Somehow the Republican Party got my name and thought I was on their side. I had to respond to their call for campaign funds. My letter follows.

How laughable.  I get this fund-raising letter with a heading of Annual Arizona Republican Campaign Drive, signed by Senator John Cornyn, a Texan, who is obviously an idiot because he opens the letter, “Dear Mr. Griffiths. Your name was submitted to me here at Party Headquarters as someone in Tempe who is deeply committed to the goals and highest ideas of the Republican Party.”  Gag me.

On the contrary, I regard the Republican Party as the most perverse, toxic, destructive force in America in the past half-century.  It is America’s dark side. “Republican” is just another word for selfishness.  It is anti-intellectual, misogynist, homophobic, callous and dangerous.  It’s the insidious party of the rich and greedy. It supports corporate welfare.  It’s the party that brought us Watergate, Iran Contra, the destructive and misguided war in Iraq, the U.S. Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, tax shelters in the Cayman Islands and Swiss banks, and a spate of anti-human actions against women’s rights and gay rights. Republican president-appointed justices to the U.S. Supreme Court   have turned back the clock with such destructive rulings at Citizens United. The Republican Party has opposed stem-cell research and the Dream Act. It’s the party of God, guns and privilege. It’s the party that capitalizes on fear, fear, fear. It’s the party that fought the repeal of the shameless Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell act. It believes in greater surveillance of Americans and reduced civil liberties. It is more watchful of what goes on in bedrooms than in the board rooms of greedy capitalists like Exxon, Mobil and Goldman Sachs.  It’s the party of male supremacists ever eager to control women’s bodies.  It tells college graduates to stop whining about high tuition rates. It demonizes Planned Parenthood.  It is the party that gins up the white supremacists and border bullies, with not a clue on developing a fair, humane immigration policy.  It champions private and charter schools over traditional public education.

Republicans were the dog in the manager in the contentious debt ceiling crisis. It’s the party that would end Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, not to mention eliminating stalwart cabinet-level departments of government that keep our air and water clean, our schools trying to catch up with the rest of the world and work places safe. It’s a party that naively believes we need little oversight of Wall Street because it is fair-minded capitalism unleashed.

Republicans are the Party of “No!” They’re a party hell-bent on denying our President the respect and cooperation in actions that serve to strengthen our nation. In blocking major programs to get the nation working again, including rebuilding our sorely needed highways, bridges and infrastructure, it becomes patently clear there is only one Republican goal: Win back full power in all the branches of government so Republicans can maximize full advantages to greedy corporations and the minions in the 1 percent who overtly and covertly pull the strings.

The Republican Party was the seed bed for the extremists who make up the Tea Party, otherwise called “The Republican Party on Steroids.”

As a U.S. Army veteran, as a former Peace Corps volunteer and as a very active community volunteer, I see nothing attractive about what Republicans offer America. What social justice legislation in U.S. history can be attributed to Republican actions, save for the formal end of slavery in the Republican Lincoln administration. Republicans would privatize everything in sight to help the greedy get richer. They seek to dismantle America’s labor unions and destroy the concept of collective bargaining. They want to shut down the U.S. Postal System so commercial companies can expand.

It’s a party that can produce such weak thinkers as Rick Santorum, Joe Walsh, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain and that Florida lightweight Congressman Allen West.  You must be embarrassed at the Republican jokers who run for office.

The Republican Party produces the great rogues and ne’er-do-wells like Richard Nixon, Joe Arpaio, Jack Abramoff, Mark Foley, Mark Sanford, Katherine Harris, Dick Cheney, Bernard Kerick, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, John Bolten, Harriet Meiers, ad nauseum.  You have your asinine apologists like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and Rupert Murdock.  We must get the Mitch McConnells, John Boeners, Paul Ryans and Scott Walkers out of office forever.

Listen, I wouldn’t vote for Mother Teresa if her name was on the ballot and she had an “R” behind her name.  I won’t vote for anyone, even a dog-catcher, who is a Republican.  I don’t want to give the most obscure Republican a springboard to any kind of power.

America is best when Republicans are denied from public office. We don’t need the party of greed, hate and privilege in power. They don’t serve the vast majority of Americans.  Republicans’ world view is that of the religious right, best exemplified in our state by the toxic Arizona Center for Public Policy and its firebrand, Cathi Herrod.

Republicans think they have a monopoly on patriotism, family values and decency. Not so.

Democracy is too precious to allow Republicans in the White House and Congress or any more GOP-appointed U.S. Supreme Court justices.  We cannot allow their throwing open the doors further to multi-national corporations’ controls, or the breath-taking widening of the gap between rich and poor.  Corporations are hiding behind Citizens United to buy political offices shamelessly.  Republicans are their best friend.

True democracy in America cannot be sustained if powerful Republicans make our decisions. May thinking people reject the Republican mantra and vote Democrat.

And don’t waste your time mailing me your fund-raising garbage.

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