It’s Not Your Mom’s and Dad’s Old GOP – Not At All

 I do not think most of the so-called “Republican base” are actually Republicans. I think they are a composite of the Tea Party and Libertarians with a strong mix of white supremacists as well as gun rights fanatics. These are not the old “Main Street” Republicans. The old Republican Party is using and is also being hijacked by this “base.” It is sort of a mutual taking advantage of each other.

I think there is a split coming down the road here. Republican philosophy is not part of this mix and is being forced into the background. Old school Republicans have been willing to do this in order to keep their hands on power and money. I think this relationship is being strained and is probably going to break. If it does not, then the Republican Party will have to redefine itself.

If this happens, it will not be anything like the Republican Party of Eisenhower or even Reagan. What will result in my opinion, is basically a marriage of the “George Wallace” South and the Tea Party with the Libertarians acting as maids of honor. Americans need to wake up and see what is going on. There are no good outcomes if this continues like it is. The guardrails being provided by our Constitution are being severely tested and may not keep the country on the road of democracy.

A long time ago, Benjamin Franklin was asked, as he came out of the final meeting of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, “What kind of a government will we have?” Frank replied, “You have a republic if you can keep it.”

Published by Ed Pirie

I am a Vermonter, been one all my life. That just about tells you all you need to know. I am not much of a follower and like to do my own thinking. I value my family and a quiet existence in a very rural part of Vermont. There is a lot in the world I do not understand. My writing is my attempt to wrap my head around much that is swirling around me. Some time ago gasoline pumps changed to the way they look now. I had stopped to fill my Jeep and I could not get the gas to pump to save my life. I went inside and complained to the attendant. She knew me and said, "Ed, the whole world is changing and if you don't figure out the changes you are going to fall off the earth as it spins around." Well, I am not always successful figuring out the changes, but my writing is my way of working through some of them. I hope you enjoy.

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