Friday, February 04, 2005

The Imminent Demise of the Republican Party

A great op/ed piece by David W. Orr.

"The Republican Party has chosen to deny social, ecological, cultural, religious, and economic realities which are unavoidably complicated, complex, diverse, ironic, and paradoxical. Instead they have chosen to make their own simplistic, ideological, and chauvinistic fantasy world that has little affinity for law, science, a free and independent press, fairness, true security, ecological sustainability, and the accountability that is requisite for genuine democracy."

Mr. Orr has hit the nail on the head with this article. Read it here.>>>

15 Comments:

At 2/04/2005 11:47 AM , Blogger Michael Moore-on said...

We are a persnickity bunch aren't we? By the way, thanks for the heads up on our imminent demise! Man you miss Fox News one day, you miss a lot!

 
At 2/04/2005 1:33 PM , Blogger brandong said...

Long term the demographics for the Republicans are not good. The numbers of angry white men which form the backbone of this party will be displaced by increasing numbers of blacks and hispanics. And before anyone opens his or her big mouth and says Bush made hains in the Hispanic population, Democrats still carried the HJispanic vote by a margine of apporximately 60 to 40 percent.

Moreover, as younger people take over, and as older voters pass away,the Republican wave of homophobia will begin to wane. The numbers among my generation which favor either civil unions or gay marriage are almost insurmountable. Even among evangelicals you have strong support for civil unions. Prediction--even if the GOP succeeds in passing a federal amendment or if they accomplish their bigoted agenda on a state by state level, I can see those so called marriage protection amendments either being overturhned on a state by state basis or at the federal level--just as prohibition was overturned. (Interesting--have you ever noticed how Republican amendments seek LIMIT ournpersonal freedom? Hmmmmm)

Also, the cycles of politics continue whether George W likes it or not. A party comes to power on a wave of disconent. It goes too far and the moderate middle becomes tired of it. Then the ruling party is voted out of office and the pendulum swings in the other direction as the opposition comes to power.

Happily (well, sort of) the GOPigs now have no opposition. If they screw up (and they WILL screw up) they have no one to blame but themselves. So if the bottom falls out of the economy, or if we have another terrorist attack, or if the war in Iraq continues to tank, they can blame themselves. And the way they're acting and sounding these days that won't be too hard.

Just listen to how these guys brag and swagger, All the better for when this mess tanks--then we can smear them with their own rhetoric without any exaggeratrion what so ever. Their own words will have come back to haunt them. Isn't irony fun?!

I would also point out that this administration, thanks to its own ignorance, short-sightedness, and often delusional world view (read disregard for reality) will inevitably take us too far too quickly and alienate the middle. At that point, all the gerrymandering and propaganda won't make a damned bit of difference.

You got it right my man. Give them a few years and a few more blunders and these modern day empire builders will be OUT!

 
At 2/04/2005 1:41 PM , Blogger brandong said...

I was negligent. Congratulations. You're doing a damned good job over here. I am highly impressed. Keep up the good work
Jolan Tru
Brandon

 
At 2/04/2005 2:22 PM , Blogger Amy said...

Thanks for the comments very good points.

Why doesn't the main stream news media get this? They all seem to be going toward the faux news format which propagandizes these freepers in the first place. The Republican Party has been successful because they've been able to hijack the media. How do we show these people (like Michael) the light and the truth?

 
At 2/04/2005 4:38 PM , Blogger RattRigg said...

The imminent demise of the Republican party?

I suppose its not impossible, but frankly its kind of like pointing out that the neighbors grass hasnt been cut lately, while your house burns to the ground behind you.

Major losses in 3 consecutive election cycles.
A choice between running Hillary Clinton or
re-running Kerry in 2008.
Howard Dean as the DNC chairman.
The continual erosion of your parties values caused by the inclusion of the extreme left wing.

Those seem like good reasons to expect the end of the Democratic party long before anything happens to the Republicans.

 
At 2/04/2005 4:41 PM , Blogger RattRigg said...

The imminent demise of the Republican party?

I suppose its not impossible, but frankly its kind of like pointing out that the neighbors grass hasnt been cut lately, while your house burns to the ground behind you.

Major losses in 3 consecutive election cycles.
A choice between running Hillary Clinton or
re-running Kerry in 2008.
Howard Dean as the DNC chairman.
The continual erosion of your parties values caused by the inclusion of the extreme left wing.

Those seem like good reasons to expect the end of the Democratic party long before anything happens to the Republicans.

 
At 2/04/2005 6:21 PM , Blogger ProgressivePatriot said...

Well, your choices for a presidential run in '08 are way off. Hillary and Kerry are probably going to run in the primaries but there are 2 other contenders that are favored much more heavily over them. I'll wait to hear them announce before I say anything but, people on theis blog know who I am talking about.

The Democratic party needs to go more left. I support it also. That is why we had an enormous campaign push for Howard Dean. Democrats need to get awway from the center...it is polluted with right-wing garbage and the left will prevail. By the way, only 35% of registered voters are republican. That is not a good number while over 40% are Democrat. Liberal ideals were this countries founding and we can see the conservative ideals do not work.
By moving more left....our base will expand. The reason?? We don't like the centrists or conservative wing of the Party...we want the Democratic wing of the Party back and, on a grassroots level we are doing it. Howard Dean is the example.

 
At 2/07/2005 5:41 AM , Blogger Michael Moore-on said...

*Fist clenched in the air* YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!

 
At 2/09/2005 5:43 AM , Blogger Michael Moore-on said...

Obama isn't going to be president Lib. Ole thick ankles has a better shot at it than he does.

 
At 2/09/2005 8:49 AM , Blogger ProgressivePatriot said...

Who said anything about Obama??

 
At 2/09/2005 11:37 AM , Blogger Michael Moore-on said...

C'mon, I've been reading your site long enough, you think he's one of your two golden children for 2008.

 
At 2/09/2005 12:49 PM , Blogger Amy said...

It seems you've touched a nerve with the freepers.

Thank God for karma. All this freeping will come back to bite them in the ass very soon.

Michael why don't you focus on your own party and let us focus on ours? How would you know what appeals to the Democratic base when you’re clearly not a democrat? Define left vs. right and liberal vs. conservative then maybe we can get somewhere with this debate.

 
At 2/10/2005 5:53 AM , Blogger Michael Moore-on said...

Amy...I'm sorry was I talking to you? BTW, freeper?

 
At 2/10/2005 8:09 AM , Blogger Michael Moore-on said...

Nevermind Amy, I got the freeper thingy, proud to be one.

 
At 2/11/2005 3:37 PM , Blogger brandong said...

Regarding your comments, Amy. The right wing propaganda machine, otherwise known as corporate media. will never report on things like this because they're a part of the problem.

As fewer and fewer right wing corporations come to dominate everything we see and hear on the national media, we will find ourselves with less variety. This inspite of the fact the Michael Powell assured us that media mergers would create more variety. But only if you consider 80 versions of the same program to be a variety. The fact of the matter is that reporters today, while not directly ordered what to say and what not to say, understand at an instinctive level that they need to please the conservative, corporate owners and editors, and that means spreading the right wing gospel of religious fanaticism and social darwinism.

But there is good news here. Even in Soviet Countries where the state owned and controlled all the media, the people understood that their media were biased and dishonest. Eventually even the most obtuse of Americans will learn that religious fanatcism and social darwinism are not family values. Nor a way to get rich either.

 

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