I realize that I’ve become increasingly more critical of the Republican party over the last few years. As a former Republican, I feel that I have the right to expect the party to perform better and more in tune with the original tenents of the Republican party to win my vote. I’m disappointed that it keeps promising to move forward, but instead continues to move backwards from that.
One thing I expect the Republican party to understand is technology. Not just hiring the right technology people to help you with the web, but important technological debates. Yet, we have Newt Gingrich entering the race for the Republican candidate. The guy has experience in politics to some degree, but he has no clue about modern technology or how to protect technology (Net Neutrality). He’s not modern, he’s not exactly living in the present. Again, the Republicans are embracing old men stuck in the 1960’s and 1970’s. And it’s aggravating beyond belief.
Also, when Republicans open their mouths, they tend to instantly stick their feet in there. Example: Matt Dean – a well-respected politician in the Republican party who is infamous for hating poor people – showed his true petty colors when making comments about Neil Gaiman. The writer, in response, explained how the process worked and said that he donated all the money paid to him to charity. Instant pwnage. Dean pretended to apologize, then turned around and backhanded Gaiman again. And then got his web site crashed by angry Minnesota* people who think Gaiman is a Minnesota resource (as in he brings good PR to the state). Personal and political failure on Dean’s part, if you ask me.
And now the Republican party has taken upon itself to be the champions of fracking for natural gas. When it is proven that fracking for natural gas is not just HARMFUL to the environment, but to everyone. Rand Paul made mention that it’s the best way to remove our independence from foreign oil (the best way would be to stop driving gasoline powered cars). Tim Pawlenty said we need more fracking. Do any of these guys pay attention to facts? All signs point to no. Gah!
Meanwhile, with all the GOP and Tea Party bumbling going on, Obama’s approval rating spiked. Not just from the killing of Osama bin Laden, but for making progress. Progress in things that matter, and not in stripping people of their rights. And the Republican’s ratings dip below 30. America tried to send a message to Congress, but they chose the wrong messengers.
Okay, new subject: When your father is responsible for killing thousands of people in a terrorist attack, you don’t get to bawl about how unfair life is. Just saying.