Recently, Repubs in the United States Senate voted down a bill that would guarantee equal rights for disabled people, internationally and nationally. Present and accounted for on the Senate floor was former Senator Bob Dole, who was greeted politely to his face and then stabbed viciously in the back by a whole pile of “Republicans” (you know, people from his own party) who shat all over a treaty negotiated by another of their own – Gee Dubya Bush. Why did this happen?

Mr. Blunt and Cranky has an idea: Bob Dole is a disabled war veteran (he got machine-gunned nearly to death during WW II); an honorable man; a productive legislator; someone who respected those with whom he disagreed; and above all, a patriot. Everything, in short, that the modern “Republican” party no longer believes in or represents. Bob Dole is not “one of them”.

And if you’re not one of them, you’re the enemy.  That, if you like, is partisan politics today, Elephant Style (feel free to steal this phrase and do a Gangnam Style parody).

For a man like that to be treated so is not just disgusting; it shows that the modern “Republican” party is, at its core, un-American. Think about it: what is more American than showing respect for a man who nearly died fighting for our country?

And is there anything less American than telling that man that he does not deserve to be treated as a full citizen of the country he almost died for?

Mr. B & C