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I understand that many Republicans, at least the ordinary Republicans, have reasons for their conservative views and some of those views are even reasonable. I also know that many of their views show they are uninformed about what is going on in the world and even in their own country.

However, Republicans and even religious conservatives must finally accept that it is very likely same-sex marriage is going to be legal eventually everywhere. It is also unlikely that abortion is going to become illegal and if it did, they eventually would regret because of all the many more children that would grow up in impoverished homes and the desperation it brings to so many children. They do not even want to take care of all the children now, at least by some of the budget cuts that have been introduced by Republicans in the last few years.

They also must accept the fact that no matter how they feel about a number of things, our society will grow more liberal and more progressive.  As the generations gradually change hands, and our kids grow up and take an interest in changing the country with a more enlightened view of the world, they will also change politics and those politics will be much more tolerant overall, even drug policy. Marijuana is already on its way to becoming legal. How long will it take before it does become legal nationwide is the question? I will give it ten years or it might even be sooner. Watch the tax dollars pour in from the sale of legal pot in Colorado and Washington State and watch the other states get desperate for some of that money.

I know from visiting conservative blogs that many conservatives are living in a pipe dream that somehow their party will take back the White House, take over the Senate and increase their numbers in the House; I just do not see that happening. What I see instead is a political party falling apart at the seams because it is trying not to let its right hand, know what its left hand is doing. In other words; trying to please one side of their party, the Tea Party crowd and keeping happy the wealthy and corporate interests because without them, their campaigns will sink, in need of cash.

Our nation faces many crises; jobless rates still way to high at 7.5 percent and the Baby Boomers are starting to retire. Social Security and Medicare both need to be fixed, and that does not mean make poor seniors live on even less than they already do, or have to choose to either have their medicine or food. If the GOP continues to try cutting these services back, or turning Medicare into some sort of voucher program that makes poor seniors pay more for their own health care, they will find the biggest group in the U.S. no longer supports them, the seniors.

The immigration issue is not going away either, there are 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country and the number keeps growing. This issue has not even gotten past the Senate let alone its necessary path to the Republican-controlled House, where it will surely face Tea Party Republicans who will try their best to kill it. Perhaps the Republicans now in Congress think they can just play along with this one and then eventually it will end up in the House where it can die an agonizing death by the hands of its enemies. Then Republicans in the Senate can claim that at least they really tried. I predict the bill will never make it to Obama's desk to sign.

The GOP is strangling itself by its own bow tie, thanks to its consistent small-tent-minded idea that somehow, gays will suddenly become despised and hated again, just like the good old days. The Republican faithful dream of the day the courts will be so conservative that abortion will again be illegal and driven to the back alleys, to the profits of the Black Market and to less-than-safe circumstances, just like the good old days.

If the Republican Party cannot get a handle on civil rights for everyone, including gay people and people of all colors and religions, and it continues to present its platform to be more of the same far-to-the-right politics, it will eventually see its own demise and its existence a thing of the past. In its place will be a wiser party, who knows the importance of compromise.

The nation and even the world will grow more enlightened and everything will change, some for the better and some for the worse.  The Republican Party must come to realize that it is much more than just its message but its whole platform. America is changing and the Party of Lincoln seems stuck in the past, unable to get past the extremist in their party and their stranglehold on its elected leaders.

The GOP either can get on board this train into a more broad-minded and enlightened future, or find itself sitting on the side of the road without a ticket to anywhere.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Illinibeatle, Puffin, AnnieR

    Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

    by fidlerten on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 08:40:02 AM PDT

  •  So does the DNC. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  kind of ironic given how the Overton window (2+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten, AnnieR

    has been moved to the right, not to mention inexplicable

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 08:48:33 AM PDT

  •  Their big problem is the Teabaggers (1+ / 0-)
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    And the GOP is going to have to throw them overboard if they every want to rebuild their party.

  •  I notice that you define "Progressivism" (4+ / 0-)
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    as strictly social liberalism.  The issues you highlight are social ones not economic.

    The culture wars are over; the Left has won.  The defining issues of our time are economic.  Stagnant wages, increasing economic inequality, student debt, chronic unemployment, a lack of oversight over the financial sector, free trade, etc.

    How do each and everyone of you stand?  Are you willing to oppose the Washingtonian neoliberal consensus regardless of whether an "R" or a "D" follows a politician's name?

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 08:58:59 AM PDT

    •  careful (2+ / 0-)
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      don't you know, if you don't blindly support those with the magical "D" by their name, you may be troll, a secret right wing mole.

         Party politics is what is killing us. We look at what "our side, our party" does not through a right or wrong prism, but through is this good for the party, will this help us at the polls. "Our guy" did something underhanded, immoral, criminal, corrupt, lets start deflecting, "Bush did it first", "our guy is different, you can trust him with this", "I don't care what he leaked, he did it to make "our guy" look bad", "don't worry, he is just doing this, so he can get somebody to take it to court, and get a ruling against it"

      I have heard all of this from self-described liberals/progressives.

