The hypocrisy exhibited by Republicans this session is so astounding it can hardly be described. But what we’re seeing from those in the GOP seeking to court the TEA party wing goes even beyond hypocrisy and can only be called fraud.
GOP limited government rhetoric is simply never matched by that Party’s conduct, especially when they wield power. The very idea that a political party dominated by neocons, warmongers, surveillance fetishists, and privacy-hating social conservatives will be a party of “limited government” is absurd on its face. There literally is no myth more transparent than the Republican Party’s claim to believe in restrained government power. For that reason, it’s only a matter of time before the fundamental incompatibility of the “tea party movement” and the political party cynically exploiting it is exposed.
There are multitudinous examples of the fraud and hypocrisy exhibited by the GOP this session and other bloggers have written about them here and here. Still, the hypocrisy is so outrageous that I can’t resist adding to the discussion. As Wulfgar points out, House Bill 280, by Rep. Pat Ingraham, R-Thompson Falls, and SB 176 by Sen. Rowlie Hutton (R-Havre) both insert politicians right in the middle of what should be internal doctor-patient, and personal and/or family decisions only.
The GOP’s general philosophy seems to be “Protect the ‘unborn.’ After you’re born, f*ck off.” The point hasn’t been lost on Rep. Carolyn Pease-Lopez, a strong advocate for children and families, when she expressed her intent to oppose yet another intrusion into womens’ medical privacy and personal family decisions.
As the Helena IR reports:
Rep. Carolyn Pease-Lopez, D-Billings, her voice cracking, chided Republicans for supporting the bill.
“I hope we have just as much compassion for the unborn as the children who are already born,” she said. “I cannot ask you to change your mind, but I can ask you to reconsider how you treat us after we’re born. I ask you to do this.”
She’s talking, of course about the $500 million that Republicans have cut from the Public Health and Human Services budget already this session.
Another couple of examples of the fraud come from Greg Hinkle (R, also of Thomson Falls). Hinkle has two different bills (SB169 and SB 116) to do the same thing, overturn a court decision prohibiting politicians from interfering in private personal end-of-life decisions.
The tea party Republicans, having run and won on a platform of limited government and economic development, are largely dedicating themselves to invasions of personal freedom and the advancement of pre-Civil War legal theories. That’s when they’re not undertaking full-fledged assaults on the U.S. Constitution.
Whether you call it fraud or hypocrisy, their plans are likely to backfire, making our Republicans the laughingstocks of the nation.
UPDATE: Apparently the Montana GOP’s policies are already garnering national attention for ridiculousness, as Lynn pointed out in the comments. Guess which nutball bill is among the first to be highlighted?