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Providence “Superman Building” Closes—GOP as New Superman

Monday, April 15, 2013

 

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The largest building in Rhode Island -- 111 Westminster in Providence or “The Bank of America Building” -- is losing its final tenant. Nicolas Retsinas, lecturer from the Harvard Business School, calls the resulting massive blight "the ultimate urban pothole”. Yahoo.com reported that the building’s shattered shut-down is another huge sign of Rhode Island’s decline. The state faces 9.4% unemployment, and the numbers just get worse. From poor schools to rising food stamps recipients, to a hostile business climate, to a mass exodus of residents, there is no escaping the obvious: Rhode Island needs a savior.

The huge building in Downtown Providence is often referred to as the “Superman Building,” because it resembles The Daily Planet Newspaper headquarters from the “Superman” television program, where Superman walked among mere mortals as Clark Kent, reporter for The Daily Planet. When trouble lurked, when chaos broke out, Clark Kent would turn into Superman and save the day.

If any state needs Superman, it would be Rhode Island.

Incidentally enough, there is a party that can summon its inner super powers, that can help turn the state of Rhode Island from worst to first.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Republican Party!

“The Republican Party can meet in a phone booth!” many jeer.

Where does Clark Kent go before transforming into Superman?

“The Republican Party can fit in a clown car.”

Kal-El, the original name of Clark Kent/Superman, crash-landed on earth in a space-ship, not much bigger than a clown car. When he first stepped out, as a little child, he did not impress anyone, not even the farmer and his wife who found him by the side of the road. Yet when they need to lift something heavy, little Kal-El just hoisted up the obstacle without any strain. Just by looking at him, people could easily figure Kal-El/Superman to be slight, yet when he moves, he moves big, and gets things done.

“The Republican Party is a caucus of losers. No one should take them seriously.”

Superman walked the streets of Metropolis by day as reporter Clark Kent. He went about telling people the truth of what was going on in and around the city. Nobody took him serious, at least on the surface. He looked just like anyone else, more nebbish than novelty, more homespun than hero, more loser than winner.

Yet in fact he was the real deal. Unlike most comic-book superheroes, “Superman’s” true and initial identity was “Superman”. Just as the mighty stranger and truth-teller could never be defined by his circumstances or the opinions of others, so too the leaders, promoters, and activists of the Rhode Island Republican Party should not be underestimated, nor will they shrink from the forces of evil in their state just because their numbers for the time being are small.

“Someone needs to turn back the clock for the Ocean State to revive.”

The Republican Party represents the time-tested values of free markets, free enterprise, and free people. Superman turned the entire earth around, causing every event to go backwards, and revive his love Lois Lane. Just recently, Democrats want to make “calamari” the state appetizer, even though their fiscal policies are turning the state into mincemeat. With twenty-six seats for starters, the Rhode Island Republican Party can stall the General Assembly’s mad spending spree, and demand that the Democratic hypermajority pay attention to the needs of all Rhode Islanders.

“Rhode Island needs a party that stands for truth, justice, and the American way.”

Like Clark Kent/Superman, the Rhode Island Republican Party has been telling the residents of the state the truth about the fiscal chaos in Providence for years. Yet like Lex Luthor or the myriads of alien miscreants who bedeviled the inhabitants of Metropolis, the Democratic Party has kept the voters in the dark, must like the Superman Building on 111 Westminster. Instead of shining the light on the budget obligations and the sickening, disgraceful effects of welfare and cronyism, they have plied their own version of “kryptonice”, assuming that a narrative of “Dead, Dead GOP” will keep the opposition from rising up and taking back the state for the voters, the students, and everyone else looking for more than a handout.

“Superman’s greatest weakness is kryptonite.”

“Kryptonite” suggests death, with the base word “crypt” so conveniently exposed in the word. How many times have reporters, pundits, and intellectuals written off the Rhode Island Republican Party as “dead.” Yet just like Clark Kent jumping out of his phone booth at the last minute to save the day, so too the leaders of the Rhode Island Republican Party are taking their principles of free markets, free enterprise, and free people to Rhode Island voters.

The Rhode Island Republican Party has suffered some serious setbacks, just as Kal-El/Superman had to flee his home planet and seek refuge in a foreign world. Now that the Democratic hypermajority policies have turned “the Superman Building” into an empty tower, the Rhode Island GOP can take up the Superman mantle, break forth their power of ideas and outreach, and help save Rhode Island.

Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance.

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Comments:

I think we are going to need the "Super Heroes" here!

I drive around Providence and cant believe the condition of just the roads! How can this be?? No money?? why is their no money? Why are roads not kept up and paved when needed?? no money? why is their no money???

Comment #1 by anthony sionni on 2013 04 15

Good article.

Change is coming. But, no superhero is going to fly in and make all right. It's happening in places like Coventry and the Chariho school district where ordinary people in their own communities are speaking out, getting out, and voting out status-quo spending, policies, waste and corruption.

