This is it. The last gasp of breath from the Republican Party. The long standing cancer plaguing the party has finally overcome all the remaining vestiges of conservatism and replaced with a group of media hungry side show freaks. Enamored by their antics and hurting from being passed over in the new economy, angry and under-educated people of the U.S. flock to the loudest and most obscene of individuals because they are just desperate for a change. Sick of being talked down to and with the realization that the fruits of their labor will never be rewarded in this lifetime, many have nothing left to lose as they have already lost their American dream. This current situation should not be a surprise to anyone who has paid attention in the last decade to the advancing drumbeat of anger after the election of President Obama alongside a Libertarian undercurrent.
So how did the Republican Party get here? The 2008 election of Barack Obama stunned the Republican Party and shook it to it’s core as the outdated polling mechanisms predicted a win for Mitt Romney. The hard-line focus on socially conservative values and oppressive stances left many bored and uninspired within the walls of the party. Licking their wounds after the election, the Republican plan was to obstruct all federal government activities and to take on libertarian causes at the behest of the loudest factions of the party. In a true Machiavellian fashion, far right libertarians then asserted their power over the party through the intimidation and threat of establishment party leaders. Enabling libertarians to speak for and through the Republican establishment allowed the sentiment to get stronger as anti-government claims were repeated through conservative echo chambers on the internet and within the free media outlets catering to this narrative. This allowed the disease to fester and gain political ballot legitimization and momentum under the protection of a lifeless and gutless party. The Republican Party could have evicted these extreme members and their ideas and forced them to find their own platform and party ticket for discourse, but alas the Republican message was non-existent and over time a new conservative narrative was written for them.
The Tea Party Patriots, Minutemen, 9/12 groups, Birthers or the Sovereign Citizens have now taken over the Republican Party and devolved it into an Libertarian movement with lots of guns and whole lot of anger. This is no longer just a Libertarian movement, it may further devolve into Fascist revolutionary movement where the cult of personality of a single leader is actively encouraging the overthrowing of democratically held positions through threats, intimidation and violence. These are not just coming from a few fringe characters anymore, these are widely discussed topics about how to remove democratically elected people from public office. These Machiavellian beliefs where the ends justify the means are dangerous to democracy and to anyone who stands in their way, including other established members of the Republican Party.
With the changing demographics and global mindset of the electorate, the Republican Party may no longer be able to actively compete in national elections for president. Essentially, the Republican Party has been castrated from within because they fed a terminal cancer for years and now party insiders wondering why the treatment is not working. Go ahead and bring forth the priest for the last rites of the Republican Party. Behold, the last gasp.
As anticipated, the Republican National Convention was set to be an interesting event to say the least. But even on day one the RNC has proved to be a wild one with boycotts, chaos, alienation of many voters, and way too many reality television stars.
Lack of Support from many of the Republican current and past leaders who did not attend the event, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and former presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Paul Rand of Kentucky, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, and Mitt Romney. 18 current senators in all are skipping the event, for some of the hilarious reasons why these senators are skipping the convention check out Fox News.
Mass chaos broke out on the floor when delegates who were supposed to be voting against Donald Trump’s nomination backed out at the last minute.
Reality TV Stars were the next best thing for speakers since there were so many who refused to speak on behalf of Trump. This result was 1994’s MTV reality television series The Real World: San Francisco couple Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy (House of Representatives from Wisconsin), along with Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty spoke on behalf of Trump.
Sexist comments alienating women came from Senate candidate Darryl Glenn mentioning Hillary Clinton’s pant suits once again- why doesn’t anyone ever mention the men’s pant suits that they wear everyday?
A ‘shameful, hellish’ benediction is what many on social media are calling pastor Mark Burns’ speech as he stated, “And Republicans, we got to be united, because our enemy is not other Republicans- but is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.” Lets ask ourselves how that is going to unite the country and ‘Make America Great Again’?
With three more days to go for the RNC, it’s sure to continue to be eventful with Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and many more still left to speak!
Donald Trump has likely chosen Republican Mike Pence as his Vice President running mate. Here’s what you need to know about Mike Pence.
Michael Richard “Mike” Pence, born June 7, 1959
Family: wife Karen Pence, one son, two daughters
Attorney who graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1986
Served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001- 2013
Governor of Indiana since 2013
Ran against John Boehner in 2006 for the minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, lost by a large margin
In 2008, he was listed as one of the top ten legislators by Esquire Magazine
Has been listed as a potential running mate for both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections
Part of the Tea Party Movement
S. House committee assignments have included: Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Middle East and South Africa, Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet. (This experience is likely to help Trump’s short comings in foreign policy)
Supporter of earmark reform
Secured earmarks for the ‘Transit Acquisition and Intermodal Facility Project,’ construction of a park in Portland, inclusion in a bill for labor-health and human services
Co-sponsor of the 2011 spending limit amendment to the U.S. Constition
In support of increased border security, laws against hiring illegal immigrants and guest worker programs
Supported the Iraq Resolution
Opposes closing Guantanamo Bay detention camp
Has supported Israel on a number of occasions and considers them to be “America’s most cherished ally”
Is in opposition of LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage, civil unions, Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, and aid money intended to go towards preventing the spread of the HIV virus
Is strongly against reproductive rights for women
May keep Trump in check! Pence has been vocal at saying Trump’s Muslim ban is a terrible idea
What do you think? Is Mike Pence the right VP pick for Donald Trump?