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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Cry of the True Republican by John Taft

This has been my cry, and screaming to save the party from the extremists Republican Talibans, who will sink the party in 2014. Ted Cruz is bad news for America.
Mike Ghouse

The Cry of the True Republican

  • by JOHN G. TAFT 
  •  Oct. 22, 2013 
  •  original
I AM a genetic Republican.
Five generations of Taft's have served our nation as unwaveringly stalwart Republicans, from Alphonso Taft, who served as attorney general in the late 19th century, through William Howard Taft, who not only was the only person to be both president of the United States and chief justice of the United States but also served as the chief civil administrator of the Philippines and secretary of war, to my cousin, Robert Taft, a two-term governor of Ohio.
As I write, a photograph of my grandfather, Senator Robert Alphonso Taft, looks across at me from the wall of my office. He led the Republican Party in the United States Senate in the 1940s and early 1950s, ran for the Republican nomination for president three times and was known as “Mr. Republican.” If he were alive today, I can assure you he wouldn’t even recognize the modern Republican Party, which has repeatedly brought the United States of America to the edge of a fiscal cliff — seemingly with every intention of pushing us off the edge.
Throughout my family’s more than 170-year legacy of public service, Republicans have represented the voice of fiscal conservatism. Republicans have been the adults in the room. Yet somehow the current generation of party activists has managed to do what no previous Republicans have been able to do — position the Democratic Party as the agents of fiscal responsibility.
Speaking through the night, Senator Ted Cruz, with heavy-lidded, sleep-deprived eyes, conveyed not the libertarian element in Republican philosophy that advocates for smaller government and less intrusion into the personal lives of citizens. but a new, virulent strain of empty nihilism: “blow it up if we can’t get what we want.”
This recent display of bomb-throwing obstructionism by Republicans in Congress evokes another painful, historically embarrassing chapter in the Republican Party — that of Senator Joseph McCarthy, chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, whose anti-Communist crusade was allowed by Republican elders to expand unchecked, unnecessarily and unfairly tarnishing the reputations of thousands of people with “Red Scare” accusations of Communist affiliation. Finally Senator McCarthy was brought up short during the questioning of the United States Army’s chief counsel, Joseph N. Welch, who at one point demanded the senator’s attention, then said: “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” He later added: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
Watching the Republican Party use the full faith and credit of the United States to try to roll back Obamacare, watching its members threaten not to raise the debt limit — which Warren Buffett rightly called a “political weapon of mass destruction” — to repeal a tax on medical devices, I so wanted to ask a similar question: “Have you no sense of responsibility? At long last, have you left no sense of responsibility?”
There is more than a passing similarity between Joseph McCarthy and Ted Cruz, between McCarthyism and the Tea Party movement. The Republican Party survived McCarthyism because, ultimately, its excesses caused it to burn out. And eventually party elders in the mold of my grandfather were able to realign the party with its brand promise: The Republican Party is (or should be) the Stewardship Party. The Republican brand is (or should be) about responsible behavior. The Republican party is (or should be) at long last, about decency.
What a long way we have yet to go.
John G. Taft is the author of “Stewardship: Lessons Learned From the Lost Culture of Wall Street.”

Friday, October 18, 2013

Obamacare Is Good for America, Time for Republicans to Realize It

Huffington Post -

I am a moderate Republican, and am here to tell you, that neither I, nor the Republicans or the Americans gave permission to Ted Cruz to turn the nation upside down, we cannot break the rules and do what we please. You and I are safe today, and our government remains a model of stability to the world because we are a nation of laws. We have systems to follow, a due process to hang on to, and rules to obey.

This act cannot be approved by conservative Republicans either, who prefer stability over chaos, and are disciplined enough to follow a system. That is how democracies work.


Ted Cruz sounds like a class room bully who frightens the kids and gets away with it. He is indeed excess baggage of the Republican Party that can be done with. Can the Senate or the president fire him? The answer is obviously no, because we have a due process to do everything, and it is embarrassing that the Republicans got bullied by him, and even the conservatives threw the system of due process out the door. It is not good for the country, it brings chaos.

Shame on me and fellow Texas Republicans for voting him in, but 2018 is not too far, we will do the right thing, but do it respectfully obeying the law of the land.

The prime responsibility of Government is to protect her citizens from external and internal enemies -- the external being other nations attacking us, and we need not worry, we have got the best defense forces in the world. However, we are not defending millions of Americans with our #1 internal enemy; disease, which is crippling productivity of Americans from contributing to the greatness of America.

My fellow Republican need to understand that a healthy America makes us a productive Americans, the health care is an investment in human capital, and not a charity or subsidy. A corporation would rather have productive employees than the ones who get sick frequently and lower its productivity. It behooves for us to invest in the health care, even it were totally paid for by our taxes. Healthy Americans makes a healthy America.

The Affordable Care Act is not a political issue. It is neither Republican nor Democratic, it is an American issue, and it has two dimensions; legal and human.

It is illegal to drive on the wrong side of the road, it is illegal to go 40 MPH in a school zone during the school hours and it is illegal to rob the bank at gun point. It is illegal to bust onto Capitol Hill and stop their proceedings; it is illegal to stop the congressman from doing his duty if we don't like him or her. It is illegal to mess with the established systems.

The Affordable Care Act was passed by the Congress, the Senate and signed by the president and ratified by the Supreme Court. It is a shame that few of the Republicans to claim that no Republican voted for it, that is gross disrespect to our system. We honor all the legislations passed by the elected representatives. This is a dishonorable act on the part of the few and illegal. Shouldn't there be consequences for breaking the law? Shouldn't I be arrested if I block Ted Cruz from entering his office and doing his job just because I don't like him?

