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Republican Breakup?
    #1763208 - 07/30/03 05:30 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

If you put your ear to the ground, you can hear the rumble. It is the rumble of political discontent, obsolete bipolarities, and looming realignment. What am I talking about? I?m talking about the coming split of the Republican Party.

Years ago, Jeff Foxworthy blessed America with his ??you might be a redneck? jokes. Drawing upon his comedic methodology:

If you fear the one true God, define America as a ?Christian Nation?, seek to make God?s Law the law of the land, think of homosexuals as freaks and sinners, and want to jail women who have abortions?you might be a Republican.

If you think history has bequeathed a destiny upon America to serve as the world?s policeman, to liberate oppressed nations, and you love to stay up all night strategizing on how to isolate the Saudis or punish France?you might be a Republican.

If you think it is the proper role of a Jeffersonian state to steal money from citizens to build civic plazas and university labs?you might be a Republican.

If you don?t care about ballooning budget deficits, and want to jack up government spending as though the rising debt never needs to be paid...you might be a Republican.

If you can?t stand deficits, are firmly committed to balancing the budget, and want to dramatically cut taxes and spending?well, you might have been a Republican in 1980.

There are at least five categories above, and all of them consist of people who identify with the GOP. They are, in order: theocratic Christian conservatives (there are, thank God, non-theocratic ones as well), neoconservatives, Chamber of Commerce Republicans who practice crony capitalism, the Bushies, and finally the blessed fiscal conservatives.

So what?s the problem? These people cannot possibly coexist in the same party for much longer. This is especially true now that Republicans in power have abandoned fiscal responsibility. They now stand for nothing ? certainly nothing that would meaningfully separate them from big-spending Democrats.

Republicans were supposed to be about freedom ? freedom from that monster which takes freedom away ? government. The GOP was supposed to ?get the government off our backs.? This hasn?t happened, and government at all levels is violating our rights now more than ever.

The above five groups can really be reduced to two kinds of people. There are those people that want to be left alone, and there are those people that refuse to leave others alone. The former simply want to be left alone to pursue their happiness, and are happy to leave others alone to do the same. They understand government?s proper role is limited to securing this freedom from those (criminals and foreign threats) who would aggress upon their peaceful lives. The latter group are all basically civil thugs. They want to impose their vision of the good on others by force. They don?t care if you?re living a peaceful, happy life. In fact, they might hold it against you. They want to take your money, or arrest you for any number of reasons. Got weed? To jail you go. Got a gay lover? To jail you go. Got a cancer treatment they haven?t approved? To jail you go. Got a successful business? How?s 40% off the top sound?

Republicans used to be the leave-me-alone crowd, and Democrats the thugs. Things are messier now.

What we can expect to see in the coming decade or two is a realignment. There are lots and lots of fine leave-me-alone people in the GOP. They don?t hate gays or brown people. They are pro-abortion and anti-tax. They are basically libertarians, but see themselves as too pragmatic to join the Libertarian Party.

There are also some leave-me-aloners in the Democratic camp. I call them smart gay people: they are too gay to be Republican, but much too smart about self-responsibility and economics to be real Democrats. Smart gay people are really good for America.

The theocratic Christian conservatives are a strong wing of the GOP. They will either grow to dominate the GOP or they will get their asses kicked out by the leave-me-alone Republicans. In any case, what we will see is a realignment that unites all the pro-freedom Americans under a major party. The religious nuts might have their own party, like the Religious Nut Party or something similar. It seems structurally impossible to break the two-party system into three or more parties, but I wouldn?t dismiss the possibility altogether. In any case, two parties might be enough to represent the major threads.

There are lots of unhappy Republicans today, chafing at their party?s abandonment of fiscal restraint and occupation by anti-sodomists. There are some number of Democrats that have tired of the drug war, expanded police powers, and foreign adventurism. These people need to find each other, for they are the best Americans.



Good article overall, though I would beg to differ on his 'foreign adventurism' bit, and I think those differing groups can coexist at least as well as some of the more antagonistic Democrat factions. Food for thought, anyway.

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Re: Republican Breakup? [Re: wingnutx]
    #1763223 - 07/30/03 05:34 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Good read...

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Re: Republican Breakup? [Re: Azmodeus]
    #1763291 - 07/30/03 05:51 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

yes, a third party is desperatly needed in america. Personally, I think the states should break up anyways, how can one government properly SERVE 300 million people? its craziness.

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Re: Republican Breakup? [Re: atomikfunksoldier]
    #1763333 - 07/30/03 06:00 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

The Balkanization of the good ole USA,sounds like some good history for the grandkids.

To old for this place

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Re: Republican Breakup? [Re: wingnutx]
    #1763467 - 07/30/03 06:33 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

The democrats have been more diverse than that for a long time, and they're still together(sort of).


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Re: Republican Breakup? [Re: atomikfunksoldier]
    #1763514 - 07/30/03 06:51 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)


how can one government properly SERVE 300 million people? its craziness.

Heh, Europe is about to find out.

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Re: Republican Breakup? [Re: wingnutx]
    #1763684 - 07/30/03 08:03 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)



America....FUCK YEAH!!!

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