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41. Years ago the republican party
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 02:25 PM
Jan 2021

started to cater to people who had previously been apolitical, particularly Christian fundamentalists and the poorly educated. They started selling family values and superficial Christian ideals, while making promises that they never intended to keep. It was all to get more votes, but in the process, they seriously altered the nature of the republican party.

Like Frankenstein, they eventually created a monster they couldn't control anymore, which we saw with the creation of the Tea Party and later The Freedom Caucus. This is the price of a "Win at any cost" strategy.

In another universe, these people would have no interest in politics whatsoever. I've known such people and they didn't care about politics or world events, until politicians started to speak directly to them (The Silent Majority) and later right-wing radio and TV amplified the message. Now social media is doing the same thing.

So I think it IS way too late for the GOP to pull back. This didn't happen overnight and it could really be the end of the republican party. When people say, "This isn't your father's republican party", it is true. My father was a republican and he would be appalled at what his party has become.

Uh huh... Zoonart Jan 2021 #1
Hopefully it isn't too late for the GOP to pull back from... Vinnie From Indy Jan 2021 #2
Trump is just the symptom, I've got family who had Canoe52 Jan 2021 #22
Condolences on That, Although I Suspect You Have Plenty of Company The Roux Comes First Jan 2021 #47
50%+ in Red States Tiger8 Jan 2021 #53
It's too late. Person of Interest Jan 2021 #29
It's WAY too late Downtown Hound Jan 2021 #38
Well, Old Age and the Superspreader Events They Seem to be So Keen On The Roux Comes First Jan 2021 #48
Years ago the republican party PatSeg Jan 2021 #41
This is what I have been saying. chriscan64 Jan 2021 #49
I've known so many of these people PatSeg Jan 2021 #50
Spot on! Great post. Nt onlyadream Jan 2021 #54
Thank you! PatSeg Jan 2021 #55
Too bad there's no soul in the Republican party to fight for Blues Heron Jan 2021 #3
K&R, ".. it is that they are cowards, and that they are weak..." uponit7771 Jan 2021 #4
They are anti-democratic elected officials who support this attempted coup malaise Jan 2021 #5
They need to go Rebl2 Jan 2021 #12
Precisely malaise Jan 2021 #15
May the terminally ill GOP die a quick and painful death, very soon. Roisin Ni Fiachra Jan 2021 #6
agree housecat Jan 2021 #11
Yes,.. let us make a delicious and delectable beef stew,... magicarpet Jan 2021 #7
When all the famous dictators left office, safeinOhio Jan 2021 #8
In a cult like movement, not fully and many times not at all. paleotn Jan 2021 #20
Seems when it does, it's a close relative. safeinOhio Jan 2021 #21
Yep, but never has the original "magic"... paleotn Jan 2021 #23
They are playing right into Putin's hands. Destabilizing the United States. nt Irish_Dem Jan 2021 #9
The only way to kill fascism is to pull it out of the soil root and all Mr. Ected Jan 2021 #10
Good read...nt Wounded Bear Jan 2021 #13
There's nothing worth salvaging in the Repuke Party FakeNoose Jan 2021 #14
The GOP Brand needs to be Executed. Destroyed. Annihilated. Buried. Tommymac Jan 2021 #16
It is more like it has committed suicide PatSeg Jan 2021 #42
The only hope for the GOP Wednesdays Jan 2021 #17
Good read. This line grabbed me: c-rational Jan 2021 #18
Trump is the party and the party is Trump. There can be on successors.... paleotn Jan 2021 #19
Great article ismnotwasm Jan 2021 #24
Until obscene amounts of money are no longer required to attain public office dlk Jan 2021 #25
"Russians have bought their way into and have completely infiltrated the Republican Party" movingviolation Jan 2021 #44
Luv the headline. BlueWavePsych Jan 2021 #26
Its a bad bet by Republicans with bigger goals... Jon King Jan 2021 #27
The Republican Party will go the way of the Whigs. Marcuse Jan 2021 #28
I will never trust a Republican. Ever. OMGWTF Jan 2021 #30
I'll bet they will still use the lies establish in the Reagan years. Big tax breaks to the rich... usaf-vet Jan 2021 #31
Republicans must fix themselves. They tried to poison the entire system, but the system still holds. ancianita Jan 2021 #32
"patriotic republican" is the biggest oxymoron I've ever heard MyMission Jan 2021 #33
I don't see how the Republican Party survives peggysue2 Jan 2021 #34
"Two sane and healthy political,parties" leaves out the pukes. They are not, will not, can not, niyad Jan 2021 #35
It's an Ok article but fairly trite. gulliver Jan 2021 #36
The author of this piece Downtown Hound Jan 2021 #37
This did not start with Trump. JackHughes Jan 2021 #39
"fight for the soul of the Republican party? -- what soul? vlyons Jan 2021 #40
First of all, the bet isn't whether any of them have read Nietzsche. BobTheSubgenius Jan 2021 #43
Kill the messenger RecoveringJournalist Jan 2021 #45
All the bad actors have one thing in common. Mr.Bill Jan 2021 #46
Hell the GOP didn't even have a platform this past election. Historic NY Jan 2021 #51
When you see or hear TRumpism, just walk away. UCmeNdc Jan 2021 #52
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