Republican Senator says that the GOP is the "iPhone party"
Alexander gave examples of what an "iPhone government" would include, such as school vouchers, and more state control over Medicaid. "Just imagine the Internal Revenue code, the Food and Drug Administration or the Labor Department enabling you rather than ordering you around," the senator said.
To put the exclamation point on his idea that an iPhone party would help empower U.S. citizens, he called for Americans to submit their own ideas on ways to take the government out of their lives. "We'll learn from you," said Alexander.
The smartphone in general hasn't been much of a political animal, although President Obama's feelings for his BlackBerry has come up from time to time. In 2011, President Obama attended a dinner with SiliconValley's most famous executives, including then Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The late Apple co-founder gave the president an Apple iPad 2 which he still uses to this day.
We might add that a smartphone app might have cost Mitt Romney the presidency in 2012. The app was used by Romney workers to conduct an exit poll on Election Day. Hours before the polls closed, the app showed ROmney winning the presidency with an electoral vote count of 290 to 300. As it turned out, the assumptions were all wrong.
Here's a good question. If the GOP does become known as the "iPhone party," what smartphone does that make the Democrats?
1. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1006; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Isn't a dictatorship more like an iPhone? ;)
22. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)
Apple is a cry baby, they are so scared.
Apple knows if they add 2014 specs in its devices it will cost them so much, that they won't make profits like they did in there previous iteration devices.
Apple does not love to give, but know less is more expensive,,,,. But you do get a Apple logo which costs them peanuts to make.
Great way to milk money out...
34. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Because obviously everyone has to like the same thing, and want the same thing, amiright? You act like Apple is the only one who looks out for there bottom line. IMO, experience > specs. That's why the Moto X was so good. It didn't focus on specs just because. Same goes for Windows Phone (pre GRD 3). These things proved you don't need octa-core devices for a smooth, pleasant, experience.
"Apple does not love to give, but know less is more expensive,,,,. But you do get a Apple logo which costs them peanuts to make."
I'd also like to point out, there laptops are actually very competitively priced (a Windows powered model with similar specs costs the same). The same goes for the Mac Pro. Not sure about the Mini, though. You could likely find a better spec'ed window model for less.
36. TheMan (Posts: 407; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Also, iPhones are dated in many respects, having been slow to change, while many of its users live in a state of ignorant bliss, unaware of the facts to the point where they think it's the best thing going.
2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1430; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
IMO it's like Democrats are more "iPhone" and Republicans are like Blackberry (not new ones, but the old, qwerty models).
33. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Not to mention Apples political views are far more liberal than conservative.
45. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
But the policies are 100% like Apple. Favor the rich, very close (minded) and abuse cheap labor in other countries.
46. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
Same could be said about Microsoft and Google. All these Tech Companies are "liberal" because their target audience are children are overwhelming leaning left. Truth is they don't care, they want money.
4. Jehovah (Posts: 68; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)
Do we Nokia Windows Phone fans have a party?
10. LAFN (Posts: 45; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)
Like Windows Phone it will be a new party that has a nice blend of customization, security and stability. Its time for a new party!
5. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)
So basically both Dem & Rep are "iPhone" party.
13. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Neither of them are the Android party...
7. Topcat488 (Posts: 1158; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Yeah Repugnant-can party is already like the iphone. Apple has the bulk of its "JOBS" overseas, and a lot of the Repugnantcans have their money overseas. America is the loser in all of this in my opinion. Make more iphones at here at home, and stop hiding overseas bank accounts. O.o
9. Anshulonweb (Posts: 319; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
A senate member promotes apple iPhone openly and no one bats an eye.........Obama becomes a part of selfie of Samsung phones and everyone loses their mind.....
26. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1110; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
It's called "choice." Lamar Alexander, who is a first-rate D-bag who has cost his state jobs (Re: VW), chose to endorse the iPhone. The President didn't choose to be a part of Samsung's advertising.
32. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 1006; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Politicians should stay the hell away from endorsement. If they choose so or not. Thomas Jefferson once phrased separation of state and church. I think this is more true for state and business. Since companies don't have the people's best interest in heart, just their own.
40. 14545 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
How exactly did he cost his state jobs? Please don't bring up the thug UAW that lost due to their own failings in the current automakers that they deal with regularly. I'm not a "line" employee, but if I were, I would tell the UAW to get bent too.
12. TheNeighbor (Posts: 103; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Wow, like iPhones are made in China. Imagine the parallelism to that. The making of a product at the expense cheap 3rd World labor.
14. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Democrips and Rebloodicans...both parties are the equivalent of gangs. Neither party is doing anything for America.
If only people in America would stop voting for either party as they treat them like sports teams, except neither party cares for its constituents. Unless said constituents are corporations.
Only about half of possible voters even voted in the last election. We basically live in a Corporate Oligarchy as the latest Princeton University study shows.
16. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 880; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
If you don't agree with Networkdood go jump off of a cliff.... You are already dead.
18. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 990; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Using the US politics to advertize Apple , and no reaction.??? And menial media find it even nice:-) )
(But one selfie with Obama, made the menial iMedia mad, and to made scanal of it. Even they demanded a statement)
19. Scorpion (Posts: 85; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
If American politicians want to talk Iphone, they should point out that Apple is the only big American company on the market right now. Motorola is already Chinise, Samsung and LG are Korean, SONY is from Japan. They do have Microsoft's aqusition of Nokia, but what's the WP8 marketshare again? Worldwide? Not yet America.
21. willard12 (Posts: 818; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Unless you're Apple or Samsung, the money is in the operating system not the device.
20. Scorpion (Posts: 85; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
HTC are from Taiwan = Nationalist Chinise. Even though their not that big anymore.
38. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3274; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
"Democratic" trying at times to be democratic. Meanwhile, perhaps we should just call it like it is and admit they are just another flavor of an oligarchy.
30. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
People who know little to nothing about tech should STFU. These old career politicians are so far out of touch with new technology and trends it's ridiculous.
31. 14545 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
"These old career politicians are so far out of touch with reality"
37. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3274; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
These same old career politicians are the ones who have been well paid over the years to define your reality.
It's not part of their job description to be in touch with this reality, with technology, with anything -- except the sound of their owner's voice.
39. 14545 (Posts: 1117; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
The problem is they aren't "in touch" with their "owners voices". Not even remotely. They do what they want, when they want, and how they want. Oh, you don't want to pay more taxes......Too late. Oh, you don't want your company to move because one state will exempt them from taxes for 10 years, but your current state won't....Too bad. Oh, you don't want the government to get into more wars we can't afford, or expand social programs to help every degenerate that doesn't want to work, all on your dime..... Sorry, can't help you there either. And the list goes on and on. Sure, maybe one in one hundred agree with the laws and regs forced one their throat on a daily basis, but the majority, that doesn't show up to vote because it clearly doesn't matter, does not want the government legislating every facet of their life. Myself included.
35. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 139; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
If the Repubs want to listen to us, here's a few suggestions:
1. Stay the f**k out of our lives.
2. Let us worship whatever deity we choose.
3. Let people marry whoever they choose.
4. Use tax dollars to help those who can't help themselves.
5. Let me decide how I use my guns (all 5 of them).
6. Give me an hour with Sarah Palin. I'll give her back to you more worthy.
41. fzacek (Posts: 1862; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Basically, what he is saying is that the Republican Party wants to take away all of our freedom...
43. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
Ridiculous. I'm a Republican, and this makes me cringe. When other Republicans, or anyone else for that matter, buy into this garbage it drives me nuts. Apple is not some perfect corporate model that should be applied to politics. I laughed at Rush Limbaugh for first claiming that the iPhone is a Republican symbol... now it is really getting on my nerves. Based on the behavior of my numerous and proud iPhone-toting neighbors, the iPhone is much better as a symbol of elitist snobbery; not that I hate elitists or snobs, but they can get annoying at times.
44. medicci37 (Posts: 648; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Really not looking forward 2 the FDA having less regulation. Already so much harmful sht they put in food without labeling. Both parties should be tried for treason for working so hard against this countries best interests constantly!
47. roscuthiii (Posts: 1832; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Well that's a laugh... He's right, and he doesn't even know why. (Or at least he's right for all the wrong reasons.)
48. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Who wants to compare themselves to Apple? Are they profitable? Yes. But their platform is locked down and Apple dictates how the user can use the device. Everything costs money with Apple. Many apps cost money which are free with Android. Apple doesn't change or innovate much. It's more or less the same product with a new face.
Ohhh ok. I see now how the government is like Apple, yeah it is......controlling and costly.
49. chebner (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
You sir, Mr. Alexander, are an IDIOT!!!!!!!!!
I thought Republicans were supposed to be about less government restriction, greater individual freedom, letting people think and choose for themselves, and free markets.
If anything Apple is the antithesis of all of these!
50. domfonusr (Posts: 372; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
I think I've figured this out:
When a Republican sees the government do something monolithic in nature, they tend to be upset because it is a threat to individual liberty.
When a Democrat sees a corporation do something monolithic in nature, they tend to be upset because it is a threat to society.
And yet, how many times do Republicans ignore monolithic-style corporate actions because they like to get stuff, and how many times do Democrats ignore monolithic-style government spending programs because they like to get stuff?
We are sacrificing important things in order to get more stuff. Why do we do this to ourselves? Truly, the answer is in the middle because both sides are right in a way. If we could just be less obsessed with stuff, and not so worried about keeping up with the neighbors, maybe we could get by a lot better in life.
Apple wants us to be obsessed with their stuff. Apple wants to convince us that in order to be in the "in crowd", we must get an iPhone, an iPad, and a MacBook. Sadly, their campaign has been working well in the US. We demand that our government spend more of our money so that we can make sure that everybody has some stuff, and we demand that corporations make affordable stuff by deregulating them so that they don't have to worry about breaking the law - so that we can buy more stuff. Corporatism is not the same as Capitalism, and does not promote a truly free market. Why do we do this to ourselves?