Is the Republican Party insuring its own demise by it continuing to focus on a narrower and narrower core group. I want to believe this is the case as the alternative is that we as a country are now dominated by exclusion. Being against things, particularly different groups of people, is what has been driving the Republican primaries lately. It has pushed their final candidate over to the extreme right of the political spectrum. Can the Republicans maintain a party that far off the center of American Politics?
It seems like everyday the Republican party members alienate yet another group of voters.
- They are for rounding up all the people in this country without the proper papers and shipping them out of the country. They seem to have no compassion for those who are just trying to provide for their families. This is alienating most Spanish-speaking voters.
- They are against birth control. This is alienating many women voters.
- They are against continuing to fund Medicare. They want to turn it over to the private insurance companies. This is alienating many senior citizen voters (and they are the most active voters around)
- They are against providing medical care via Medicaid to the poorest of the poor. Even though this group is not a strong voting block there are those who do vote and have compassion for this group.
- They are against religious diversity. They say this is a “Christian” nation. By this they are alienating Muslims, Hindi, Buddhists, and other non-Christian religious groups.
- They are against Social Security. They want to make each person entirely on their own during their senior years. This is a double whammy for us seniors.
The Republicans seem to be against so much and for so little how can they maintain a Republican base? It seems that one of the only groups they are not alienating are white evangelical Christians , particularly those ironically who lack compassion for their fellow-man. Someday this group might even take to heart the commands of Jesus, their founder, and at least some a minimal amount of compassion for the “least of these”.
Another group who they are not presently alienating are those that see governments only role in society is to provide for our war machine. Everything else to this particular group is deemed unconstitutional. We have a female who is running for congress in my district who proudly announces that she is home schooled on the constitution. She basically says after her self study she has determined that the federal government’s only role is to provide for defense. Everything else, according to her, is unconstitutional!
The last and maybe the biggest group of supporters to the current Republican party are those that just want the government out of their pocket books. Today they are known as the “Tea Party” but have had many other names through the years. They don’t see “providing for the general welfare”, as a necessary role for their government to be involved in. They seem to care little about anyone but themselves.
Where will future Republicans come from? If they end up having no core support can they even exist?