Monday, February 13, 2012

GOP is not offering America a real alternative

What the GOP needs is a huge drubbing in 2012 as a wake up call. The party has become dysfunctional and out of touch with middle class America. 

The behavior of GOP Representatives and senators has been boorish. Bush barely won the election in 2000, yet the Democrats worked with him. Obama had a huge electoral victory in 2008 and the GOP shunned him and put their party first over a struggling nation. 

The GOP must pay a political price for such apolitical and unamerican behavior. 

The Tea party has turned out to be the worst of the worst. Allen West is a good example of man who make shrill comments but who does little else. We hope the Florida voters send him packing in the next election.

Thomas Friedman wrote an editorial in the NY Times that was provocative:

WATCHING the Republican Party struggling to agree on a presidential candidate, one wonders whether the G.O.P. shouldn’t just sit this election out — just give 2012 a pass.

You know how in Scrabble sometimes you look at your seven letters and you’ve got only vowels that spell nothing? What do you do? You go back to the pile. You throw your letters back and hope to pick up better ones to work with. That’s what Republican primary voters seem to be doing. They just keep going back to the pile but still coming up with only vowels that spell nothing.

There’s a reason for that: Their pile is out of date. The party has let itself become the captive of conflicting ideological bases: anti-abortion advocates, anti-immigration activists, social conservatives worried about the sanctity of marriage, libertarians who want to shrink government, and anti-tax advocates who want to drown government in a bathtub.

Sorry, but you can’t address the great challenges America faces today with that incoherent mix of hardened positions. I’ve argued that maybe we need a third party to break open our political system. But that’s a long shot. What we definitely and urgently need is a second party — a coherent Republican opposition that is offering constructive conservative proposals on the key issues and is ready for strategic compromises to advance its interests and those of the country. 

The real problem with the Party of No is that offers American voters no real alternatives. Pushing religion and family values as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum do fools no one. Rightardia agrees with George Soros that Mitt Romney offers little contrast to President Obama. 

Ron Paul is interesting but many of his ideas are reactionary and unworkable.There are good reasons why  only 34 people, who are libertarians, hold political office in the US. 


Democratic Undergorund 

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