When I first saw a link to Republicans for Obama, I thought it was a joke. But the organization was featured in a Washington Times article and the website makes some very good points about why Republicans should support President Obama’s reelection. Of course they point out the fact that Obama’s landmark health care legislation is actually a Republican idea, and
the Heritage Foundation, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch and a whole slew of other Republicans and conservatives over the past 20 years have backed healthcare reform with an individual mandate as its centerpiece.
The hypocrisy of Republicans not only opposing their own party’s idea just to score political points when it became associated with Democrats, but challenging it as unconstitutional, losing that challenge and still claiming that it’s treasonous, is an example of how the low the Republican party has sunk.
But while it’s good that some Republicans have recognized how dishonest and destructive their party has become, current right wing extremism is different from old GOP philosophy only in magnitude. The Republican party has long promoted “Voodoo Economics” while hiding Keynesian policies behind military spending. And while the Republicans initially championed the idea of freedom for all Americans, they have since resisted legislation that protects citizens from discrimination. Romney’s policies will be perfectly in line with GOP principles of allowing the already-rich to take ever increasing portions our nation’s wealth while blocking policies which allow upward mobility for the rest of us.
Republicans for Obama should become Democrats for Obama and promote policies which provide a safety net for the poor, protect the environment, prevent discrimination, and invest in education, research, and infrastructure. All this while incorporating some of the best conservative ideas for economic growth.