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What has happened to the Republican Party?
Let me first start off by saying that I am a conservative and have rarely supported any of the Democrats, although there are a few that I have liked. I have been troubled by the Republicans and the direction they are going for the last 10 yeas. The moderate and fiscal Republicans seem to no longer exist or control the party. The latest class of Republicans seem to thrive on ignorance and fear and have some very strange view points. I hope that someone in the Republican Party steps up to bring some sanity to Washington and the GOP. Although the Republicans did well in the last election it was due to poor performance by the Obama administration and the Democratic lead Congress.
The Republican Party used to be about less government, lower taxes and common sense and the American Dream for all. The Republicans over the last 10 years have completely failed and have strayed away from the idea of fiscal conservatism and less government. Under George Bush and the Republican lead Congress not only did the deficit grow, so did the size of the government. Part of this of course were due to the events on 911, that tragic day the economy went south and the budget surplus vanished and deficits began to grow. After 10 years of paying for 2 wars and homeland security America has racked up huge liabilities and a continued growing problem. Much of this problem began under Republican governments. Back in the old days most of the Democrats and Republicans in Washington were moderates and could negotiate and get things done for the better. Those days are long gone and you are getting a lot of fringe politicians in both parties that simple cannot work together and are totally dysfunctional. These two parties must come to terms and work together, if not America has an uncertain future ahead of it. Growing debt, high unemployment, loss of manufacturing, a social security system that is practically bankrupt, problems with health care, growing divide between rich and poor are just a few problems this country faces.
Real leadership needs to come from both parties and the moderates need to step up to the plate and get along with the other party to come up with a common solution to the great problems America faces. Politicians like Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell are divisive and will not bring together America for the better. Everyone should be concerned about your country, it is the common citizen that should get involved and put pressure on your local representative to work together for the betterment of society. I hope the Republicans choose wisely in their next primary because 2012 will be an important election, it could mean America will come back from the Abyss and once again prosper, or it could fall off a cliff with continued partisan rhetoric that will only harm the country. The term moderate Republican or moderate Democrat to some people means you are conceding some of your beliefs, I see it as a great opportunity for everyone to roll up their sleeves and not be so polarized to come up with common sense solutions so America can once again prosper and have a great future.