Uncommon Sense

November 16, 2012

I Don’ Need No Stinkin’ GOP!

While the debate over the election fallout rages on, a commonly expressed sentiment of many on the liberal side has been that they would like to see the Republicans get their act together as a “strong Republican Party is needed” in our two-party system. At first I merely nodded at this sage advice but as Republican perfidy seems to be almost unabated, I reconsidered.

Do we need a Republican Party . . . at all?

As currently manifested I would answer “no.” Here are my reasons:

1. Do we need the GOP as a source of good candidates for office? Based on the quality of the individuals recently put forward, that is a clear “no.”

2. Do we need the GOP as a source of good ideas? This is clearly a “no. G.W. Bush started his Presidency with rolling back arsenic standards in drinking water. Rolling back good regulations, good environmental standards, starting unnecessary wars, letting lobbyists write legislation, etc. are not good ideas. Reagan’s record was similar with “Supply Side Economics,” tax cuts for the rich, shifting the tax burdens off of corporations and onto individuals (mostly the middle class), etc.; the list of his bad ideas is quite long. The most recent bad idea is the Republican insistence that over $300 billion in tax cuts be included in the $782 billion 2009 stimulus package when virtually all economists have agreed that tax cuts are nowhere near as stimulative to the economy as, say, infrastructure expenditures or certainly food stamps are. The GOP’s Supreme Court appointments came up with the genius idea of “corporations are people for political purposes (without being asked the question, mind you) with more rights than you have” (Citizens United) and other bizarre opinions. I won’t even get into their “personhood” Constitutional Amendment and its ilk. The few good ideas contributed: “Cap and Trade” and “Romney Care” were repudiated when Democrats showed interest in passing them, so they were just cover.

3. What we really need is not opposition, but collaboration. We need ideas from left, right, and center to enter a mix to get things done. The Democratic Party has conservative, liberal, and moderate wings, so all of these voices will be heard. And, Democrats have demonstrated time and again that they will not just toe the party line and vote as requested. They, unlike the Republicans, retain some independence, so there is little fear of a runaway ruling party.

The GOP, I think can bloviate and filibuster its way into irrelevance and the dustbin of history for all they contribute to the political process.


  1. I disagree, GOP is absolutely needed to remind the voters why they should vote for Democrats.


    Comment by List of X — November 16, 2012 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  2. Great post. I would disagree with #3. We do need an opposition – but one willing to compromise.


    Comment by fatherkane — November 19, 2012 @ 8:17 am | Reply

    • I guess my point is we do need opposition to everyone’s thinking. The GOP is not doing that, it is just opposing anything getting done. There is opposition within the Democratic Party that can perform this function if the GOP won’t.

      So, I guess my point is we need what the British call a “loyal opposition” rather than the current GOP disloyal opposition.




      Comment by stephenpruis — November 19, 2012 @ 9:10 am | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on The Last Of The Millenniums and commented:
    Our Country’s politics are a ‘swing’. We are constantly going from one side to the other. Proving that too much of anything is not good.
    Sometimes the best ideas come from the most heated disagreements.


    Comment by fatherkane — November 19, 2012 @ 8:19 am | Reply

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