I agree with Booman's sentiment here....
I think the Republican Party has outlived its usefulness. I don't see it morphing back into something socially acceptable to decent people. I don't see it organically fixing itself the way you would expect a losing party to. It just needs to die.
*Just so there's no misunderstanding....no one is suggesting that Republican voters need to die....just the Party itself.
There are simply too many clear-and-present-danger reasons why the GOP should expire......so, let's look at what I consider to be the most universal reason.
The current Republican Party is anti-democratic.
Allow me to offer up my home state of Ohio as a typical example of how the GOP has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are anti-democratic.....
(On December 3rd)....the Ohio House of Representatives (held)... a hearing on a bill, already passed by the Ohio Senate 20-13, that reduces early voting opportunities by cutting six days from the state’s early voting period. The bill eliminates Ohio’s “Golden Week,” so termed because Ohioans can register and cast their vote on the same day, during a single trip to their county board of elections. The legislation is expected to pass the House. Coinciding with the state senate’s passage of a separate bill making it more difficult for voters to use provisional ballots, the proposed legislation reflects a concerted political shift in Ohio toward restricting voting rights.
To be sure, Ohio is only one of many GOP-controlled states that have been working hard to.....cut back on a citizen's democratic right to vote.
In the 10 months since President Obama created a bipartisan panel to address voting difficulties, 90 restrictive voting bills have been introduced in 33 states. So far, nine have become law,....
That "bipartisan panel" has now released a report.....
A year after President Obama's pledge to address voting problems, a commission he established recommends expanding early voting and online voter registration to improve efficiency at polls nationwide.
The 2012 election was characterized by stories of voters waiting for hours to cast ballots at some polls in battleground states. The commission's unanimous conclusion is that "problems that hinder the efficient administration of elections are both identifiable and solvable," and that no voter should have to wait more than 30 minutes to cast a ballot.
Voting shouldn't be a partisan issue....at least not in a democratic society. But, unfortunately, the desperate Republican Party has made even the right to vote something to fight over....and for partisan reasons....
Jim Greer, the former head of the Florida Republican Party, told The Palm Beach Post that a new law shortening the early voting period in the state was intended to prevent Democrats from voting. Greer said that since at least 2009, GOP staff and consultants had discussed limiting early voting hours, which they believed helped Democratic candidates. He described current talk of eliminating voter fraud as a “marketing ploy.”
What about the epidemic of new Republican-controlled state voter ID laws?.....Here's now-former Florida GOP precinct chairman Don Yelton's explanation...
Yelton also offered several other reasons why he supports the voter suppression law. Among them, “[i]f it hurts a bunch of college kids that’s too lazy to get up off their bohunkus [sic] and get a photo ID, so be it,” and “if it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything, so be it.”
When one of only two major national political parties works THAT hard and is that candid about what it is they are doing and why...then.....as all the kewl kidz like to say....the shark has been jumped. The GOP no longer has trust in the unfettered right of U.S. citizens to cast a ballot.
It just doesn't get any more anti-democratic than that.
Sure, Republicans have responded with limp and impotent justifications for restricting the right to vote....non existent "voter fraud" being the limpest, I mean, most popular. Critics of GOP efforts to cut early voting days have been met with 'early voting costs too much' replies. As if the uniquely exceptional, democratic template for the world.....and the richest nation in all of history....just can't afford a few extra early voting days.
So, yes....I agree wholeheartedly with the blogger Booman. The GOP has had plenty of opportunities to reform itself. It either cannot, or will not, take those opportunities. All that's left to do is to remove the GOP life-support system put in place over decades by billionaires and corporate media....and compassionately allow the political party "patient" to die from it's self-inflicted, anti-democratic wounds.
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