Charles F. Bass, Deluded Republican Whiner, Indulges False Memories Of Republican Greatness

Charles F. Bass, identified in today’s Globe as a ‘former US representative from New Hampshire’, writes a long, pathetic whine, crawling with lies and distortions, about the greatness of the Republican Party and its need to recover its former glory.

Here’s some of it, with snarls provided by The Lion:

Why has the Republican Party let the Democrats cast us as the party that caters to the rich and the elite? Wasn’t it a Republican president who freed millions of Americans from the bondage of slavery?

First, note the plaint of victimization. Note the whine of ‘The Democrats did this to us. It’s all their fault.’ That’s typical Republicanism. No matter what they do, no matter who they hurt, no matter the destruction their policies wreak in the country and the world, it’s not their fault.

And isn’t it about time this bunch of hypocrites, this crew of immoral and unethical loudmouths stopped pretending they had anything to do with what Lincoln did a hundred and fifty years ago. Convenient of Mr. Bass to forget the horrors visited on Blacks for the next hundred years by racist, segregationist Americans. It wasn’t a Republican who brought about the Civil Rights legislation of the Sixties, but it was Republicans who fought desperately against it. And convenient also for Mr. Bass to forget Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy, which was nothing but blatant racism, served up with regard only for the votes it could garner from white bigots. Perhaps Mr. Bass conveniently forgot Ronald Reagan opening his 1980 campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, with a coded speech on ‘states rights’ to the people who just loved their Klan so much when their Klan murdered three civil rights workers named Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman and buried them in an earth dam.

Lincoln would spit in the faces of modern Republicans, including Mr. Bass.

Why has the Republican Party let the Democrats cast us as the party that opposes a clean environment? Wasn’t it a Republican president who created the first national park in America, the National Park Service, and the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire? Wasn’t it a Republican president who created the Environmental Protection Agency, authored the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Hazardous Waste Act?

To answer Mr. Bass’s first question, Republicans spent the last eight years doing everything they could to increase the amount of filth corporations friendly to the Republican Party were allowed to pour into the environment. Mr. Bass prefers to look to the distant past rather than to the present, in which his party has done everything it could to foul the earth, the air, the rivers, and the seas.

Mr. Bass and others will no doubt say that the policies of the Bush administration were an aberration. Mr. Bass will no doubt forget that the Republicans lined up in perfect solidarity with Bush’s destructive policies of greed and destruction. In that, Mr. Bass is a true Republican.

Why has the Republican Party let the Democrats cast us as the party of big oil, gas, and coal? Wasn’t it a Republican president who broke up the huge oil trusts in America? Wasn’t it a Republican president who first called for energy independence through the development of alternative energy resources?

The Republicans are the party of fossil fuels because the fossil fuel corporations owned the Republican party. And as for ‘alternative energy resources’, that is nothing more than Republican-speak for tearing up every available inch of American soil for more oil and more gas instead of buying it overseas. To sane people ‘alternative energy resources’ means wind, solar, geothermal, and so on, sources that will, one hopes, avert a catastrophic climate change that will wipe civilization from the face of the planet. Republicans never met an oilman’s dollar they didn’t want to pocket.

And let’s not forget that it was a Republican president who rejected the only significant climate plan, the Kyoto Protocol, that had a chance of at least starting international cooperation on the matter. The same President, cheered and enabled by the Republican Party and Congressional Republicans, fought tooth and nail against every climate initiative for eight lost years.

Why has the Republican Party allowed Democrats to portray us as the party of war? Have we forgotten that Republican presidents ended the Vietnam War, broke the back of communism without firing a single shot, and successfully liberated Kuwait from Iraq in only 19 days?

Republicans are the party of war, the party of chaos, the party of destruction and death. They’ve earned the title ‘Party of War’.

A Republican president invaded Cambodia and turned that country into a genocidal slaughterhouse. A Republican president dragged the Vietnam war on in order to keep his party in power. It wasn’t a Republican president that ended the war: it was a Republican president who was in office when the Vietnamese ran the United States out of their country.

As for Kuwait, let’s not forget it was a Republican president who used a false story about babies being dumped from incubators to gin up support for that war. It was a Republican president who told the Shi’ites in Southern Iraq to revolt against Saddam Hussein and then stood by while Hussein slaughtered them by the tens of thousands.

