Thursday, October 17, 2013

The GOP's true colors

Republican Party, 1854-2013

I sincerely hope the Republicans' craven surrender on ObamaCare will consign the party to the dust of history.

It has been obvious to many of us for a long time that the GOP as an "opposition" party is only play-acting. Played badly, to boot. They forgot their lines, tripped while walking across the stage, and were content to be cast as villains as long as they picked up a luscious paycheck. 

Yet there are still people -- aye, "conservatives" -- who tell us there is no alternative to the vote-buying store other than working through the established parties. Grassroots. Neighborhoods. Knock on doors. "I'm collecting signatures to get Molly Phlegm on the ballot. She's been a great parks and recreation director and she'll bring a fresh approach to Washington."

Even the slowest learners can now see what the GOP as an institution is made of: nothing.

Can we have a serious opposition party, please?

Bye, Republicans. The country club awaits. Don't slam the door on your way out.


Stogie said...

It is definitely time for a third party.

Terry Morris said...

Hear, hear!

Tchhht!!! said...

Somebody please explain to me how a third party will NOT get another damned democrat elected president?

Toddy Cat said...

We don't need a third party so much as an actual second party, instead of a mere shadow/echo of the Democrats.

Rick Darby said...

Toddy Cat,

Yes, many Americans including even a few politicians oppose the two-headed Marxist-Corporate Republicrat Party. But no party reflects that opposition, which is reduced to anger and frustration.

We are behind France, which has what so far appears to be a real alternative -- the National Front. Of course the NF are villainized by the media but represent an actual force.

Terry Morris said...

Speaking of the Republican Party's abandonment of its core principles, I'm currently re-reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Seems, in Goodwin's account, that the Republican Party started out as a sort of all-inclusive "moderate" progressivist party which sought to "unite" various progressivist factions within the Whig and other parties under the (moderate) Republican banner. Abolitionism being, of course, the central hub of the party around which all other factions - universal suffragists, women's rights activists, open borders equalitarians, universal education and other social activists - would orbit in their respective planes. In that light, the Republicans seem merely to be rediscovering their roots; simply embracing the then restrained radicalism of their party founders and forbears.