|Extinct Dodo Bird|
"What!??" you say. The Republican party has survived the test of time and is a powerful machine that can't be stopped. How can the party be destined for extinction?
Glad you asked.
The decline of the Republican party popularity is obvious in the polls and related to their obstruction in Congress for the most part.
Although the radical right wing of the Republican party, called the "Tea Party" deserves much of the blame for the party's loss of popularity, the acceptance of that faction by the moderate Republican membership is being seen by outside observers as the new direction of the Republican party as a whole.
In many respects this is probably a correct perception since the Tea Party Caucus still exists and some members of Congress who have been members of the Tea Party Caucus hold powerful positions on some committees. I don't think the majority of voters know who in the Republican party is a Tea Partier, yet a large number of Tea Partiers lost seats in the last election. From the stand-point of the American voting public, the Tea Party and hence the Republican Party may be losing support.
A lot of the personality of the Republican party is still coming from Tea Party members. The party is inflexible. It is obstinate and over-reaching. It does not keep promises. It is deceitful. It is bigoted. It is self-serving. It is anti-intellectual. It is uncaring. It is war-mongering. It is misogynistic.
The party refuses to accept or pass most Democrat introduced legislation. They have become famous for being the party of obstruction. Their overall approval rating in most polls is devastatingly low and around 20% as of this writing.
If you are a politician and the people don't support you, then you should be worried about losing your job. The fact that most are not worried and continue to act the same way could show how anti-intellectual they are, but because the Republican side of the House has gerrymandered state voting districts, they are fairly sure that their actions represent the majority of people in their districts and they will be re-elected.
The party is populated with leaders who constantly re-invent the wheel and make it a lot less round each time. Republican political leaders have re-written the workings of the female reproductive system. They refuse to accept any scientific findings about climate change. They believe science manipulates data to derive their own self-serving facts. Needless to say, an overwhelming number of scientists do not belong to the Republican Party.
Republican leaders like John Boehner have said the number one issue for Republicans is "jobs, jobs, jobs." Yet republicans have done nothing to create jobs. They stick to the claim that Corporate America would create jobs if we don't tax them, even though Corporate America has given away millions of jobs to third world nations and incoming third world nationals over the last thirty years. This is deceitful and just another way that Republican leaders show that they do not really mean what they say.
Republican leaders have recently publicly announced bigoted remarks such as calling gays "filthy homosexuals" and calling immigrants "wetbacks." The White Student Union recently attended the Conservative Action Council where it's leader supported segregation and slavery.
The Republicans in Congress appear to hate the fact that a black man could be the President. They met even before President Obama's inauguration in 2008 to agree to block all legislation he introduced to make him a "one term President." Failing that, they have continued their obstructionist actions to deny the President any successes. They are now attacking the Affordable Care Act by voting for a 37th time to repeal it and in the process wasting $55 million of taxpayer money that could have otherwise gone to other more fruitful uses.
Their obsession with causing harm to President Obama includes casting rumors and suspicions of his personal involvement with recent controversies concerning the Benghazi attacks, the IRS review of 501(c)4 tax exempt organizations and Department of Justice obtaining AP members telephone records.
The uncaring attitude of Republican leaders is aptly represented by the introduction of the Ryan Budget which slashes social programs in favor of tax advantages for the wealthy. Mothers and children who have little to eat rank far below the Republicans favorite person, the wealthy Corporate CEO. In order to save America with so-called jobs, Republicans will ensure that their favorite persons increase their wealth while much of America starves. Meanwhile Corporate coffers have become overflowing with cash while jobs are nearly non-existent.
The Bush administration brought us the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Had Mitt Romney won the 2012 Presidential election, Iran may already have been invaded. We saw the clamoring in Congress when it was suggested that Iran might already have or very soon acquire nuclear weapons. Republicans see war as a means to benefit their wealthy supporters who happen to own and operate companies involved in the weapons of war. This explains their anxious dialog about going to war and funding war, while their legislation prevents the American victims of war and the veterans of war from getting assistance in returning to civilian life.
Republican leaders, where they control state legislatures and governorships have shown their misogynist side. Republicans in Congress have stood against the Violence against Women Act. Other Congressional actions to obstruct or defeat certain social programs will have an impact on women and children. Wisconsin has passed repeal of equal pay for women. North Dakota's Governor and other state governors have signed bills which many consider unconstitutional, to reduce women's access to reproductive rights services. Even though Roe v Wade is law, Republicans in Congress and in the States have managed to restrict the intention of the law.
Many Republican policies can be explained by what they are against. They are anti-middle-class in their favoritism to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.
They are anti-women in their fights against women's rights.
They are anti-gay rights in their opposition to marriage equality legislation.
They are anti-student in their votes against funding Pell grants.
They are anti-urban voter in their fight to make voting more difficult with reducing voting hours and requiring voter ID cards.
They are anti-student voter in their legislation to prevent students from voting in the state where their college is located.
They are anti-labor by their fights against the national labor relations board membership.
They are anti-jobs by their activities to block President Obama's American Jobs Act.
They are anti-consumer by their blocking the Presidential appointment of a Director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
They are anti-Christian by insisting that social programs for the weakest of society be cut in favor of tax breaks for the wealthy.
They are anti-elderly by their demands for changing Medicare and Social Security which will hurt the elderly.
They are anti-poor people for fighting to repeal the Affordable Care Act which covers millions of formerly uninsured persons and improves patient treatment by insurance companies.
They are anti-veteran by preventing government aid to injured veterans and blocking assistance in finding jobs after serving their country.
They are anti-immigrant by failing to pass immigration reform.
They are anti-family by failing to protect children and families from gun violence by their actions to prevent improved background checks for firearms.
My guess is that the total number of people who Republicans are failing to represent amounts to nearly 98% of the country. The reason they have not been voted out of office yet, I blame on the "one-issue" Republicans who continue to vote them in. One-issue Republicans are those voters who dispel any other adverse effects of having a Republican represent them provided they cover their one major (usually social) issue of concern.
Convincing the voter that Republican policy will benefit them is greatly assisted by the Republican knack for lying to the public guiltlessly about anything that advances the Republican cause. Fox news and other radical right wing talk show hosts contribute to this and may actually be hurting the Republican party more than it knows. Lest you forget, remember the lies of the Romney campaign? The same political infrastructure that led Romney is still leading the Republicans in Congress. Romney lost the election but we are still being inundated by his policies...because they are Republican policies.
Ultimately, once the majority of one-issue Republican voters start to realize that it is in their best interest to evaluate all of the issues, the extinction of the Republican party will begin. I think this process has already started and expect that we will see some of the results of this in the 2014 Congressional elections.
I'll bet you $10,000. (Not really. That's how I remember Romney ;-)