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The Republican Party Will Not Win The White House, Again, in My Lifetime

In suffering a certain level of melancholy with the current state of the GOP , it feels that we are unlikely to find rational solutions to America's problems for the forseeable future.

I've been saying it now for 4-5 years, but now I am thoroughly convinced that the Republican Party will not win another election in my lifetime.  The 21st Century GOP has been taken over by millions of people who likely suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect, where their lack of intelligence is so low that they don't realize how ignorant they really are - leading in turn to feelings of elevated superiority. 

Why am I so convinced?  I could list hundreds of examples, but I will just mention the most appalling and outrageous and most recent of all...GOP Convention attendees thowing peanuts at a black camerawoman from CNN and yelling, "This is how we feed the animals."

This almost can't even be real.  It's so strange, weird, or even an devilish 'Wizard of Oz' kind of reality.

I've known intuitively that the 21st Century GOP was not the party for me since at least 2002, but I've never been elevated to a level of abhorrence or revulsion until this very morning.

The GOP as a national party is officially over.  They can not survive in America except in pockets of loathing, malevolent ignorance.

There are certainly intelligent members of the Republican party left.  They exist all around the country and include some of my good friends, but their hopes and dreams for the rational platforms of their party on a national level are over, done - ancient history.

I see little-to-no chance for a rebirth.  The only viable alternative in my opinion is that the 21st Century GOP go the way of the Whigs and make way for a new conservative party, a rational libertarian party, perhaps.  There are good ideas on that side of the aisle, but they need room to breathe.  Instead, anything and everything that would lead to a likely solution to America's troubles in 2012 has been completely smothered by xenophobic, misogynistic, jingoistic, bigoted, theocratic, buffoonery.

I can't say I'm happy about it.  In all honesty I suffer certain level of melancholy in that the current state of the GOP leaves us unlikely to develop rational solutions to America's problems for the foreseeable future.  

While Congress doesn't have to agree on everything, they should at least come to a consensus that they will work rationally and in good faith to represent the health and the success of the entire population of this country.

With flying peanuts and the bewildering state of what it must be like to feel enlightened, and empowered, and superior - to be so accessible to unimaginative action by one political party - the GOP - saying, "This is how we feed the animals," I have little hope for our country's foreseeable future.

If anyone in the GOP really loves their country, they will disband and start over, but like I said, I'm not getting my hopes up that it will happen anytime soon...and especially not without a little violence.

