Comment from: JMyste [Visitor]
The problem with a party seemingly committed to self-destruction is that as the party shrinks and truly loses market-share, they will decide that self-destruction is not working and they will try something else.

Obama's last speech is a perfect example of someone responding to the objections of the masses and changing his approach. He became the man he was during the campaign.

The shift to the far right is an adjustment. The pendulum will swing back when that adjustment is shown to be a failure. So far, the adjustment has not been a complete political disaster. The Republicans acquired the previous presidency and they won the House this round. Both of those things were done while supporting ever more conservative principles.

The party has to shrink before it will shrink. When the waning influence of the party is consistently apparent, the pendulum will swing back toward the center and the party will recover.

However, expecting a full recovery before the fact of an illness is even agreed upon, is not so realistic. Predicting demise because the doctors are still debating the disease also makes no sense.

I know you want the Republican Party to go away. They want the same from you. Unfortunately, I suspect the Republican Party will survive long after your objections are heard only in heaven.

04/15/11 @ 10:37
Comment from: Jack Jodell [Visitor] Email ·
I don't see the Republicans making a recovery by becoming more mainstream any time soon. They have steadily drifted rightward since the 1980s, and now they wear the incooperative Tea Party around their neck which will stubbornly and unrepentedly drag them even further rightward. There will soon be a severe hemorrhage in their ranks which will destroy that party as we have known it. You can't continually run on social division and provide economic benefit only to the wealthy and get away with it forever. A very dark day for the now ultra-conservative GOP is right on the horizon, and its arrival will deservedly force them out of power and influence for a good many years to come.
04/15/11 @ 19:52
Comment from: John Myste [Visitor]
I agree that a dark day is coming. I disagree that it will have more than a one or two term effect and I am not sure that is as close as we think it is, although their desire to blatantly put themselves in opposition to the needs of the elderly, an ever-growing population, may hasten it. They are showing a hand to them it took decades to build and that they denied holding for decades. That is a huge political mistake.

04/16/11 @ 10:37
I still think you all are premature in the predictions of the G.O.P.’s demise. One has to ask what it is that motivates them, besides the obvious answer of power that every political party seeks. And no, contrary to DNC talking points, it is not to make the rich even wealthier.

Our nation is in a very perilous spot with over $14 trillion in debt (over $76 trillion if you add in all of the unfunded mandates). No nation can survive when its debt consumes that large of a percentage of its GDP. This matter will only be greatly exacerbated when the interest rates rise in the near future and we have to fund our debt at even higher interests rates accordingly.

Unfortunately, our biggest contributions to our debt involves our entitlement programs. Personally, I don’t think the government had any constitutional business getting involved with social security and Medicare for just this reason. However, the fact remains that we do have these programs now and people are dependent upon them for their survival. That said, we must honor those promises while maintaining the long term solvency of these programs. If we can do so effectively by restructuring these programs to continue to help those in need now and in the future, while reducing the rapidly approaching insolvency of these programs, we will help our citizens, reduce our debt, help our economy to rebound and bring an upsurge in Republican Party affiliations.

The Democratic alternative seems to be to print or digitize more money, thus causing inflation, raise taxes (particularly on the wealthy, although the definition of whom qualifies under that term will assuredly be defined down over time), and continue the Keynesian stimulus spending that has only prolonged this recession thus far.

If anything, I think we will see the shrinking of the far left’s influence on the Democratic Party long before we do with the right on the Republican party.
04/17/11 @ 14:22

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