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Why I have so little respect for Republicans

One of the reasons I have so little respect for Republicans is because they have so little respect for Planet Earth. It all started when Ronald Reagan ripped the solar panels off the White House, and it’s only gotten worse since then.

What was one of Donald Trump’s first priorities as president? To defund the EPA, and put clean air and water-hater Scott Pruitt in charge of the agency.

Then, just yesterday, Ryan Zinke’s first act as Secretary of the Interior was to reverse President Obama’s ban on lead ammunition in national wildlife refuges. Because God knows we don’t already have enough birds suffering from lead poisoning!

From the above, I can deduce two things:

1) Republican greed exceeds their love of their children and grandchildren. Through their votes, they have proven over and over again that they don’t give a shit about the world they leave them.

2) Republicans are such piss-poor hunters that they aren’t capable of shooting a duck in a wildlife refuge with steel shot.

Knowing that Ryan Zinke was a Navy Seal (when he was Montana’s congressman, he never failed to mention, “I’m a Navy Seal,” when opening his mouth), I have to worry about how he ever qualified to be anything more than a Navy dishwasher. If something as mundane as switching from lead bullets to steel bullets made it so he couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn, there must be something truly wrong with him. But then, he is a Republican.

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