(c) by Mary Griggs

Q: How do you know Isaac is a liberal?

A: He keeps moving left of the Republicans.


Isaac is like most of the rest of the nation, apparently.

The Republican National Convention began, after a storm delay, this week. The zealots of the party, however, wasted no time in crafting a platform that is closer to the goals of the Taliban than to those of hard-working Americans. Instead of realistic proposals on fixing the economic mess, Republicans adopted positions steeped in ideological purity that defines the party as angry, white, patriarchal, and paranoid.

Beyond the par for the course religiously motivated screeds against gay marriage, it supports banning abortion with NO exception for rape, incest or life and health of the mother. Further, there is a paragraph that really disturbs me.

We support the review and examination of all federal agencies to eliminate wasteful spending, operational inefficiencies, or abuse of power to determine whether they are performing functions that are better performed by the States. These functions, as appropriate, should be returned to the States in accordance with the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. We affirm that all legislation, rules, and regulations must conform and public servants must adhere to the U.S. Constitution, as originally intended by the Framers. . . .Scores of entrenched federal programs violate the constitutional mandates of federalism by taking money from the States, laundering it through various federal agencies, only to return to the States shrunken grants with mandates attached. We propose wherever feasible to leave resources where they originate: in the homes and neighborhoods of the taxpayers.

What exactly are the mandates of which they speak? Department of Educations rules about teaching everyone without discrimination? Medicaid? Disaster recovery relief efforts? It could be most anything government related and that should scare everyone who has ever benefited from the security of a strong military, the safety from police and firefighters, the convenience of the interstate highway system, educational opportunities through the GI Bill, help to start or grow a business with loans from the Small Business Administration, your savings protected in a FDIC account, the peace of mind from Social Security benefits, or being able to trust in the food you put on your table, the water from your faucet and the air you breathe.

The Republican agenda attacks the very heart of what makes us strong as a nation. By weakening the social contract, they weaken our ability to recover economically as well as undermine our future. It is dangerously extreme and we must show them in November just how out of step it is with the majority of Americans.