“The Republican’s sinful selfishness has given our country a period of loose thinking, descending morals, an era of selfishness…Republican leaders not only failed in material things, they have failed in national vision, because in disaster, they have held out no hope, they have pointed no path for the people below to climb back to places of security and of safety in our American life.”
That quote could have been said in the last few years, but it is 74 years old. In 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt made that statement accusing the Republicans of creating an economy that helped a favored few in hopes that some of their prosperity would trickle down to those less fortunate.
In his 1948 nomination acceptance speech, Harry Truman said “the Democratic Party is the people’s party and the Republican Party is the party of special interest and it always has been, and always will be!”
Special interest groups assault our government from the city level to the federal level – but the level of access allowed to special interest groups goes too far in today’s Republican Party. President Bush and the current Republican leadership invite these groups to write their own legislation, look at the New Source Review policies of President Bush (http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution/pnsr.asp) or the legal immunity tort reform laws written by the NRA (http://www.bradycampaign.org/facts/issues/?page=immun_state).
In his 2004 nomination acceptance speech, President Bush said that since 9/11, every morning he wakes up thinking about how to better protect our country. Is it really protection to allow a company, controlled by a government that expressed support for the Taliban, and was used as the financial base for the 9/11 terrorists, to take over the security of some of our nation’s busiest ports?
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Senator John Warner (R-VA) said we need to approve the Dubai Ports deal so we do not alienate the United Arab Emirates’ government, and President Bush is vowing to veto a bill slowing down or denying the port takeover.
Americans on both sides of the aisle are against this. Even Bill Frist and Denny Hastert are against it. Why is President Bush so adamant that the United Arab Emirates take control of our ports? What is he getting out of the deal? Support for an ally is not enough to allow a country, less than five years removed from major connections to the 9/11 attacks, to control who gets and gives out security access to one of our nation’s most vulnerable terrorist targets. Presidents Roosevelt’s and Truman’s words are as true today as they were decades ago. The Republicans, and in particular President Bush, are allowing special interests, instead of the people, to control the country. As FDR said in 1932, today the Republicans still lack vision for the future.