Originally posted by links234
The last few elections have been pushing the moderates out of government and putting more extreme views in. I think that's what the article is trying
Agree. From 1980, re Libertarian Party (1% of vote) with VP candidate David Koch (son of John Birch Society founder and who supplied $ for the
campaign, and then went on to supply more $ to establish various venues for his "extreme" ideas)...
Clark's party, founded only eight years ago, has a motley, controversial creed that attracts extremists of the left and right—and confounds
them both. In general, the platform is seductive—less government, more freedom—but in specifics it becomes less so. Libertarians call for an end
to mandatory public education; phasing out of social security and welfare; dismantling of all federal regulatory agencies plus the FBI and CIA; a
neutralist foreign policy; and the repeal, among other things, of laws against abortion, gambling, drugs and prostitution.
Sound familiar? Well, repealing abortion, gambling, drugs and prostitution wouldn't sit well with the new "family values" 1980 base of the GOP, but
by and by, as long as the GOP stuck to guns, God, and gays to garner votes, the other legs of the GOP stool could be turned on a lathe run
increasingly by far right reactionary extremist/corporate hands.
GOP liberals peeled away, then moderates, until even some of those older members who are left are bewildered as they wonder what happened to the party
of their parents.