The slow erosion of the once powerful Republican party has become an ugly spectacle. Unless it corrects its course soon it will become a thing of the past, serving only as a wealth driven capitalist proxy.
We have reached a pivotal point in party politics where a major paradigm shift needs to take place. That paradigm shift will entail moving out of comfort zones and moving away from people who have led many to believe that they have their general welfare at heart. Instead they have actually been promoting wealthy, special interest in this country that has led to a loss of income for many middle and low income working families
This nation has morphed into an oligarchy where policy in state legislatures are now dictated by the needs of wealthy powerful interests. In many states, including my home state of Texas, we have witnessed efforts to reduce local control by those who would exploit our environment for personal gain. There have been moves to diminish the oversight power of government in areas that affect our health and well being in the pretense of protecting us from government over reach that supposedly hampers free markets.
Their use of trickle down economics has resulted in the greatest income inequality this country has ever experienced. They have pushed the emotional hot buttons of abortion, illegal immigration, Islamaphobia, gun ownership and homosexuality to curry favor with voters who are often blind to the close ties candidates have with corporations who fill their campaign coffers. They misuse taxpayer funds to enforce their ugly stereotypes about voter fraud and drug testing for poor people requesting welfare assistance, where less than .01% of those screened tested positive.
The GOP has become a captive of the very thing their origins centered around that mistrusted optimistic views about humankind’s ability to improve social conditions and that essentially viewed the world as decayed and lost to degenerates. They have falsely equated free market values with genuine freedom as they undermine competition and send the good paying jobs to cheaper foreign labor markets while allowing tax loopholes through offshore accounts. All of their tax breaks benefit only the top tier incomes. The bone they throw middle and low income families seldom makes a dent in a family’s budget.
They wrap themselves in the flag while waving the cross yet their loyalties lie too often with multinational corporations who exploit undeveloped nations for their resources, leaving local indigents with less than they had. The notion of service to those less fortunate is repugnant to them unless they can somehow manage to use it for future PR.
This deception has to stop and the only way it can is for conservative voters to realize they they have been conned. The transformation taking place within and outside the GOP is seeing the Party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower fade into history. What exactly it will become remains to be seen but its credibility will likely no longer consist of serving the American people first.