Republicans are coming around on issues for the exact wrong reasons
Suddenly Republicans want to defund the police.
After years defending the continued militarization of law enforcement agencies across the United States, Republican lawmakers appeared to have a change of heart Monday after learning the FBI executed a search at the Florida estate of former President Donald Trump. Faced with the possibility that the “good guys” aren’t necessarily on their side, prominent members of the party that made backing the blue a central tenet of its political platform began spouting rhetoric that belied their professed allegiance to the “rule of law.”
“The GOP majority must defund all forms of tyranny throughout Biden’s government,” prominent right-wing figurehead Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) wrote on Twitter, tagging the official FBI account. She later added: “Weaponizing the FBI to raid President Trump’s home makes Watergate look like nothing.” Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), meanwhile, embraced the GOP’s favored doomsday approach. “We must destroy the FBI,” he tweeted. “We must save America.”
So Republicans have been able to turn a blind eye to the abuses of the FBI for decade after decade, but a single raid of the billionaire ex-President's home and suddenly it's a whole new world.
Hey Republicans, I've got news for you - the FBI didn't suddenly get terrible. It's been terrible for about a century. You simply didn't care before because you lack empathy for the less fortunate. Personally I'm amused to see the FBI go after a wealthy person for a change. You kind of forget after a while that the law is supposed to apply to rich people too.
We both want the FBI shut down, but Republicans want it shut down for what it just did. I want the FBI shut down for what it was two days ago, and what it will be again in a few days.
Anti-trust has long been the domain of the Left, but lately Republicans are coming on board.
Asked about the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, a bipartisan bill that would limit tech giants from preferring their own products and services over rivals’, nearly 73 percent of respondents said they lean toward supporting the bill.
... Nearly 76 percent of Democrats said they support the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, as did roughly 70 percent of surveyed Republicans, according to the poll
Support for the Open App Markets Act had a similar breakdown, with nearly 78 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Republicans saying they support the proposal, according to the poll.
It's good to see Republicans supporting anti-trust laws, but they are doing it for the wrong reasons. They oppose the tech monopolies because the tech giants are generally pro-Democrat. Which is the absolute dumbest reason to arrive at the correct conclusion.
The monopolies stifle innovation, inflate costs to consumers, and concentrate economic and political power. That's why monopolies need to be opposed EVERYWHERE, not just in tech.
I'll believe that Republicans have smartened up with they support breaking up monsanto.
This last one is the most ironic of them all.
The first time I saw a photo of an anti-vaxxer with a sign that read “My Body My Choice,” I was sort of puzzled. I thought perhaps the photo editor had used the wrong image to accompany the story—but then I saw that the sign also included a picture of a mask with a red line across it. No, these people weren’t protesting a government that was regulating uteruses, a government that was telling women when they could end a pregnancy that was going on in their own bodies. They were instead protesting a simple and painless public-health measure. They were mad at the idea of having to wear a piece of fabric on their faces. For this particular group, government regulation was fine unless it was regulating them—at which point it became a horrible infringement on their constitutional rights.
Instead, they have started treating this group as a protected class—recently, they have started pushing bills that would protect against discrimination toward unvaccinated people. The irony, of course, is that a lot of these Republicans have no problem with discrimination on the basis of race or sex; many of them have argued that there is no need for an Equal Rights Amendment.
Members of the GOP represent the most vehement proponents of government regulation when it comes to abortion. Some of them have gone so far in their war against a woman’s right to choose that they are now interested in limiting birth control options.
It's impossible for me to reconcile these people using the phrase "my body my choice", but only if it comes to a vaccine. If it comes to a women's choice whether to have a baby, well, then f*ck that woman.