The Republican Vision of America.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 7, 2011
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An Extraordinarily Unfair Budget.

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Rich Boy”

Republicans: the Party of the Rich hangs Sorry, We’re Closed sign on U.S.A.

The Undermining of The American Middle Class.

At a time when the richest people are becoming richer, what the Republicans say the answer is let us give millionaires and billionaires even more in tax breaks.

“At a time when the middle class is in decline and poverty is increasing, what our Republican friends are saying is, ‘let us attack virtually every significant program that improves lives for low income or moderate income people.'”

“Rich get richer, they get more. Poor get poorer, they get less. Maybe that sense of morality makes sense to some people.”

“It does not make sense to this Senator.”

“And I do not believe that it makes sense to the vast majority of the American people.”

~ Senator Bernie Sanders


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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


15 Responses to “The Republican Vision of America.”

  1. Liska says:

    Every time I see Sanders speak, I want to thank Vermont.

  2. Bruce says:

    In response to "Taming Author" , we have heard that tired meme that "both sides are to blame" but a closer examination shows that the republicans are the party that holds the agenda for the corporatists that would turn our country into a 3rd world nation. You make claims without substance, and I for one, greatly appreciate Senator Bernie Sanders having the courage to speak truth to power. Jon Stewart is one of the smartest commentators out there, even if he does work in a comedic milieu. Thank you Waylon for using Elephant journal to engage us in this important debate.

  3. Carol Horton says:

    I agree that the Democrats are way too beholden to big money interests. But the GOP is far worse. And let's not forget that the Clinton Administration created a budget surplus. It was eight years of Bush II that created this huge deficit (which then turned into a crisis to to the financial meltdown). While of course there are ongoing issues with the cost of Medicare and Social Security, it was the combination of Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, insisting on wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and then Wall Street looting that got us into such a bad situation.

  4. TamingAuthor says:

    Bruce, not sure where you picked up the idea that Republicans represent "corporatists that would turn our country into a 3rd world nation." That appears to defy the facts. What specifics do you have?

    What is ironic is the person who violates the values you (and most liberals) hold is George Soros, and yet he issues the marching orders for the left through MoveOn, MediaMatters, Open Society Institute, CAP, Tides, HuffPo, and hundreds of other organizations.

    Soros seeks (openly) to crash the dollar. (Talk about plunging us into 3rd world status.) He works to manipulate currencies so as to crash entire economies. (Has done it four times.) His efforts, including manipulating corporate and state policies are to crash the U.S. (He has stated this publicly.) He gives Obama his marching orders through CAP, including Obama's decision to loan taxpayer money to Brazil to underwrite extremely deep underwater drilling by Petrobras, in which Soros was invested. The list goes on and on and on….yet liberals parrot the propaganda he puts out through his media organizations.

    There is no intention on my part to be mean or even contentious … but I am simply stunned and flabbergasted that people would be so naive as to not really check out the situation. If you were to check out this guy and the manner in which he has bought the Democratic Party and the liberal line… you would be quite upset. The question is whether or not enough people will be motivated to do the research before it is too late.

  5. TamingAuthor says:

    Would not agree the GOP is far worse. They are horrible, horrible, horrible at media. They do not tell their story well. They are all thumbs and frankly, total dolts, when it comes to media. But when you look closely, one does not find the Dem propaganda of "the bad Republican corporations" holds water.

    The Clinton surpluses came as a result of the Republican Congress and their Contract with America. Bush, coupled with the Democrat Congress, totally blew the game. To this day you will not find anyone defending his knuckle headed fiscal policy. And yet, what one sees now is an acceleration that is jaw-dropping. The numbers tell a story that is horrific.

    The good news is that people are slowly beginning to recognize the role of the Fed in this whole mess. The book Creature from Jekyll Island is gaining readership… it is one expose of what is actually happening and how international central bankers control this game. Ron Paul is finally being joined by others in calling for shuttering the Fed, but that will not happen until after the world crashes economically. Again, watch George Soros very carefully — ask yourself why he has convened a Bretton Woods III and research what I and II were about. Hang on, kids, the ride is going to get very nasty indeed.

