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The most restrictive country club in America, Brunswick Beacon

Why do Republican politicians oppose what most Americans want? A woman’s right to choose was constitutionally guaranteed until the Supreme Court (rigged by Republicans) ignored 50 years of precedent and overturned Roe v. Wade. Although support for choice is at 70% and rising, that hasn’t stopped Republicans from banning abortion in red states, threatening doctors, and prohibiting women like Kate Cox from traveling to other states for life-saving health care. 

Republicans block gun safety legislation that Americans overwhelmingly support: background checks on gun buyers (87%), 21-year-old minimum age to buy guns (81%), mental health checks on gun buyers (80%), red flag laws removing guns from those posing a danger to themselves or others (80%), 30-day waiting period for gun purchases (77%), banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons (61%). 

Social Security and Medicare are supported by 79% and 67% of Americans, respectively. Republicans want to cut them. 

Sixty percent of Americans support Obamacare. Republicans are again threatening to repeal it, despite the record number of Americans who signed up for Obamacare this year. Spare me Trump’s nonsense about replacing Obamacare with something better. Republicans had thirteen years to produce a plan. Zilch. Nada. Bupkes. Go ahead, ask to see their plan. You have a better chance of seeing Sasquatch. 

Republicans ignore you because they don’t represent America, as Kevin McCarthy admitted when he described the 2019 State of the Union audience: “The Democrats stand up. They look like America. We stand up. We look like the most restrictive country club in America.” 

Most Americans are angry that Republicans oppose choice, gun safety, Social Security, Medicare and Obamacare. Republicans’ response is not to give Americans what they want but to make it harder for them to vote. 

Republicans block progress and support extreme policies to excite their radical, “restrictive” base and maximize its turnout. Using gerrymandering, voter suppression, and election denial, they can achieve their real goal: minority rule. 

Michael P. Rush 



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