Spending taxpayer dollars?
Looks like our Republican Donor Dollars are doing a lot to incite civil disobedience around constitutional issues in a lot of states, and The Republican Party feels the expense is worth it. The Republican Party seems to have a beef with a lot of elements of the constitution, including elements of the Constitution dealing with Search and Seizure, Probable Cause, and Habeas Corpus. There are probably others that don't come to mind — oh, yes, Equal Protections — right off the bat, but this doesn't seem to keep the Critters from trying to wrap themselves in the flag and pretending they've got a monopoly on the thing they're apparently trying so earnestly to undermine.
There have been some fine Republicans in the history of this country, and I've praised them in these pages with a fair frequency. I think the bunch we've got around now would cause most of the folks I most admire in that party, the Eisenhowers and the Roosevelts and the Lincolns, to blink hard, like somebody slapped across the face, at how the attempts those fine Republicans of the Past had made to preserve America from The Military Industrial Complex, from the depredations of environmental degradation and economic and political monopolies, and the forces of bigotry, hatred and American rage turned on itself, how these honest attempts had come to this pitiful collaboration with the very forces that the Republican Party had once stood against.
Health Care was a program that I believe started with the Republicans of Roosevelt's time. So was the attempt to rein in the runaway power of Wall Street and the trusts. Attempts to make sure that money was directed toward the needy, and toward schools were strongly supported by Eisenhower. He mourned that money might need to go to bombers instead of schools. The Republican Party of today seems more like Lincoln's opposition than it does like the party that elected Lincoln.
They seem more as though they were against the Union than they do in favor of it, today. They even makes noises about backing the secession movement in Texas. Now, of course, they squawk about persecution by the NAACP, though the logic of how the least powerful 11% or so of the people in the country are going to lord it over the Most Powerful 60% or so has not yet quite managed to reveal itself to me.