10 Recent “Green” Reasons Modern Republicans Suck.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 14, 2012
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I consider myself an Eisenhower Republican. Which is to say, in today’s terminology, a far-left extremist Democrat. ~ ed.

I respect many of the Republican’s traditional values: non-intervention in foreign wars, small government, personal freedoms. But from the Patriot Act through WMDs and “Corporations are People, my friend”—the only evolution acknowledged in GOP party platform is an anti-science, in-the-pockets-of-big-business small-mindedness and bigotry that is, as President Obama pointed out the other day, so old school it feels as if we’re watching black and white TV.

But things aren’t, thankfully, all black and white. As GOP Senator Lindsey Graham said, “Why can’t America have the cleanest air and the cleanest water of any place on the planet? You don’t have to believe in global warming to share that vision.”

And, “98% of Independents, 97% of Democrats and 91% of Republicans think that developing solar power is in the vital interests of the United States.

Still, generally, modern Republicans (as opposed to, say, the Nixon era that saw the formation of the Clean Air Act and EPA) are anything but conservative.

Here’s 10 Reasons why, if we heart health and nature, it’s time to send a signal to the GOP that they need to, you know, evolve:

1. “Mitt Romney Helped Monsanto Take Over the World.” (Monsanto was the largest consulting client of Romney’s employer, Bain & Company, in the 70s & 80s)

2. This kind of story is so common most of us don’t bother to get angry, let alone read: “House GOP Votes to Transfer Tens of Thousands of Acres of Minnesota Public Lands to the State for Sulfide Mining.”

3. You know, Global Warming doesn’t exist. (Recent: Romney Mocks Obama’s Pledge to Address Global Warming — As GOP Delegates Laugh at the Whole Notion.”) Another: “The Republicans are now the anti-science party. On climate change and evolution, the party’s presidential hopefuls are wilfully ignorant.

4. Symbolic, but deeply significant in its symbolism: when the GOP retook the House, “GOP Cancels Biodegradable Packaging, Brings Toxic Styrofoam Back.”

5. Follow the Money. Along with Wall Street, Big Oil loves Rmoney: “Major fossil fuel companies are financing an effort to defeat President Obama.” Keystone musta pissed someone off.

6. “From low energy light bulbs to clean air to clean energy, the GOP are against it.

7. “Under the GOP, the 112th Congress has held a boggling 168 votes to defund, roll back, or repeal environmental protections.

8. GOP leaders loudly, proudly want to defund, unplug the already-weak EPA: “GOP Bleeds Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with Aim to Gut it Powerless – EPA kept its regulatory powers, but funding for climate science, wetlands protection, clean drinking water, nuclear waste disposal & more slashed.” Another: “GOP Trying to Weaken Clean Air Laws While Half of All Americans Still Breathe Polluted Air: The threats to the Clean Air Act are coming from the Republican side of Congress, in bills to strip the U.S. EPA of funding and curtail its powers to regulate air emissions.

9. “In my state (CO), we are already losing jobs thanks to the Republican threats to end wind subsidies.” Same goes for solar.

10. Generally, GOPers heart fracking. “GOP Wouldn’t Allow Lawmaker To Recast Accidental Vote That Reversed North Carolina Fracking Ban.”

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & 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. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


9 Responses to “10 Recent “Green” Reasons Modern Republicans Suck.”

  1. Auki says:

    The Republicans are not only anti-clean environment, anti-science, anti-woman, anti-labor union, bigots with no regard whatsoever for facts, they are anti-peace, anti-social cohesion, anti-ethics, anti-Spirit, even anti-Christ. What other choice & responsibility does a conscientious awake person have but to vote for the less than ideal Prez Obama & the Democrats?!

  2. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Yeah, but if you vote Prez Obama you're still voting for war, for incarceration of millions in the American Gulag for victimless crimes, and financial collapse. On those, the three most important issues, Reps and Dems are carbon copies. You could toss in Business-Government collusion as number four and they are still carbon copies. With Obama you get intelligence and inspiration, but that's just a feel good thing. It doesn't dismantle the American war machine, release millions jailed unjustly, or address the looming financial collapse.

