Source: First Thoughts: The center cannot hold – First Read. “I have reached the conclusion that the atmosphere today, and the reality that exists in the House of Representatives, no longer encourages the finding of common ground”
“I have to say that I’m frustrated by how much we — I mean the Republican Party — are willing to give deferential treatment to our extremes in this moment in history,” referring to Michele Bachmann’s political witch hunt against a top State Department aide.
It must be obvious to even the most radical Republican that the GOP has changed remarkably in the last decade or so. The middle has simply vanished from their party. That is certainly obvious to yet another moderate Republican who has been driven out of his party. The extreme right-wing fringe continues to put the GOP into a stranglehold that will likely cause their demise unless the moderates can wrench control from them in the coming years.
As I have said before this era very much reminds me of the McCarthy years where a small group of small thinking Republicans kidnapped their party. It was several years before the moderates finally brought sanity back to that body.
Even though the founders did not conceive of a two-party system when they formed this country I thoroughly believe it is a bedrock part of our success as a nation. When differing philosophies are debated and compromise is reached it usually results in a better bill than if only one viewpoint is considered. But the key word here is compromise.
When one party starts treating the other as evil something has gone eschew. The hate that now dominates our politics is threatening our very existence as a nation. Will sanity come back to the process before it is too late? That question is very much up in the air with me right now. The only hope I see for fixing this is for another party to rise up and replace the currently very narrow minded, often hateful GOP. I truly wish it were but nothing short of complete implosion of that party seems even possible right now….
But what do I know….