The nation is maturing, diversifying, and evolving. The republican party is not.
Here is the conservative magazine "National Review" discussing the
Republican's central problem:"What they did not do is make
the Republicans the party of middle-class economic interests. Most Americans
associated the party with big business and the country club, and did not agree
with its impulses on the minimum wage, entitlement programs, and other forms of
government activism designed to protect ordinary people from cold markets.
Americans came to be skeptical of government activism mainly when they thought
it was undermining middle-class values (as they thought welfare undermined the
work ethic). And even when voters thought Republicans were better managers of
the economy in general, they thought the GOP looked out for the rich rather than
the common man."
Whatever. But it sure is entertaining watching them turn themselves inside out.
Quite the conundrum. Quite the power struggle. Will they keep the
small tent and lose or hold their nose and open the flaps?Will the
far right maintain control or will the moderate right come out on top.The
infighting will be entertaining to say the least. Gonna get my
popcorn, sit back and watch.
There will be the Democrat party, an independent party and and a
Limbaugh-hannity fox news crazy right extreme conservative southern party.
per one vote 11:09 a.m. Nov. 18, 2012Interesting you should
speculate the GOP splinters. Does the Limbaugh faction include evangelicals?Seriously, The US would benefit from 5 parties...1) GOP
moderate republicans 2) Democrats center-left3) Green
(progressives, socialist leaning environmentalists (Gore, Kucinich))4)
Libertarians (Ron Paul, Gary Johnson)5) Tea Party (Anti-government social
conservatives & evangelical right)
Mr. Webb says, "The Republican Party's biggest problem is that it
forces candidates to run so far to the right to secure the nomination that
moving to the center and winning a majority of general election votes is
difficult. That's a tough problem to solve."How is that a
bigger problem for Republicans than for Democrats? Could Obama have won his
first Presidential nomination as a pro life, sanctity of marriage, anti union
at wigglwagonAgreed. Clinton & Barry pandered to the
far left while campaigning. Yet, easier for both to be moderate & pragmatic
while governing. Could it be the political rights problem (from top
to bottom) is... rigidity, inflexibility, & absolutism?
"Could it be the political rights problem (from top to bottom) is...
rigidity, inflexibility, & absolutism?"Of course it is..
No flexibility for gays. No flexibility for immigrants. No
flexibility for tax increases. No flexibility for abortion and the list goes on
and on.Adherence to the above must be 100% pure or they are labeled
a RINO and run out of the party.I probably would have voted for Jon
Huntsman. I could and probably would vote for the Olympia Snow or Blanch
Lincoln types. Heck, even Jeb Bush feels pressure.Yes,
"rigidity, inflexibility, & absolutism?" is EXACTLY the issue.
Best line was "Success will require a mainstream conservative Legislature
focused on practical problem-solving and consensus-building, rather than
far-right ideological adventures."The Republicans trying
governing by being the Anti-Party. No to just about everything. The
"conservative" side is NOT devoid of good ideas, lets see them. Do
something. The leading legislation pushed forward in the house was
against things. You have to have more than that to you to win on the national
Like a know-it-all college freshman, the Republican Party is stuck in a Randian
mindset where the world is a cartoon caricature almost totally out of sync with
reality. Romney's comments about the 47% (and his latest "gifts"
comments) and the fact that Paul Ryan passes out Atlas Shrugged like Halloween
candy are case in point. It's time the dittoheads grow up.
"Nothing is wrong with the basic mainstream conservative message of
reasonable taxes, limited government, free enterprise and individual
responsibility. We just need to do it better."This message was
never remotely presented to the American people. Our country is running a huge
debt and the mantra of "no new taxes" is extended of the temporary Bush
tax cuts? That is reasonable?And quite bluntly, the Republican
presidential nominees looked like a pair of reactionary clowns. Romney looked
like he was acting the part, not living it. He came across as disingenuous.
I repeat -- Republican = Archie Bunker.Enough said.
Mitt Romney didn't lose this election - America rejected capitalism and
adopted socialism. The Democrat party - the Santa Clause party - will forever
simply buy votes and there is no competing with that unless you have a people of
integrity who are the voters. America no longer has a majority of people with
integrity and therein lies the sad truth. Over 50% of this country will vote for
whom ever "gives them" the most. America used to be a place where the
people simply asked for an opportunity to make it and capitalism provided that
opportunity. Today people don't ask for an opportunity - they want a
guarantee and not capitalism or any other ideology can guarantee success but
that doesn't stop dishonest politicians from promising the moon to buy
votes. Redistributing wealth isn't a solution - it is a death sentence for
any economy and it simply isn't practical or possible nor is it FAIR to the
producers. Wealth redistribution destroyed Greece as it will destroy America but
again it takes a people of integrity and ambition to make capitalism work and
those days are coming to an end.
patriot“Mitt Romney didn't lose this election - America
rejected capitalism and adopted socialism.”There is some truth
in your view and Jefferson’s warning against voting ourselves the treasury
should be heeded. But to believe that this is the whole story is to be stuck in
a fiction that will keep you from understanding the facts and complexities of
the real world. The fact is the Republicans lost votes because of
their positions on a whole host of issues that deeply antagonize large groups of
citizens – women’s issues, climate change, gay rights, immigration,
science (that so many believe the Earth is 6K years old is a very disturbing
mindset to many rational voters), the environment, sound business regulation,
campaign finance, healthcare… just to name a few. Polls show
the vast majority of Americans are fiscally conservative. But many are simply
not willing to compromise their convictions on some of the issues noted above
simply to balance the budget. If the Republicans could ever limit the influence
of their nutty extremes, focus on the issues most people care about, and at a
minimum ignore the divisive stuff (embrace their Libertarian side), they would
quickly become the majority party again.