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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Republicans without a plan - exploit, victimize and undermine success but won't pass progressive legislation

Republicans who've never served in the US military seems to have a lot to say about how to manage our national security. They've criticized the tragic death of four Americans in Benghazi to the point of causing nausea, without producing one piece of evidence to help resolve the reason for the tragedy. 

Now, the prisoner exchange to release Special Services Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held hostage by the Taliban for 5 years, is being used as another leg to the Republican campaign to stir up controversies in a vacuum of facts.

A third leg to this exploitation stool is the Republicans exhausting tirade against health care reform, aka "Obamacare". Americans, frankly, are finding out how this insurance reform program helps people to afford to buy health insurance. Americans are already telling Republicans to stop their misinformation campaign about "Obamacare", but their talking points are concrete and there's nothing to replace their irresponsible rhetoric.

There's no way to bring back four dead Americans killed in the Benghazi attack on September 11, 2012, in Libya. On the evening of September 11, 2012, Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer. Several hours later, in the early morning of the next day, a second assault targeted a nearby CIA annex in a different compound about one mile away, killing two CIA contractors, Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty. Although initial news reports stated that Woods and Doherty were State Department security officers, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has since confirmed that the two men were CIA operatives. Ten others were injured in the attacks which were condemned by the governments of Libya, the United States, and many other countries throughout the world. 

But Republicans continue to resurrect this tragedy without regard for how the details harm the families of the victims.

Ditto, now with the prisoner exchange, negotiated for the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, on Saturday, in Afghanistan. Rather than praise the release of the only American being held captive by the Taliban, the Republicans, instead, are criticizing the release. They're complaining because the exchange involved turning over 5 terrorists who've been prisoners in Guantanamo, Cuba, for up to 13 years, without a trial. Republican don't want these terrorists to have a trial in the USA, so they've been stuck in Guantanamo, while American taxpayers paid many millions to keep them alive.
Unless critics have served in the US military, those who are leaping to judgement about this release-exchange should have nothing to say about what happened. A young Special Services Sargeant is going home after 5 years in captivity. Period.

Republicans clearly have no plan to capture the attention of Americans.  Instead, they invent news.

It's time for Republicans to stop relying on the exploitation of old information, especially when their negativity harms those left behind in the Benghazi attacks or the joyous parents of Sergeant Bergdahl. Moreover, it's time to end the criticism of Obamacare and come up with a plan to either improve or replace the law's reforms.


Republicans must create a plan to improve our nation's national security and access to healthcare, rather than create yellow journalism using tangential information.

Republicans without a plan act like spoiled children who demand their own way, without regard for the consequences of their behavior. It's time to plan for a time when Republicans are voted out of office. Americans must vote for elected officials who can pass progressive policies, and stop the wasteful time exploiting tragedies like Benghazi, and the Sergeant Bergdahl' prisoner exchange or undermining health care reform.

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