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Karl Frank Jr. September 08, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Happy Birthday Bob! As of September 8, 2012, the 21st Century GOP has been blocking the American Jobs Act for a whole year. For 29 months Jobs created by Obama policies, 4.5 million ---- Jobs created by Congressional Republicans - 0.
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Karl: Here are the Googled facts about USA Debt. My, are you uninformed! Remember "deficits" are not "debt" Annual income less outgo =Deficit. Total borrowings = DEBT It's the $16 trillion DEBT that is our problem. USA has $3T income and spends $4T for the past 4 years only.=losing $1tr year. $16T Natl Debt is made up of 2 types. Public Debt $11.2tr IntraGov 4.8tr Total debt $16T It's the Public debt that congress basically control. That's the accum of their budget overspendings. HISTORY of Public Debt 1970=$1tr 1980=$2.6T 1988=$5.1T 1992=$6.3TBush 1 2000=$5.6T Clinton 2008=$6.3T +$4.3T=$10.4T Bush2 2012=$11.2T +$4.8T=$16T Obama Obama is losing $1T every year because he does nothing about "demanding" congress "CUT". A moral victory of increasing taxes on Millionairres will get $peanuts to annual $4tr spending. Obama is Giving borrowed money away. People who accept jobs have taken 25% pay cuts to get back in. And that is why You are ignorant of how the job market works. School boards can easily Tax their pay increases. Businesses need more customers and products to give pay increases. Google the rise in insurance and you will see that the "main" reasons are Obma's Health TAX coming down on all Americans. 3X the rate of inflation is maybe 6% in the past 7 years. 100% increases in most medical plans is robbery by "The Administration" Your conclusions Are not even close to business conclusions.
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Corporations "ARE" people. Why? Corporations: 1) Have checking accnts. 2) Can be sued 3) Can sue 4) Pay taxes PAY TAXES! PAY TAXES! (well sometimes) 5) Are 'born" (articles by the people stockholders) 6) Are "aborted" (by stopping business) 6a) Can file BANKRUPTCY like people. 7) can Die ( by dissolution) 8) Get sick-- (that's losing money some years) 9) can gamble (develop new products) 9a) Can sign CONTRACTS. Like people. 9b) Can hire lawyers. 10) can own cars 11) can buy medical insurance 12) pay bills---Can invest in stocks--can own computers-- YEP! So next time Biden says: GM LIVES! remember that's WHAT PEOPLE DO. I guess Biden agrees that GM LIVES! (It has a "life" like people-persons) Obama "Resurrected" GM from the Dead. !!!!! The "Messiah" has certainly proved that-- GM (A Corporation) is a Person-PEOPLE coming back from the Dead.. (he saved millions of "people" jobs by the many Corporations doing business with GM). ( Catholics believe in 3 persons in one GOD-- so is GM millions of "Person's" in one CORPORATION? One more thing , any one person self-employed or (Corporation) is a "PERSON" Geez-Democrats love re-defining America. It shows on every thing they say.
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 07:02 PM
RON: Welcome on board. Nice comment. Spread this news on all Patch states. It's time business drown out the "public service mentality" in this USA. Unless that is done, business will be treated as "NON-PEOPLE" Do you see my point here. The DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS OUT TO RE_DEFINE BUSINESSES (CORPORATIONS). This "Corporations are not People" is a Hidden agenda.
Karl Frank Jr. September 08, 2012 at 07:20 PM
oh. Sorry. Still waiting for my invitation to my first corporate wedding.
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Karl: 4.5 million jobs "created" 1) Would you care commenting on where those jobs were created.? 2) Would you also like to comment on the electrician who was unemployed in Jan2009, and now working for Anheuser Busch as their in-house maintenance at less pay, is a Job created by Obama? 3) Are you aware that the 4.5 million jobs that Obama takes credit for creating were layoff's and downsizings. Over 3million of those 4.5 million jobs that are Obama claimed are simply returning employees AT LESSER PAY. A bunch of Baloney that puts an exclamation point to ---obma taking credit for Killing OBL. Did Obama INHERIT the greatest Military in the world? Or Did Obama also CREATE the greatest military in the world. Please give this country a break and stop offending the intelligence level of others who understand that a CREATOR is someone greater than Obama. I await your response to let us all know the 4.5 jobs "Created" by Your "CREATOR".
Karl Frank Jr. September 08, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I will when I get back home and am not driving. Macroeconomic policy affects everyone from the CEO to the unemployed to the custodian to the bus driver to the small business owner of which I am 1.
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 08:15 PM
KARL: Yes! A Corporate wedding is called "A MERGER" Marriages Between a (steelmill-steelmill), (CornFlake-FrostedFlake) Group marriages between (Apple-Ipad-netflix) WOW! Coporations are Democrats!!!!!
Karl Frank Jr. September 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
So, you are for gay marriage then? Can I marry Coca-Cola and file a tax return as married?
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Karl: Your response (rebuttal) to my Corporations are Persons is deafening! You Must agree--Right? Can you admit that? Or will you defend Biden? Which is it.
Karl Frank Jr. September 08, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Sorry, but unless a corporation comes out of a woman's vulva it is not a person.
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Karl: When you admit that corporations are "PERSONS", I will answer the gay marriage question.
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Karl: I will also answer the coca-cola question. It's just that for you to be citing the "relationships" between 2 persons as the start is wrong. DO YOU ADMIT THAT CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE to carry on into their relations, and I will proceed. It is interesting that anyone would try to differentiate TAXPAYERS. Prepare to be enlightened. As I believe you are down for the count.
Karl Frank Jr. September 08, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Well, when corporations start appearing from the uterus of a woman, I will admit they are persons.
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 08:48 PM
People hear this! Karl will not support his own party's DNC claim that "corporations" are not people. No-where did the party claim that Corporations are not people only because Corporation's were not born out of a "Woman's Uterus". Yet , that is Karl's last line of defense. Sounds like you lose Karl! Better call your Biden's and DNC lady who proclaimed everything I rebutted. Better tell them to "ADD WOMAN CREATE PERSON's INTO THEIR PLATFORM" Because that is exactly what you say is a "Person"
Karl Frank Jr. September 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM
It's not my last line of defense. It's my bottom line of defense. Until a corporation emerges from the uterus of a woman, it's not a person. It doesn't get any simpler or more bottom line than that.
PaulRevere September 08, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Karl: "Human Beings" That's what comes from a Woman. Karl: The DNC did not establish that and you know it. I gave you many "exact" legal comparisons & characteristics of "Corporations" and People. (Corporations is defined as "A group of People" that's in the dictionary. Their rights established by laws. I believe that any Human born in this world has "GOD GIVEN RIGHTS" as opposed to people Law given rights. That is where your bottom line defense is crushed. Again, your attempt to re-define nature to make a simple case , that a Corporation is not a "legal person" is ludicrous. So you simply avoid the many comparisons to what a person & Corporation represents in America, Again, you agree that the (13) points I made about Corporations and people ARE irrefutable. You just want to add another final "Woman uterus" discussion. I am certain you would than want to enter the "Creator" argument all over. I raise my hand in victory until the DNC wants to adopt your bottom line.
