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The Death of the Republican Party


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The Death of the Republican Party

Robert Reich

I’m writing to you today to announce the death of the Republican Party. It is no longer a living, vital, animate organization.

It died in 2016. RIP.

It has been replaced by warring tribes:

Evangelicals opposed to abortion, gay marriage, and science.

Libertarians opposed to any government constraint on private behavior.

Market fundamentalists convinced the “free market” can do no wrong.

Corporate and Wall Street titans seeking bailouts, subsidies, special tax loopholes, and other forms of crony capitalism.


#2

And that's not even to mention behavior in accordance with the Constitution, parliamentary procedure, republican governance, etc.


#4

Although there were signs of illness before Bill, the Democratic Party died with his administration. Both parties are as empty shells, waiting to be filled by the shyster with the most money, or money connections, usually every four or eight years. Nature provides the perfect metaphor, the hermit crab:
Bernie is the exception, he is attempting to take over the shell of the Democratic Party and thus transform it, as the great American Socialist Michael Harrington suggested Socialists should do, so many years ago. Go Bernie.


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#6

The system will remain broken as long as rogue candidates have the shell of the Republican (and Democratic) party to shield them from grass-roots democracy.

Until the stranglehold of the two-party duopoly is broken, the system will remain rigged for those opportunists (like Trump) who want to manipulate it to their advantage.

Until the arcane and outdated Electoral College is replaced by a direct popular vote, we will continue to live under the delusion that we have a true democracy.

I don't mourn the passing of the GOP. I'm hoping its demise will serve as a catalyst for real change from the corrupt system we currently endure.


#8

Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. It still has functional teeth and claws. Would that it were not so.


#10

Good observation. Clinton's DLC has insured that the Democrats remain pre-Tea republicans for all intent and purpose, Hillary Clinton exemplifies that. Me primary difference is that the Dems remain slightly better on social issues.


#11

The formation of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) in 1985 was the beginning of an accelerated downward spiral for the 99% and Democratic Party. The first salvo was Democrats' "bipartisan" 1986 tax "reform", the most regressive tax reform in history. 1986 reform set the stage for neoliberal Bill Clinton to push NAFTA through during his first year in office, causing Democrats to lose control of Congress in 1994 for the first time in 40 years. The downward spiral continues.


#12

Agreed, and the former Democratic Party should be called the NeoGOP Party and the former GOP the Murkin Taliban Party.


#13

I totally agree. We need a Republican party if we are going to go on with the two party set up. However, the party as it stands bears no resemblance to the GOP of old. Even Nixon was more liberal than today's Republicans.
Rather than rig the elections there should be some way established to deal with elected officials that refuse to do their jobs. To take office and then try to undermine the established government, without voting and getting approval of both sides, is just intolerable. I resent paying their salaries when all they want to do is obstruct and destroy the opposing party. They don't care about the constitution or our government, they should be removed from office by law if not by the voters.


#14

What? Is Reich longing for the days of the strong unified Republican Party that gave us our gerrymandered districts and creeps like Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Maybe he wants the Democratic glory days of Gulf of Tonkin resolutions, Bay of Pigs invasions, Global drone murder inc. reversal of Glass Steagal What the hell is he saying? Will the Republican seats in the Congress be abandoned next term? Why was this crap published?
It is the constitution that is being tortured, bombed, outsourced to the CIA. It is human decency that has so little place in the 2 party system. It is corporate interests that are filling the vacuum.


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Each of these tribes has its own separate political organization, its own distinct sources of campaign funding, its own unique ideology – and its own candidate.

For all those who think that ridding ourselves of government and adopting some form of anarchy would give us the ultimate "Freedoms and Liberties" we crave, here is just a little taste of what the whole nation could look like if you get your libertarian Garden of Eden.


#16

What gave us gerrymandered districts was more Republicans turning out to vote than Democrats in the midterms, giving Republicans control of the states and the right to draw the districts. You can't just vote for president every four years then sit home and expect everything to just go your way by magic.


#17

The headline of my dreams:

BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES HAVE DIED. REPLACED BY THE GREEN PARTY!


#18

The 2010 Republican surge was driven by the disastrous Obamacare plan that emerged with no public option, and many, many other sellouts. People were furious, even in Massachusetts as I recall ...


#19

A political party is a collection of people, many sharing an honest vision and some few seeking to subvert and control that party to their own and others profit, a narrow corrupt reality that both current parties suffer from to greater or lesser degrees.

To build a party from scratch is a very long slog - to turn a party into or back to a mechanism that actually represents the needs of the people and egalitarian society, requires principled leadership, millions working toward the same goal, and hard work.

Demonizing and abandoning "the Democratic Party" as a mechanism rather than individuals within it, controlling it, seems self-defeating, giving the reins to the corrupt, rather than running them and their lies, corruption and greed out of town - taking-back the mechanism to represent the new direction, to uproot the domination of party hacks dedicated to big-money, corporate/banker parasites, obscene profits, usury and above all, to force real radical change.


#20

That crab is adorable. You can FEEL its personality.

It's no coincidence that our nation, defined as one such entity on July 4, 1776 established itself under the sign of CANCER... the crab.

Cancer is the sign that is most enthralled by family, home, and personal security. It also supports filial dynasties that argue for, and find ways to hide their legacy monies inside "their shells."

One of the reasons why the mantra of "National Security" works so well on so many goes back to this national identity... forged under the sign of the crab.


#21

That isn't how it happened.

This is taken from David M. Green's article published today on C.D.:

"Creating districts that allow congressional and legislative over-representation of your party relative to the distribution of voters in a given state is hardly a new concept, nor are Republicans the only ones ever to practice this anti-democratic tactic. But – under the guidance of that great friend to democracy, Karl Rove – Republicans raised the practice to a fine art and precise science following the Democratic wipe-out of 2010, in which the GOP picked up 675 state legislative seats across the country, giving them control of the legislative bodies doing the redistricting for states that account for forty percent of seats in the House of Representatives. The result was that they created a 33 seat majority in the House in 2012, despite actually losing the combined national popular vote for all House seats. Nice trick if you can pull it off."

Your frame takes deliberate malfeasance and turns it into a frame that blames voters who stayed home. THAT is not the basis for this vote-heist.


#23

It's a Zombie Apocalypse!


#24

Neither of the parties were "alive" so to speak at any point that I've been alive, tell me something new.