Father Jake wrote a little ditty a couple of days ago talking about the large number of extremists in the GOP. Well, I believe that the GOP has been taken over from the Rockefeller style republican by the Christian (use this term loosely) right. There are little to no "old fashioned republicans" left. What do I mean by that? This was the party of fiscal conservancy but social liberal. It was the first party to push for the Equal Rights Amendment. It was the party that believed in taking care of the poor and downtrodden. Yes, government should be limited but it never suggested non-existent and yes, it did believe that "taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society". Rather than shrink government to nothing, then they simply wanted government stay out of their lives as much as possible.
Now, they have been taken over by right wing extremists that pose as Christians. They would rather spy on you and your bedroom rather than control spending. The new republican party needs to control the lives of everyone but especially women. The new Republican party would prefer to enrichen the already obscenely rich and would rather deny anyone due wages and benefits than spent the energy to gain them themselves.
Knowing all of this, and most of you do, think about this. Why is president Obama a middle of the road democrat? Why did Bill Clinton cut welfare and other programs? Well, where do you suppose all those republicans that could no longer remain in the republican party went to? Yep, you guessed it, straight into the Democratic party. Why? because all they know is party politics and they want to have a say. So, the democrats moved from the left to the center in order to hold as many democrats as possible. In effect, there are only those of us that long for social justice for women, and gays, and poor, and underprivileged, and ethnic and racial minorities. And we have been pushed to the brink of the field. I can conceive of a time when no one stands up for the Bill of Rights and for universal public education and unions, and intellectual freedom and for the common man.
My goal is not to supercede what Jake has said, but ratherr further the argument. My hope is that I have done that. A point of personal privilege, I have not voted for a Republican since Huston Flornoy ran for governor in California. As it stands now, I will vote for a republican when hell freezes over, and that is as far as my religion will take me in politics.