CPAC Showed What Is Wrong With the Republican Party…

Many followed the CPAC this week wondering if conservatives would actually have any sort of self-analysis as to why their agenda has been rejected in the last two elections.  I don’t know what I was thinking!  Conservatives will have none of that.  The voters are all wrong!  Rush and the other Republicans believe that we will come to our senses as soon as President Obama fails, largely helped by conservatives in Congress of course.   In reality, despite all the blow hard talk, CPAC showed me that conservatives are terrified, absolutely terrified, that the Obama way will work because when it works (over their opposition), much of what  conservatives stand for will be obviously seen as wrong.

Watching CPAC was a bit like watching cult members listening to their gurus while they are drinking the kool-aid that binds them together even as their membership dramatically shrinks.  There were many bizarre moments such as applause for the former Ambassador to the United Nations when he made a “joke” about the nuking of President Obama’s home town, Chicago.  There was plenty of  references to socialism and Marxism.  They did the same thing to Clinton 8 years ago and I am sure that the prosperity that the country enjoyed under Clinton was very uncomfortable for them.  That would have accounted for their numerous shrill and baseless attacks against him.

I heard nothing about Sarah Palin who was the darling of the party late last year. I was looking for some of that suburban urban off the hook hip hop that Michael Steele promised to use to revive the party.  That was absent.  In fact, I only saw old white men with an occasional white, bottled blonde woman and some pretty tired old very nasty rhetoric.

At the end, when Limabugh had finally concluded his speech, I was just left to wonder “who are these people?”  I used to vote Republican.  I would not do that now beause they stand in the way of the progress of this country.   I don’t want to go back to poodle skirts, saddle shoes and playing Elvis records on my 45 player.  I have no doubt that global warming is real.  I believe that endangered species should be saved.  i am thrilled about pursuing green technology. I am ecstatic that we will have high speed rail at last.  I want fuel efficient cars produced and I think we should save our automakers because when we save them, we help to save our fellow Americans who are very much in distress.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with the government helping out those in need until they get on their feet.  These are the biggest differences between the party of no and the party of hope.

It is no wonder that the New York Times reported this morning that:

  • Americans identifying themselves as Democrats outnumber those who say they are Republicans by 10 percentage points, the largest gap in party identification in 24 years.
  • 38 percent of Americans say they are Democrats, 28 percent call themselves Republicans, and another 29 percent identify as independents

At this defining moment in our history, I don’t think Americans want to hear angry white men complaining about having lost power.  They don’t want to be intimidated by fear anymore.  The Republicans have been doing that for over 25 years and their predictions have NEVER come true.  The party of McCarthy is alive and well.  This is all they know.  That party has taken us down a path that has brought our country to the brink of ruin and now they ask the country to trust them again without offering a single new idea.

Despite their attempts at revisionist history, Reaganomics (also known as voodoo economics) was a bust and Bush’s economics were just as bad if not worse.  When you cut taxes for the rich, not enough of it trickles down.  That has been demonstrated mnay times now.  It breaks the back of the middle class.

The majority of Americans favor civil unions for gays because Americans are good and kind people.  Once they understand that by pursuing these amendments banning gay marriage that they have ensured that gays cannot get health care for their partners, cannot say goodbye to them in hospitals if they are dying or visit them if they are sick and estate planning, and they have to pay more taxes.  I think that if more people understood the practical effect of these amendments, Americans would not only not vote for them, but oppose them.

The abortion issue is another dividing line.  Most Americans do not want Roe v. Wade overturned.  Certainly most women do not.  It is a highly personal issue and what the Republicans fail to see is that the majority of Americans want that decision to be made privately and to not have the state interfere with that decision.

These issues and many more show that the Republican party has deluded itself into believing that the country is right of center.  No, it’s not.  The seismic shift in the old way of politics that President Obama talked about during his inaugural speech took place over time and it was pushed by the Roger Ailes, New Gingrich, Tom Delay, and Karl Rove way of governing, which has lead us down a path of divisiveness and ruin.  The New York Times poll shows that Americans want change and right now the only party offering real change is President Obama and the Democratic party.

Written by Catherine March 1, 2009 at 9:25 am

I know, I know I wish I could write even half as well as Catherine. But belive me even in my (lack of proper writing, low level understanding of English self) I truly believe in what she says and truly feel the way she and many others feel. I just wish I could write like her lol. But once again my fear is for my beloved country, my country that I gave almost 30 years of my life to while in the military.
Thank you Catherine my friend for being able to put in words what I can only jabber about.
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2 Responses

  1. right-o! that CPAC conference was even more tone deaf than i was expecting. which sucks for them, but is great as far as i’m concerned!

  2. You got that right buddy! great for us 🙂

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