And as for the great myth of Ronald Reagan bringing down communism single-handedly, that is one of the greatest loads of crap ever foisted on the American public. In fact, Ronald Reagan was one of the greatest loads of crap ever foisted on the American citizenry. The claim that he ended communism, a claim that lives in the mind and mouth of every Republican, completely belies and demeans the efforts of Americans for the previous fifty years, and denigrates the real work that was done by Russians, fully at risk of life and liberty, to change their system of government from the inside.

Ronald Reagan was a virtually senile old man from Day One. He was driven by ideology at the expense of reason, fact, and evidence – an all too common Republican affliction, brought to its height, or depths, by George W. Bush. Anyone who criticizes school lunch programs by saying ketchup is a vegetable, as Reagan did, demonstrates a pathology all too common among Republicans, one that fervently believes dollars are far more important than people, and that seeks to enact that belief into law.

So yes, Mr. Bass, the Republicans are the party of war. It was Republicans who brought us Iraq, again, and again based on lies, on falsehoods of the basest sort, canards dealt to the public for the sole purpose of satisfying the bloodthirsty egos of Republicans in the White House and in Congress. Republicans are considered the party of war because they have earned the designation.

And they earned it by beating up on weak countries with weak armies. Republican presidents invaded Grenada, invaded Panama, invaded Iraq. Yeah, big bad macho Republican presidents invading pathetically weak little countries and crowing about it. Undoubtedly Mr. Bass is as proud of that as he would be if Republicans had actually fought and won a war with an enemy of equal power to ours. But Republicans don’t fight those kinds of wars.

In fact, they don’t really want to fight at all. Their last President and his Vice-President refused to fight in Vietnam. In fact their last President, after landing a cushy stateside berth in the Air Guard and noting on his enlistment form that he did not want to serve in the war zone, abandoned his post so he could do some politicking. And the other guy simply refused outright. He had ‘other priorities’.

And there’s the little matter of comparing Congressional Republicans to Democrats on the matter of military service. Republicans didn’t. Democrats did. And it’s Republicans who don’t give a damn about sending American children off to war to do the killing and dying that Republicans use to keep themselves in power.

You’ve earned the ‘Party of War’ label, Mr. Bass, you’ve earned it, and it’s a label written in the blood of innocents you sent to die, of innocents you and yours slaughtered from the comfort and safety of your plush Congressional and White House offices.

And why has the Republican Party become the defender of a healthcare system no one likes? Why can’t we be the party that responds to the Democrats’ determination to federalize healthcare by offering our own proposals that make healthcare more competitive, more affordable, and more efficient?

Because, as with the fossil fuels industry, the healthcare business owns you. It was a Republican president who pushed through a budget-busting Medicare drug program and who insisted that it not have the power to bargain for lower prices from the pharmaceutical industry, the same industry that wrote the bill.

Republicans can’t offer a better healthcare plan because they don’t want a rational plan that provides good healthcare for all Americans. Republicans can’t offer a better healthcare plan because Republicans are dedicated to seeing that the private insurance companies continue to reap obscene profits off the suffering, pain, and misery of sick Americans. Republicans can’t offer a better healthcare plan because they don’t want to, because their ideology insists that it is more dignified for a sick person to die in the street in front of a hospital than for the government to help that person: after all, helping him might weaken his moral fiber.

The column goes on and on with more drivel and lies and distortions. Mr. Bass isn’t interested in reality, and neither are his fellow Republicans. They have nothing to offer America, not anymore, and haven’t had for a long time. They said nothing but ‘Yes’ to George W. Bush’s destructive, sickening policies, and they say nothing but ‘No’ to Barack Obama as he tries to fix the horrific damage done by Bush and the Republicans who followed him in jackbooted lockstep.

Mr. Bass closes his column with the statement, “If we do all of this, we will return to our rightful place as the party that has earned the trust, admiration, and faith of the American people.”

Abraham Lincoln would spit in their faces, and Teddy Roosevelt would probably shoot the sleazy bastards.


11 Responses

  1. Wasn’t it a Republican president who created the . . . National Park Service[?]

    No. No it was not. The National Park Service was created by act of Congress on August 25, 1916, with the passage of the Organic Act. The President of the United States of America at that time was Woodrow Wilson. And Woodrow Wilson was (drum roll please) a Democrat.

