Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Demise of the G.O.P.

When I was younger, I was a Republican I was proud of the party's heritage derived from U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt,  Dwight Eisenhower plus other statesmen and women.
I fear that contemporary, post-Reagan Republicans, obsessed as they are with greed and neo-fascist popular-ism, have no idea of what the G.O.P. once was.

How'd the GOP wander so far from Ike, Abe, and Teddy ?

Well, along came Ronald Reagan and the party I knew disappeared into one of greed, war mongering, and the intolerance foster by the pseudo-"Christian" religious RIGHT.

Tip O’Neill declared that Reagan, not the Soviet Union, was the focus of evil in the modern world. The Gipper had "no concern, no regard, no care for the little man of America.… And I understand that. Because of his lifestyle, he never meets those people." O’Neill would later add, in case anyone didn’t get the message, "the evil is in the White House at the present time. And that evil is a man who has no care and no concern for the working class of America and the future generations of America, and who likes to ride a horse. He’s cold. He’s mean. He’s got ice water for blood."

Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President and a Republican, once said,
Dollars and guns are no substitutes for brains and will power. 
which is the exact opposite of the contemporary G.O.P. philosophy -- a philosophy that centers on personal greed, monopoly Capitalism and the use of violent, reactionary force to intimidate and control people, including U.S. citizens.

What does the G.O.P. of today stand for? Well... since a picture really is more valuable than words...

Sooooooo, what is the future of the Republican Party that really should be called the G.O.P., because it is not grand, not old, and not really a party? Maybe...

Your comments, please!


  1. The Grand Old Party started to lose me with the crap Nixon pulled and Ronnie was the strw that broke the camel's back.

  2. I have to respectfully disagree . I was a lifelong Democrat, but there has arisen an arrogance I do not like plus my life has been soooooooooooooooooooooooooo difficult under this administration- even kept my refunds with no reason given. All around me small businesses and middle America suffered while the rich got very rich..I don't say some Republicans are much better but I have seen so many families lose so much .We must come back to a true America not a Hollywood driven one..I respect everyone's opinion however.

  3. Me, too, Mike. Tricky Dicky and Ronnie Ray-guns turned me into a Democrat and much further left than Dems are now.

    If I weren't such a Peace-Nick, I'd be preparing for revolution in the event the Bushite fascists win the next election.

  4. Thanks for your comment, Sandy If you mean by "this administration," the Obama presidency, may I suggest that the financial problems we are experiencing today are a direct result of the 8 years of the Bush administration, during which interest on savings went down to nil, large corporations received anything and everything they asked for, government regulation of banks and other financial institutions was removed, the national deficit went from 0% at the end of the Clinton administration to the highest in U.S. history at the end of the Bush years. and lots, lots more.

  5. Your observations are correct, sir. The Republican Party is no longer the party of the people as it was in the late 18th Century. Under the control of giant corporations, the Tea Party, and the Christian fundamentalists, the party has no room for justice or compassion.

  6. Do you ever wonder, Nick, about the whole of the Reagan term? I surely do. We know that he was fighting off dementia before his time in office ran out. I wonder just how much was covered up. There have been other presidents who were in some degree impaired while in office, and truth is, others invisibly and silently stepped in to run the country. How much did that happen with Reagan? And how hungry did those individuals become? Frankly politics scare the bejeebers outta me these days. As RGR says, there is no compassion, and I think no conscience, as well. There is a kind of "mob mentality" in politics, with many taking advantage of the situation with a shrug of the shoulders and a blazé "It ain't my fault." It's scary.

  7. Thanks,R. G., for noting no room for justice or compassion.

  8. I’ve had similar thoughts, Lyn. I rather suspect that Ronnie was mentally incompetent through much of his administration. After all, he was an actor (even though in the “B” category) and he could say lines provided him, even if he couldn’t remember them a few minutes after saying them.

    I just reread what I just wrote in this comment and it sounds catty. (Maybe because Alex is sitting on my desk?) Still, I ain’t removing any word of it.

    Seriously, I’m with you, Lyn: politics scare the bejeebers outta me these days, too!

  9. In response to Stacy on Facebook:

    Stacy, I hear what you are saying. The ordained minister that I am accepts your points; however, you are speaking of individuals and I am speaking of the party and the platform of which they are members and support.

    The realist within me asks me: how can the folks who claim to be "Christian" can claim to love God while hating their neighbors, especially the children, the elderly, the ill, the poor, and the sojourners among us;

    how can one share with others while worshiping greed and demanding the removal pf what few government supported benefits the children, the elderly, the ill, and the poor have to keep them alive;

    how can one revere life while supporting government murder;

    how can one love one's mother and father while doing away with the elderly's medicare and social security.

    Those are just a few planks of the new Republican Party that I find repulsive. As for being Christian, I can't accept the fundamentalist dogma being preached on TV and talk radio.

    OK. I let that out. My physical and emotional pain and poverty are so great that I'm thinking about calling my VA head shrinker and requesting a medication to put me in a catatonic state until my Lord calls me into Her.