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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.

2015 GOP Congressional District Census Part 4

Survey

Welcome to the last part of my 2015 GOP Congressional District Census, this time on national defense.  I’ve got a love/hate relationship with the Republicans on this subject.  On the one hand, of course I think that we need to be defended from attack, both from within and without, but the Republicans in particular, although the Democrats are just as guilty sometimes, have used the military to wage ideological war around the world whenever something happens that they don’t like and that’s something that I want to see removed from the toybox.  We are not in charge of this planet, no matter how much the Republicans wish we were.  As such, this is another section where the GOP would entirely ignore anything I had to say.  So let’s get to it, shall we?

Section IV – National Defense

1. Are Republicans in Congress right to fight back against the Obama Administration’s efforts to severely cut America’s military power?

That depends on what “severely” means.  I think that we need to cut back the military dramatically.  We just don’t need it because we need to stop acting like the world’s policeman.  That’s not to say that we need to pull back to our borders and never leave again, but we need to stop swinging our dick around the planet because we can.  So no, I’m not against significant cuts in the military budget.

2. Do you think it is in the United States’ national interest to take military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria?

Have we been asked by Iraq and Syria to take military action?  If not, then no.  We don’t just get to go where we want and do what we want because we’ve got the bomb.

3. Should America take military action if necessary to keep Iran and North Korea from obtaining nuclear weapons?

Absolutely not.  In fact, if I could, I’d go hand out one nuclear bomb to every single country on the planet, along with the launch capability to hit anywhere on the planet they wanted.  It would stop the U.S. from attacking weaker nations at will and that’s something that absolutely has to stop.  It isn’t our job to patrol the planet and let’s face it, we never go after anyone who can actually bloody our nose.  We’re the bully kicking sand on the 97-lb weakling.  I want Iran to have a nuke.  I’m not at all worried that they, or pretty much anyone else, would be launching at us or anyone else either because if they did, they’d become a glowing chunk of glass in the desert and they know it.  That’s what mutually assured destruction is all about.  Everyone knowing that if they use this weapon, they sign their own death warrant from every direction.  They won’t use it against others, others won’t use it against them and the threat of nuclear armageddon vanishes.

4. Do you agree with Republicans’ commitment to continue to fully fund a “missile defense shield” for our nation to protect us from future missile threats?

Oh good, Star Wars.  Didn’t work then, doesn’t work now, maybe if we weren’t such unmitigated dicks, we wouldn’t have to worry about it.  Hell no, save the money for something useful.

5. Do you believe our government is doing enough to protect the homeland from future terrorist attacks?

I think my government is doing far too much to provoke future terrorist attacks.  If we leave them alone, if we stay out of their business and let them do whatever they are going to do, they’ll do the same with us.

6. Should the U.S. take a more muscular attitude toward Russia as it moves toward re-establishing itself as a military and economic superpower?

Let’s be honest, the only reason Putin is making any moves at all is because he sees Obama as weak, which is absolutely true. That doesn’t mean we need to turn around and provoke a response from Russia, any more than we should be provoking responses from China or Iran or anyone else.  We don’t have to be a dick.  Putin has a good point, it isn’t a good idea to start putting a NATO nation within striking distance of Russia’s capital.  We’d be pissed if someone did that to us, why can’t we understand the same thing when we try to do that to them?

7. Do you agree that it is essential for our nation to better prepare for cyber-warfare and create a comprehensive strategy that will enable us to respond decisively to cyber-adversaries?

Yes.  Of course, the devil is in the details, what do you mean by being better prepared?  What does this entail, specifically? Does this mean that, by being better prepared, we’re going to use that preparedness to attack other nations?  Some details, please.

8. Do you believe that President Obama went too far in moving to reestablish diplomatic relations with communist Cuba without demanding concessions that would give the Cuban people more freedoms?

Absolutely not, the idea that we’ve spent 50 years being mad at Cuba is absurd.  We should have done this back in the 80s at the absolute latest.  The fact is, it didn’t work.  It was a completely failed embargo.  It didn’t cause the fall of Castro, it didn’t cause the dissolution of communism, in fact, Cuba is doing just fine.  The fact is, the faster we establish an economic and political relationship with Cuba, the faster the people are going to see that all that foreign capitalist money is really, really nice and they’re going to start demanding more freedoms from their own government.  There’s no faster way to change than a carrot and a stick.

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

Nope, I do not.  We are not in charge of this planet.  We never have been, we never will be.  We are part of a global community. We may be a very large and powerful part, but we are just a part of the whole.  Nobody has asked us to run the show.  Nobody has asked us to lead the way.  We need to stop pretending otherwise.  We need to stop acting like petulant children.  We need to grow the hell up and act responsibly.  That’s something that can be leveled at both parties, they’ve both failed miserably in this regard.

So what did you think?  Did you agree with my answers?  Disagree?  Let me know why.  The only reason I’d send this back in is because I’m afraid if I don’t, they’ll stop sending them and that would deprive us all of some entertainment.  I’ll think about it, maybe it might be worth the cost of a stamp for some laughs.