    When I read history books, I am willing to forgive one error. I am not willing to forgive multiple errors of fact (errors in interpretation I am willing to forgive as long as there is a clear path to the conclusion). Multiple errors of fact are either a sign of abject laziness or intentional malfeasance.

    When I listen to a modern Republican, or any of their sycophants, I am even less forgiving. Why? They have proven themselves both lazy and liars. They will say anything, lie to any extent, in order to win an election. And when caught out in a lie, it is never their fault.

    And when they lie about something so easy to check?


    • You, sir, are either the lazy one or a malfeasant. The National Park Service was initiated by President Taft a Replublican. The NPS website credits Taft and, fellow Republican, Theodore Roosevelt. “President Taft sent a special message to Congress on February 2, 1912, in which he said: “I earnestly recommend the establishment of a Bureau of National Parks. Such legislation is essential to the proper management of those wondrous manifestations of nature, so startling and so beautiful that everyone recognizes the obligations of the Government to preserve them for the edification and recreation of the people.”
      Please refrain from commenting if all you can do is call the opposing party “liars”.
      As for this article, the Grumpy Lion diatribe comments are ridiculous. The Kyoto Protocol? Nothing but the Third World trying to attack the First. Climate change? Take that 1/2 a degree Fahrenheit and make it 10 degrees so we can all stop burning all that fuel oil for heat!
      The simple answer is “follow the money.” It will lead you to the Democratic Party’s campaign coffers, a.k.a. Obama’s Internet millions.


  2. Teddy Roosevelt, a renowned conservationist, may have a stronger connection to the U.S. Forest Service than the National Park Service:

    Important differences separated conservationists like Roosevelt and Pinchot from preservationists like Muir. As a preservationist, Muir envisioned the maintenance of pristine natural environments where any development was banned.[5] Whereas conservationists wanted regulated use of forest lands for both public activities and commercial endeavors, preservationists wanted forest to be preserved for natural beauty, scientific study and recreation. The differences continue to the modern era, with sustainable harvest and multiple-use the major focus of the U.S. Forest Service and recreation emphasized by the National Park Service.


  3. It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. And as one pundit so succinctly stated, the Democrat Party is as it always has been, the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and now socialism.

    It was the Democrats who fought to keep blacks in slavery and passed the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. The Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan to lynch and terrorize blacks. The Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every civil rights law beginning with the civil rights laws of the 1860s, and continuing with the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s.

    During the civil rights era of the 1960s, Dr. King was fighting the Democrats who stood in the school house doors, turned skin-burning fire hoses on blacks and let loose vicious dogs. It was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower who pushed to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to Arkansas to desegregate schools. President Eisenhower also appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court, which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending school segregation. Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman’s issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the military. Not mentioned is the fact that it was Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end segregation in the military.


  4. Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However, Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act while he was a senator, as did Democrat Sen. Al Gore Sr. And after he became President, Kennedy was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph, who was a black Republican. President Kennedy, through his brother Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, had Dr. King wiretapped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in order to undermine Dr. King.

    In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King’s leaving Memphis, Tenn., after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd (W.Va.), a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a “trouble-maker” who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

    Given the circumstances of that era, it is understandable why Dr. King was a Republican. It was the Republicans who fought to free blacks from slavery and amended the Constitution to grant blacks freedom (13th Amendment), citizenship (14th Amendment) and the right to vote (15th Amendment). Republicans passed the civil rights laws of the 1860s, including the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that was designed to establish a new government system in the Democrat-controlled South, one that was fair to blacks. Republicans also started the NAACP and affirmative action with Republican President Richard Nixon’s 1969 Philadelphia Plan (crafted by black Republican Art Fletcher) that set the nation’s fist goals and timetables. Although affirmative action now has been turned by the Democrats into an unfair quota system, affirmative action was begun by Nixon to counter the harm caused to blacks when Democrat President Woodrow Wilson in 1912 kicked all of the blacks out of federal government jobs.


  5. Few black Americans know that it was Republicans who founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Unknown also is the fact that Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen from Illinois was key to the passage of civil rights legislation in 1957, 1960, 1964 and 1965. Not mentioned in recent media stories about extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is the fact that Dirksen wrote the language for the bill. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968 which prohibited discrimination in housing. President Lyndon Johnson could not have achieved passage of civil rights legislation without the support of Republicans.

