Republican Ricketts Plan Goes Straight for the Bigot Vote
Once again the extremist tea party wing of the Republican party is catering to bigot vote. In a proposed plan dubbed “the Ricketts plan” after the super-rich Joe Ricketts, another of the stable of super-rich who are trying to get their man (super-rich Romney) into the White House. The plan is laced with code words for bigotry. Even to the point of including President Obama’s middle name, a sure-fire way to rile up the bigots of the party.
The plan proposes to raise the specter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose cherry-picked diatribes were employed by some for a similar purpose in 2008. At that time, however, the Republican nominee John McCain refused to play the bigot card. [In part due to his shock that some in his campaign event crowds were shouting not only bigotry by suggested acts of violence.] Apparently the Republican party has devolved even more since then, as this proposal caters directly at those bigots who can’t stand to see an African-American man with a funny name in the Oval Office.
This line of attack shouldn’t surprise people. The Karl Rove Super-PAC has already been out with lie-filled ads, and we can can expect even more from the super-rich funded super-PACs. Keep in mind that only a few dozen super-rich men are financing the vast majority of these super-PAC organizations who don’t have to play by the same rules that us normal people have to play by. These handful of super-rich have been giving millions to these uncontrolled groups, while you and I are limited to donating $2500 per election. Guess who has more influence.
This direct play to get the bigot vote is both shameful and an example of how dishonest – and just downright mean – the Republican party has become. It’s a sad thing to know that a party has stooped so low and attacked so many (anti-gay/anti-women/anti-Muslim/anti-minority/anti-Latino/anti-non evangelical/anti-science, etc.) that it must cater to the bigots of the world.