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Demise of the Republican Party

Since the presidency of Ronald Reagan, we have been witnessing two factions of the Republican party that have been fighting it out for supremacy.  There was the extreme right wing that seemed more interested in “values” (their particular values) and the more moderate that was most interested in protecting the wealthy and large corporations.  The problem is that as these two factions fight it out, the United States suffers.  Further, it appears to me that which ever side wins, the party will be weaker for it.

RIck

The right wing certainly provides local color.  Santorum, Palin, and Bachman are funny but also very frightening — they would do well on Comedy Central, but leading our country would be a nightmare.  Most frightening, of course, is that there are a lot of people in this country who would conceivably vote for them.  The lack of knowledge of our world that Santorum and company have  is breathtaking.  There are many countries in the world that do not wish us well, and if given the chance would show us no mercy.  Yet the extreme right barely knows —or doesn’t know and doesn’t care — who or where those countries are, and whether or not they have nuclear weapons.  One of them thought that Europe was a country.  It is sad for our country that so many citizens are willing to vote for people who are so manifestly unqualified to be president.

Mitt

Needs no intro

According to David Brooks of the New York Times, the Republican party of old was “the party of national security, pro-business policies, and keeping the government lean and mean.”  Now what are they?  They are the party of the angry and insane — Bachmann, Trump, Cain, Perry, Gingrich, Santorum.  They are also the party of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.  Good grief, to where has the party of Abe Lincoln descended?  The Republican leadership is a bunch of nut cases plus one man who has flip-flopped so often that even he probably has no idea where he stands on anything.

Newt

Ron

Do the Republicans become the “party of God” (Hezbollah, in Arabic) or do they try once more to become the party of big business and low taxes?  Both sides are fairly strong.  The “party of God” side has the people who will get out and vote.  The “big business” side clearly has the wealth.  An election of a Republican president will not make the problems go away.  The split will not heal if Romney wins the Presidency.  My guess is that if he wins, he will get almost the same degree of ignorant stonewalling that President Obama is now getting.

He, like President Obama will be dealing with people who, quoting David Brooks, again, “Have zero tolerance for compromises needed to get legislation passed.”  For them, politics is more about “making a statement rather than enacting legislation.”  Sadly, there are a lot of Americans who think that is OK.

As we watch the meltdown of the Republican Party, we are in for some exciting, but not at all pleasant, times.

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3 comments on “Demise of the Republican Party

  1. I would not too sure about the demise of the GOP. One can never underestimate the stupidity of voters. If the price of gas hits $5 a gallon and the economy goes on a tailspin, Obama may be history.

  2. “Do the Republicans become the “party of God” (Hezbollah, in Arabic) or do they try once more to become the party of big business and low taxes?”

    I think that question should be asked to people like Santorum… just to watch their heads explode. However, it is quite likely that following Obama’s re-election (please God!) the GOP electorate might just pick itself up and put the sane people in charge again. However, given the rise of the Tea Party, I have a horrible feeling we’re going to see an even bigger lurch to the right. The really scary thing is that – as you said – people like Bachmann, Santorum and even the idiot from Texas, Perry, have support from the populous. Until they come to their senses, change is unlikely.

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