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Legislative roadblocks, religious extremism, Tea Party bigotry, and favoritism to wealthy interests in the form of huge tax cuts and deregulation for chemical polluters of our air and water. All this along with deregulation of our financial institutions who rob the nation of its wealth, would all become history, if one can only imagine if the GOP ceased to exist.

Just think; we could actually have a health care system that is single-payer and serves everybody the same. Our infrastructure could get needed dollars to pay for new bridges, roads and schools. Jobs would be created because of those dollars to fix our infrastructure. The minimum wage would go up high enough for the lowest paid workers to make a decent enough living to pay for the necessities of life, saving tons of money on social programs that take care of those things now through Welfare, food stamps and Medicaid.

Immigration reform would open the door for millions of immigrants on a path toward citizenship. The right to marry would open up in every state. Voting rights would increase and it would become just as easy to vote in urban poorer neighborhoods as it would be to vote in wealthier, more affluent neighborhoods.  Those urban poorer neighborhoods would also get more funding for infrastructure and crumbling schools.

Decent gun restrictions would lower the number of gun deaths. African-Americans and Hispanics would be treated more equally by our justice system. Religious freedom would actually mean freedom of and from religion for everyone and not just Christians. Diplomacy would be first priority over going to war and the military industrial complex would not have as large an influence on our nation when it came to going to war or not going to war.

Women's rights would be increased, concerning their rights to an abortion and equal pay in the workplace. Sexual harassment in the military would decrease, or at least women no longer would need to go through their chain of command to see proper action taken.

Yes, it would be a new day in America when finally equality was present tense and not and endless struggle for rights for LGBT members, immigrants, African-Americans, Hispanics, women and average workers. The super wealthy would no longer be able to buy elections and politicians, because Congress would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United v. FEC and any other law that gave the wealthy an advantage over all other Americans.

Our African-American president would not be treated with the such bigotry, just because he is black and has a Middle-Eastern name, and his agenda would get serious consideration, instead of a consistent "No" on everything and anything he asked for. The first woman president, whenever we finally elect her, would not feel she needed to give special deference to the male dominated Congress and even more women would be elected to public office and our court system.

Alternative energy would take a faster pace while the oil industry would no longer be given subsidies while they made record profits.

America would become a much friendlier place as bigotry would no longer have a place in our government. Fox News perhaps would have to close their doors or stop catering to the right and Rush Limbaugh may decide to retire, if one could only wish. What a great day in America that would be.

On the other hand, perhaps the GOP could start actually listening to the American people and not just their base. Certainly, a two-party system is preferred in a democratic country but for a two-party system to work, both parties need to serve the people and work together. The Republican Party has gone so far off to the right by allowing far right extremist to decide what the party represents, that it can no longer work with the Democrats to improve America, just block them at every turn.

Shutting down the government just to get its way is no way for a political party to operate. It is as though we are dealing with children at a neighborhood ballpark and the Republicans act as though they own the ball, the bat, the mitts and the ballpark, and if we do not let them win, they will close the park down and no one will get to play.

The majority of Americans want immigration reform. They also want Congress to fix ObamaCare, not get rid of it. The want our two major parties, both Democrat and Republican to work together for the betterment of ALL Americans, not just the wealthy or the Christian religious right.

The GOP needs to enlarge its tent of constituents because it seems to becoming nothing but a small group of ill-tempered, small-minded, bigoted-oriented tantrum-prone losers, who think they are right about everything. Right-wing purity has replaced moderate and even conservative Republicans with a bunch of Tea Party absolutes who listen to no one but their own dribble of nonsense.

In other words, get up-to-date to where America is heading or get off at the next stop, because an America without the GOP is much better than one that does nothing but stand in the way of progress while stepping on the dreams and hopes of many by an agenda of a Grand Old Party, blinded by its own hubris.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Caniac41, hbk, Sylv

    Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

    by fidlerten on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 08:13:24 AM PST

  •  They'd be called something else; they & their (3+ / 0-)
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    Wisper, fidlerten, waterstreet2013

    Brand of evil are always present.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 08:25:00 AM PST

    •  The process is "Denazification." (1+ / 0-)
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      fidlerten

      Name changes were addressed then, too.

      By 1947 and 1948 it was over. There was no threat of a hidden recovery by idealistic Nazi believers. Even in Bavaria it was over.

      The last of the SS killings was on into the 1950s. That's because the SS men were psychopaths, not that they had support.

      My uncle stayed on in Germany for two years to help. Getting the same things done here would be lovely. Run Far Right pols out of office -- perfect!

      "Teachers: the Architects of American Democracy"

      by waterstreet2013 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 03:17:07 PM PST

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  •  fidlerten - Congress can't overturn (2+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten, nextstep

    Citizens United. it would take a Constitutional Amendment or some new faces on the SCOTUS replacing at least one of the five member conservative majority.

    The GOP isn't going away. They have money and patience and well crafted simple slogans that appeal to emotional voters.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:28:11 AM PST

    •  I know this VClib, (2+ / 0-)
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      waterstreet2013, VClib

      I was only dreaming.

      You're right about Citizens United, though Congress could pass a law or laws that in effect would overturn that ruling, by ending our current campaign system entirely, and go to a publicly funded system that ends private donations of any kind.

      Thanks for your comments.

      Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

      by fidlerten on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:55:28 AM PST

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      •  I don't think ending private donations (0+ / 0-)

        would pass constitutional muster with the current SCOTUS or maybe even with a few new faces. It wasn't that long ago that many constitutional scholars thought that any limits on campaign contributions were unconstitutional.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 06:31:10 PM PST

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  •  Are we executing 47% of the country? (2+ / 0-)
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    thestructureguy, fidlerten

    There are a lot of people that openly and passionately believe in their platform.

    I agree they are poorly positioning themselves for electoral success and finally (and definitively) losing on some of hallmark social positions that have served as part of their identity for generations.

    But the millions and MILLIONS of Conservative Americans are not going to disappear because of the political ineptitude of their current elected officials.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:54:30 AM PST

  •  I think you guys took me... (1+ / 0-)
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    waterstreet2013

    too literally.

    Obviously, conservatives are not going away, and the GOP is not going away. The article was meant to be fantasy land, not reality.

    I only used the article to point out how the Republican Party stands in the way of so many good things in America, not to mean to somehow actually get rid of the party . I thought I made that clear closer to the end of the article.

    Sorry, if the article made some of you think I actually meant to get rid of the GOP. Really, what would we do without Republicans reminding us consistently that nothing will ever be free from their stumbling block tactics, no matter how good it is.

    Rule the Day, Let not the Day Rule You.

    by fidlerten on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:41:28 AM PST

  •  You talk about their base and a two party system (1+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten

    But that works both ways.  Both sides have extremists.  Ried and Pelosi won't work with the GOP so where does it all end.  (Probably with new people getting elected but that is for another day.)

    As far as the wealthy, look no further than the Clintons, Kerry, Reid and Pelosi and get back to us.  Hillary is making a ton of money off Wall Street right now.  Has she yet moved from the 1% to the .1%?

  •  Fortunatley in several states the GOP is (1+ / 0-)
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    fidlerten

    Irrelevant in state and local government.  You can get closer to what you imagine by living in those states.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 04:45:48 PM PST

  •  imagine america without rw radio, because that's (0+ / 0-)

    by far the main enabler of the crazy

    money alone can't convince enough voters to vote against their interests- it needs that semi captive audience getting pounded with unchallenged repetition, and the left is all too ready to listen the other way.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 07:23:10 AM PST

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