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The RNC Congressional District Census Part 4

So here we go on the last part of the 2016 RNC Congressional District Census, this time dealing with National Defense. It’s a short 6 questions, but I fundamentally disagree with a huge part of modern Republican rhetoric when it comes to this area. So yeah, we get back to me being a conservative first and a Republican a very distant second, because Republicans are not conservative today.  But let’s look at my answers.

01. Fundamentally, do you feel the U.S. should play a major leadership role in the world, or do you feel we should concern ourselves only with matters of immediate national interest?

Somewhere in the middle.  Like it or not, we are not the world’s policeman, we have no responsibility to go around “helping” other countries and swinging our dick around.  That’s been the Republican position for a very long time and it’s time they knocked it off, it’s made much of the world hate our guts. That doesn’t mean we should be totally isolationist, but we also don’t run the show.  We are part of a global community.  We don’t own it.  We’re partners and need to act like it.

02. Which of the following do you think will have the most impact on America’s foreign policy in the next 5 years?

They list things like the Middle East, North Korea, China, Russia, the world economy and terrorism and I think terrorism is it.  Then again, the Middle East is largely to blame for terrorism, so I guess you could throw that one in there too.  But the reality is, nobody wants to actually do anything about terrorism. They just want to talk about it.  They want to fly a couple of drones over and bomb them and wave flags and give speeches.  Neither party has the balls to admit openly that the problem here is Islam.  Not all Muslims, certainly, but these terrorist groups are getting their ideas from a major world religion and we have to be honest enough to admit it, no matter who gets pissed off by it.  And Muslims worldwide need to acknowledge the reality that their religion is largely to blame for the radicals and make fundamental changes to their religion and to their holy book.  But they won’t do it either.

03. Should the U.S. do more to defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups in order to win the War on Terror?

We’re not serious.  We never are in any of our “wars”.  It’s just a show of force so we can talk about it a lot and feel like we’ve done something, but we never actually have the commitment to finish the job.  The last time we had that was WWII.  Today, we’re a nation of wimps.  As soon as we start to see the body bags come home, we want to give up.  That’s not how you win.  It is going to take a massive number of casualties on both sides, hopefully more on the enemy side than ours, to take down these power structures, but we’re unwilling to do what it takes.  Until that changes, we will never win.

04. Should America take military action if necessary to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons?

No.  I feel more comfortable with Iran having nukes than with some of our “allies” in the Middle East having them.  Iran wants to be a hegemonic power in the Middle East.  Let them.  Stop all this pathetic dick waving nonsense because Iran once made us look bad.  Grow up and get over it.

05. Do you believe America should be open to taking in refugees displaced by the current turmoil in the Middle East?

I don’t have any respect for most of the so-called refugees to begin with.  I liken it to the American revolution.  If early Americans had run away and begged other countries to take them in instead of standing up and fighting, America would never have existed.  The fact that so many people are unwilling to stand up to the threats in their own countries shows that they have no interest in that plot of land to begin with.  It isn’t like a huge natural disaster rendered parts of their countries unlivable, they just don’t want to put themselves on the line to fight against what they supposedly oppose.  And at least some of the people coming across as refugees are just playing a part so they can spread terrorism worldwide.  That’s not a good idea for anyone.  I’d rather hand out guns to the idiots looking to escape, turn them around, tell them to grow a pair and expect them to retake their own countries.

06. Should the government make it a top priority to combat cyber-attacks on our nation’s government, businesses and infrastructure?

Of course we should.  Treat cyber-attacks like any other attack and meet it with deadly force.  I don’t care where these people are coming from, make them dead. Very dead.  Make enough of them dead and do so consistently and you won’t have many willing to risk their lives.  That’s how you handle all external threats.  Fill body bags.

In the end, this census was pretty much what I expected.  Lots of Republican rah-rah and very little substance.  And, of course, they ask for money at the end, which not only no, but hell no.  You people haven’t earned a donation.  I’m not voting for Trump because I like Trump, I’m voting to keep Hillary out of office.  I’d much rather have no President at all for 4 years, given the low quality of the candidates this year.  It couldn’t hurt, it might even help.  How about we give that a shot?

I’m just wondering if the Democrats do this kind of thing too?  It would be interesting to see someone post the Democratic Congressional District Census and see if they’re doing the same kind of softball rah-rah nonsense too.  I’m sure neither side has the slightest interest in actually changing their platform, neither side actually cares what resonates with the majority of the American public, they just want their base to tell them how wonderful they are and how much they hate the other side.  So long as this country is as ideologically deadlocked as it is, nothing will ever change.  And that’s sad.

