August 4, 2013
A Schizophrenic ElephantTopics:
Daniel Greenfield offers the reader an excellent historical review of the Republican Party.
In his closing he suggests,The Republican Party can be transformed, the schizophrenic elephant can be healed, but first we have to recognize what it is and what it isn't
Will the Republican Party be reduced to the party of whichever way the wind blows?
My question is will it be too late for the upcoming elections of 2014 and 2016.? If it is our Constitutionally driven republic may be doomed.
If We the People refuse to stand up and fight for it, is this what you have imagined for your future?
Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog
The Republican Party's biggest problem is mental illness. The big elephant party is suffering from a severe case of split personality disorder. It's an old problem that has only gotten worse over the years.
It can be hard to remember sometimes while swimming in the media bubble that depicts the Republican Party as some offshoot of the John Birch Society, the KKK and the Confederacy, that it's the exact opposite. All of the organizations mentioned got their start opposing the Republican Party.
The Republican Party might have been considered radical before the Civil War, but by the time it was over, it had become the ultimate big government party. It was the oversized elephant tying together big government and big industry.
The Republican Party spent generations running on Lincoln, the Civil War and Unionism. It followed the politics of what would much later be described as Eisenhowerism. And those politics were reasonably successful. Big government and big business got along really well. Industries boomed, land was opened up and a big country got bigger and bigger. Not everyone was happy, but not everyone mattered.
The Elephant was socially liberal and fiscally conservative. It believed in growth and modernity. It championed national power over regional power. It was concerned about social problems and looking for ways to bind the country together around a shared set of values that could be exported around the world. If you want to understand what it was like, find a top big city Republican donor and talk to him about the issues. You'll get a faint echo of the party from back then.
The Elephant Party liked the way things were and it had no idea what came next. That void was exposed by two Roosevelts; Theodore and Franklin. Both men were reformers with dramatically different visions for the future.
The Republican Party was not ready to deal with either man. It suppressed Teddy and ended up being ground under by Franklin.
Posted by DancingCzars at August 4, 2013 1:04 PM
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