What The Hell Happened To The Republican Party?

They claim to be the party of Lincoln or Reagan. I want to know what the hell happened to the party of Eisenhower. In the Republican Party’s platform of 1956

In the GOP’s platform it stated,

“We shall continue vigorously to support the United Nations.” In contrast they oppose the U.N at almost every turn.

“We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social securitybroadened coverage in unemployment insurance improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people.”

Today, they want to privatize and means test Social Security, cut unemployment, and cut Medicaid as well as privatize Medicare.

“The record of performance of the Republican Administration on behalf of our working men and women goes still further. The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million.

Today, union membership is demonized by the right wing conservatives Republicans. Think “Right to work” states.

I could go on and on with the disappearance of the old, rational Republicans. The era of progressive Republicans are gone and have been replaced by the free market, Ayn Rand, divisive Republicans whose policies do not have the best outcomes for all Americans.

20 Replies to “What The Hell Happened To The Republican Party?”

  1. Wall Street is what happened to the Republican party. Making corporations people is what happened to the Republican party. Turning Liberal into a bad word is what happened to the Republcan party. Could go on but that should be enough.

  2. As I understand and somewhat remember it, several things happened.

    In 1964, the YAF wing ran away with the party and installed Goldwater as their candidate and a platform that at that time seemed extreme as their agenda. They lost their election, of course, but they had positioned themselves to absorb the old Dixiecrats when Johnson instituted many egalitarian reforms in 1965. By 1967, Vietnam could no longer be ignored, but the Johnson wing of the Democratic Party was determined to repress dissent, and that, coupled with the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and the ruthless exclusion of the Eugene McCarthy faction from the political process, alienated the idealists from the Democratic Party and often from the political process altogether. Meanwhile, Richard Nixon came up with the idea of “creative polarization” that involved pitting “ril uhMericuh” against minorities, antiwar youth, progressives, and the poor. It worked so well that Reagan ran with it, and the rest, as they say, is history.

  3. What happened to the GOP? Their IDEOLOGY could no longer support, describe or rationalize the REALITY. The only option is: resort to the crazy– this is what we are seeing.

    “It’s the end of the world as we know it.. AND I feel fine!”

  4. The GOP tried to co-opt the Tea Party in its zeal to win elections at any cost, and GOT co-opted. A political party that was once about something has degenerated into one that tolerates, if not embraces, ignorance, jingoism, misogyny, plutocracy, and racial & religious bigotries.

  5. They believed after they got a mediocre actor elected to the presidency that they were wizards at defining reality with manipulated images. They found a public too susceptible to the power of faking it not to take massive advantage of it.

    But the truly retrograde positions of today’s party came out of a bitter old South, when Nixon implemented his “Southern Strategy” and incorporated the priorities of that failed state (the Confederacy) into those of their party, and when they ruled it, their governance of the nation.

  6. Lets not forget about good old Newt, who handed out literature and audio cassets on how to be divisive, and demonize your opponent. Unfortunately hate spreads like wildfire and it is very difficult to stamp out, the fire consumed the grand old party and left the tea party in its place. It would be nice to turn back time and stop good old Newt, from destroying his own party with the message of hate.

  7. When are they going to get around to talking “crazy” about cannibalism?
    (…either as a fear tactic or an idea for them to cash in on…)

    When do you think they’ll start talking about bands of roving secular cannibals eating christian babies, or, cannibalism in the market place as a way to create new industry, new jobs?

  8. He is far from being the only one. Let’s also not forget the late Lee Atwater (1951-1991), who introduced the specter of Willie Horton into the 1988 presidential election. It led to the victory of George Herbert Walker Bush over Michael Dukakis.
    Atwater was a particularly nasty piece of work who thrived on hate and bigotry. However, in 1989, he got his behind handed to him when he tried to get on the board of Howard University at the behest of then-HU president James Cheeks. Once the students found out about what he had done in 1988, they protested until Cheeks withdrew the invitation and Atwater was forced to stop his attempts. I remember him on TV saying he felt like he’d been kicked in his teeth. In any case, he died of cancer at 40 and on his deathbed he apologized to Dukakis. I wonder if Newt is aware of any of this.

  9. you mean like this? (Republican jobs bill?)

    24/01/2012 AP: “OKLAHOMA CITY — A Republican state senator from Oklahoma City introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite conceding that he’s unaware of any company using such a practice.”

    “Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said his own Internet research led him to believe such a ban is necessary and prompted him to offer the bill aimed at raising “public awareness” and giving an “ultimatum to companies” that might consider such a policy.”

  10. The nae of the party has stayed the same, but the ideology has shifted. Let’s not forget how many Southern Democrats joined the GOP in 1994. The party that once was a coalition of moderates and conservatives is now run by the extreme right. They must primary to their extremes, and hope they can move back toward the center for a national election.

    It certainly did not help the GOP fr Reagan to cozy up to Falwell in 1980. While the additional votes that were directed from pulpits across America helped the GOP, now the GOP candidates need the blessing of the religious right in order to collect campaign funding.

  11. What happened was that in 1960, John Kennedy stole the Presidency from Richard Nixon. The hatred in Nixon hit insame and criminal amounts. When he lost the race for governor of California, he was past hatred.

    When he won the Presidency, he was going to undo everything that Kennedy supposedly accomplished (actually pushed through by LBJ.)

    Nothing was sacred. The insane war started winding down in southeast asia, but the man was past sane. He did the “Christmas bombings” just for his own ego.

    He stopped at nothing. When a cabinet member’s wife was telling the truth about what was happening in the central government, she was written off as a drunk and a liar.

    Everything discovered later proved that the woman had been telling the plain unabashed truth about an evil that she knew about. The administration was actually trying to improve somethings in the air, water and food supply, the evil one left all of those in. The evil, that she knew of, was so bad that the permanent effects are still not felt.

    Nixon and the puppetmasters behind Reagan have a lot to answer for in the current problems.

    The problems are all solvable. We just have to pry loose the money that the rich have stolen for the last 200 years.

    Not much time left to save the earth, but the 1960 Nixon loss triggered the whole insane GOP program.

  12. I may ralph, but it’s cunning. The ploy is like this: Vote for the bill, and you admit it exists. Vote against it, and you admit you’re in favor of it.

  13. Yep…here we go!

    I believe the “Honorable” Oakie-Frosh-Sen (who is also a member of the Wher-da’fuk-gow-wee tribe of Oklahoma) doesn’t realize that he’s referring to PepsiCo’s use of stem cells from kidney’s, not aborted fetus. PepsiCo used them to research medical issues “allegedly” associate with kidney problems from drinking their products.

    That’s how far off the target this one shoots…I’m predicting, according to my internet research, that this guy can’t find his own pecker in his pants! Maybe it was “cannibalized”! Maybe we should start a “pubic awareness program” in case he considers searching around for it…

  14. I can only think of one thing. There’s no sense in looking back. There is only sense in looking at who all of this is for. This is all for the benefit of one group of people and I don’t know who they are. This is the most radical party or group of Republicans in any type of history that you can imagine. It is not for the benefit of speaker Boehner, it is not for the benefit of Newt Gingrich, it is not for the benefit of any one person that I can think of and less it is a group of extremely wealthy people such as the Koch brothers and others with them. There has to be an extreme amount of power behind the GOP acting just totally un-American

  15. Public Awareness Program {PAP}: That’s a great idea, SinghX! I have a contribution for the PAP from something I learned in my own internet research.
    Public, be aware that pepper spray:

    “It’s a food product, essentially” -Megyn Kelly-Fox

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