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The Radical Right-Wing Rapidly Descends Into Political Oblivion

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Like a prizefighter that has taken too many blows to the head and has lost his senses, the Radical Right can't seem to grasp the fact that it is finished, that its twisted ideology and message doesn't resonate with the large majority of Americans; they aren't listening. Battered, bleeding, in a state of shock and disbelief after the just concluded national elections, this rogue element of the Republican Party has become meaningless, an empty vessel, and is rapidly descending into the lower depths of this nation's contaminated political system.

 

The Republican Party, whether its leadership will acknowledge it or not, seems to be splintering and breaking up into various opposing factions. We have the old style Republicans that still appear to possess some ability to use logic and reason but this element of the party has been shrinking in size. There is the Tea Party which is against everything the government is doing but doesn't have specific, effective recommendations on how to make things better. Then there are the Romney disciples who have the unique ability to be for or against a specific issue, depending on the audience they are trying to reach.

 

And last but not least there are the Right Wing Radicals who seem to have an inborn sense of hatred, disrespect and disdain for those who are unlike themselves. Over the past several decades these radicals have established an increasing control over this party and have changed it dramatically; but in all the wrong ways. So we have a situation in which that dwindling portion of Republicans that want to do the right thing for America are stymied in their efforts to do just that by the radicals that have given the GOP its reputation as the "party of no."

 

The Republican Party and the Radical Right Wing Radicals within it may be on the verge of becoming virtually irrelevant. This party gives every appearance of being totally out of sync with the majority of the American people who are angry and frustrated about the direction this government is taking. This past election showed just how disjointed this party has become. If it had put forth a rational, believable vision to the American people, it might have easily defeated a weakened and vulnerable President Obama and taken total control of this government; but it didn't even begin to do so.

 

Radical means extreme, unreasonable. The term conservative, normally defined as traditional or moderate, has been changed by these Republican Radicals to mean obstinate, inflexible, and reactionary. Those defining characteristics have become an integral part of this party and its platform and they don't even try to hide that fact. So why would any normal, rational thinking American ever want to be associated with that ideology?

 

Delving a bit deeper into the right-wing psyche we find that it fully supports what is called social hierarchy and social inequality or what might further be defined as a dominance-subordinate relationship. That is an excellent depiction of what we now recognize as the domination of the 1% of Americans who possess 40% of the wealth/income and the bottom 80% who, collectively, possess only 20%. This extreme inequity of wealth and income is a condition that these radicals would like to see become permanent and irreversible.

 

Most of these Right Wing politicians have a myopic vision of America and its people. They look out over this nation and how do they view this society? With blinders limiting their vision they only see people that are just like themselves, primarily a white America. They seem to be completely oblivious to the fact that this nation is undergoing dramatic demographic changes; they can't seem to accept or comprehend that America is truly a melting pot, one whose population is becoming more and more diverse. The days of total dominance by the Caucasian population are coming to an end as African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and other racial and ethnic groups become a larger and more influential part of this country.

 

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

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