The Republican Party is showing definite signs of political implosion as extremists and radicals in its ranks engage one another in a vicious battle for control. We may well be watching the early stages of its demise, not only because of this intense, debilitating struggle between opposing factions within it, but because its agenda and ideological beliefs are totally unacceptable to an increasingly diverse American society.
As many of us watch what may well be the eventual dissolution of the GOP, it's not difficult to determine what exactly initiated this internal strife. Without question, this battle for control of the party can be directly attributed to the poisonous presence and damaging influence of the Tea Party. It's not good enough to hate "big government" and everything it does. You have to know how to make things better but these political misfits haven't a clue or the mental capacity on how to even begin to go about it.
Speaker John Boehner has been under constant attack by many of his colleagues. The House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, a strong Tea Party supporter, continues to undermine him behind the scenes; Governor Christie of N.J. and Rep. King of N.Y., both Republicans, blasted him for delaying government emergency grants for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Tea Party continues to obstruct his agenda. It has been reported that Boehner, battered and beaten down by his colleagues, and known to be a very emotional person, was seen behind closed doors, sobbing uncontrollably. He has my sincere sympathies.
We might say that this Republican Party is about to go over a political cliff. It should know that its days as a major political party are in great jeopardy when, by its extreme, radical actions and behavior, it has now managed to alienate significant elements of this society: African Americans, Asians, Hispanics and the majority of women who are fed up with the Republicans' condescending attitude toward them, the insults to their intelligence, and the total disregard of women's rights. But the one factor that will prevent them from regaining power and will lock them into minority status is that they have almost no chance of obtaining the critically important support of Hispanics, the fastest growing segment of the U.S. electorate.
There are those who say that to stop its current rapid decline, the Republican Party must change its cultural characteristics, i.e., its shared attitudes, values, goals, principles and practices; that it must recruit younger, more socially enlightened candidates, that is should be more open to new ideas rather than cling to the old, that is needs to stop demeaning the women of America, and it must find some way to connect with diverse cultures. Can a leopard change its spots? Can a political party change its innate being? It would probably be easier to reverse the flow of the Mississippi River than to change the GOP in this way.
This is the party whose objective is to destroy Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, aid for college students and almost any program that is designed to help people in need. This is the party that wants to destroy America's unions and turn this nation's working force into the equivalent of China's slave laborers. The Republican governors and their legislatures in many states are working tirelessly to eliminate the bargaining rights of firefighters, police and teachers, and have caused the layoffs of many thousands of those hard working individuals who make such substantial contributions to this nation and its people.
Watching this party split into various factions is the best thing that could have happened when considering the directions that this country needs to take into the future. Sending the GOP into political oblivion won't happen overnight but the good news is that as this process of political deterioration gathers momentum this outdated, obsolete party will grow weaker and weaker and become a political non-entity; irrelevant and meaningless; its days of obstructionism will be over.
In the future the GOP's main supporters will only be found in the states of the South and the heavily conservative states of the West. It will have little to no support base in any of the Eastern states and none in the Middle West except for, possibly, Indiana. The vice grip that it holds over the U.S. House, because of the gerrymandering tactics of the state GOP governors and legislatures, will slowly but surely disappear as its radical agenda will no longer register with the vast majority of Americans.
If I were asked to predict how this battle for control of the GOP would eventually be resolved this would be my response. The Tea Party extremists will continue to grow stronger and take control of the party. The old school Republicans, some of whom still possess the ability to apply some degree of reason and rationality to important issues, will be stripped of leadership roles and will play no part in decision-making. Then as this greatly weakened and splintered party becomes stagnant many good things can begin to happen in America:
It will be much more likely that the stranglehold that Corporatism has on this nation and this government can be broken. If the Republicans become powerless it would be a tremendous blow to Corporate America. If the masters of Corporatism could no longer depend on the Republicans to be their chief lobbyists in the Congress they would find it far more difficult to control this nation's political process and to pursue their key objective of dismantling the middle class.
The Republican Party is like a dark, menacing cloud that has been hanging over America for a very long time. But, as we know, every cloud has a silver lining. So here is what I believe could happen. As the GOP slowly deteriorates, it could pave the way and open the door for the creation of a strong third party movement, something that this country desperately needs. We might see the grass roots development of such a new party that would challenge the Democratic Party. And who knows, we might just end up with a political process and a Congress where the representatives of the people could actually work together and get this country back on track.
Would it be beyond the realm of reason to think that, as the Republican Party continues its downward spiral, that millions of its now thoroughly disillusioned followers would be attracted to a new party with new fresh ideas, a truly progressive movement? That is not some far out idea, this could actually happen if the many millions of Americans who are fed up with both the Republicans and the Democrats would band together to establish this new political entity.
If we should be so fortunate as to see such new progressive thinking take hold in Washington, then it would be much more likely that this nation's agenda of endless war might well come to an end. We then might see high priorities placed on vastly improving our education system and our crumbling infrastructure. If we can ever get people with high standards of ethics and integrity into power in this government then the potential for solving our greatest problems will be significantly magnified.
The creation and development of a new Progressive Party in America, a very complex, involved process is one that needs the attention and involvement of the best and brightest minds in America. It's one of critical importance as this nation heads into the future. Change is in the air, it is there for the taking; all we need is to have creative, innovative individuals step forward and make it happen.