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Mon Apr 1, 2013, 07:44 AM

Want to know how far back the Republicans want to take the country?

Paul Begala has the answer in this editorial:

Jurassic Republicans
Can the GOP escape from 1955?

In his new biography of Roger Ailes, Zev Chafets writes that Ailes longs for America when it was “its natural, best self, which he locates, with modest social amendments, somewhere in midwestern America circa 1955.” Chafets does not say what those modest social amendments might be, but it got me thinking about the nature of conservative nostalgia.

Mitt Romney lost in part because his was a vision of Father Knows Best America in a time of Modern Family. Romney, by all accounts a devoted family man, could not seem to wrap his mind around the reality that families today come in a vast variety of configurations. His views on gay rights, women’s rights, and immigration (on which even Newt Gingrich accused him of wanting to divide families by deporting grandmothers who have lived here for decades) seemed hopelessly out of touch rather than charmingly retro. Meanwhile, Barack Obama cruised to reelection on a one-word slogan: Forward.
The Republican National Committee has, commendably, performed an autopsy on the carcass of its 2012 campaign. To its credit, the GOP seems to recognize that it doesn’t just need to moderate, it needs to modernize. You know a party is in trouble when its “celebrities” are has-beens like Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels, and Ted Nugent (who, to be fair, had a big hit—in 1977). As the authors of the GOP report put it: “At our core, Republicans have comfortably remained the Party of Reagan without figuring out what comes next. Ronald Reagan is a Republican hero and role model who was first elected 33 years ago—meaning no one under the age of 51 today was old enough to vote for Reagan when he first ran for President. Our Party knows how to appeal to older voters, but we have lost our way with younger ones. We sound increasingly out of touch.”


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So now we know.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 08:08 AM

1. You couldn't pay me to travel back to 1955.

1955 would be terrifying!

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 08:12 AM

2. I don't get the idolization of Reagan. He raised taxes and put the unions on destruction. He was

 

the one who started the trickle down effect that has hurt people.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 08:26 AM

4. When every economic and social problem this country has can be attributed to a Reagan policy or

or decision.

The powers in the right have chosen to make him their idol and the media has followed faithfully.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #4)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 08:34 AM

5. Your right. The sad thing is that the MSM allows it to be like that. I wish history would show the

 

true destruction of Reagan that liberalism is experiencing today because of him. He wasn't a mean man as a person. He was just a terrible president. Hell he couldn't even get elected today.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 11:34 AM

6. The slow decline of this country

Can be traced back to St. Ronnie; the decline of unions, "trickle down fairy dust" and the unholy alliance of the GOP and the Religious Right (and the unending assault on women's rights) to name a few.
A few years ago my town built a new street and the town council voted to name it Ronald Reagan Drive. Puke.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #6)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 12:50 PM

8. And we still are living with his model of governing but worse now. I feel bad for you to have that

 

constant reminder.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 08:12 AM

3. I think their goal date is more like 1855.

Shortly before the civil war that they'd like to repeat.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Apr 1, 2013, 11:43 AM

7. "In the bleak Eisenhower 50s, you'd hitchhike 1000 miles to see a friend"...Gary Snyder

 

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