By Jessica Roy / current.com / @CurrentJess
Some people say it doesn't matter which party you vote for. Both sides are corrupted by money and power and greed. But the truth is, there are some clear, underhanded tactics the GOP regularly employs that Democrats just don't. And while the mainstream media continues to kowtow to the right for fear of being labeled "liberal," we aren't afraid to call out the top five tactics used by the GOP to disrupt the political process.
1. Lies and damned lies
What do death panels, record-setting tax increases for health care and secret elitist Muslim Kenyans have in common? They're all lies perpetuated by the GOP and its PR agency, Fox News. Republicans function under the assumption that if they repeat a lie enough times, it'll become true. Or at least, voters will believe it. The worst part? It's a pretty effective tactic. A recent poll showed that 44 percent of Americans are "unsure" about Obama's religion.
This year alone, Republicans have filibustered the Obama jobs bill, the DREAM Act and student loan interest rates (among many, many others — more than 200 motions to filibuster have been filed since Obama took office). When the Democrats invoke a filibuster, it's usually over a governmental concern, like judicial appointees. But Republicans have no rules about whose lives they'll ruin just to throw a tantrum and get their way. It's gotten so bad that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called for a complete overhaul of the filibuster system.
Recently, a bill was introduced to boost federal flood insurance before peak hurricane season hits. The bill was expected to pass easily through both houses. Things were going swimmingly until Sen. Rand Paul attached a rider about abortion and "fetal personhood." His proposal would have affected abortion, some forms of birth control, stem cell research and in vitro fertilization. Earlier this year, Sen. Roy Blunt tried to tack a rider repealing the birth control coverage mandate onto a transportation bill.
Last year, Congress was scrambling to pass a payroll tax bill before the end-of-year deadline. Republicans stalled progress by adding a whole host of anti-environment riders. They tried to scale back the EPA's ability to enforce regulations on air and water pollution, coal and logging waste, boating restrictions, and other emissions and pollutants.
4. Supersized super PAC donations
Republicans flipped out when Bill Maher donated $1 million to Barack Obama's super PAC, and the media was compelled to include it prominently in its 24-hour news cycle. Their outrage was notably absent over the 16 people who have each donated more than $1 million to Mitt Romney's super PAC, Restore Our Future. Sheldon Adelson, the pro-Israel casino tycoon who single-handedly funded Newt Gingrich's campaign, has already donated more than $10 million to Restore Our Future and pledged to give more as the campaign wears on. So according to the GOP, politically involved celebrities making donations = evil, whereas businessmen who stand to benefit immensely from a candidate who shares their beliefs making donations = politics as usual.
No president has been subjected to as much grief as Barack Obama. He's a Muslim! But also a Christian with an anti-American pastor! He wasn't born in America! He wants to enforce socialism AND fascism AND white slavery! Republicans recoil at the idea that any of their criticism is rooted in racism, but it's pretty hard to deny when Fox News refers to his wife as "Obama's Baby Mama" and conservatives casually question his citizenship and refer to him as a monkey.
Now the GOP has adopted a secondary tactic: Accusing people who accuse them of racism of being the REAL racists. Because pointing out that someone is making a racially motivated comment is the exact same thing as making a racist comment.
We wanted to take an in-depth look at Republican tactics, so check back later for a full rundown on all their underhanded strategies and how they've employed them to America's detriment since Obama took office.
What deceptive tactics do you see the GOP using? Let us know in the comments.
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