Republican Senator says that the GOP is the "iPhone party"

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee, has turned smartphones into political symbols. During the Republicans' weekly radio speech on Saturday, Alexander said that the government should be more like Apple. The senator said that Apple's products are designed "to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life." He added that, "Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party."...
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19. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 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 unregistered

Unless you're Apple or Samsung, the money is in the operating system not the device.

20. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

HTC are from Taiwan = Nationalist Chinise. Even though their not that big anymore.

29. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

They're actually "Democratic" now.

38. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

"These old career politicians are so far out of touch with reality" FIFY.

37. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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: 3110; Member since: Jan 23, 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: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Basically, what he is saying is that the Republican Party wants to take away all of our freedom...

43. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 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: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 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?

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