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.