The RNC Congressional District Census Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of the 2016 RNC Congressional District Census.  As it has been every year that I’ve written about it, this has been nothing but rah-rah fist-in-the-air pro-Republican bullshit.  They don’t want to know what’s wrong with the party, they only want people to tell them how right they are.  Nowhere in the entire census does it let you actually provide answers to anything, which I suppose I can’t be surprised at, can I?  So let’s get started looking at domestic issues.

01. How confident are you that America’s economy will improve in the next year?

Not at all.  Oh, I’m sure that we’ll see some things get better and some things get worse, but overall, things won’t get dramatically better.  It doesn’t matter which party gets into power, the result will be the same because the parties are so fiscally similar and both vote-whores, that it really doesn’t make a difference.

02. Which of the following factors do you feel will help the economy fully rebound?

They give a bunch of different options, including “elect a Republican President”, but honestly, none will help because, as I’ve said, the whole political system is a complete clusterfuck.  Neither party wants the economy to fully rebound and neither party has the tools, or the ideology for that matter, to actually make a lasting difference.  The Republicans, ostensibly conservative, are closest, but they’ve taken leave of their conservative senses and are just out for votes and power.  The only way we’re going to get back to a strong economy is to have a complete culture shift toward actual conservatism and that’s just not going to happen any time soon.

03. President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats in Congress have made a major increase in the federal minimum wage a top priority. Do you think forcing companies and small business owners to pay a higher wage at this time will help or hurt the economy.

Overall, it will hurt the economy and not fix anything.  I’ve written on this before so I don’t think doing so again is worthwhile.  The only way to raise low wages is to improve low wage workers.  It’s basic economics that you can’t pay someone more money than they bring in to the company.  But nobody wants to place the blame for stupid employees on the employees and that’s a problem.  Then again, the whole idea of personal responsibility is one lost on the GOP right now.

04.Do you think Republicans should push to reform the federal tax code and replace it with a fairer, more equitable system?

I certainly think it should be done, I don’t care who does it, but the whole tax code needs to be simplified and all of the loopholes need to be removed. But again, nobody really wants to do this because in so doing, you’d put a ton of tax preparers out of work because if people could understand the tax code, they wouldn’t need to pay someone else to do their taxes.  And of course, the GOP wants no part of taking away the tax loopholes and tax advantages from their buddies in the business world, so that just won’t get done.

05. If yes, which proposal would you endorse?

The list a bunch of options like flat tax and VAT, but the only one I’d agree with is “curtailed tax breaks and closed loopholes”, which as I said, they’d never actually do.  Make absolutely everyone pay taxes and don’t give any breaks to anyone, period.

06. Democrats continue to promise voters that the best cure for many of America’s problems is to spend countless billions of new dollars in failed liberal entitlement programs. Do you believe Republicans must do all in their power to block any and all such efforts?

What about the failed Republican entitlement programs?  I can’t say conservative programs because entitlement programs, by their very nature, cannot be conservative.  I want everyone’s entitlement programs blocked, period.  That means no more military expenditures that are not absolutely and demonstrably necessary.  That means no more business loopholes.  That means no more handing out money willy-nilly simply because it’s easier than addressing the core problem.  But nobody actually wants to do that.

07. Have you or has anyone you know lost health insurance or a doctor due to ObamaCare?

Absolutely.  I know lots of people who have had to change doctors, even though Obama promised it wouldn’t happen.  But Obama is an idiot.  I know people who have had to change insurance, it really isn’t possible to lose it entirely under the ObamaCare program because there are state and federal exchanges where you can buy insurance, and in fact are required to buy insurance.

08.  Have your insurance premiums increased since ObamaCare went into effect.

Personally, mine did.  My wife’s didn’t, but then again her company covers 100% of her insurance costs so she has no premiums whatsoever.  I think everyone’s went up to a certain degree.  Thanks Obama.

09. Do you support Republican efforts to replace ObamaCare with a market-based system that would allow Americans to control their own health care?

You know, I’d honestly rather see health insurance go to catastrophic care only and have the day-to-day stuff be covered out of pocket.  That’s how it used to be, if you went to the doctor, you didn’t have an insurance card, you just gave them $100 or whatever it was and saw a doctor, usually same day.  I think the widespread adoption of health insurance is one of the major things that have contributed to the health crisis in this country.  I support people being responsible for their own lives.  Get the government the hell out of the picture.

10. Would you support immigration reform that included securing our nation’s borders and a path to citizenship for some people living in the U.S. illegally if they would be required to learn English, go to the back of the citizenship line, have a job, pay taxes and pass a criminal background check?

