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Congressional Republicans have a unique achievement, they are further from the political center than their predecessors of the past century.
When President Obama recently complained to news media executives about their ostensibly even-handed "pox on both of your houses"
After all, his complaint was that the GOP had moved so far right, and intransigently so
But while the president was making the kind of argument you would expect of the nation's top Democrat, he actually had the support of science — well at least political science research that maps that rightward GOP shift.
Everyone yelling about things like gay rights and/or religion or this or that is ridiculous, it's all a distraction
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 to convey.
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.