"If you prick us, do we not bleed?" - Shakespeare
Shakespeare was not directly addressing the tensions between rich and poor, although money was involved. He was talking about racial stereotypes and the fact that we are all more alike than we are different.
I never thought I would say that I was sorry for Republicans but I am. I am talking of my few Republican friends who I know to be intelligent, compassionate, rational people. These are the Republicans I feel sorry for because their party and their beliefs have been stolen and perverted by a new breed. They have been stolen by men and women who show none of the three traits I just mentioned - and are proud of it.
What is happening in Wisconsin is almost beyond belief. That the Republicans would, with so much economic and financial turmoil still to be dealt with, make abortion - a perfectly legal procedure anywhere in the United States - a key issue is also beyond belief.
I have come to the inescapable conclusion that these new Republicans can be summed up in simple words, that could never be applied to my friends: They don't care.
This country has truly lost its way when we have people in power who only care about power, people with wealth who only care about getting wealthier. It has always been the case that the country is run BY the top 1% of people, but it cannot be run FOR the top 1%.
Benevolence was always a part of the world of business. People ran companies to provide jobs and to build prosperity not only for themselves but for everyone. A rising tide lifts all boats, right?
Now people run companies to make the quick killing, to bolster their own almost obscene wealth and will do pretty much anything they have to to further that cause.
Republicans want to kill collective bargaining because it stands in the way of this goal. They are now clearly 100% in the pay of big business. No longer the party that freed the slaves but the party that wants to see workers in America return to a powerless form of mindless labor.
They want to outlaw abortion on purely religious grounds, forgetting completely that the separation of Church and State, while not specifically mentioned in the Republican's much-loved Constitution, was certainly established by the 1st Amendment which led Thomas Jefferson to state that it erected "a wall of separation". When caring politicians try to extend healthcare to all Americans - the absence of which should be a source of shame for such a wealthy country - the Republicans shout for government to stay out of people's lives, but when a woman decides not to give birth to a child conceived through rape, incest, or, unhappily, just by accident, they want government right in there telling her what she can or cannot decide. It makes absolutely no sense.
Seeing what this new wave of Republicans has done and is trying to do I hope the caring, thinking people of this country will realize that the labels of the past are just not relevant any more. They are not helping.
So the next time you vote, forget Republican or Democrat labels: vote for people who CARE for all Americans not just themselves or a small power-elite. It's as simple as that. As I said I know some truly caring Republicans. But to show they care they may just have to vote with their feelings not their old party allegiance.