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The Rise and Fall of the Republican Party

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Ding Dong the GOP is Dead
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The Republican Party has become an embarrassment to itself and to America. Historians will likely debate whether the fall of the GOP was a slow moral decline or accidental suicide.

In the meantime we watch in disbelief as the party of Lincoln and emancipation has reverted to "trickle-down racism" according to Mitt Romney. The once proud party of Republican President Ike Eisenhower, the World War II leader that executed the D-Day strategy that destroyed Germany's Atlantic Wall, now thinks that building another wall along the boarder of Mexico will work out better than the one Hitler built in 1942. Instead of the intellectual political writings of conservative William F. Buckley, the new face of the GOP is a bombastic demagogue, dripping venom with each new racist outburst. Even Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trumps remarks "the textbook definition of a racist comment." Donald Trump is redefining the Republican Party and the new version is an open attack on the conservative values of the past.

The efforts within the GOP to stop Trump are too little and too late. Some Republican insiders, fearful of the damage Trump is doing to the party, are openly trying to stop the mogul by staging an all-out delegate revolt at the Republican National Convention. This far-fetched idea is a clear indication of the panic and desperation within the ranks of the GOP.

Other Republicans such as conservative commentator Bill Kristol and 2012 nominee Mitt Romney are proposing that Republicans abandon their party altogether and vote for the Libertarian Party candidate, Governor Gary Johnson. Remember in the Election of 1992, third party candidate Ross Perot collected 18% of the popular vote. The fraction of the GOP unhappy with Donald Trump could surpass that percentage.

The death of the Republican Party will not be due to natural causes but rather the result of a catastrophic moral collapse. In the end Donald Trump will leave the GOP morally bankrupt and he will walk away from Republicans like one of his failed real estate ventures. Somehow I can hear Trump's parting comment to his Fox News nemesis, Megyn Kelly, "Its not my fault, they weren't that good anyway."

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Bob Griffiths has been a progressive writer and blogger for the last 15 years. He has contributed numerous Op-Ed Articles on the topics of education and politics. As a freelance writer he has contributed to Yahoo News, OEN, and local news (more...)

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