The last week has not been a good one for the Republican Party and their relationship with Vets.
Starting with the Republican refusal to either extend or fund further veteran's benefits (including the refusal to fund 27 more medical facilities), continuing with their open spat with that idiot Congresscritter the other day, and now, ending with Republicans' open vehemence towards the Administration finalizing an agreement with the Taliban to bring home the last POW from Afghanistan, That Grand Old Party is fast moving in the direction of becoming the Grand Old EX-Party as they continue to shoot themselves in the foot, the knee, the nether regions and now straight into their empty, echoing braincase.
How is it that the party whose very self-identification has always been with the military (who they insist can do no wrong) now has put itself into the position of throwing that very military (and Vets) under the bus as they continue their five year long hissy fit over the election of Barrack Hussein Obama?
Have they no shame? No values? No morals?
Obviously not, save the one, overriding value of racial hatred towards blacks. You know, the value they SAY they don't have, but honor exclusively to the exclusion of all others, including patriotism, humanity and common sense. The one that has turned them into the Party of NO, refusing to give President Obama even the semblance of victory in the most minor of issues, even issues they have no philosophical problems with.
As has been noted before, their brains have apparently been put on hold for the duration of the current Administration's tenure, which is obvious, considering that their actions have alienated the young, the middle aged, every minority group you could imagine, half of the electorate in the persons of the ladies of our proud nation, public employees of every stripe, including cops, including...
Oh, hell, just say it, everybody in this country who isn't an old, white, Anglo-Saxen, Protestant male.
Trust me, at some point, they'll even manage to piss them off soon, they've already managed to anger the members of that class who are classified as seniors.
No wonder they want to restrict voting! If they manage to allow anybody in this country who isn't an old, white, Anglo-Saxen, Protestant male Republican to vote, they'll lose.
Frankly, I am seriously beginning to doubt the sanity of the leaders of the Tea Party Movement. How can they seriously believe that this kind of public tantrum about something they've honored in the past isn't going to alienate even members of their base? Vets have been a strong contingent of the GOP for decades, and Republicans have had the country fooled into thinking Liberals hated vets for almost as long as I can remember.
But not any more. They've managed to eviscerate that image in just a few short weeks.
What else can they stand on? Unless they wake up and begin actually suggesting actual plans and laws to solve this country's problems, there isn't anything.
Once upon a time, politics in this country revolved around two parties debating policy and laws, vying for the citizens' attention and agreement by the manner of that debate. Yes, it got rancorous, even nasty at times, but you always had two sides to choose from. (Sometimes three!)
Now, you've got Democrats with real, honest to goodness plans, laws and policies meant to solve America's problems on one side, and on the other side, you've got "We hate that Nigger!"
(Sorry for the trigger word, but it is literally the ONLY one which applies)
The modern Republican Party is the 21st century equivalent of the KKK and its lynching parties, determined to see that the black guy in the White House is never seen as a successful President.
Their voices get more and more shrill as President Obama's last term gets shorter and shorter. I am NOT going to ask if it can get any worse.