  6. Zee says:

    @TamingAuthor, claiming that the republicans are honorable for stealing from the poor to give the the rich is a weak argument at best. Also,'s_law

  7. elephantjournal says:


    Greg Stone The crazy uncle looks more like he is kicking his own ass in a bizarre performance. As we continue to suffer through tough times, the presence of wacky folks like Bernie at the helm of the ship of state is reason for concern. If you were in a sinking boat, would you select him as captain? Doubt it.

    Diana Devine Caile ‎@Greg – couldn't disagree with you more.
    Yes, if I was in a sinking boat (which we are) I would absolutely want somebody who tells it like it is.

    Waylon Lewis Helm? He's the only independent. He's weak, isolated.

  8. LasaraAllen says:

    Good stuff, Way. Thanks.

  9. Lia Legab says:

    I am disappointed to find such a polarizing and volatile article on elephant. We are all to blame for the state of our world. Attacks such as these only contribute to the problem.

  10. TamingAuthor says:

    Oh, oh. An adult conversation. And it has numbers in it. Anyone care to consider the facts when it comes to the budget? Or is it better to yuk it up with Jon Stewart and Bernie Sanders?

  11. TamingAuthor says:

    Not sure that works as a route to a solution, Lia.

    When one says, "we are all to blame" it does not provide a handle on how to solve the problems we face. In the end, the only way out is to locate the actual errors in thinking that lead to failure and ruin. In the real world, there are real people who create real problems, and real people suffer.

    There are two types of people who cause ruin. The first are simply uninformed, uneducated, untrained and mistaken in their approach. They do not have the know-how needed to bring about a positive outcome. No blame there unless they choose to not get educated when given the chance.

    The second group actually intends harm. They intend to sabotage the system and bring about destruction. We can walk through history and enter the Hall of Fame of such destructive personalities: Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot, Hugo Chavez, Gaddafi, Hussein, and so on.

    We can also go through history and find the systems that bring ruin, and then decide to embrace them or reject them. So there are differences. Everything is not all the same.

    So when you say "we are all to blame" we end up with all Hitlers rather than recognizing that some people intend harm and most others do not. Can you imagine what would have happened in Europe if the people of Germany had been able to discern the nature of Hitler so they could recognize he intended harm? The same applies in all eras. People must be alert and be able to discern the presence of evil intention when it is present. And to not assign evil where it does not exist. This is hard work… so most just opt to go with the propaganda.

    Too often people think peacemaking is all about singing and dancing and being nice and wishing everyone well, flashing peace signs and singing kumbaya. But, in reality, the core of peacemaking involves the hard work of discernment that leads to recognition of exactly what is taking place and then determining the sources of conflict or destruction and then remedying the situation with good practical solutions.

  12. TamingAuthor says:

    Zee, rather than spout the propaganda manufactured by left wing billionaire speculators ( aka spooky dude George Soros) it is better to provide actual data. If you have specific examples of Republicans actually stealing from anyone, let alone the poor, then it is incumbent on you to report this fact to the authorities. Otherwise, you are giving in to the class warfare rhetoric of international socialists who are trying to destroy systems that have lifted man out of poverty. Their track record is horrific. Millions lying dead in ditches in Europe. Massive poverty. Tyrannical big brother governments. Best to get genned in on how socialists have used deceptive propaganda throughout history to undermine society. If they want you to protest the rich Republicans stealing from the poor…. have them provide specific details and get your butt into court.

  13. Lia Legab says:

    First of all, I do not intend to offer a solution. I offer that it is not helpful to place blame on an entire group of people. The article is unbalanced, inflammatory and not useful. It does more harm than good.
    Secondly, I believe that people act the way they do based on either fear or love. This includes Hitler who feared Jews and the people of Germany who followed him based on their fear of what would happen if they did not. Our recognition of what motivates a person (fear or love?) is crucial to deeming them worthy of our approval.

  14. Lia Legab says:

    The US did not get to its ugly current state by accident, or by some "evil" force. It took millions of people making poor decisions based on fear (such as "there's not enough for everyone!").
    If we could change our collective consciousness (beware of peace sign) to understand that there is "enough" and learn to make decisions based on love (of our country, one another, our Earth) the world would be better.
    The question is, are we highly evolved enough to do so?
    "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world."
    "I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies
    This is the dawning of the rest of our lives"
    ~Green Day