Why the Elephant died 

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I am writing you to announce the coming wake for the former Republican Party.  No flowers, please.  Most knew the end was coming, although some stubbornly clung on to the cesspool of viciousness, greed, contempt and unsavory characters that had come to characterize and symbolize, not the best in America, but the worst.  But, thankfully we are moving forward, leaving behind the worst president ever in our history and with him, the most anti-American political faction ever to have soiled the White House and our government. 

 

There were thirty Republicans who did not seek re-election.  I have this theory that when the rats are fleeing the sinking ship we need to watch to see where they are going.  In this case, we already know why; all the catastrophic damage done to the country since the corruption of the 2000 election and the subsequent manipulation of the 2004 election is about to come apart.  Heads are going to roll and many of those taking flight are exercising the fine art of C.Y.A.. (Covering you’re a–) is an art that has been finely honed by the neo-con, anti-American faction of the Republican party.  

 

But, there are those in the wreckage of the Republican party who still don’t get it; those who are today wondering why the wedge issues didn’t work, why the sickening and disgusting emails containing misleading or outright false information about Republican opponents didn’t scare everyone into voting the [right] way, according to the party line.  And of course, there are the hate radio personalities, the faux news personalities and other social outcasts who found their niche in this swamp of radical ideology that was the antithesis of America.  For those of you still clinging to this rotting corpse, don’t worry.  Anne Coulter (or is it Andy?) has written yet another of her/his baseless, pointless and stupid books that will be purchased in bulk by her/his rich friends to make it appear to be a best-seller.  (You’ll never actually meet anyone who has read even one of them)

 

The unspoken truth about why McCain didn’t succeed is this:   We are tired of being terrorized by our own government.  What we heard from the Republican campaign was four more years of Bush & Co.  Four more years of corruption of government, the constitution, our civil liberties, and four more years of created crisis’s to enable pre-planned end results, none of which benefited anyone but a few at the top while the rest of the country sunk further into recession.  But, ultimately, we are damned tired of having to fear our own government. 

 

Palin, who was selected first because she was a woman, and second because she was attractive, was thought to be the end all, be all for the ticket.  She was supposed to be the ringer, the one who brought home the victory.  With their usual arrogance, the Republican party just assumed that all she had to do was to show up.  Unfortunately for them, even Republican voters could see this woman was not prepared, much less qualified, to hold the office of Vice President, and surely not a viable replacement for McCain should there be a need for her to step in.  The problems with Palin as a candidate are just too numerous to go into here.

 

In the end, it seems all the emails meant to degrade and humiliate Obama, calling him the anti-Christ, claiming he is a communist, a socialist a fascist….the emails highlighting his middle name Hussein, questioning his birth place, questioning his patriotism, all of the rancid and disgusting writings suggesting all sorts of sordid things speaks volumes about the demise of what was once a respectable party.  These circulating emails could only have appealed to the most uneducated and gullible in our population, and, these things highlighted the gross lack of integrity, of character, of morals by a party that tried to portray itself as being the epitome of these things and the party of “God”.  It is obvious the veil has lifted and America sees this party for the roiling mass of ugliness that it is.

 

I don’t know what’s ahead in an Obama administration.  What I do know is that I don’t have the sense of dread, of hopelessness I would have had, had McCain won.  The other thing I know is that I am, it seems, very conservative…..but I can’t be a part of the Republican party.   Considering the number of people who abandoned the Republican party in this election, many feel the same way.

 

The days of hate filled campaigns, filled with innuendo, mud-slinging, negative attack ads and vilifying and at times utterly destroying a person whose only sin was to run against you for the same office, are over.  The American people are tired of it, and quite frankly, we deserve more than misleading information or fear mongering.  And many of us are tired of the party of the elephant which has come to signify greed, corruption, secrecy and a total lack of morals or values. 

 

May the elephant rest in peace…..somewhere else.

 

© 2008 Marti Oakley

 

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