The real national zoo

By Mychal Massie

The Cleveland Metropark Zoo has two, as does the Los Angeles Zoo. Wild animal parks tend to have more, as does the San Diego Wild Animal Park, which is home to over 35. And while America’s only national zoo has none at present, the Republican side of the government in the city in which it rests has plenty.

The difference is the rhinoceroses found in our nation’s zoos walk on four legs, mostly mind their own business, are not easily influenced (and then usually only by food) and don’t harm the innocent.

The RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) of the Republican Party are not only more elapine in stature, they don’t mind their own business, they have their hands out to liberal special-interest groups and they believe in not only harming, but cruelly and violently destroying the innocent.

Granted, the Republican Party is a large one with a huge tent as has been said. But one would like to believe a political affiliation is based upon common goals and common agendas. It is the method of accomplishing these goals and agendas that allows for debate.

I would question exactly what goals Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., shares in common with those in his party, when the overwhelming majority of times he votes nearly lockstep to American Civil Liberties Union and extreme liberal positions. Has anyone heard him out front condemning the subverting of the senate’s advise-and-consent role pursuant to the president’s judicial nominees? Or has he been in league with the liberals to thwart the will of his party?

From abortion to tax reform to gun control to military cutbacks, foreign policy, environment, energy and oil – straight down the list – Chafee’s voting record as a Republican must make “his uncle Teddy,” D-Mass., proud. Liberals know they always have a vote in Chafee.

The Maine sisters Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, are yet two more Democrats with Republican addresses. I am told they are two of the three primary reasons for the obstructionism in the senate surrounding the judicial nominees. They are for abortion on demand and both vote one-third of the time with extreme positions, so sayeth the ACLU. Yet they call themselves Republicans. These two women senators are so in bed with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups that even though they are women, they opposed Senate Bill 1019, “The Unborn Victims of Violence Act.”

Snowe voted against the president’s tax cuts as proposed, voting instead to allow only half of what was requested. Collins’ best friend and voting buddy is Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who has been implicated in “Memogate.”

Then there is Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the Republican senator who Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and the president campaigned tirelessly for over the truly conservative candidate Pat Toomey, R-Pa. Specter, it has been suggested, voted in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment only because he knew it would not pass.

  • He was singularly most responsible for the defeat of judicial nominee Robert Bork.

  • He is responsible for constructionist jurists not being confirmed.

  • He will now chair the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee

  • He voted to restrict the First Amendment rights of Americans while not supporting the banning of more types of congressional gifts.

In the Republican House, there is also Michael Castle, R-Del., and Amo Houghton, R-N.Y. Houghton supported the ban on partial-birth abortion, but according to his voting record, he supports the abortion doctors and all other variations of abortion. He voted against vouchers allowing parents with children in disadvantaged schools to send their children to private and parochial schools.

Sherry Boehlerrt, R-N.Y., also has a solid record of support for all forms of abortion and race-preference admissions to college. She is not only anti-voucher for private and parochial schools, she voted against vouchers for families with children in the failing D.C. school system. She has opposed the president on energy and crime legislation.

But by far the most egregious example of a liberal Democrat with a Republican mailbox is the former Republican senator from Maryland, Constance Morella, who was defeated in the 2002 off-year elections.

It was Morella who proudly announced she would “feel obligated” to cast her Republican vote for the then-Democrat presidential candidate Al Gore, if the disputed 2000 election results wound up in the House of Representatives.

Her reward for such wanton betrayal was appointment as the United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Corporation and Development by the Republican president she, as an elected Republican congresswoman, proudly promised to vote against.

Is there any wonder liberals control the proceedings in a government with Republican majorities in the Senate and House, and a Republican president?