s march on towards a Gestapo. Inspite of the fact talking heads like to tie the GOP to the Lincoln administration of the 19th century, it more closely resembles the McCarthyism of the 20th century in its approach to citizenship and social issues. Nothing more clearly underscores that fact than this story. Peter King, republican from New York, is a demagogue from way back; you can read about some of his more fascist thoughts here and here. He’s a throwback to his American predecessors, Joe McCarthy, George Wallace, and my favorite Jesse Helms and takes America back to a time when it was asked to fight in a war abroad against Germans who said and did the same kind of things King wants to do. Notice how he even wants to break the Constitution to do it, i.e. establish a state religion and officially denigrate or delegitimize another. Moreover, what’s this constant raising and lowering the bar that Islamophobes do? Since when did good citizenship mean being a spy on your fellow congregants at your house of worship? Does government demand all Catholics turn in abusive priests to the feds, or that Jewish worshipers turn in any junk bond dealer or swindler who might be robbing pension funds dry and that doing less than that means they should come under the scrutiny of the federal government, and it’s not that Muslims haven’t responded to calls for good citizenship. The latest bomber exposed by the FBI on the west coast was first turned in to law officials by his own father….and he was ignored. The 2009 Christmas bomber too was turned in by his dad…to no avail. It seems scoring points only happens when the authorities play the game and not when citizens participate. But what it does do is insure King will be re-elected in two years from now when people will be demanding to hold the GOP responsible for the continuing economic fiasco to result due to their policies which began with the tax cut extension.
America tends to elect people who are not the least bit concerned with her interests, but only their own. King, Gingrich, Palin, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, et.al are all opportunists who are willing to sacrifice the good of the country to their own priorities of personal fortune and ego. We elect them every year and this past election cycle ended with them increasing their wealth, through tax cuts and pitting the federal government against a religious minority which has until now been a peaceful and cooperative partner in good citizenship. We get what we deserve.