Absolutely not.  Yes, I want to secure our borders, but I do not agree with rewarding people who are here illegally in any way, shape or form, period.  You shouldn’t get special treatment just because you’ve managed to evade capture.  We need to tighten up on who we let into the country and stop pretending that people have a right to come here, just because they want to come here.

11. Do you trust that the Department of Homeland Security is presently capable of effectively screening all new immigrants and refugees who wish to legally enter our country for jobs, education or travel visas?

I don’t trust Homeland Security farther than I can throw them.  But to expand on what I was saying before, we, as a nation, have every right to decide who gets in and who does not.  We decide who is good for us and who is not.  No immigrant deserves to come here.  No refugee deserves to come here.  They do so at the behest of the American people, based on their ability to do things for the country.  But the majority of people who want to come here are people who are, let’s be honest, a waste of human genetics. They are the poor.  They are the entitled.  They are the uneducated.  How do they benefit us?  They do not. They become a drain on our welfare system, a system that is already vastly overtaxed.  They become criminals.  They clog our jails.  Why in the world would we want any of them here?

12.  Do you think one of the government’s top priorities should be to preserve the financial stability of Medicare and Social Security?

No, not really.  But then again, I figure that by the time someone retires, they should have secured their own financial future. The idea that people are going to retire after a lifetime of living frivolously and then expect the government to send them a check for the rest of their lives is ridiculous.

13. The Democrats’ fixation on “climate change” has led to costly regulations that are negatively impacting our nation’s economy across-the-board. Do you think climate change is a major threat to our nation?

Define “threat”.  Is it going to affect things?  Yes.  Is there anything we can do about it?  Not really. All we’re doing is wasting time and money.  Even if the United States reduced our carbon output to zero, that has no effect over what places like China and India are doing and guess what?  We have no control over them.  What the liberal left is doing is running around like chickens with their heads cut off and not considering the reality of the situation.  They desperately want to believe that anthropogenic global warming is a thing and not that the environment changes naturally and we’re seeing a natural shift that is entirely beyond our ability to control.  That’s something I’ve said before, they want to find someone to blame for things instead of just accepting things as they are and finding a way to deal with it.  But both parties are just as bad in that regard.

14. Are race relations in America getting better or worse?

Worse.  Obama and the expanding liberalism in this country have been disastrous toward race relations. This is a liberal problem.  The liberals are ridiculously racist.  That’s what they pay attention to and what they scream about.  Race and sex and all of that should be irrelevant.  There is no evidence that institutionalized racism or sexism exists at all but they are convinced that it does, or at the very least, that they can whip up the gullible by claiming that it does.  I don’t think the Republicans have any means to combat this though.

15. During Barack Obama’s presidency, poverty levels in the United States have risen. Do you think a key element of the Republican Agenda should be to restore opportunity and work to help lift people out of poverty without expanding entitlement programs?

I don’t think it is the job of the federal government to “lift” anyone out of anything.  It is the job of the people to improve their own lives.  Sure, we can offer them help if they want it, but to force it on people is ridiculous.  If you fail and aren’t willing to work hard to get better, it’s your own fault.

16. Do you believe that Barack Obama’s Executive Order and more federal laws that impede individuals’ Second Amendment rights are the proper response to gun violence in our nation?

Yes, Obama is an idiot, just like the rest of the anti-gun imbeciles on the left.  However, the Republicans are idiots too.  They don’t understand what the 2nd Amendment actually says and why it says it, they entirely ignore the first half of the amendment and pretend that anyone can own anything, period.  They’re a bunch of morons.

17. Does it concern you that if the Democrats win the White House and control of the U.S. Senate they will appoint liberal Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges who place their own political ideology above strict Constitutional principles?

And if the Republicans do the same thing, they will do the same thing.  Neither side is actually interested in supporting or defending the Constitution.  All of the so-called “conservative” Justices vote their own opinions and beliefs, just like all of the liberal ones.  Both sides need to fuck the hell off.

18. Abortion will continue to be a key issue in November’s elections. Do you think the Republican Party should:

My response was to get off the abortion train.  So long as that is part of your platform, you will continue to lose.  You lost 50 years ago.  Get over yourselves.

19. Do you believe pro-abortion organizations should receive hundreds of millions of dollars in funding by the federal government?

Considering those organizations receive those funds for non-abortion services, hell yes.  The Republicans are delusional.

Next time, I’ll take on the last part of the census, national defense.  This one ought to be fun.  See you next time.

