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Get Your War On, the GOP’s Response to Losing Battles

December 12, 2012

Republicans and their minions (Limbaugh, Coulter, FOX and the like) tend to be absolutists. Their ideas aren’t flexible and generally don’t evolve with the times. So when they find themselves on the losing end of democratic, political and social debate, as well as public opinion, they accuse the opposing side as waging war. Let’s look at a few of them:

The War On Christmas

FOX‘s annual War on Christmas awareness campaign is in full force now, promoting ultra-right, political and religious activist groups, such as one that performs a live nativity scene . Considering the Christmas season has grown to the point we begin celebrating it at Thanksgiving, it’s hard to envision the apocalyptic war against Christmas that FOX projects onto us. So where does this notion come from?

It probably comes from various court cases questioning the constitutionality of religious displays on State and Federal property. Conservative Republicans believe that the United States was founded on Christianity, so Christian imagery should be front and center by default. All other religions (and Atheism), though they are also protected by the Constitution, should take a back seat. If FOX argues otherwise, and especially since they are “Fair and Balanced”, shouldn’t they be promoting the “War on Hanukkah” as much as the “War in Christmas”?

The War on Religion

During his last presidential run, Republican nominee Mitt Romney ran a television ad accusing President Obama of declaring “a War on Religion”:

“Who shares your values?” the announcer asks. “President Obama used his healthcare plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith. Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong.”

Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan also heavily pushed the War on Religion meme.

And why not? Romney was losing the women’s vote (in spite of his Binders full of Women), and what’s worse, women (including Catholics) were overwhelmingly in favor of Obama’s contraception coverage mandate. Rush Limbaugh’sslut” attack didn’t work, so the only other cover was to accuse Obama of waging war on religion. Put aside the fact that Obama’s contraception coverage mandate offers exemptions for houses of worship and religious non-profit organizations.

War on Terror

Who can forget President George W. Bush’s catch-phrase for retaliating against al-Qaeda after 9/11. Although the “War on Terror” closely represents an actual “war” against radical, militant extremism, the word “terror” has been loosely used by Bush and the Right to further their own agendas.

War on Women

Oh. Right. This one comes from liberal Democrats, but, given the long list of anti-women’s rights legislation pushed by Republicans, it comes close to meriting the phrase.

War on Men

FOX’s response to the “War on Women” with the “War on Men” is laughable (hysterical). Suzanne Venker, in a FOX News op-ed entitled “The War on Men” wrote this:

In a nutshell, women are angry. They’re also defensive, though often unknowingly. That’s because they’ve been raised to think of men as the enemy. Armed with this new attitude, women pushed men off their pedestal (women had their own pedestal, but feminists convinced them otherwise) and climbed up to take what they were taught to believe was rightfully theirs.

Now the men have nowhere to go.

Say no more…

War on the Wealthy

Following Obama’s State of the Union address in 2009, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, in an op-ed entitled “Obama Declares War on Investors, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, And More” had this to say about Obama:

He is declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture-capital funds.

That is the meaning of his anti-growth tax-hike proposals, which make absolutely no sense at all — either for this recession or from the standpoint of expanding our economy’s long-run potential to grow.

Now, in 2012 and soon-to-be 2013, polls show Obama’s tax the wealthy plan is supported by 60% of the public, including 39% of Republicans. The 30% or so Republicans left screaming include Conservatives like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, who is threatening “one hell of a fight” next year if the president forces through his plan for high-income earners to pay more taxes. Here we go again – Another war to cover their losses.

There are so, so many more of these “wars”. And most of the time they are mountains made out of molehills or a cover for self-inflicted failures. If Republicans could just accept the occasional defeat of ideas (elections), and not explode into their habit of inventing wars all the time, maybe they would start winning some of their own battles  again.

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