Karl Frank Jr. September 09, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Pleura Ever, Human Beings and People and Person's are the same thing. Let me know the next time there is a missing person Amber alert out for Ford.
Karl Frank Jr. September 09, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I'm with MovetoAmend.org and especially Justice Stevens' dissent. We the People, Not We the Corporations On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule. We Move to Amend. ". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established." ~Supreme Court Justice Stevens, January 2010
Mike Stevens September 09, 2012 at 01:41 PM
The troubles lie with the fact that there are only 2 major parties to choose from, and the differences between the 2 are so stark that there is no middle ground between them. If Republicans believe the Moon is made of cheese, Democrats will believe that the Moon is made of whipped cream. If Democrats like something, Republicans automatically hate it. Two party systems, and party systems in general, were not something the founding fathers wanted: Contrary to popular belief, the two-party system is not institutionalized in the Constitution. In fact, most of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention were hostile to the idea of political parties. George Washington worried about the “baneful effects of the spirit of party” would have on the young Republic. Thomas Jefferson was more blunt in his criticism: “If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.”
Karl Frank Jr. September 09, 2012 at 01:58 PM
That is true...but they all evolved into two parties very quickly. When I was in polisci, one of the things my professor said is that the way our Constitution is written and our government is set up, it is only possible for two parties to exist. It has to do with the percentage of votes needed to pass anything. Third parties just split up existing factions making them both ineffective. In America you will always have a more liberal party and a more conservative party. The populace will always have opinions on issues that fall on both sides. Major candidates almost always run their primaries to their base and then their general elections to the middle. The problem in this case is that our two party system has pretty much become one party of white people and another party of everyone, including white people. Of course both parties used to be all white males...so it would make sense for the conservative party to be the one of all white males. It's like Custard's Last Stand.
Mike Stevens September 09, 2012 at 01:58 PM
More from the Founding Fathers: John Adams said: There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution. George Washington agreed, saying in his farewell presidential speech: The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The Founders were republicans. No, not George Bush or John McCain Republicans; they were philosophical republicans (with a small "r"). This meant they believed that successful representative governments required the subordination of individual personal interests to the welfare of the community. They believed that the political process was all about identifying the common good. It was not about competition and disagreement; politics was a process in which rational voters and officials calmly sorted out what best served the entire community. The end result was not one camp of winners and another of losers, but the entire electorate united behind a common vision.
Karl Frank Jr. September 10, 2012 at 03:02 AM
This is true, but Adams and Jefferson split right away into two parties. It was the long middle to their friendship that went terribly. Of course, they became friends again in the end...dying on the same day; July 4th nonetheless...I think.
Karl Frank Jr. September 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
"I read Charles Koch's op-ed as I was finishing a new book called "The Party is Over," by Mike Lofgren, who spent 30 years as a Republican committee staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. He bailed last year, having decided his party had gone crazy...His first move was to write a blistering essay for Truth-out.org....The book (subtitle, "How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted") expands on that essay....I would like to urge you to stop reading this column and look up Lofgren's essay. Or go to your favorite bookstore and buy "The Party is Over." http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/kevin-horrigan/horrigan-one-party-s-gone-crazy-the-other-s-gone/article_67a9ccae-0d0f-5cc7-b4bf-efd17ccba32b.html
Karl Frank Jr. September 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
"We will never have the elite, smart people on our side." Rick Santorum
Karl Frank Jr. September 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Biologist PZ Myers had a good idea to keep the Republican Party viable: http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/09/21/i-just-realized-how-the-republicans-can-win-me-over/ "That’ll never work. Hispanics aren’t going to see him as a friend no matter how much spray-on tan he puts on. But then I had a thought. What the Republicans need to do is increase the supply of cranky old white men. How can they do that? Longevity research! Pour more money into the NIH for work that keeps old people alive for longer…especially that favorite subject of biomedical research, the white male. It’s a win:win! More money for science, more cranky old white men voting longer, more cranky old white men feeling obligated to the Republican party, more medical benefits that assist me as I get older. I don’t see why they aren’t rushing to adopt this strategy. It’s their only hope."
Karl Frank Jr. September 25, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Brooks has been an interesting fellow to watch over the years. He is precisely the kind of intellectual conservative that has been marginalized by the "Ignorance as a Value" power structure of the GOP. Here is his op-ed in the NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/opinion/brooks-the-conservative-mind.html?_r=2
Burt Zerker October 08, 2012 at 02:24 AM
You're White and yet you hate White people. I can't imagine what terrible thing that must have happened to you. Where does all that self loathing come from? Carrying around your 'Whiteness' must be an awful shame and burden on you Karl.
Karl Frank Jr. November 07, 2012 at 07:49 AM
"Democrats maintained an edge in party identification, allowing Mr. Obama to win despite losing independent voters by several points. Forty-five percent of those who voted for Mr. Obama were racial minorities, a record number, and he made gains among Hispanic and Asian-American voters. Mr. Obama’s win carried forth into most of the swing states. Of the 10 states that the campaigns contested most vigorously, he may lose only North Carolina, while winning battlegrounds in the four major geographic regions of the country. Mr. Obama is also likely to win the popular vote, perhaps by two to three percentage points, once votes from California, Oregon and Washington are fully counted." - Nate Silver from fivethirtyeight.com
Karl Frank Jr. November 14, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Here is Lee Atwater on how the GOP can win over racists voters without sounding racist themselves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=X_8E3ENrKrQ

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