More than two-thirds of U.S. women oppose allowing corporations to drop contraception from their health plans due to spiritual objections, but GOP leaders are nevertheless saying the exact opposite.
The Republican Party today is a cult based on white victimology and Randian eschatology. There’s a lot of lip service paid to Jesus but he’s mostly a projection of their own grievances - the misunderstood venture capitalist and hedge-fund manager. Otherwise, the cult is utterly uninterested in policy. It has its precepts and dogma, true, but they no longer relate to the world we live in. They’re simply the rhetorical tropes of cosmic war. Think of Republicans as the winged warriors of our gated communities and meth-lab economies. They are the birdbrain defenders of right in a world gone hopelessly wrong. There isn’t anything too stupid or outlandish for them to believe.
Circa 1970, the GOP was home to liberals (Jacob Javits, John Lindsay, Nelson Rockefeller); conservatives (Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole) and those in between (Howard Baker, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, who funded the Great Society and presided over the creation of the EPA among many other “liberal” actions).
The party always had its reactionary wing, something especially ginned up by FDR’s victories. But so did the Democrats. Republicans were generally more friendly to big business, but 1924 Democratic presidential nominee John W. Davis was only one example of his party’s “business friendly” segment. Democratic statesman Averell Harriman was the son of a railroad baron and had wide business interests himself.
Theodore Roosevelt was the “trust buster” and the finest conservationist president, one of the titans of the Progressive era and without the racism that tainted Democratic Progressive Woodrow Wilson. Herbert Hoover was a TR Progressive and a thorn in the side of flinty Calvin Coolidge — until he was broken and embittered by the Depression. In the mid-1960s, the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act would not have been passed without Republican support.
Up until 1960, most African-Americans voted Republican. Daddy King was a Nixon man in 1960, reflecting the then vice president’s good record on civil rights. Tragically, Nixon would implement the “Southern Strategy” in 1968 to attract whites deserting the Democrats over civil rights, a template that has been followed since.
Now, Nixon, Goldwater and Reagan couldn’t win a Republican school-board primary. The revolutionary spawn of Goldwater took over the party in 1992 with Newt Gingrich and have been weeding out RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) ever since. The John Birchers, Christian Coalition, libertarian nuts, single-issue conservatives and hardcore reactionaries that Reagan manipulated with such skill are now the “mainstream” of a no-longer-mass party.
The Five Reasons Why Romney/Ryan Must be Defeated in 2012, and Why Conservatives Should Hope They Are
Today, for Republicans, up is down and front is back. Lying has become so ingrained into the conservatives’ national dialogue that they are now dangerously demagogic or, worse, severely unhinged. Blind rage at the election of Barack Obama has wrecked a once great political party. Its leaders have made so many deals with the devil in their almost pathological obsession with unseating Obama that they have pushed the GOP into its own version of political hell – unable to speak truths to their now-rabid and conspiracy-addled base and unable to right the party back onto a path of responsibility.
At a $1.7 million fundraiser in Jackson, Mississippi this week, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney declared that the GOP is not “the party of the rich,” insisting instead that “we’re the party of people who want to get rich.”
Sadly for Romney, there are two small problems with his assessment. For starters, Mitt’s proposals (like those from GOP wunderkind Paul Ryan) would deliver another massive tax cut windfall for the wealthy and shred the social safety net while putting the economic recovery at risk. Just as damning for Mitt and his cheerleaders like David Brooks and Robert Samuelson, the historical record shows that from economic growth and job creation to household incomes, stock market performance and just about every other indicator of the health of the U.S. capitalism, the modern U.S. economy has almost always done better under Democratic presidents.