The recent commentary concerning the future of the Vermont Republican Party by Rep. Heidi Scheuremann of Stowe is interesting, but only partially accurate. Her candid observation that many Republicans often sound “angry,” “idiotic” and “petty” concerning legislation they disagree with is spot on. However, another problem still exists.
Until many Republicans stop using clichés such as “noninvasive government,” “personal responsibility” and “individual liberty” to thwart any progressive legislation to remedy short comings in the private sector, such as health care, they will continue to be a party of less and less significance. It’s as if they have exclusive ownership of those terms, and that in itself is arrogance personified.
There is also a good amount of hypocrisy involved in such language. One example is the cliché “noninvasive government.” On one hand it’s apparently OK to have the government tell you who to marry, or control reproductive decisions of women, or for the government to be proactive and bail out corporate giants such as AIG, owners of Stowe Mountain Resort, with $170 billion of public funds. But it’s not OK to provide universal health!
Unfortunately the addiction to such meaningless political slogans continues. Now in Vermont, there is an attempt by Republicans to derail Act 48 and the goal of a “single-payer” universal heath care plan, with a new cliché and oxymoron, “Patient Centered / Free Market” health care whose terms are obviously mutually exclusive of one another.
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