The Absolutely Positively Only Way The GOP Can Win In 2016 by Rick London

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 As GOPs & former GOPs, from Susan Eisenhower to me and so many others, we’ve been warning to stop the (“creating Obama scandals, stop the sequester immediately…and get our GOP Congress to work on real job bills”). 

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 The Tea Party claims they know best.  Here’s their best.  Obama’s approval rating up almost 10% since the “scandals” started, and Hilary’s has maintained an even keel, way above anyone who could possibly run against her (and expected to rise over the next year if this behavior continues). This is not from me, it is from the very conservative GALLUP POLL.  We’re trying to help, but you won’t listen.  So left to your own devices, you must know best.   

Want to win in 2016? I can tell  you how.  Find a VERY brave GOP Senator or Congressperson.  He/She’ll have a press conference.  He/she will say something like, “Benghazi is over. We know what we need to know to prevent another like asking Daryl Issa to stop defunding security (to the tune of 400 million dollars before the attack).  Besides it wouldn’t have mattered. We now know that Ambassador Stevens refused in writing any additional security.”  

“The IRS is an independent agency. We know Obama had nothing to do with that; he can’t.  AP got people killed. And more will be killed by exposing one of our spies in Al Queida. The Justice Dept begged them not to run the story for that reason. They were after “Pulitzers On Steroids”. 

“Today we will stop the sequester.  We will start jobs, and social politics is no longer a part of our agenda unless it is to make sure Obamacare is handled properly along with our Democrat and Independents across the aisle.  The war on women, gays, etc etc is over. Anyone caught pulling that crap is out of our club.” 

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“In addition, we will be totally supportive and protect the 2ND Amendment.  That means any monies from the NRA is going back to them and we are asking them for no more report cards or lobby money.  Nobody has done more to erode the 2NDnd Amendment or the GOP and cause blood and carnage in the streets than the NRA. They are no friend of us, or the 2nd Amendment.  They are the fringe. Not their members, their directors and employees.  They began as a wonderful organization that taught gun safety to our youth, and ended up an incestuous Machiavellian lobbying firm for the gun makers and distributors.  They work extremely hard to keep military weaponry on American streets until ours look like Syria (and the former Iraq and Libya).  They will be long gone to a Polynesian Island counting their cash by the time America becomes that, but I assure you, it will be come that and probably worse, if they have their way.  They do nothing for the law abiding gun owner but hurt his/her chances of keeping his/her guns with their political shenanigans.”

“When a party decides “Umbrellagate” is now the juiciest scandal within the Beltway, trust me there are HUGE problems within the party. But, deep down we know that Obama has nothing to do with those “Scandals”.  We also know he is not an “out of control spender”.  Americans know that too.  That’s why we are losing.  We are lying with straight faces, and even allowing Fox News to do it for us when we need a break.    Meanwhile the deficit is shrinking much lower than we ever imagined (which is why we need to talk about that).  Give credit where credit is due.  What Obama did, worked.  What we are doing, is killing us. What we are forgetting, America is watching.  Furthermore, our party is shrinking yet again, and the Independent and Democratic party, like in 2011, are growing by leaps and bounds.  We don’t stand even a chance (and will lose most seats in 2014) if we continue creating “gotcha scandals”.  We need to get to work.  And stay there.  That’s what we were elected to do.”

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“Please, wake up and get our once great party back, or continue this spiral until there is nothing left.  Really.  I’m not being condescending.  Our country runs best on a strong two party system. Right now we have a super-virile Democratic party and a VW Bug full of clowns throwing stones at their intelligence and virility, frankly because it scares us.  We know as a political party we used to ‘have that mojo’ but now its gone and there is no way to get it back.  Or is there?  Of course there is.”

“That’s Jr. High politics and why American GOPs keep jumping ship in huge numbers every single day.”

“I hope you know this press conference is not a slam. It is constructive criticism…actually of the most important kind.  It is not only suggesting change, but change that will require so much flexibility, so much bravery, and often letting go of toxic elements within ones own party.  Don’t think it can be done?  The Democrats did it.  Do you truly think they are that much better than you?   If you don’t believe it, watch in 2014.  Watch again in 2016. Please bookmark and save this blog so you can remember “who told you so” if you don’t make dramatic changes, big dramatic organized changes…like NOW. “

So what is written above, or something like it, is close to what a brilliant, brave, winning, GOP will not only say, but do with his/her actions by legislating and voting in the manner in which he/she speaks.  Look for that.  Look for what could be a reincarnation of Teddy Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln.  And you’ve got your party back; stronger than it was before it turned into the circus that it is today.  And you know I’m not being unkind when I say that.  It has become a circus at best due to horrendous leadership, and as they say, ‘leader sets the tone’. “

Here’s the Gallup Poll Graph (A very conservative polling system) that shows Obama’s popularity rating before we started creating scandals, and now, nearly 10% up and we’re at our all time low.  They tend to agree with what I just wrote.   Thank you in advance in 2016.  May you surprise many, do the right thing, and win a lot of elections.

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Rick London is a writer, designer, and cartoonist.   He lives with his wife Lee Hiller-London who is the founder of nature photography blog HikeOurPlanet.com.  Together they hike and commune with nature in the Ouachita Mountains which they call their home. London founded Google #1 ranked offbeat cartoons and funny gifts “Londons Times in 1997.  Follow them on Twitter @RickLondon & @LeeHillerLondon.

How Joseph Stalin & The Koch Brothers Founded The Tea Party By Rick London

With politics, as with any other emotional issue, sometimes it is good to “give it a rest”.  And I’ve heeded that advice after the election. Many misunderstood my message.  My message was not to denigrate the GOP, they were doing that well enough themselves, it was to try to make them aware that the FOX BUBBLE was not leveling with them (of course they’ve used Karl Rove as the scapegoat du jour) but they are all complicit.