The Machine can try, but if it pushes people too far, eventually the people wake up and fight. There's your superhero.

Comment #2 by Art West on 2013 04 15

The state is fiscally insolvent - owes more than the taxpayers can pay. The borrowing continues and the debt builds up, now approaching $13 Billion dollars.

The one party state has driven most of the small business out of this state. The Democratic machine is funded from the public unions who have bankrupt this state.

Now we have fire districts popping up and they act like little mini-municipalities, able to tax people at will. I had a Mass. resident with me and he never heard such a thing. Why do these exist and where are the municipalities?

There needs to be a massive reduction in the involvement of government into our private lives. We are over taxed, very un-business friendly and people are fed up and leaving. The ones remaining are beginning to wake up and realize what is going on around them, and they are not happy. People need to take back their government from the public unions and put them in their place.

Comment #3 by Gov- stench on 2013 04 15

Anybody that follows Superman would know that the character would align more with the Democrats than the Republicans. He's always been the champion of the downtrodden, and would help the poor and the needy.

Comment #4 by Rob Felber on 2013 04 15

That the RI GOP needs to get someone from California to advocate it should be proof enough that it's in serious straits. That the author chose a convoluted Superman metaphor for the Republican Party probably signals some sort of outreach plan to the youth... of the 1950s.

Comment #5 by W. Walwyn on 2013 04 15

"Anybody that follows Superman would know that the character would align more with the Democrats than the Republicans. He's always been the champion of the downtrodden, and would help the poor and the needy."

On the contrary, the Democratic hypermajority creates "poor and needy" people (17% pon foodstamps, businesses fleeing, no jobs) while Republican principles of free markets, free enterprise help foster free people.

The Dems are Lex Luthor, and they cannot have Australia!

Comment #6 by Arthur Schaper on 2013 04 15

"Change is coming. "[O]rdinary people in their own communities are speaking out, getting out, and voting out status-quo spending, policies, waste and corruption.

"The Machine can try, but if it pushes people too far, eventually the people wake up and fight. There's your superhero."

That's the spirit, Art! Love it! Keep it up. Contact Brian Newberry of the RI GOP caucus in the House and ask him what you can do to help save your state!

Comment #7 by Arthur Schaper on 2013 04 15

"That the RI GOP needs to get someone from California to advocate it should be proof enough that it's in serious straits."

Mr. Walwyn:

I am reaching to all states, including states whered Democratic policies have created "poor and needy" instead of rescuing them, where Dems have been in hypermajority status for too long.

I want a fifty-state GOP strategy, and Rhode Island was the best place to start, since the GOP delegation is uncharacteristically small. So was Superman, at least for a while.

And the rest is history. . .

Comment #8 by Arthur Schaper on 2013 04 15

"while Republican principles of free markets, free enterprise help foster free people". Yeah, that worked really well under Bush. You can spout these platitudes all you want to (and I'm not saying the Dems are awesome because they're not), but we've all seen what free enterprise and free markets did over the last decade. The only "free" i saw were people on Wall Street freely spending our money and gambling on crap. The Republicans can spout their gibberish all they want, but we've seen them in action. They sure as hell don't practice what you preach here sir. Salaries for the CEOs going up by 200% while the rest of us have to get by on a 1 or 2 % increase. You can't deny that. Record profits, record cash on hand, and what do these companies do? Do they reward their employees or do they stash it in their own pockets, give themselves obscene bonuses and piss on everyone else? Please... free enterprise and the free market disappeared decades ago. It's "I got mine and I'll do everything in my power to stop you from getting yours". Sell your snake oil elsewhere.

Comment #9 by Rob Felber on 2013 04 15

Rob:

I understand your frustration. I was not a Bush fan, but Kerry would have been worse in 2004, and Obama is worse in 2013.

Please do not associate every GOP state party with what the Beltway GOP elites did.

You shared that the Dems are not awesome. Look at what's happening to Rhode Island! Imagine if more RI (Not the National) GOP were in office.

Brian Newberry is no squish. Check out his interview on Straight from the Gavel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7RA8yumCnk

He's more Republican than Romney, and he cares about the state.

"Salaries for the CEOs going up by 200% while the rest of us have to get by on a 1 or 2 % increase. You can't deny that."

I do not deny this. Who is in power right now in Washington? Dems! Worse, who's in power in Providence? Dems!

Who moved to cut the spending for the first time in decades? Republicans!

"Please... free enterprise and the free market disappeared decades ago."

We have a mixed system now, I could not agree with you more. Do not throw your state away on the Dem hypermajority's "snake oil", either.

Contact Mark Smiley -- tell him your frustrations.

At least you can get the dialogue rolling. People need to hear what you are writing.

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Thanks again.