2015 GOP Congressional District Census Part 2

SurveyLast, we took a look at my political profile and saw why anything I have to say will be soundly ignored by the Republican Party in their new Congressional District Census.  They’re not interested in anything that falls outside of their little hyper-religious echo chamber and they don’t want to hear from anyone who doesn’t favor their religious platform.

However, everything isn’t all about religion, at least not as much as you might think, so now we get into specific issues of interest.  There are only three questions here, but they deserve a decent amount of consideration, therefore let’s see what turns up next on the census.

Section II – General Issues

1.  Do you think things in our country are continuing to go in the wrong direction, or do you feel things are going in the right direction?

Obviously, wrong, but that doesn’t mean that it didn’t go in the entirely wrong direction under Bush too.  We’ve been on a long downhill slide since the late 60s when conservatism essentially went away in America.  The Democrats are wrong, the Republicans are wrong.  The Libertarians are wrong, the Greens are wrong.  Everyone is wrong because everyone has given up on those four important elements of true conservatism:  personal responsibility, fiscal responsibility, small government and getting the government the hell out of the people’s business.

2. Please indicate the top three issues that you believe are most important to people in your area.

There are a list of options and clearly, I can’t answer for anyone in my area but myself so that’s all I’m going to say.  The three that I picked off the list, although there are many that I could easily have gone with, are:  Economy/Jobs, Federal Spending and Government Expansion.  The ones I didn’t pick are: Taxes, Social Security, Environment, Medicare/Medicaid, Race Relations, Energy, Health Care, State Spending, Education, Immigration, Cutting Federal Deficit, Foreign Policy, Protecting Traditional Values, Gun Control, Strong Military and Homeland Security.  I think that a lot of these would be taken care if by focusing on the three I picked, if we knew how to spend (or not to spend) money, then taxes, social security, Medicare, education, etc. would all stop being concerns.  If we weren’t trying to make government the single largest employment sector, a lot of the rest would go away.  There are plenty of things there that aren’t the business of the government at all.

3.  Which political party do you feel is best able to handle each of the following issues?

Here’s the big one in this section and one I’m going to entirely ignore their intent because I don’t think their intent really matters.  They give a list of topics and want you to pick whether the Republicans or the Democrats are best suited to handle the issue.  Again, we see the subtle bias, they put Republican in the first column instead of being alphabetical, they’re hoping people are just going to check off all of the first boxes.  I guess they expect laziness.  Anyhow, I don’t think either party is particularly well-suited for handling any of these problems, both have proven themselves utterly incapable of doing anything right.  So here’s the list, with a few words about each.

War on Terror – The biggest terrorists on the planet are Americans, we’ve invaded sovereign nations with no provocation and no threat to our national shores, just because we made up lies about WMDs and terrorist threats.

Economy/Jobs – Republicans are plenty responsible for sending millions of U.S. jobs overseas.  They talk a good game, I don’t think they really care.

Taxes – Democrats are much more likely to raise taxes.  Republicans are going to spend just as much money, just coming from different sources.  Pot calling the kettle black.

Health Care – Neither side is willing to take the steps to make health care actually function in America.

Gun Control/2nd Amendment – Neither side is willing to compromise here either.

Reducing Federal Deficit – Coming from the people who added $4 trillion to the deficit during the last Republican administration, I call bullshit.

Cutting Entitlement Spending – Do you include corporate welfare spending?  That’s entitlement spending too but I bet they have no problem with that.

Protecting Social Security – Republicans have gutted Social Security just as badly as the Democrats.

Foreign Policy – To be honest, it’s just a monkey in a different suit, both parties suck when it comes to foreign policy.

Environment – I find this funny, coming from religious wingnuts who think we can just rape the earth because God won’t let anything really bad happen.

Immigration Reform – Same here, the Democrats want to throw open the floodgates for millions of votes, the Republicans want to throw open the floodgates for their corporate sponsors.  Both of them suck.

Energy Expansion – The Democrats don’t want to expand energy, the Republicans want to just keep using the same old stuff we’ve been using and not pay any attention to developing new sources.  Both are awful.

Education – Republicans want to put creationism and other religious stupidity in schools, I don’t think they really care much about education.

Strong Military – I love how they say “strong military”, not just “military”.  Biased much?

Protecting Traditional Values – Come on, be honest, you only care about fundamentalist Christian “values”.  That’s what bugs me about this whole thing, they’re just not up front with their biases.

In the end, we’re screwed no matter which party is in control, both have the wrong idea for entirely different reasons.  This is the shortest section in the GOP census, next time I take a look at domestic issues.