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How do I know? I worked there in the 1980s as their Editor-In-Chief at their flagship station in Washington, D.C.   It was not even called FOX yet and Rupert Murdoch had not yet purchased it. It was called Metromedia and owned by (who was then one of the wealthiest men in America John Kluge).

I knew the drill. I knew the slant. I knew how and why they broadcast. I knew how they raised the money to broadcast to “people who didn’t necessarily want facts” comfort zone. I knew the whole story and still do. It sounds like facts. It feels like facts, and admittedly, it often has a kernel of truth. But it is anything but the truth.  I promise. 

What and whom I didn’t know was The Koch Brother’s history.  I bought Brawny Towels but that was as close as we got.   I used to joke (once Governor Scott Walker started union busting), and later Todd Akin and Richard Mourdoch began spilling the beans of what the GOP/Tea Party was really all about in spite of their “some rape is just fine” verbiage, that they were becoming like Stalin On Steroids. Nothing small govt about them.  They were to become the largest government in the history of the world (not to mention the worst and most hated by the world and 53% of Americans including most of the military.  This  was no longer a political party. This was the “Cult Of The Egg”. 

And if you think I am for abortion, you better think again. I’m about the most pro-life person you’ll ever meet.  A lot who vote pro-choice are very pro-life.  We are the ones who know the stats and know that in countries where abortions are illegal, are the highest, way highest, rate of abortion.  In all of Latin America (except Uruguay, abortion is illegal.  Their abortion rate is through the roof.  In the early days of RVWade, the Pro-Life Movement, was up to date and doing a good job of finding science that might hold up in court. None did to overturn it, but access, etc was changed.  But their movement became outdated.  They got into the “Some Rape Is Good” movement which was one of the major factors that lost them the election.  This was to create an environment where nobody would need an abortion because the “good father’ would now have visiting rights.  Really. How insane is that?  It’s very insane, I promise you. I don’t care for abortion any more than Pro-Life far right GOP’s.  So I HAVE to vote pro-choice or we’ll end up with millions of more abortions.  Sorry, but its true.  

GOP, America is changing and you’re heading in the wrong direction.  If you keep going in that direction, I assure you, you will be exhibits in the “Museum Of Contemporary Almost Political Parties That No Longer Exist”.

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After the election, I, like Susan Eisenhower,  Colin Powell, and others figured the GOP would start their long struggle back to the center (simply for survival purposes).  But it was not to be.  Today we understand the backroom “Right To Work” laws being passed with no votes thanks to some Koch Brothers conniving.

 

 

That was a bit of a surprise because now that I know the GOP is going to keep pushing right thinking the rest of the country will follow lockstep (they were wrong in 2008,  2012, and they will probably be nonexistent by 2016, sadly.  I don’t want them to go. Our country relies on a strong 2-party system.  But parties come and go based on good and/or bad decisions.  They are making nothing but dismal ones; acting as if the 53% don’t exist, when the 53% voted them out and bid them farewell.  America is headed in another direction.  Many have promised to secede. Promises, promises.

The biggest surprise was what I learned today.  The Tea Party actually really did get its education from a man who truly understood how to run a huge government, yet make it sound small. His name was Joseph Stalin.  The Koch Brothers father, was his right hand man.  And the philosophy of “Right To Work” not a lot different than what Stalin offered workers (and every bit as evil). Heaven forbid if anyone tried to start a union under Stalin’s USSR.  He/she was massacred on the spot. That’s why Michigan was so scary last night with the back room laws. 

The bottom line is this….and the GOP who is out of the Fox Bubble already get it. Those trapped in it may never get it.  The country does not want far right, but don’t worry,it doesn’t want far-left either.  It wants Constitutional Law. Some of that may bother you. It may not. But that doesn’t matter.  Just know the people are trying to form a “more perfect union”.  That may mean gay marriage because everyone, according to The Constitution gets equal rights and should.  

I know, I know. I learned in Sunday School too that was a “no no”. But remember, those lessons were for how “we who went to that Sunday school might live”, not for us to tell others. They know what is right for them, we don’t.  Get used to it.  They know better about their lives than you or I do.  Sorry but it’s true. And the Constitution is on their side and should be. 

Marijuana is most likely to be legalized.  That is probably not as big an issue to most.  We now know that it is probably the most medicinal plant on our planet.  By controlling and taxing it we can most likely dissolve our country’s debt.  By not doing that we leave it in the hands of criminals.  It makes no sense to keep it illegal.  Million need it and are already smoking it, paying way too inflated prices, braving rough neighborhoods at times, just to get medicine they have to have when nothing else works. 

Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are staying safe with the government.  No privatization. Don’t like it. Tough. A lot didn’t like it when Herbert Hoover privatized everything which led America into the Great Depression within a year.  

The middle class is the core of America.  Nothing wrong with the wealthy or even extremely wealthy.  They just need to pay their share.  Sorry.  Bill Gates is okay with that. Warren Buffett is too. Those two can buy out most other wealthy Americans with their pocket change.  

This is America.  It is changing.  Change with it, or stay where you are. Nobody can make you change and learn and grow.  I will be working on myself, but I think I can handle it.  If you find that I can’t, i encourage you to correct me, but constructive criticism please.  And if you’d like, I’ll do the same for you.   

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Rick London is a writer/cartoonist and designer. Politics is a “hobby”.  He launched Londons Times Offbeat Cartoons & Funny Gifts which have been Google’s #1 ranked since 2005. He and his wife nature photographer Lee Hiller-London enjoy hiking in their mountains The Ouachitas of Arkansas.