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  •  My sense is (3+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens, lotlizard, kurt

    that the Republican Party is going to split in the next 5-10 years.

    The extremist are such as they are because they're not so much conservatives as people who simply want the certainties of an age now rather long ago- prior to 1968 at least.  I'll gladly concede that they're authoritarians but that is largely instrumental, a part of an adamant internal desire to stop or reverse time to the desired era.  

    The more that desirable time recedes into the past (now 44+ years ago) and the proportion of the population grows that has no experience  of or desire for that time, the more extreme the rhetoric and the more extreme the desire that both the right wing leaders and the followers have to demonstrate for it.  Because the horrible truth is that they barely remember that Golden Age at this point.  It's more fantasy than real.  I think all they really know is that they feel wrong- out of place- in the present and have long felt that way, and know they will feel so for a long time.  

    There is a part of their Party that is realistic and young and willing to be a constructive critic within the social democratic state that is in the making.  But the bulk of their (definitely older) establishment and their 'base' is most definitely not so- and has no capacity for it.  Something similar to this happened in the Democratic Party so that it split in the late 1960s/early 70s.  The conservative wing dominated (and often in an ugly way) until 1992 or 1993 and then has become an obstructive and somewhat treasonous faction as it slouches toward extinction.  I'll guess that Republicans won't take 40-some years to close ranks again.

    •  Re: My sense is . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      Hi killjoy - I think you've really nailed the current state of the Republican party. And I think/hope that you're right about the "younger generation" of the party. I just hope that we can get to the point that the "younger generation" can sync up with the rest of the world before they become the next iteration of the current condition . . . I truly do. The country doesn't need another 20 years of what we've had to deal with in the last 20 . . .

      Keeping my fingers crossed . . .

      "The water won't clear up 'til we get the hogs out of the creek." -- Jim Hightower

      by lartwielder on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 02:53:46 AM PST

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