The GOP is on a suicide mission

GOP Big 4: 8-15-11

GOP Big 4: 8-15-11 (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

If Ronald Reagan would know what the GOP is doing nowadays,  the GOP savior would roll over in his grave. The whole world is making fun of them. Democrats, Independents and even Moderate Republicans can’t believe what is going on. The only ones who seem to think they’re doing a great job, are the GOP Politicians themselves.

I don’t even know where to start. Should I start with the GOP’s wish that rapists should have the right to sue the victim of their rape to stop her from having an abortion? Or with the same people who continue to repeat that that victim can’t be pregnant from rape in the first place? Should I mention that a majority of GOP voters wants better gun control, but that the GOP doesn’t even want to consider it? Or maybe that even though most of their voters wanted a tax raise on the richest Americans, GOP Politicians refused to do so, leaving a Nation nervous for weeks? Maybe I should begin with the GOP House spending tax payer money in an insane attempt to repeal ObamaCare for the 34th time. Or that victims of Hurricane Sandy had to wait for relief because Republicans who were willing to spend 3 trillion they didn’t have on wars, were unwilling to spend 60 billion on homeless Americans. The list goes on and on. And in all these examples the GOP went against the will of their own voters, leaving no doubt who they are actually working for.

Apparently the GOP wants to have the image that they only care about their richest sponsors, ignore the majority of their own voters and that they’re willing to suicide bomb their own country if they don’t get what they want. A recent poll showed that only 26% of the Americans see the GOP as something positive. No doubt that that number will shrink even further.

Many GOP Politicians are in complete denial. They still seem to think Americans agree with what they are doing. Barack Obama won the elections in a landslide and every serious analyst knows that the voters punished the GOP for being completely out of touch with the American people. But no signs yet that the GOP learned from it.

The few realistic Republicans know there are tough times ahead. Until 2014 they can block whatever they want in the House, but it looks like their time is over then. In the midterm elections the Democrats may win a majority in the House and from then on the GOP lost all power. And if they don’t change anything soon, it is hard to imagine that they will ever get it back. Most voters who appreciate what the GOP does are old white men. There are some younger Conservatives who are very loud but there are just a couple of them. Not enough to even come close to the number of new voters who are likely to join the Democrats. The only way the GOP can survive and be competitive is if they exterminate the Ultra Conservatives who rule their party. Twenty percent of the Americans may love them, but the more extreme they become, the further they will walk away from the other 80% of the electorate. And twenty percent of the voters may be loud, but they won’t win an election for you.

Maybe that is why this week, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus openly supported a plan to cheat. Instead of making sure his party starts listening to the American people, instead of trying to find out why people abandoned the GOP during the 2012  elections, Priebus has a better idea. He wants to change the electoral system.  Traditional Red states should remain ‘the winner takes all’ States and the votes in Blue States should be divided by district.

The vote of a Democrat in Texas will end up in the trashcan once the Republicans won the State, but the vote of a Republican in Pennsylvania will still count once the Democrats won that State. It must be a joke, but he was serious. You must not really be confident that you have a good plan for America if you think you need tricks like this to have a chance to win, but he didn’t even try to hide it. Priebus openly admitted that a first world democracy like America should have a system in which Republican States are ‘winner takes it all’ States and States won by Democrats are not.

No attempts to get votes by doing what voters actually want, no attempts to change the GOP’s pro-rape culture or the wars they have with everyone who is not a Conservative Christian. No will to change a party that leaves Hurricane Victims homeless because they prefer to play Political games. None of that all. The best solution the GOP could come up with is not to listen to the American people, but to openly cheat during the elections.

And just like all the other things they’ve tried, this will also backfire. In the months leading up to the 2012 elections the GOP did everything to make voting easier for those who were likely to vote for them and tried to make voting more difficult for those who were more likely to vote for the Democrats. Result? People felt as if their right to vote was in danger. They waited in line for hours. They turned up in huge numbers. Nothing energized the Democratic voters more than GOP attempts to cheat. But the GOP still doesn’t realize that in these days people can inform themselves via social media and internet, they still don’t get that can’t win anymore by cheating.

The direction the GOP is going in is not good for the GOP and not good for our country. America needs a decent GOP. No country should just have just one serious party. But there is big chance it will be like that soon. Demographics show that even an extreme red State like Texas may be blue in ten years. If anything, the GOP should become more moderate because that is what the majority of the voters want. But instead of doing that, they changed into a party for the extreme Conservative right and by doing so, sent Moderate Republicans and Independents to the Democrats.

The good thing about a democracy is that the majority decides. The days that you could win an election because voters were uninformed are over. It’s time the GOP stops their suicide mission and starts to realize what the majority actually wants. It’s time the GOP walks towards the majority instead of away from them. If they refuse to change, the GOP will be nothing but a memory within years.

And considering what they have been doing lately, not a good memory.

Open letter to the Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church members from Topeka, K...

Westboro Baptist Church members from Topeka, Kansas protesting in front of RFK Stadium located in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It probably won’t be a surprise that I strongly disagree with pretty much everything you guys do. So does the rest of the world and I’m sure that is not only what you expected, you are probably told that it’s a good thing. If the evil world is angry with you, you must be doing it right.

Unlike many others, I see most of you as victims. And the couple documentaries I saw about you confirmed that. And I ask myself for which things and from which age on can you be blamed for what you do? And I still don’t know the answer.

