Friday, October 05, 2007


Is the Republican Party the Party of Death?

by Larry Geller

South Jersey Republican congressman Jim Saxton is typical of Republicans who voted against legislation to add $35 billion to the children's insurance program and who opposes overriding President Bush's veto. He said the vetoed bill would be a "major step toward socialized medicine."

According to the New York Times:

The four leading Republican presidential candidates have aligned themselves with President Bush’s veto on Wednesday of an expanded health insurance program for children, once again testing the political risk of appearing in lock step with a president who has low approval ratings and some critics of the veto within their party.

Come 2008 many Republicans will face the voters again. Right now, their party represents continuing the war in Iraq which has killed between 600,000 and 1,000,000 people, both Americans and Iraqis, torture of innocent civilians, and now denying children health insurance. Health care brings annual visits to a pediatrician, vaccinations, and other forms of preventive care as well as treatment. It means that a simple problem will not escalate and become life-threatening. It means that school days will not be lost. Without healthcare, many children will die. It's as simple as that. Sexton obviously doesn't mind. Nor do Republican presidential candidates.

In other words, the Republican Party has become the Party of Death.

Of course I hope that the killing and torture will stop and that enough Republicans will abandon their anti-child ideology to join in overriding Bush's veto. As to those who carry on as they are now, I hope memories are not short and that voters will make the correct decisions at the polls.

For "pro-life" Republican voters, think, will you, of whether killing people in large numbers and depriving children of medical care is a "pro-life" agenda. C'mon, be honest now.  And vote these guys out, please.


I arrived at a similar Republic 'party of death' conclusion having completed a cursory review of the candidate's positions on healthcare. However, can we really say better things about the likes of Biden and Obama, when they didn't even bother to vote on the bill? (See

Since when did "not upsetting your Primary potential" become more important than voting on legislation?

That's an impressive list -- on the website you referenced. Thanks for the link.

I agree with you. I was shocked, for example, to see Kucinich on the "bad" list. I hope he has an ironclad excuse.

I don't think the Republicans are a party of death... they're typically against abortion and euthanasia, aka death.

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