      "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." T. Roosevelt

      by Lowgun on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 09:47:32 AM PDT

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    •  Indeed (0+ / 0-)

      While I agree that the US has become more "liberal" on social issues, that doesn't mean that the country is becoming more "progressive" least for those who understand the historical meaning of the term. And even with social issues, "progressive" solutions do not necessarily equate with the country becoming more "liberal" on the issues themselves (which it has).

      Just one example, you'd have almost universal consensus that minorities should have equal access to higher eduction, but nothing near consensus on, say, affirmative action, which is a progressive solution a social problem.

      In any event, on economic issues there's certainly nothing close to a "progressive" consensus, and I doubt there ever will be.

      Black Holes Suck.

      by Pi Li on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 10:23:57 AM PDT

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  •  The evil racist GOP ain't going anywhere; they are (1+ / 0-)
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    Evil, persistent, instinct driven & most importantly funded by evil 1%ers.  

    We can GOTV, & spread the word; we can beat them.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 09:45:12 AM PDT

  •  Let Me Address All of You (0+ / 0-)

    Agree, but the Democratic Party is flexible and it's smart enough to go with the populace, which grows more liberal. Their faults are a whole different story and they will survive, as long as our democracy survives.

    I don't quite understand the "Overton Window" though you are welcome to give us a presentation of what you mean. Personally, I just go by what I have seen in my own lifetime, being a gay man and knowing there was a time I had to hide it for fear of my job, my home and even my life.

    It is about what I see with my own eyes and very well see what is coming down the pipeline when it comes to the next generation and the one after that and after that when you and I are long gone.

    History speaks for itself and though at times it may move slowly, eventually it will come around as the decades and the centuries pass us. You watch the Overton Window and I'll watch time.

    You are absolutely right, to some extent. Don't forget about the rich guys standing behind the stage.

    I think you put too much of what I said in a nutshell. I could have went on and on about different issues with the Republican Party. If you read more of my articles you will see that I see things well beyond what is in this one article.

    I also do not see politics always as either a win or lose situation, though that is part of the problem with politics. Sometimes it's about grownups sitting down and working things out.

    I think most of us are somewhere in the middle of the partisan scale. We define ourselves Democrat or Republican or Libertarian, etc, to express what party best represents our interests. Party labels say nothing about a person.

    Lighten up. Not all Republicans are evil. Most are just misinformed or uninformed. Evil does not reside in a political party but in someone's heart.

    Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

    by fidlerten on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 10:22:36 AM PDT

  •  My vote is for their demise. (1+ / 0-)
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    They're no good, rotting from the inside out.  They're holding this country back from progress, and running around like a bunch of teenage girls, moaning and whining.  This can't continue - not like this.  How they still exist is puzzling to me.  Takes a lot of hate to keep that kind of movement going.  Sad.

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 10:48:24 AM PDT

  •  I believe that this Country is (1+ / 0-)
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    a center/Left nation on social issues and a center/Right nation on economics.  That, afterall, is how the nation was founded.

    The Dems were in crisis just 20 years ago.  They responded by moving to the Right on economic issues, and by holding strong to their core principles on social issues.  This corresponded with popular opinion, above, and therefore was successful.  

    If the GOP is to survive, they must do the same:  They can move toward the center/Left on social issues, while standing firm on their core principles of economic conservatism.

    I don't care what the Republicans say, a the vast majority of Americans think abortion should be legal, that gays should not be discriminated against, and that we should judge everybody by their character and behavior, and not by the color of their skin.  This includes a lot of Republicans.  

    By the same token, I also believe that despite what certain polls say, the vast majority of Americans hate to pay taxes, and do not support the idea of redistributed wealth through taxation.  They believe the government should provide only essential services, defense, and public safety regulation, as well as good schools.  A strong majority of Americans, unless they are in one, are skeptical of labor unions.  This includes a lot of Dems who vote with the party because they disagree with the GOP on social issues.

    If the GOP would (sincerely) change their platform to welcome gays, latinos, African Americans, and women, they could remain the party of low taxes and small government, and regain electoral success.  That will mean jettisoning some of their current base, and losing a few elections really badly for a while.  But, in the end, it could remake them into a competitive party.

    Of course, the national Dems did just this same thing from the other side.  Now, a lot of people on this site see them as only marginally better than the GOP on economic issues.  But,...Kossacks vote Dem, despite their dissatisfaction, as the lesser of two evils.  The same thing would eventually happen with the Tea Party faction of the GOP.  Where else would they go?    

  •  Leave the Republicans alone. I love them just the (1+ / 0-)
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    way they are.  The more extreme they are and they seem, the quicker the GOP will crash electorially.  Let them say every crazy thing they want.  And publicize it.

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