What is the purpose behind the Republican scare tactics? Its business as usual for the last 40 years

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What is the purpose behind the Republican scare tactics? Its business as usual for the last 40 years

The fear and anxiety that the Republicans have been whipping up since the election are nothing new. Its a political tactic that they developed and used every time they are in opposition.

They are following a playbook that has evolved over more than four decades, to regain power by sabotaging Democratic presidents. These tactics were also used in shaping Southern American countries by the CIA and military. Its nothing new, its just that we don't expect to see the participants in it happening in front of us.

The Republicans believe they can reclaim the lucrative levers of national authority by making the country as ungovernable as possible while a Democrat is in the White House, essentially holding governance hostage until they are restored to power. Then, the Democrats are expected to behave as a docile opposition “for the good of the country” (and usually do).

The “destroy Obama” game plan tracks most closely with Newt Gingrich’s strategy for undermining Bill Clinton 16 years ago. But today’s strategy also traces back to Richard Nixon’s sabotage of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Vietnam peace talks in 1968 and Ronald Reagan’s October Surprise gambit against President Jimmy Carter’s Iran hostage negotiations in 1980.

In all four cases – covering the last four Democratic presidencies – the Republicans did not behave as a loyal opposition but rather as a single-minded political enemy that viewed the White House as its birthright and Democratic control of the Executive Branch as illegitimate.

During the first years of Clinton’s presidency, leading Republicans, such as Sen. Bob Dole, actually denounced President Clinton as a “pretender.” They noted that Clinton gained the White House with less than a majority of the popular vote (because of the third-party run of Ross Perot).

Rather than accept Clinton as a legitimate president, the Republicans unleashed their newly minted right-wing media machine (much of it having been assembled during the Reagan-Bush-41 years with the help of conservative foundations and right-wing media moguls).

Read more in this interesting and informative article. http://www.alternet.org/new...
By netchicken: posted on 4-4-2010








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