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Republicans are nostalgic

James George

Why is that Republicans so often live life while looking through the rear view mirror? Is that a proper hypothesis? What is the evidence that this is so? Here is a list.

1. Republicans liked Ike

2. Republicans loved Ronald Reagan

3. Republicans love the idea of Republican families (Bushes)

4. Republicans don’t like FDR

5. Republicans don’t like Jimmy Carter

6. Republicans hate Barack Obama

See the annotated list.

Let’s discuss.

A happy Republican is one for which prosperity is good, wealth is protected, and laws and regulations are lax on them. Feeling good is enhanced by remembering good times. Feeling bad is Republicans don’t believe they have sufficient control of the situation. Right now, they don’t feel they have sufficient control, and so looking back might make them feel better.

For Republicans, liking “Ike” is akin to Democrats loving FDR. It’s hard to say that you “love” Eisenhower because maybe the old general wasn’t all that loveable. However, he was in charge, and that’s what mattered. He let that little twerp son-in-law of his into the political mainstream, and that didn’t work out so well. Nixon wasn’t loverable, but he was a control freak.

Are Republicans more like Ike or Nixon? Ask a Democrat, and they will probably answer, Nixon. Ask a Republican and they will say, they like to golf.

Republicans love Ronald Reagan and believe that most everyone else does or did too. Reagan was loveable because he liked horses, and he was in the movies and on television too. He surrounded himself by competent people and maintained control. He was a president with diminishing returns as he was losing it toward the end.

Republicans wanted a family that they could love forever. Enter heroic George Herbert Walker Bush. Bush senior was a little harsh, but he softened up over time. He blew it on the economy and departed Iraq before finishing them off. It would take some time to gin up his son, “George W” to assume the reins. George W responded well to the terrorist attack, initially. But, then the Military Industrial Complex took charge. His administration was conflicted by self-interest, but that was good business for government contractors. It was bad for banking and Wall Street. In the end, the Department of Defense and Homeland Security broke the bank while George held the bag. George was personable, but his performance was unforgivable.

Now, however, the Bushes might be advancing Jeb, so the entire family will emerge more lovable than ever.

Republicans never got over FDR and want to dismantle the social safety net that he put in place. That quest is enough to make Democrats hate Republicans.

Republicans don’t like Jimmy Carter. However, Barack Obama makes Jimmy Carter appear as a saint.

Republicans don’t like Barack Hussein Obama for reasons that are obvious to them and everyone else including bigotry and Obama’s socialistic tendencies.

Republicans love Mitt Romney, again.

“Mitt Romney's 2014 renaissance

By Cameron Joseph

Mitt Romney is looking to keep his sterling endorsement streak alive as the 2014 campaign transitions from primary to general election season.

The former GOP presidential nominee has a perfect record after getting involved in a number of competitive Republican races this year. Now, with Senate control on the line and his party eager to add to their House majority, he’s turning his attention to helping many of those same candidates in tough fall battles.

Free from the pressures of daily life in the spotlight, Romney has undergone a latter-day renaissance, rebuilding his public image after a brutal 2012 campaign.

Two years later, he’s being welcomed on the trail with open arms as one of his party’s most sought-after surrogates. Republican candidates and strategists salivate over his fundraising prowess and seem less and less worried about potential baggage from appearing with him.
“As an elder statesman in the party, he's able to endorse good, conservative candidates that can win. For too long the party has been without someone who can help the most conservative candidates who can win a primary and still win the general,” said Ryan Williams, a former Romney aide who is now working former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, now running in New Hampshire.”

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1. Republicans liked Ike
1. Republicans liked Ike National Archives/Getty Images News/Getty Images

1. Republicans liked Ike

“Which U.S. President Loved Golf?
by M.L. Rose, Demand Media

Presidents John Kennedy (left) and Dwight Eisenhower were both avid golfers.

