reply to post by longlostbrother
I absolutely agree with everything in the OP. I've been saying this in all relevant discussions, the Republican party is split now between the
radical far-right who believe all their own BS and don't like facts, beating their Bibles and waving their guns, while the more moderate Republicans
know that they need to become more relevant to the people to have any chance of success in the future.
The Republican party will have to split, you will see a third party.
This will be a good thing for America, because a more moderate and sensible Republican party will leave religion alone and focus on economic
conservatism, while the radicals will be out there in their own extremist party, taking all the funding from the lunatic religious groups and watering
down their influence too. That's great news for real politics. Finally America might have two leading parties where religious doctrine is left out,
where demands on social morality are pushed to the side in favour of real issues that affect everyone.
I've been saying for a long time that the Republican party has become a party that wants to rule America as though all are Christian Republicans,
they don't want to govern for the majority. This is a fact, because they use their religious beliefs to try to remove rights from, or restrict the
freedoms of, other people whose lives do not affect them in the slightest. That is not a party that governs for a majority of citizens, it's a party
that dictates based on moral and religious belief.
The gay marriage issue is a hot topic (no surprise that more states have become more modern in this respect). Like it or not, most people don't have
a problem with gay marriage at all. Relevant and more trustworthy polls show that a majority are happy to let others live their lives how they wish
and they understand that his has no effect on their own lives at all.
But the Republican party refuses to accept that. They refuse to accept that society has moved on. Just like the religious crazies from Rome, they are
out of step with the society they want to influence. People are going to increasingly ignore them, or actively fight against them, because they are an
The Republican party is now controlled by these extremist elements within it. Their media is completely out of step with middle America and attracts
only a radical minority. The party only has three options...
1. They ignore everything (which is actually pretty likely) and carry on the way they have been, becoming more and more irrelevant to the American
people - this would mean the continued collapse of the party over the coming years as their support dwindles to nothing. This would not be good for
2. The Republican party changes from within to become more moderate, abandoning the BS when it comes to faith and their pressure to inflict their
doctrine on the rest of society. This is highly unlikely, because as others have pointed out, the party is now pretty much controlled by the most
radical elements within it.
3. The party splits and becomes two new parties (possibly neither of them retaining the Republican label) with the radical right wing in one party,
and a more moderate centre right party able to actually put up some competition against the Democrats. This would be the best option, because that far
right party would suck up all the funding from crazy donors and supporters, leaving two mainstream parties to actually deal with the real issues.
It's a very interesting situation, and one that we'll be seeing develop over the next two years. I hope they manage to break it into two, because
otherwise there is a problem.