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Why I left the GOP – An Insider Comes Clean

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This week, Salon.com published an article by Jeremiah Goulka that was an unexpectedly good read. I feel I should share this piece as it discusses a subject that I find particularly fascinating….  The refusal to admit to yourself when you’ve been fooled and how it relates to so many in the Republican Party.

This is the story of how in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and later in Iraq, I discovered that what I believed to be the full spectrum of reality was just a small slice of it and how that discovery knocked down my Republican worldview.

I always imagined that I was full of heart, but it turned out that I was oblivious.  Like so many Republicans, I had assumed that society’s “losers” had somehow earned their deserts.  As I came to recognize that poverty is not earned or chosen or deserved, and that our use of force is far less precise than I had believed, I realized with a shock that I had effectively viewed whole swaths of the country and the world as second-class people.

This is not your typical party switching story as it crosses over into the subject of this website.  It helps me get closer to answering questions that I have been asking myself for years.  Why do so many Republicans not understand their advantages?  How can good Christian people be so callous towards the poor?  How did a party with a proud history of fighting for civil rights take such a racist turn?  It’s also a very interesting read.

Many people see the wider spectrum of reality because they grew up on the receiving end.  As a retired African-American general in the Marine Corps said to me after I told him my story, “No one has to explain institutional racism to a black man.”

Jeremiah Goulka writes about American politics and culture. His most recent work has been published in the American Prospect and Salon. He was formerly an analyst at the RAND Corporation, a recovery worker in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Check his story out.

On a website with such an unpleasant theme, it’s nice to post something that gives you a little hope every once in a while.

“Why I left the GOP” on Salon.com. Originally published at TomDispatch.com.

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Martin Dyckman: Reading the polls: The weight of race | StAugustine.com

Over the weekend, Martin Dyckman (formerly of the St. Petersburg Times) wrote an article on StAugustine.com that won’t be received well in Florida. In this article, he discusses the weight of the “race card” in the 2012 elections.  As a Florida native who spent over 30 years living in the state, I know it’s bigoted underbelly (read: the Panhandle.)  Here are some snippets:

Another reason is the opposition’s relentless campaign to demonize not only Obama’s record but his personhood and even his Americanism. The birth certificate nonsense is an example of that. So is the widespread belief among senior citizens that Obamacare is a threat to Medicare rather than an element essential to its survival. Paul Ryan’s budget contemplated the same $716 billion in reduced payments to hospitals and insurance companies, but you won’t hear that from the Obama haters.

And he touches upon the outright and provable lie being told in Romney ads about the President supposedly removing the work requirement from welfare.

The Republican ads falsely accusing Obama of waiving welfare’s work requirement are unsubtle appeals to the residual racism that some racists won’t admit even to themselves.

Click the link below to check it out.  My Republican readers will want to spam the comments with accusations the author’s own racism and his “librul media” race baiting tactics…  But the rest of you, reasonable readers, will clearly see the point that more and more Americans wake up to every single day…  Republicans are racists.

Martin Dyckman: Reading the polls: The weight of race | StAugustine.com.

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