Most U.S. presidents of the 20th and 21st centuries played golf, either for personal recreation or as a vehicle to help them achieve their political ends. While several presidents were solid athletes, the scholarly Woodrow Wilson likely played golf more often than any American chief executive. But he reportedly played for health reasons, on the advice of his doctor. For pure love of the game, Dwight D. Eisenhower ranks first among the presidents as of 2012.

Late Start

Dwight Eisenhower was an excellent youth football and baseball player who eventually played football while attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His football career, however, was cut short by knee injuries that prevented him from running. He took up golf at age 37, teaching himself a swing that didn’t involve twisting his bad knee. He eventually shot in the low 80s consistently, according to the Eisenhower Memorial website. As president he played two rounds per week and -- using donated funds -- had a putting green installed on the White House lawn.”

2. Republicans loved Ronald Reagan
2. Republicans loved Ronald Reagan Jack Kightlinger / White House / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images

2. Republicans loved Ronald Reagan

“9 Reasons We Love Ronald Reagan On His 103rd BirthdayAndrew Clark | February 6th, 2014

He left us in 2004, but today would be former President Ronald Reagan’s 103rd birthday.
In honor of his legacy, the NRCC is offering vintage Reagan/Bush campaign tee shirts for a limited time only. You should check them out.

In the meantime, read up on these 9 really cool things that Ronald Reagan did when he was President of the United States.”

3. Republicans love the idea of Republican families (Bushes)
3. Republicans love the idea of Republican families (Bushes) William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

3. Republicans love the idea of Republican families (Bushes)

“Poll: Majority Of US Voters Blame Bush For Iraq Violence
July 5, 2014 10:09 AM

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – A majority of Americans (51 percent) blame the recent surge of violence in Iraq on former President George W. Bush, with only 27 percent placing blame with President Barack Obama.
A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday shows that American voters are far more likely to blame Bush for the recent violence in addition to opposing the Iraq war as a whole. Sixty-one percent of those polled said the 2003 war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do, and less than one-third (32 percent) disagrees with the U.S. war in which troops were pulled out in 2011.

4. Republicans don’t like FDR
4. Republicans don’t like FDR MPI/Getty

4. Republicans don’t like FDR


Unable to accept the fact that despite their overwhelming propaganda efforts blanketing both television and radio, Democrat to Republican vote flipping programmed into right-wing owned electronic voting machines as well as classic Republican voter caging and voter purging tactics, normal Americans (non-Republicans) elected Barack Obama our first African-American President in a landslide last November.”

5. Republicans don’t like Jimmy Carter
5. Republicans don’t like Jimmy Carter Facebook

5. Republicans don’t like Jimmy Carter

“Jimmy Carter: Southern White Men Turn To The GOP Because Of 'Race'
The Huffington Post | By Sara BondioliEmai
Posted: 04/10/2014 11:13 am EDT Updated: 04/11/2014 11:59 am EDT

Race is the primary reason white Southern men support the Republican Party, former President Jimmy Carter told Salon in an interview posted Thursday. Carter also pushed back against using the Bible to trample human rights.
When asked why white male Southerners have turned to the GOP, Carter said: "It’s race. That’s been prevalent in the South ... . Ever since Nixon ran -- and ever since Johnson didn’t campaign in the deep South, the Republicans have solidified their hold there."

Republican proposals, such as cutting food stamps and assuming the guilt of minorities and the mentally ill who are in jail, appeal to the rich, he said.”

6. Republicans hate Barack Obama
6. Republicans hate Barack Obama Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

6. Republicans hate Barack Obama

“Republicans continue to try to destroy President Obama
ASB12:11 a.m. EDT May 13, 2014

On Friday, House Speaker John. A. Boehner appointed seven Republicans to a panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including our ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.

As usual, the House Democrats don’t know what to do or how to respond to another blatant attempt to discredit Susan E. Rice (then ambassador to the United Nations), Hillary Rodham Clinton (then Secretary of State) and — the real target — President Barack Obama.”

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