Once a party of civic responsibility, modern Republicans have chosen to use whatever power they have to accrue wealth and influence for their corporate sponsors at the expense of the citizenry. Voter suppression, unlimited campaign spending and gerrymandering are used to deprive citizens of their rights, while they waste public funds with destructive fiscal theatrics boosted by right-wing media.
The "moderates" are either unwilling or unable to stand up to this perversion of democracy. Anyone inclined to vote for a Republican should instead gather all the cash they have on hand and set it on fire. It will be less expensive for them and less destructive to our nation.
The GOP's ashes
I have voted consistently for Democratic candidates in recent years, although I still consider myself an independent. The needless hardship caused by the recent government shutdown and threat of default has caused me great sadness. I am, however, delighted to observe the self-immolation of the increasingly irrational Republican Party. I think this may be a necessary first step in a movement to create the more centrist, pragmatic government that so many voters seem to crave.
The Republican Party can rise phoenix-like from its own ashes if it embraces the approach of Chris Christie and some of the more progressive Republican governors, rejecting the monied influence of the right-wing extremists and Obama-haters.
Alternately, the Grand Old Party could be abandoned to the Tea Party radicals, and a "Grand New Party" could be formed from centrist elements of both current parties. This would eventually lead to a more stable and functional government.
Would you begin bargaining with someone who tells you that you must first give him everything that he wants and then he will begin to negotiate? That is exactly what President Barack Obama did to the Republicans. After going all around the country trashing them and standing by while his party made vicious attacks on their character, he told them that he had been ready to meet with them and that they were the ones causing the delays and shutdown. That is not what happened.
He won the election but that does not give him the right to refuse to listen to the other side. He wants anyone who doesn't agree with him to sit down and shut up, and that is not leadership.
First Published October 19, 2013 8:00 PM