From a site called Forward Progressives (yes, I know, imagine that).http://www.forwardprogressives.com/10-questions-every-liberal-should-ask-every-republican/
Ten questions to ask a Republican
1) If Republicans are so fiscally responsible, why was President Eisenhower (in the 1950′s) the last Republican president to balance the budget?
2) If President Reagan was such a fiscally conservative hero, why did he quadruple our national debt during his eight years in the White House?
3) If tax breaks are the main driving force behind job creation, how would we create jobs once tax rates were reduced to practically zero?
4) If socialized health care is so awful, why does every country that leads the world in life expectancy have socialized health care?
5) If you support the freedom of religion (as per our Constitution), and my church recognizes gay marriage, isn’t your support for the banning of same-sex marriage an attack on my religion’s First Amendment rights?
6) What’s more realistic? 1) That an entire region of the United States that supported slavery in the late-1800′s and supported segregation in the 1950′s and 60′s suddenly stopped being racist, or 2) The racist southern Democrats in the south became Republicans during the 50′s and 60′s when the Republican party shifted toward an idea called the “Southern Strategy,” where the GOP appealed to the racism in southern whites who didn’t like African Americans voting for Democrats.
7) If taxes are at some of their lowest levels in history, and the wealthiest in this country are richer than ever, why hasn’t the growth in the wealth of the middle class matched that of the top 2%?
8) If our Founding Fathers wanted this nation to be based on Christianity, why don’t the words “Christian” or “Christianity” appear even once in our Constitution?
9) If a Republican president reduced massive job losses in the midst of the worst recession in nearly a century by more than 50% in his first 4 months in office; presided over 44 consecutive months of private-sector job growth creating nearly 8 million jobs; killed Osama bin Laden; saw stock markets reach all-time highs; saved the American auto industry; increased domestic oil production to highs not seen since the late-90′s and championed the largest year-to-year deficit reductions since World War II, would your party not be calling him a hero and a legend?
10) If Jesus spent his life helping the poor and the needy, how does it make sense that a party which claims to be for “Christian values” continues to cut funding for programs that help the poor and the needy?
My personal favorites would, of course, be #’s 2, 8, 9 and 10. Number 2 because anything that helps to “tear down the myth” of Ronald Reagan is A-OK in my book. Number 8 because this is a topic that simply befuddles me on a daily basis. In fact, not too long ago I read a letter to the editor of a nearby town stating that we (meaning the United States of America) were a Christian nation based upon the Bible. Seriously. She was completely serious. I had to call my mother and ask her if perhaps somehow I had missed the message all these years. And maybe, somehow, I learned my American Government incorrectly. I was truly stymied for a bit. It sort of felt like a Marty McFly moment. Like I’d woken up in some alternate universe and what I believed to be true was actually not. Thank the Universe my mother is a history teacher for one thing and for another was able to bring me back down to the surface of the earth. She, in fact, laughed at the letter to the editor I read to her. As in…found it amusing. I was a bit troubled as they were actually debating the use of a certain history curriculum in the school district. (Yes, the history curriculum being sought was one that insisted upon the whole “government based on the bible thing.” Mind boggling. I mean, forget about the fact that no where in the Constitution is Christianity mentioned at all and specific references are frequently made to separation of church and state by one of the Founding Fathers. Oy vey. I’ve done it again and digressed to the point of babbling and my blood pressure is rising and there you have it.)
Anyway, I like #8.
And then of course #9 as this is such a valid point. If a Republican president had achieved what President Barack Obama has achieved, he’d (I’m assuming the male version here…) be lauded as a hero of the modern day world.
And then finally, #10. Cause I swear that the umpteen bazillion catechism lessons I sat through, not to mention the umpteen bazillion and one masses I attended, in my most formative years ALL discussed passages from the bible in which Jesus is telling pretty much anyone who will listen to, and I paraphrase here, “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, etc, etc, etc.” Seems the Jesus I was introduced to wasn’t an intolerant man, but rather one who spoke about treating others as you would have them treat you. I’m just sayin’.
Methinks the esteemed Pope Francis might just be trying to emphasize that point.
AH!!! On the subject of that breath of fresh air in the Vatican…did you see where he was named “Person of the Year” by TIME magazine. Seems I’m not the only one who thinks he is one cool cat. You go Pope Francis!! (I secretly wonder what he has to say about some Fox News
bimbo newscaster stating that Jesus and Santa are white and we should just deal with it. I’m just saying.)
And that, my dear friends, is my two cents on the partisan front tonight.