the party’s over … turn out the lights

death of the gop by hip is everythingnow, i don’t know if the gop is headed for the dustbin of history or not, maybe they’ll just go through the same process that “conservative” governments in other countries have (canada for example) where they fall drastically from power for a generation or two and then re-emerge after “merging” with whatever right wing, anti-establishment, anti-progress groups surface in response to the never ending search for “the good old days” …
as in canada’s example: the remnants of the conservative party “merged” with groups like the wild rose party, the reform party, etc. until they were large enough to start to compete realistically at the national level again …
that rebuilding took nearly two decades to come together to a point where the conservative party of canada was able to realistically run and win a national campaign, and even then they were only able to do that with a multi-party system to run against thereby allowing them to win a national election with barely 40% of the vote … and even that grip on power has been and continues to be very fragile to say the least …
and as i look around the american political landscape i see a ton of similarities between today’s gop and the canadian conservative party of brian mulroney several years back in canada …
the unyielding adherence to ideology over any semblance of pragmatism …
the rampant pious, holier than thou, self righteous and more than a little egotistical bat shit crazy pronouncements and demands by it’s “leadership” …
the complete sell-out to corporate wishes and demands over the best interests of the citizenry …
rampant corruption within the party …
the party splitting between it’s ideologues and it’s old school …
a harsh and accelerating “run to the right” …
the “party line” becoming “it’s us vs. them at all costs” and “only we know what’s right for our country” …
a cocooning of the party to the point where they and their supporters begin living completely inside the bubble of their own belief system, losing any connection to the reality of the electorate and the world as a whole around them …
a minority of ideologues taking over the party and controlling the majority of their own party, causing the acceleration of the demands for “purity” of belief …
a complete dismissal of the wishes of the people, all the while ranting on and on about the “wishes of the people” …
and finally, a loss of any resemblance to the original party …
plus, it sure does smell like death ‘round here …
whatever, i do know that this is a party in trouble …
real, serious trouble …
they’re incapable of governing on any level …
they’re 50 years behind society in their beliefs and policies …
demographics are already murdering them at the polls, and are only going to get worse for them in the future …
in a society that is rapidly becoming more and more tolerant every day, they have become the party of intolerance …
in a world that is becoming more communal and borderless every day, they are becoming increasingly isolationist …
in a world where the sentiments of the occupy movement are becoming the norm, they are steadfastly clinging to the coat-tails of the 1%, responding only to the whims of the corporatist elites …
the party’s leadership has lost control of its members in congress …
in an age where color, gender, sexual preference and religious beliefs are becoming les and less relevant to the masses, they shroud themselves in ever increasing bigotry and “white evangelical pride” and intolerance …
they have instead remained the party of old, rich white men …
and their displays and policies of misogyny, racial bigotry, homophobia. xenophobia and ageism have driven the public even further away from them …
and for that they will pay dearly …
what is happening in the gop today is also eerily reminiscent of what happened to the democrats in the late 1960s and early 1970s …
at that time, the dems in washington were faced with a grassroots revolt from the new left over the war in vietnam, the environment, and from the white south over the party’s support for civil rights …
it took the dems over twenty years to do undo the damage and to create a party coalition that united the leadership in washington with a base that was capable of winning national elections …
and they never did win back the south …
the gop may now be facing a similar tearing of their party fabric, the split between their base and their washington leadership could cripple them not just in the 2014 and 2016 elections, but for decades to come, if not forever …
anyone remember the whigs? …
thought so …

also see: muskrat love … to the death

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