The Demise of the Republican Party
A few years back I blogged about the dismal state of the Republican party and asked if Bush was driving the final nail in the conservative coffin.
Republicans Aren’t Conservatives
Today’s Republican party hardly represents the Conservative American. As we’ve seen, the Republican party platform has completely flipped on its head. This is from the 1956 Republican platform:
- We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social security—broadened coverage in unemployment insurance —improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people.
- We favor a comprehensive study of the effect upon wildlife of the drainage of our wetlands.
- We favor recognition, by the States, of wild-life and recreation management and conservation as a beneficial use of water.
- We subscribe to the general objectives of groups seeking to guard the beauty of our land and to promote clean, attractive surroundings throughout America.
- We recognize the need for maintaining isolated wilderness areas to provide opportunity for future generations to experience some of the wilderness living through which the traditional American spirit of hardihood was developed.
- We will vigorously promote, as we have in the past, a non-political career service under the merit system which will attract and retain able servants of the people. Many gains in this field, notably pay increases and a host of new benefits, have been achieved in their behalf in less than four years.
- We condemn illegal lobbying for any cause and improper use of money in political activities, including the use of funds collected by compulsion for political purposes contrary to the personal desires of the individual.
The Republican party claims to be “fiscally conservative” and even says they’re “fiscally responsible” yet the Republicans are responsible for 9 trillion dollars of our 13 trillion dollar national debt. So why isn’t this screamed from every news outlet? It’s disinformation in action.
I personally know many conservatives who have disowned the Republican party because the Republican party isn’t conservative or isn’t even the Republican party any more. Looking at the platform, above, one can see that the Republican party is not an American party anymore, but the anti-American party. Everything that this country needs, and needed back in 1956 are things the Republican party is against today.
Why Anyone Believes the Republican Party
But, the Republican party survives. You should be asking why. Why does anyone still endorse the Republican party? The answer is most unpleasant.
Back in the 1920s our country crumbled under the Republican Great Depression. There is no way to deny that the crash was caused by the Republican policies. Just read a history book. We had the same financial systems in place then that we had when Bush’s latest Republican Great Recession almost became the second Republican Great Depression. The only reason this one didn’t turn into a full-blown depression is that Americans threw out the Republicans in 2008.
Obama was able to implement a few of the economy-saving programs similar to what the Democrats implemented in the 1930s to get us out of the Great Depression, but this time the Republicans used the filibuster to block a lot of the necessary changes. What this means is that this recession is not going away. In fact, we may go headlong into the depression anyway since the Republicans got back in power in 2010.
But, why is the Republican party still supported by 20% of America?
Polluting our Information
One of the most unpatriotic things that political zealots do is pollute our information. Even back in the days when the Republicans were thrown out of office and the Democratic party was given the task of cleaning up after the Republican train crash, the Republicans were constantly saying the things the Democrats were doing were destroying America.
After many decades of Democratic rule after the Great Depression and many years of the country’s healthiest economy, the Republicans were still lying and saying the economy improved in spite of the Democratic policies, not because of them.
In those days, no one believed the Republican lies. The Republicans were not voted back into power for decades. But, the lies continued and now, in today’s history books you can find the Republican lies no one believed back in the 30s. Many history books repeat the lies that it wasn’t the Democratic policies that got us out of the Republican Great Depression but it was the war. Even a grade schooler should be able to see through those lies.
No one believed back then and no one should believe it today. But, the lies are marketed so well that many people are led into believing them, especially our school children.
We Need to Stop the Lies!
How could we have possibly gotten back into a Republican Great Depression in less than a century? How could we have let the Republicans institute the same failed policies that got us into the first depression? Well, we forgot the lesson of the first depression because people are constantly trying to market the lies to us.
America needs to respect the value of our information. We need to shut down lying news organizations that lie. We need to shut down conservative think tanks that lie. We need to respond with screaming headlines when we catch people biasing our information. We need to shut down the right-wing think thanks who are out there posting lies on the blogs and editing reference sites like Wikipedia. It’s a crime against society and we Americana need to put a stop to it.
When will we learn from our mistakes? Not until we can rely on our news and our history, and that means exposing and discrediting those intent on marketing the failed policies to us.