Dear Republicans and/or conservatives,
I don’t know how to break this to you, since you obviously haven’t figured it out yourselves yet, but it’s starting to become a problem. So here it goes.
Last November, the American people took a good hard look at where your ideas and policies have taken us, and decided, as they say in showbiz, “to go a different way.” It’s not that we didn’t understand your position, it’s just that, well, we’re just not that into you.
I know it hurts. I know you’re used to throwing your weight around and getting your way. But that’s just not going to happen anymore. Democrats, liberals and other folks you’ve spent the last three decades demonizing are calling the shots now. It’s over.
It didn’t have to be like this. President Obama (gee, I just love saying that) and the rest of the Democratic leadership tried to reach across the aisle. They asked for your input into how we should go about fixing the mess you put us in. We tried, so very hard, to be not bipartisan, but post-partisan. We wanted your help.
What we got instead was a bunch of petulant prima donnas stomping their feet, holding their breath and shouting “NO!” at the top of their lungs at anything and everything. In the greatest crisis most Americans have seen in their lifetimes, Republicans have opted to act like three-year-olds. Well, that’s your call.
But here’s how it’s going to go down. We’re going to fix this country with or without you. We’re going to do what’s necessary, even if it’s not popular. We’re going to raise taxes to pay for necessary infrastructure. We’re going to spend taxpayer money to create jobs. We’re going to negotiate with other countries rather than just waving bombs at them. And we’re going to see if just maybe you create fewer terrorists by building schools than by blowing them up.
And as we do this, you will have no input and no choice. This is entirely your own doing. We asked for your input, and the only thing you offered was the same tired and thoroughly discredited ideas that got us into this mess in the first place. Let me be very clear. Neocon ideology, of prosperity through tax cuts for the rich and peace through belligerent nationalism, is has been proven just as wrong as the flat Earth theory. We don’t believe the sun revolves around the Earth, and we don’t believe in Reaganomics. The extreme version of conservatism espoused by the Republican party has been proven to be wrong. It simply doesn’t work. So we’re not going to do that anymore.
And as long as that’s all you’re willing to bring to the table, you will remain in exile, ignored and irrelevant. If we have to, we’ll start forcing you to actually filibuster the bills you want to force to 60 votes and show the Americans you supposedly represent how you’re trying to hurt them for your own political gain. It’s sad, but it’s your own decision. When you’re willing to act like adults and have a serious discussion about our serious problems, we’ll be here. But we’re not holding our breath.