    Critics of Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, who ran for President against Johnson in 1964, ignore the fact that Goldwater wanted to force the Democrats in the South to stop passing discriminatory laws and thus end the need to continuously enact federal civil rights legislation.

    Those who wrongly criticize Goldwater also ignore the fact that Johnson, in his 4,500 State of the Union Address delivered on Jan. 4, 1965, mentioned scores of topics for federal action, but only 35 words were devoted to civil rights. He did not mention one word about voting rights. Then in 1967, showing his anger with Dr. King’s protest against the Vietnam War, Johnson referred to Dr. King as “that Nigger preacher.”

    Contrary to the false assertions by Democrats, the racist “Dixiecrats” did not all migrate to the Republican Party. “Dixiecrats” declared that they would rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican because the Republican Party was know as the party for blacks. Today, some of those “Dixiecrats” continue their political careers as Democrats, including Robert Byrd, who is well known for having been a “Keagle” in the Ku Klux Klan.


  6. Another former “Dixiecrat” is former Democrat Sen. Ernest Hollings, who put up the Confederate flag over the state Capitol when he was the governor of South Carolina. There was no public outcry when Democrat Sen. Christopher Dodd praised Byrd as someone who would have been “a great senator for any moment,” including the Civil War. Yet Democrats denounced then-Senate GOP leader Trent Lott for his remarks about Sen. Strom Thurmond (R.-S.C.). Thurmond was never in the Ku Klux Klan and defended blacks against lynching and the discriminatory poll taxes imposed on blacks by Democrats. If Byrd and Thurmond were alive during the Civil War, and Byrd had his way, Thurmond would have been lynched.

    The 30-year odyssey of the South switching to the Republican Party began in the 1970s with President Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy,” which was an effort on the part of Nixon to get Christians in the South to stop voting for Democrats who did not share their values and were still discriminating against their fellow Christians who happened to be black. Georgia did not switch until 2002, and some Southern states, including Louisiana, are still controlled by Democrats.

    Today, Democrats, in pursuit of their socialist agenda, are fighting to keep blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Examples of how egregiously Democrats act to keep blacks in poverty are numerous.

    After wrongly convincing black Americans that a minimum wage increase was a good thing, the Democrats on August 3 kept their promise and killed the minimum wage bill passed by House Republicans on July 29. The blockage of the minimum wage bill was the second time in as many years that Democrats stuck a legislative finger in the eye of black Americans. Senate Democrats on April 1, 2004, blocked passage of a bill to renew the 1996 welfare reform law that was pushed by Republicans and vetoed twice by President Clinton before he finally signed it. Since the welfare reform law expired in September 2002, Congress had passed six extensions, and the latest expired on June 30, 2004. Opposed by the Democrats are school choice opportunity scholarships that would help black children get out of failing schools and Social Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the current system because of a shorter life expectancy than whites (72.2 years for blacks vs. 77.5 years for whites).


  7. Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30 to 40 years, and blacks are still complaining about the same problems. More than $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty with little, if any, impact on poverty. Diabolically, every election cycle, Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions in the inner-cities, then incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Republicans.

    In order to break the Democrats’ stranglehold on the black vote and free black Americans from the Democrat Party’s economic plantation, we must shed the light of truth on the Democrats. We must demonstrate that the Democrat Party policies of socialism and dependency on government handouts offer the pathway to poverty, while Republican Party principles of hard work, personal responsibility, getting a good education and ownership of homes and small businesses offer the pathway to prosperity.


  8. It was ‘kleagle’, not ‘keagle’.

    You might want to stop living in the past and consider the modern Republican party, which has no principles other than gaining power for themselves and their friends, raking in money, and screwing over the country in the name of their values (Vitter, Sanford, Craig, et al) and pandering to the religious fanatics and to their base which believes that an idiot like Sarah Palin should be in the White House, that evolution is not true, and that the sun revolves around the Earth. Whatever good Republicans might have done in the past has got nothing to do with the clowns and fools comprising the party today. Republican party principles, contrary to your final sentence, amount to ‘I got mine, so fuck you buddy.’


  9. What did Charlie do during the Vietnam war? He was 21 when the US finally stood down. How did he get out of serving? Anybody know?


  10. Wow, this article is pleasant, my sister is analyzing such things, so I am going to let
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