Comment #10 by Arthur Schaper on 2013 04 15

"but Kerry would have been worse in 2004, and Obama is worse in 2013." That comment is disingenuous and based on supposition and nothing more. You can't prove that would be true and I can't prove it would be false. Making predictions of that nature does no good at all. I can easily say that we're blessed that Romney lost and McCain lost. Things would have been worse if they had been elected. I can't prove that either, so let's leave those hyperbolic statements off the table. Brian Newberry is my rep in N.S. and I agree he's a bright guy and does a good job. We could use more reps like that. But take a look at what Republican legislatures are doing across the country. Busting unions, passing repressive voter ID laws, passing restrictive abortion laws, outlawing gay unions and relationships... where's the outrage from sane republicans? When will they stand up and say this is crazy? Why should we believe they won't do the same thing here? Don't put all the blame on the Dems and don't put all the blame on the voters. Take responsibility for the lunatics in your party and start standing up to them and calling them out. Maybe if you would stand up to the ones on the Federal level, we might believe that our local reps might not have a screw loose too.

Comment #11 by Rob Felber on 2013 04 16

Kerry was for the war, then against it. He played gun-rights, when he really wasn't.

Glad you like Newberry -- tell him that.

"But take a look at what Republican legislatures are doing across the country."

Yes, look and see the prosperity that they have. People are leaving the blue states and migrating to the red ones.

"Busting unions"

Public sector union greed has surpassed its own threshold, and the taxpayers have said enough -- the unions are busting themselves

"passing repressive voter ID laws"

I need to prove ID to drive a car, yet not when I vote?

"passing restrictive abortion laws"

Life begins at conception, but it should be "safe, legal and rare" -- per Bill Clinton

"outlawing gay unions and relationships"

Men can sleep with men and vice versa, with or without the government's approval. Marriage is a private matter, always has been, always will be. Govt needs to do its jobs, which has nothing to do with "I do" at the altar.

You forgot to mention lower taxes, less spending, looser regulations, school vouchers, and better quality of life.

Rhode Island should be red, don't you think? Roger Williams would want it that way!

Comment #12 by Arthur Schaper on 2013 04 16

"Where's the outrage from sane republicans?"

GOP has advanced sane policies -- look at all the Rhode Islanders fleeing to Tennessee, South Carolina, and all the rest of the red, red, red states.

Focus on what the insane Democrats are doing!

9.4% unemployment -- official count, not including the many more who have given up looking for work.

17% on food stamps. -- Are you kidding me?

Public sector unions are strangling Providence. That's nuts! They are supposed to be serving the public, not the othre way around, don't you think?

Did you just read what I wrote about 111 Westminster?

You guys pay more in one month of property tax than residents in red states pay in the entire year! That is crazy!

Master lever is a master fraud -- and the Dems don't care.

GA celebrates calimari, but what about good governance?

If you think GOP is crazy, then they are good crazy.

Proud wacko birds, every blessed one of them!

Comment #13 by Arthur Schaper on 2013 04 16

Kerry voted for it before he voted against it? Let me explain what happened here Arthur because it appears that the umbrage you feel about this issue was not sufficient for you to research it. Kerry voted for the Senate version of the bill. The House version of the bill had differences. The committee that takes the two bills and crafts one bill that tries to merge them together left part of the House bill intact that would allow for no-bid contracts (probably to Cheney's old company that I believe he still had a financial interest in). Kerry voted against that merged version of the bill because of that. I would think that your comments about free market and free enterprise would cause you to cheer for Kerry's vote. Why shouldn't we put these things out to bid to get the best deal? You're free to research this yourself if you think I'm making this up. I can address some of your other points, but this site keeps kicking me out before I finish my comments.

Comment #14 by Rob Felber on 2013 04 16

The master lever is a joke and needs to be abolished. If you don't know who you're voting for or their record, and where they stand on the issues, you shouldn't be voting. As for voter I.D., I don't have a problem with it per se, but if you look at the way it's being done in some places and the comments that are on the record, you can't sit there and honestly say that there was no agenda and no attempt to suppress the Democratic vote by some people. Not all, but some. Has there been any evidence of massive fraud? Is there such massive fraud going on that these bills and changes need to be made immediately? Why don't they push these laws after an election? Why does it seem that it's always a few months before an election? Seems to me that the best time to pass one of these bills is a month or two after an election to give people time to understand the bill, its ramifications, and allows people to get the proper I.D.

Comment #15 by Rob Felber on 2013 04 16

Rob Felber,

You said, "...you can't sit there and honestly say that there was no agenda and no attempt to suppress the Democratic vote by some people."

So you mean that there IS voter fraud on the Democratic side? Requiring an ID will hinder voter fraud?

Comment #16 by Art West on 2013 04 16

Art West... No, that's not what I meant. I meant that there was an effort by SOME Republicans to use a manufactured problem such as voter fraud to pass laws that would disproportionately affect demographics that are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates. In essense, the people claiming to want clean and fair elections, were doing the exact opposite by preventing legal voters from casting a vote. Hopefully that clears it up for you.

Comment #17 by Rob Felber on 2013 04 16




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