With what can only be described as the historical re-election of our President this past November, “We the People,” have learned several things about our current electoral landscape, but perhaps nothing as dramatic as how this country has rejected the platform, agenda, and ideology of the Grand Old Party! While those within GOP ranks, and their supporters continue to proffer extrinsic excuses for their loss, the rest of the country has placed these very people, it seems to me at least, on notice evidenced by the very results of this previous election. Still, conservatives are quick to point to how they continue to control the House of Representatives, neglecting to mention that many sources, both conservative and progressive alike, attribute this outcome to the stringent efforts led by GOP state led legislatures to successfully engage in re-districting efforts once swept into power during the 2010 mid-term election. Of course, this very fact does not agree with the current GOP ideology, therefore they ignore even this reality. However, “We the People,” ought not be surprised!
As conservative columnist, Andrew Sullivan writes: “Between the humiliating and chaotic collapse of Speaker Boehner’s already ludicrously extreme Plan B and Wayne La Pierre’s deranged proposal to put government agents in schools with guns, the Republican slide into total epistemic closure and political marginalization has now become a free-fall. This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government. There is no conservative party in the West – except for minor anti-immigrant neo-fascist ones in Europe – anywhere close to this level of far right extremism. And now the damage these fanatics can do is not just to their own country, but to the entire world.” Lest we all neglect to recall: The very people driving the GOP towards extinction are those same individuals who have cried out, “never underestimate the power of ‘we the people,’ only to now apparently ignore the very will of those they proclaim to represent. Their cries to return the country towards a strict adherence to the constitution and, their subsequent claim to return our country to fiscal sanity has been betrayed by their very own behavior. That is, the current constitutional and economic vandalism these people have engaged in, removes any shred of doubt that this party and its lucrative media bubble is in any way conservative. To be clear: They are not! Sullivan continues, “They’re ideological zealots, indifferent to the consequences of their actions, contemptuous of the very to-and-fro essential for the American system to work, gerrymandering to thwart the popular will, filibustering in a way that all but wrecks the core mechanics of American democracy, and now willing to acquiesce to the biggest tax increase imaginable because they cannot even accept Obama’s compromise from his clear campaign promise to raise rates for those earning over $250,000 to $400,000 a year.” Perhaps, Sullivan is a tad hyperbolic, but let’s not forget the things said about our current President by those from the “Right,” only to provide the excuse that they are exercising their first amendment right.
And Sullivan is not alone in his assessment of the current state of affairs within his own party. Mark McKinnon, from the “No Labels,” organization, and former aid to Reagan, opines, “Increasingly, it is becoming clear that the party is against everything and for nothing. Nothing on taxes. Nothing on Gun Control. Nothing on Climate Change. Nothing on Gay Marriage. Nothing on Immigration Reform (or an incremental, piece by piece approach, which will result in nothing). It’s a very odd situation when the losing party is the party refusing to negotiate. It may be how you disrupt, but it is not how you govern, or, how you ever hope to regain a majority.” Then there is John Feehery, current GOP strategist, who states: “We cannot be cowed to by them. We have to, um (sic) When they say things that are culturally insensitive and stupid, we need to go after them and say this is not right! We’ve got to stand up. We need some real leadership in the party and say, ‘You know? You’re alienating voters that we want to attract: Knock it off.”
At face value, one might be led to believe that Feehery is urging his party to engage in a re-branding effort, but upon close inspection, one can easily see his true motivation here; keep the ideology and simply change the message or the way it is being communicated. But does this settle with today’s culturally pluralistic society? It seems as though the current tea party hijacked GOP is quite satisfied with the content of their message, because if they weren’t, their leaders would come right out and speak out against the kind of nasty rhetoric these members engage in. When then GOP Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney proposed self-deportation as a solution to the immigration issue in our country, did these people speak out? No! When Tod Akin or Murdoch tried to sell the distinction between “legitimate” rape versus “illegitimate” rape, how many GOP leaders spoke out? None! In fact, the only thing said, by Romney himself with regards to Akin’s comment was that he wouldn’t have said it exactly that way!
Moreover, how did the GOP leaders respond when Romney’s comments about 47% of our citizens surfaced? The following were his exact words, reflecting his, and perhaps their true feelings when he stated: “All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.” He ends with this brazen statement: “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” If each of you will recall, Ryan never spoke out against these comments, and in fact, reinforced them. Did one single GOP lawmaker come out and speak against this statement? No! Even Rush Limbaugh praised Romney for taking this stand. Once again: It seems as though the GOP truly believes this crud, and only are concerned with the way or manner it is conveyed to the very people they are reliant upon in order to get into office.