If you teach a little kid that Jews are horrible people, he will probably grow up hating Jews until he either wakes up or meets other people and opens up to different opinions. Teach that same kid that Americans are evil, and he will believe you too. And that is what happened with a lot of you. You have been told that the whole world is evil, except for the sixty, seventy members of the Westboro Baptist Church. You have been told that you will burn in Hell if you disagree with whatever your pastor thinks he reads in the Bible. You have been told that if someone challenges you to think for yourself, it is actually the devil trying to spread doubt. It’s therefore better not to question anything and to act as if you have no doubts, even though you do. You are forced to kick your daughter out of the house because she had her questions. You have to act like you don’t care about her anymore but you do.

In a society it should be irrelevant if and what someone believes. I won’t even mention if I believe anything, I hate to preach but I do know the Bible. I also know that there is no verse in the Bible that says the Westboro Baptist Church is the one and only real church. Jesus never said that Pastor Fred Phelps from Kansas is the only one who has got it right.

It must be hard to live in an environment where you are told that you will burn in Hell if you disagree. And not only will you burn in Hell, you will also be kicked out of the house, you will have to leave your family, lose everything you seem to have. It’s hard to question anything. It’s easier, safer, to try not to think, because you know the consequences thinking can have.

Some did question what they were told and concluded it just couldn’t be right. Somewhere between Jesus being nice, friendly and caring for people who were going through a tough time and Pastor Fred Phelps ordering you to destroy a funeral for the same people, there seems to be a gap of information. Those in your church who doubted, had to go. Fathers kicked their daughters out of the house, because they dared to disagree. In a documentary Louis Theroux made at your church, some of you acted as if you didn’t care but you were about to cry while talking about the loss of your daughter. The only reason you didn’t cry is because you are told that emotions don’t matter. Not because the Bible says so, but because your Pastor says so. It takes a lot of effort to read in the Bible that it is forbidden to be a human being, but you have been warned what happens if you cave for your feelings. End of story. Find another home. Lose your family. Never hear from them again.

In another part of the documentary, a girl in your church was talking about her non-existing and not-allowed love life. She had better things to do. She mentioned that once a guy asked her to go for a coffee. She told him no. The interviewer asked ‘what was his name’ and she said ‘I don’t know, I don’t care’. The interviewer didn’t buy it and said ‘of course you do’ and she admitted ‘his name is Robert’. She said she didn’t care, but she did. She was just not supposed to.

As unimportant as it seems, this is a good example of what you are doing in your church. You are not allowed to be a human being. You are not allowed to miss your daughter. Twenty year old girls are not allowed to even think about having feelings for someone. Because a Pastor who has thirteen children says it’s not good. And the consequence of the slightest mistake is that you can pack your stuff and move out.

An inconsistent Pastor and a couple others claim to be the only ones who know the truth. The rest of you joins them whether you like it or not. Serious questions that people ask you are answered by ‘you are too dumb to understand’ which is English for ‘I don’t have an answer’. The whole bible is taken out of context there in Kansas and only certain parts of it are used. But don’t doubt it, because your name will be ‘false prophet’.

For those who believe, the most important thing in the Bible is that Jesus died for everyone who believes in him. It doesn’t say Jesus only died for the members of the Westboro Baptist Church. Or only for those who live like your pastor thinks one should live. No, it says for everybody who believes.  Period.

A closer look and analysis of your church shows structural inconsistency. Everything God does should be celebrated is what you say. And even if, in your opinion, that would mean you have to picket and celebrate the funeral of a soldier, then why don’t you also celebrate a beautiful forest when you see it? You think everything in the world is made by God? Have you ever picketed a beautiful sunset with signs ‘God loves sunsets’? If not, then you are not celebrating everything your God does.

Your anti-gay focus is also something that is more based on Pastor Phelps his opinion than on the Bible. According to some interpretations the Bible does say that being gay is not good. But it also says lying is wrong, it says cheating is wrong, a whole bunch of other things are also wrong and especially for you, it says judging is wrong. Imagine how your life would be if you stopped judging? There would be nothing left.

And never does the Bible say that the Westboro Baptist church gets to pick which ‘sin’ is more important than the other sin. That is a decision you made. Not based on the Bible but based on what your father, uncle, grandfather, said. Pastor Phelps. Never mentioned in the Bible, but apparently there is some secret part that says that he is the only one who can (mis)interpret whatever he wants. He can forget half of the Bible and put the other half in the wrong context. And in case you notice that he is not correct, he also has the power to call you a false prophet.

What this man did to you and your family is horrible. You live a life of lies. You feel things that you are not allowed to feel. You want to cry because you miss your daughter who you kicked out of the house, but you can’t cry, out of fear that you will be kicked out yourself. And you can’t even discuss your feelings with your husband, wife or sister, because being vulnerable may be a human thing that is not forbidden in the bible, but in your Church it’s called temptation. A trick all cults use to stop the people from walking away.

But there is one thing you can do. You can be honest to yourself. No one will find out. You are allowed to realize that you actually do miss your daughter, even if you can’t admit it. You are allowed to realize that none of what you are told is based on the whole Bible, but just on misinterpretations of a small part of it. You are allowed to realize you are unhappy. And I can tell you that so far, everyone who left your cult, seems to be happier than back when they were there. But they still miss you, because most of you are family.

Wake up, be honest to yourself and realize that you’re throwing away your life, because one person preaches hate and forbids you to think about it yourself. And if you’re not happy with that, then go, leave that place and go look for your daughter, son or brother. They miss you. And you miss them. I feel sorry for you.