Taylor Warren: Do you call yourself a Republican so you can make a claim to credibility when you attack the GOP?
Will McAvoy: No, I call myself a Republican ’cause I am one. I believe in market solutions, and I believe in common sense realities and the necessity to defend ourselves against a dangerous world and that’s about it. Problem is now I have to be homophobic. I have to count the number of times people go to church. I have to deny facts and think scientific research is a long con. I have to think poor people are getting a sweet ride. And I have to have such a stunning inferiority complex that I fear education and intellect in the 21st century. But most of all, the biggest new requirement, really the only requirement, is that I have to hate Democrats. And I have to hate Chris Christie for not spitting on the President when he got off Air Force One. The two-party system is crucial to the whole operation. There is honor in being the loyal opposition. And I’m a Republican for the same reasons you are. So I hope your voice gets louder in the next four years.
A couple of weekends ago, I decided to series binge on the second season of The Newsroom, an HBO Series by Aaron Sorkin. As I listened to Will McAvoy (played superbly by Jeff Daniels) spew out his stand as a true Republican at the second season finale of Newsroom, I had to look at my dog and around our family room to see who else might be listening to this very calmly and stolidly enumerated diatribe of what ails the GOP these days. I wanted to get up and applaud! Instead, I raised my tea mug to the character for his honesty. Well said. Well said.
I too thought of my self a moderate Republican but it seems like a very long time ago. I would say, maybe pre-Clinton era. I would add to Will’s enumeration that to be a Republican these days, I would have to swallow Santorum’s and Ryan’s pronouncements that women should stay home. I would also have to accept Sarah Palin’s gaseous fluff and Rush Limbaugh’s nauseating gastrocolic-driven judgments splattered like torrential rain on anything that resembles liberal thinking, new-fangled (meaning, anything post-fifties era conservatism) or that came from the Dems. I would also have to hate the ACA, the incumbent administration, and rant and rave about events such as Benghazi but refuse to even acknowledge (let alone applaud) catching Bin Laden. I would also have to keep questioning the citizenship of the current president and give praise to feckless irresponsible upstagers like Ted Cruz, who, after reading “Green Eggs and Ham” during his filibuster, still failed to get Dr. Seuss’ message. And then, I would have to gloat and brag about the government shutdown as a triumph of GOP might.
In the meantime, the rest of the world looks on worriedly, less trustingly, less confidently at the United States as formerly THE first world country to admire, emulate and fear. (I bet the rest of the world think Americans are crazy after that stunt!)
No, I don’t think so.