Positively 4th Street Revisited

I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment
I could be you

Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You’d know what a drag it is
To see you.

A friend of mine told me that when she was on a dating website, conservative Republican men would contact her despite the note in her profile that she was a liberal thinker who isn’t interested in a Mary Matlin, James Carville type of relationship. That did not stop conservative men from contacting her and, in their inimitable red state way, they attempted to convince her how screwed up it is to be a liberal and that she should be berated for her liberal thinking ways.

As she told me this, it struck me the leaders of the GOP are just like the obnoxious men who thought they could “educate” her and make her see her evil ways and join in their thinking.

This month the GOP is doing what they’ve done for months: they’re telling all of their like-minded constituents everything they want to hear, from ‘let’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act’, to reviving the “birther” non-issue, and they’re topping it off with ‘Benghazi was the worst terrorist act on Americans’.

The vacationing members of the House and the Senate are filling the air waves with attacks on many minority groups by way of further attacks on the Voting Rights Act and immigration reform. In each attack they reveal themselves to be of the same mentality as the men who insisted to my friend she was so stupid and that Bubba would save the day and by turning her into a GOP Stepford wife.

The ‘Party of No’ has belittling women and people of color down to a tee. They know all the buzz words; lazy, misinformed, untrustworthy, uneducated, un-American, and incapable. They will tell their most ardent fans and minions that President Obama is not a citizen, that he really does not have a mandate, that he is a foreigner, that women don’t want equality, that Trayvon Martin was a thug and got what he deserved, that a woman does not have the right to decide what happens to her own body, that rape is not rape, that gay people are sinners and not worthy of marriage, that all Latino immigrants are drug mules and criminals and that the life of 17-year-old black boys are not worth the price of the bullets.

Ridiculing and telling women how stupid they are must be in the GOP hand book because, like the creeps that float around the cyber dating sites, world today’s leaders and mouth pieces of the Grand Old Party insist that the way to recruit new members to their antiquated political party is to institute new forms of Jim Crow voter suppression with the sole purpose of preventing people of color, the poor and the elderly from voting, and anti-abortion laws designed to restrict women’s constitutional right to choose.

Don't want to see you...

Scene from the movie “The Beautiful Person.” (2008) via IMDB

In the 16 days since the summer recess began, GOP cronies have gone home to tell how wonderful they are and how they are the only thing stopping Barack Obama from forcing old white people into slavery and in turning the country into a Nazi or communist state. It is hard to figure out which, because both are used interchangeably in their attacks on the President with no one really showing any grasp about the two totally diverging political ideas.

There are some in the far right wing who want to shut down the government in October — and this thought is leaving sensible thinking members of their own party at a loss for words. They can’t explain to the radicals within their own party that shutting down the government will have dire consequences on the economy and the budding regrowth of the American work force.

There are some on the radical right who believe that if they destroy the country America will come running towards them — just like the conservative men in the world of cyber dating believe if you tell liberal women how stupid they are they will flock to them begging for dates.

In Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” he sings about the people who talked behind his back and wished him ill will after saying they were his friends. I don’t think there is any doubt that women and minorities don’t know what the GOP thinks of them after their constant barrage of attacks on their rights.