Hardball with Chris Matthews, MSNBC, 8-22-2012 Bill Nye, "The Science Guy"
God help us!
The Party is taking a long time to self-destruct.
Around 1960 the Party's rightwingers started chasing the moderates out. Goldwater, 1964 candidate, helped. To restore the Party's members, they recruited the offspring of slave owners who were registered as Dems because the Lincoln Repubs had freed the slaves. Those Southerners brought racism into the Repub Party.
In the 1970s, a few Repubs noticed that evangelical xians were conservatives and Reagan (brilliantly and stupidly) invited them to join the Party. Reagan's act was brilliant in that these new Party members proved to be unthinking and obedient to their leaders (Falwell, and others). Reagan's act was a blunder because there were so many xians that they took over the Party. They brought with them their refusal to compromise.
Naive, agnostic me. I'd long been an independent, sometimes a Dem and sometimes a Repub because I registered with whichever party won most often in November. In 1974 I happened to be a Repub and ran as a moderate for the Arizona legislature. My co-workers teased me with "A moderate Republican in Phoenix is a lonely man." They were right. When Reagan invited the xians to join the party, I resolved to never again vote Repub.
In my not very humble opinion, today's Repubs will follow the Federalists who in the late 1700s were strong enough to elect two presidents. In 1800 they lost to Jefferson and by 1815 were a dead party.
Postscript. The noise the Repubs are making since Obama's win in 2008 might be the last hurrah of America's straight, white, bigoted males. They are truly frightened.
@Tom Sarbeck: Your comments are completely accurate and reflect my own experience as well. I once had sympathy for many ideas that were part of the Republican Party platform. That time has long since passed. Once they became the party of theocracy in the 1980's, I resolved never to vote for them again.
Between alienating those who aren't keen on their brand of fundamental Christianity, their birtherism, as well as alienating most women, almost all blacks and Hispanics, and atheists, they are clearly on the way out unless they stick to the economic issues. Even then, they need to find economic issues to promote that don't widen the gap between the rich and poor and further disadvantage ethnic minorities.
One of the most frightening aspects of the Tea Party de facto takeover of the Republican Party is their strong tendency to believe that the U.S. should be a theocracy. Many, like Michele Bachmann, have even said so explicitly - that America should follow the Bible first, and the Constitution second.
Most of the civilized, educated world is rapidly moving in the opposite direction. Case in point: Ireland, which has long been identified with devout Catholicism, has declined in religious belief 22% in only the last 6 years. Only 47% of Irish now say they are religious.
Meanwhile, increasing numbers of Americans, led by Rush Limbaugh's "dittoheads" and other right wing know-nothings and bigots, are trying to destroy science and replace it with medieval gobbledegook.
Others posting on this site see it differently - that the Republicans are shooting themselves in the electoral foot and endangering their political future by pandering to this lunatic fringe constituency and abandoning the political center of the country, as well as the burgeoning population of non-white immigrants and their children. That would be true, except for one thing: the extremist Republicans are now trying, though voter suppression, anti-immigration laws, redistricting, local laws, school privatization, and unfettered capitalism to take over the control of the government through means other than democracy. If we wake up some day and find, as did the Germans in 1933, that we are ruled by a fascist dictatorship, which is what MANY Republicans, like Grover Norquist want, it will not matter what the voting demographics are. The religious fanatics and corporate kleptocrats will be in charge, not the voters. I'm 77 and have little reason to worry about how it will affect me, but it still makes me sad to see my country descend further and further into ignorance and superstition.
Dale, capitalism has been unfettered, and even subsidized, for most of America's history. For info about the first time Congress bailed out the well-connected, google Yazoo Land Claims. Note the bribes paid to the Georgia state legislature. Also, from soon after the Civil War until the 1930s Depression, the US Supreme Court was even more helpful to capital than it is now. The Army helped. The Colorado militia shot and killed striking miners and their families.
Methinks the other items on your list are evidence of the Repubs' desperation. While it's true that we can vote away most of our rights, I trust that we won't.
Methinks too that activism is the best remedy for despair. If I go down, I will be an eighty-year-old who went down fighting.
I understand this is the second time in recent years that a hurricane delayed the Repub convention. I don't recall that Robertson warned of revenge from the sky the first time.
Pat will likely say that this is just God throwing some of his divine muscle behind the godly Republicans.
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