The human side of the equation is inhuman, that these nuts continue to be rewarded with a paycheck, and deny the same to 2 million federal workers. I was listening to NPR, some congresswoman said, she has got to have her paycheck because her son goes to college, what about the 2 million Americans, and don't they have kids? Why should you be bloody special?

Then my own story -- I could not afford the expensive health insurance, and was hit by a massive heart attack on July 9 this year and will be indebted for life to pay those bills. Then they say I needed a Quad-pass surgery and I was tense, and did not want to get into debt, no one would sell me the insurance. Thank God for the affordable health care, my wife found me the company to insure me with the pre-existing conditions. I am paying $380/month compared to $800 quotes I had received before. There are millions of Americans out there who can't even afford that. 

What Republicans need is an education in business besides basic biology and mathematics. We need to understand that the economy expands with volume and brings prosperity to everyone. If we make insurance affordable, the enrollment volume will pay for it, there is more money in the piggy bank to even out with the consumption. Then of course, a healthy America is good for the economy, good for business and good for the American spirit.

Video on Youtube

I urge my fellow Republicans and Americans to call on the Congress and demand to reopen the government. I have sent faxes and published the same. Please remember evil exists not because of men like Ted Cruz, but because of men and women like you and I, who do nothing. What are we afraid of doing the right thing? Please pick up the phone and make the call to your representative. You can find his or her number at here.
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day

Thursday, October 17, 2013

America's hero Obama, and its Villian Ted Cruz

The Good news as of this morning, Thursday, October 17, 2013, the US Government is back in business.  Thank God for my fellow Republicans – the ranking ones like John McCain, Mitch McConnel and a whole lot of them for taking the action. Its a victory to Obama and victory to a majority of Americans for what he represents; Americans!  I have told Republicans to speak up against the extremists among us, I am glad they finally did.
Ted Cruz is the villain of our nation, and the villain of the ordinary Americans. He persisted because good Republicans did nothing about his evil designs. Finally an unprecedented thing happened - 88 out of 100 Senators have passed the bill, still 12 of them did not approve, and that is OK, that is how democracies function, at least some opposition is needed. As long as the majority is sensible and cares about America, we can move forward.

Ted screwed the Republican Party,  “
his act cannot be approved by conservative Republicans either, who prefer stability over chaos, and are disciplined enough to follow a system. That is how democracies work.”  John McCain has rightly called them Wacko birds.

The stupidity in my party is that a majority of them are goats, sheep, and conformists. No one has the balls to stand up against a handful of bullies – now we have learned the lesson. But it’s going to cost the house in 2014. I am afraid my favorite congressman Pete Sessions will be gone, is there any moderate Republican out there to take his place? 

Huffington Post -

Action for Republicans by Republicans -

These two are good for now.

Mike Ghouse is a speaker on Pluralism and offers pluralistic solution on issues of the day.  He is a moderate Republican committed to speak up against the tyranny of the extremists among the Republicans.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Government Shut down - Ted Cruz and the Republican Villains of the Nation

Yesterday, I screamed if we have Republican who have the balls to break ranks from GOP and speak up.

Yesterday, I screamed if we have Republican who have the balls to break ranks from GOP and speak up.
Jon Stewart did a good mockery

John McCain did his part

Jimmy Kimmel show the stupidity of the people about the Obama Care They may all be Republicans, stupidity is monopolized by Republicans.
Hear Congressman Peter King finally broke away from the ranks and oddly spoke sense.
time for Republican extremists to be punished in 2014.
A few random notes I made on facebook:


As a nation, collectively we are insured. We are protected from external attacks and for that we pay our armed forces, every American pays through Sales Tax or Income Tax. After that insurance, we have mandated auto insurance... and now we have mandated health insurance- this is the for the benefit of all Americans, not just who can afford, but all who want to be healthy and productive Citizens. We "give" billions in aid to other nations, what is wrong even if it were an aid to fellow Americans? Of course, health care is not charity, healthy Americans are good for America and would contribute to the overall well being of the nation.

----------- Obama Care will be appreciated by those average Americans whose loved ones died or were not given much care due to affordability and pre-existing conditions. The primary responsibility of the government is the safety of her citizens, when it can count on productive contributing citizens... Finally, we have a president who had the vision to care about average Americans, Republicans have fought hard on every front =- but their belligerency and fighting the to the end of their life is insane. Obama care is the law.
There are millions of Americans out there, whose life is precious - my fellow Republicans would them rather die because they cannot afford or pre-existing conditions would prevent them from care... yet they call themselves pro-life, that does not square with.

Tricia I am a Republican and I don't have to be a obedient follower of the party to be a loyalist - I am a loyalist to the principles of the party and not the rogue leadership our party is infested with.
-------- Barry, thanks for the note.
COULD not agree more with you - its a public forum, when we post for the public to see. If it is a private item, we should communicate privately.

Tricia, thanks for your note. I don't think any one is questioning your intelligence for you to defend it, I am your friend, and I will defend you. But what they are questioning is the limited understanding of GOP you have to push others to be excluded who differ with you. Neither you own the party nor I. We see GOP from different lenses - I moan the deviation from the principles, you seem to believe deviation is the norm.

 Just because the GOP is top heavy with Loonies does not make GOP looney - we just have to speak up instead of becoming conformists for the sake of letting it run the the rogues in our party. We have to speak up.. I don't see the need to leave the party because of them. I will stick around and keep speaking...
Mike Ghouse
A Moderate Republican who cares about America above the stupidity of the party.

Mike Ghouse
A Moderate Republican who cares about America above the stupidity of the party.