    Only a few states are considered uncertain. Unless you are in one of those few states, a vote for Obama is not only a wasted vote but a vote for war. Why not make a meaningful vote? If you vote libertarian (on the ballot in 50 states) you make a strong symbolic vote against the above-listed big four. If you vote Green Party (on the ballot in 30 states) you at least make an anti-war vote.

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  4. elephantjournal says:

    You should expand on this, write this up, I'd share it up.

  5. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Very commendable, as always, that Ele is willing to consider a contrary point of view. Sloth that I am, though, I'm not ready to take you up on the offer. Sounds like work. And I'm NOT looking for extra work. But if I WERE willing, I'd probably talk about…

    The American Empire. In America, we elect not just the president of the US but the "Leader Of The Free World." Kind of strange how all Americans support democracy, but conclude that only Americans, not other members of the Free World, should vote for the Free World's leader. Everyone not American has to just sit back and watch. Or complain. Or riot. Or occasionally fly planes into buildings. But they can't vote, though the outcome of the election affects them immensely.

    Here's one difference between Dems and Reps. Dems generally want a good emperor, like Obama. Reps generally want a firm emperor, like Bush. It doesn't really make any difference, though. The wars continue and the Military-Industrial Complex continues to rule. Besides, even if there were such a thing as a good emperor, and you believe you have found him/her, you still shouldn't lend support. A good emperor (assuming, for the sake of argument, that such a thing is possible) requires empire; and with empire it is inevitable that you WILL have bad emperors from time to time.

    Or I might go off on a tangent and talk about domestic leadership. We are all so hungry, it seems, for leaders to inspire us, a wonderful parent to lead us, a good shepherd to guide us. From a libertarian point of view, though, that is childish. It imagines the state as a family (or flock of sheep) and the president as our parent. Libertarians, though, feel that, as adults, we have already grown up. We don't need a president to inspire us or a state to guide us. Instead of a pyramid of leadership with one pinnacle of immense power, there is a vast forest of leadership with trees uncountable. All of us are leaders within our jurisdiction, and we find inspiration not with those who wield the guns and jails and armies of a superstate, but with those who offer us a light to follow at our own choosing.

    I'm thinking Switzerland, here. The Swiss do not crave leaders. In fact, I have heard that many Swiss do not even know who their leader is. Leadership is found in the family, the neighborhood, the community, not at the pinnacle of state power. As a result, they have the most peaceful foreign policy, safest society, and highest standard of living in the world. Famous Swiss people are many, and usually famous for doing very good things, but famous Swiss politicians are non-existent. How 'bout we consider dropping our cult of leadership, our idea that the state must guide us. We don't actually need the state for very much. If we are free, what we can accomplish is limitless. How about we vote this time not for the leader of the free world but the party that promises to dismantle the structures of leadership. That party is on the ballot in 50 states, and it isn't Republican or Democrat.

    Thanks for offer, that I consider writing an article. I'll decline, but if I were to accept, I guess that's what I would write. Good day again to all of you!

  6. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Ok, it's easy for me to launch into anti-imperial tirades, and you get a touch of that here, but it just occurred to me that there's a very good place to go to get a feel for what the American Empire looks like to some from the other side, a much more nuanced understanding than my simple-minded ravings.

    I actually did take up Ele's suggestion a couple o' weeks ago that I write something, but what I wrote was a bit different – well, way different – than those daily ego-stroking diatribes I keep shooting off to the comments columns of Ele. If I'm going to do a real article, I told myself, do it for someone else, not yourself. So I did a book review for a novelistic masterpiece (IMO) that has gone unnoticed by the world. The same author has just put up another timely piece, and one that relates to my empire obsession and also one little phrase (fly planes into buildings) in the above comment. It's called: Apocalypse Then… And Now: A Brown Man's 9/11. You can see my Ele review for the novel, including link, here:

    And the Amazon link for the new 9/11 piece here:

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