Class Warfare Blog

June 17, 2016

RIP GOP

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 8:37 am
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A Republican strategist, along with many others, has claimed that the candidacy of Donald Trump for President of the United States is “killing the GOP.” Good riddance. If it were to fold its tents, maybe a party that could truly represent conservatives could form in its absence.

Remember conservatives? Those folks who want to preserve fundamental institutions of our culture as a way of creating stability. These are people who supported our public schools and postal service, for example. Today’s Republicans want to privatize them because … there’s money to be made! True conservatives supported things like Medicare and Social Security. even though they were created by Democrats; they voted for them and also voted to expand them. The reason? Both of those government programs pulled a vast number of senior citizens out of poverty. Today’s Republicans are for privatizing these programs because, well … there’s money to be made.

True conservatives supported corporate responsibility, the idea that corporations owed good behavior toward the communities they were embedded in. Today’s Republicans believe that corporations only owe fealty to their shareholders. True conservatives listened to our military leaders, today’s GOP only listens to military contractors and manufacturers, at least those who make political campaign donations. Many times today’s GOP provides military weapons the Pentagon has said it didn’t want or need.

If the GOP were to collapse, a real party representing conservatives could rise from the ashes and that would be a better thing. Then we’d have to root for the Democratic party to do the same, so that a true progressive/liberal party could form. Both of the current parties have been captured by wealthy interests and only serve their paymasters. The rest of what they do is just illusions and distractions. And as the band plays on, the middle class continues to slowly circle the drain.

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6 Comments »

  1. “Both of the current parties have been captured by wealthy interests and only serve their paymasters.” Perfectly stated!

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    Comment by Zachary — June 17, 2016 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  2. A massive shake-up (Spring Clean?) is needed, and there needs to be an equally massive re-calibration of where the actual center is.

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    Comment by john zande — June 17, 2016 @ 9:13 am | Reply

    • Couldn’t agree more!

      Ooops! After weeks of trying my new phone vendor was able to acquire my old phone number (773-682-1417) and so if you made a note of my new number, please change it back. Sorry for the confusion.

      Steve June 16, 2016

      On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 9:13 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 17, 2016 @ 9:16 am | Reply

      • Steve … what is this with the phone number gig????

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        Comment by Nan — June 17, 2016 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

        • For those who have my number, it changed recently and then got changed back, so my number is the same as it was before (my new company said they couldn’t transfer my old number … and then they did). Just ignore it.

          Ooops! After weeks of trying my new phone vendor was able to acquire my old phone number (773-682-1417) and so if you made a note of my new number, please change it back. Sorry for the confusion.

          Steve June 16, 2016

          On Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 17, 2016 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  3. I think the problem is not with the parties per se, it’s with the way our political system is set up so that the wealthy will always have much more influence than the rest of us. Republican party is just more affected by this rot than the Democrats, and if either of those two parties were to disappear and be replaced be a new party, that new party would be under the same pressure from the wealthy as GOP and Dems and will either have to cave or lose.
    It’s possible that any real hope of reforming the election system currently lies with the Democrats – but if a robust democracy is actually established, I wouldn’t cry if either Republican or Democratic party disappeared and were replaced by another party or parties.

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    Comment by List of X — June 17, 2016 @ 8:46 pm | Reply


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