What about the lies which were spread regarding the President removing the work requirement from those receiving unemployment? Did anyone come out, other than progressive supporters, and show the country how this was an outright lie? No! Think about it folks: Any number of GOP leaders “could” have come out to dispel the several lies, myths, and rumors regarding this President, however when presented with the opportunity they don’t, and, they won’t! Why? Because should they do so, they each fear that they will end up in a primary fight, by a tea party candidate, perhaps not as insane as McDonnell who proclaimed “I am not a witch,” but one from their brand, only to lose their seat and to be sent home! That is, these people who are supposed to be leading our nation through some of the most delicate and critical issues facing our land happen to be more concerned with “their” jobs, versus creating jobs, as they so promised they would do once swept into power in 2010. How many of you recall the consistent campaign message by the GOP, Tea Party, and John Boehner as they consistently asked the President: “Where are the jobs, Mr. President?” Which then leads us to the question that begs an answer: How many jobs bills did they pass once they got into office?
Of course, if one listens to conservative radio talk shows, or Fox News, they “supposedly” passed nearly 10 bills, only for them to be sat upon by Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. Yet, upon closer inspection, all these media outlets are doing is engaging in smoke and mirrors, or in political speak, “projection politics.” This is how it works: Whatever weaknesses either a candidate or party has, ends up being placed at the very feet of their opposition, while they “attempt” to take credit for the very accomplishments made by that opponent. Make no mistake folks: ALL media influences, however, when a media outlet does not share the truth to its viewers or listeners, providing spin (and that is a nice way of putting it), versus that truth, those who listen to such baloney do so at their own peril! Just recently, Fox News media enterprises found themselves in litigation, again, for nothing more than sharing a story which was patently false! Their defense was simple: “As a news agency, we don’t have a responsibility to share the truth!” Sadly, the judge agreed and ruled in their favor, however, I have got to believe that sooner or later Fox and the conservative radio complex will come tumbling down due to a lack of journalistic integrity.
But don’t take my word for it! David Frum, former Bush speechwriter states: “The conservative followership has been fleeced, exploited, and lied to, by the conservative entertainment complex.” Steve Schmidt, former McCain campaign strategist opines, “Who is and who is not a conservative is should not be defined around whoever agrees with whatever outrageousness comes out of the mouth of these talk radio hosts. Enough is enough!” But once again, please note: While Schmidt provides the “appearance” of disagreeing with the over-arching message being shared by those conservative radio talk show hosts, he falls short in calling them out. That is, his encouragement is ONLY to the listener, the recipient of that very message! Why might this be? Could it be possible that Rush Limbaugh truly is the unofficial spokesperson of the GOP? Call me naive; but, it appears that nobody from the GOP, with possibly the exception of Frum sees things as they truly are. And, it is this very issue which is leading the GOP into irrelevance, and perhaps even extinction, should they not get the essential help they need. As Toure, host of The Cycle on MSNBC, states: “They [the GOP] are no longer satisfied with one’s right to bear arms; but, they want to be able to bear ‘machines’ that can kill people with twenty, thirty, or even forty round clips.” This folks, is what I personally call ideological purism at its zenith. The party is totally against compromise, with a no new laws, no new changes, no more government mantra conveying to the electorate their party’s devolving from the “party of the wealthy,” to “the party of legitimate rape,” to the “party of Glock.” As conservative Mike Murphy states: “We’ve got to get kind of a party view of America that’s not read out of Rush Limbaugh’s dream journal!” I agree!
All of this to say the following: If you are ill as an individual, either mentally or physically, you are presented with a choice. You can go to a physician who will tell you precisely what is wrong with you, provide you with a dosing of medicine, and maybe even tell you to make some life changes, right? Or, your other option is to go and seek out a physician who will tell you exactly what you want to hear, not what you need to hear; but what you want to hear! The parallel could not be clearer folks: The GOP currently faces a choice! They can continue to listen to the conservative radio and Fox News entertainment complex, reinforcing how right they are in their ideological worldview, while remaining in their own little bubble, or, they can face the current electoral realities confronting them. Should they decide to take the former course, there may still be some hope for them as a party! Should they continue on the latter course, they most certainly will become irrelevant as a party at best, or extinct at worst. Should the GOP fail to choose wisely, while not getting the attention they truly need, they are terminally ill indeed!