Grover Norquist Says Conservatives Should Vote For A Candidate They Can Use As A Puppet

When Americans elect a President, they expect their new leader to have the ability to be independent, think for him or herself, and stand up for what the American people want. Conservatives believe the opposite. They want a leader who doesn’t think at all and agrees to do whatever they want him to do, including rubber stamping any and all legislation created by conservatives in Congress. At least that’s what Grover Norquist admitted at CPAC two weeks ago.

During his speech at CPAC, Norquist said that conservatives need a President who will let Congressional Republicans run the show and that all the President needs to do is sign each and every bill without a thought.

“All we have to do is replace Obama,” Norquist stated. “We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.

Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become President of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”

In other words, conservatives like Grover Norquist want a mindless drone that they can control to sit in the Oval Office. They want a puppet who will just sign anything they put in front of him. Let’s just list some of what would be passed if conservatives get their wish.

1. The Ryan Budget, which effectively ends Medicare.

2. The privatization of Social Security, which would be owned by Wall Street.

3. A federal ban on abortion.

4. A federal ban on almost  all contraception methods used by women.

5. Repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

6. Privatization of American prisons.

7. Disenfranchising voting laws.

8. Declaration of War against Iran.

9. Repeal of all environmental regulations.

10. Repeal of all financial regulations that protect us from greedy Wall Street bankers.

11. Repeal of child labor laws.

12. Federal ban on labor unions.

13. Repeal of labor regulations, which means no more weekends off, no more vacation time, no more minimum wage laws, no more anti-discrimination laws, no more benefits and pensions, and no more 40 hour work weeks.

14. A Declaration making Christianity the national religion.

15. Repeal of the Civil Rights Act.

16. Federal ban on same-sex marriage.

17. Corporations and the wealthy taxed at zero percent.

18. Declaration of War against every Islamic nation on Earth and against North Korea.

19. Women banned from serving in the military, and perhaps even from working.

20. Energy policy based solely on drilling for oil.

The above represents a mere fraction of the kinds of the kinds of things Republicans could do if they have a puppet president in the White House. It amounts to a dictatorship where the people have absolutely no say whatsoever about the GOP agenda. Conservatives aren’t interested in a president who can make decisions. They’re only interested in a president who answers to them and no one else. This president would not be able to make independent decisions. He would have to wait for his puppet masters to tell him what to do. That’s not a true president. Republicans have consistently claimed that President Obama is a weak President who cannot lead. But if a Republican were to capture the presidency, he wouldn’t be allowed to lead. A Republican president would end up being the weakest president in American history. Not even Ronald Reagan rubber stamped conservative initiatives. Hell, even George W. Bush wasn’t a full time puppet. But any Republican candidate who manages to win the election this fall, would be a full time stooge. It would make us a complete laughingstock around the world. We cannot elect a president who will take orders from conservatives who may or may not be elected. It undermines our democracy, our system of checks and balances, and makes Republicans an even more incredibly dangerous group to America.

In the words of David Frum, “A candidate who appeases the most disliked people in national politics? That guy will command neither public affection nor respect.” Basically, the new Republican president would be as respected by the nation as President Obama currently is by conservatives. The president is the leader of the whole nation. Not just of conservatives.


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