The G.O.P. Is Rotting

The title of this post is from the quoted article below from my friends at the New York Times. I like the analogy of the GOP falling down the rabbit hole and continually going deeper and deeper.

2017-12-16_11-13-06.pngNow it’s clear that middle ground doesn’t exist. That’s because Donald Trump never stops asking. First, he asked the party to swallow the idea of a narcissistic sexual harasser and a routine liar as its party leader. Then he asked the party to accept his comprehensive ignorance and his politics of racial division. Now he asks the party to give up its reputation for fiscal conservatism. At the same time he asks the party to become the party of Roy Moore, the party of bigotry, alleged sexual harassment and child assault.

There is no end to what Trump will ask of his party. He is defined by shamelessness, and so there is no bottom. And apparently there is no end to what regular Republicans are willing to give him….

Source: The G.O.P. Is Rotting – The New York Times

Once you lose sight of light its hard to remember where you once were. I once admired the GOP for their fiscal discipline. Debt and deficits were once things they despised.  They believed that government must be on a pay-as-you-go basis. But now it seems that this discipline has been lost in the fever to reward their donors with tax breaks and loopholes that they don’t really need as they have too much now.  Putting mammoth debt on future generations seems to be the modus-operandi now.

Other than rewarding their donors, I really don’t understand the principles of the GOP if they even have any.

  • Is it now to undo everything their opposing party has done?
  • Is it to eliminate government and put everyone on a “survival of the fittest” basis?
  • Is it to become an  “Evangelical” party?
  • Is it to follow wherever some tyrannical and incompetent leader chooses to push them?

I just don’t know what guides the GOP anymore?

But in reality, I don’t think the Democrats are in much better shape.  They seem to now be the party of the fringes of society.  They seem more concerned about lesbian rights than they are about the average guy on the street.  Fiscally, they are as bad as the GOP. They simply don’t see any past social programs that have outlived their time.  They seem to want big government for its own sake instead of what it can do for the people.

We need an alternative to both present parties. One with equal portions of fiscal sanity and empathy.  We need a centrist party now rather than later.

 

5 thoughts on “The G.O.P. Is Rotting

  • As long as we have more than a third of the country supporting Trump, things won’t change. And that same third has various degrees of greed, racism, religious fanaticism and an inability and lack of desire to do critical thinking. It’s going to be a long haul and who knows where it’s going to end. It took a second world war to stop Hitler.

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    • Thanks for the Thoughts Mary. The thing we have to latch onto is that 1/3 of the population can’t control things as long as the other 2/3 stay in the process. Only when they drop out can the minority take charge. That is what happened a year ago and we need to make sure it never happens again.

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  • Well there is 2018 elections coming up. While the Dems may be no better in some respects they really all we have right now.
    Let’s at least blunt the Republicans in the short term.

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    • Thanks for the thought Bob. You are right, in the short term we can only vote for the alternative in front of us. Maybe always voting them out every two years will send them the message. But I also have vowed even if they are not on my ballot, I will seek out competitive centrists wherever I can find them and support their run. Eventually, more and more people will get the idea that there are other options besides GOP or Dems…

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