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The Demise of the GOP

Updated on October 9, 2015

Who? What? When?

For a decade, the GOP has been trying to establish their support base by bringing in the anti-government extremists. They've finally succeeded, but at what cost? They have roughly a 50/50 "balance" of regular conservatives vs. the lunatic fringe, and that has caused deep divisions in the party. In fact, it has now cost them Speaker Boehner (whom I've gained a new respect for since he helped author the compromise agreement over Planned Parenthood to avoid a shut down) with no one to replace him. They can't agree on a Speaker, and nearly elected Kevin McCarthy for the position. Thankfully, they even scared him off, leading to the removal his name from consideration.

And, now, we have Paul Ryan turning the position down, forcing Mr. Boehner to stay until a replacement is found. Ryan's cop out quote: “Kevin McCarthy is the best person to lead the House, and so I’m disappointed in this decision. Now it is important that we, as a conference, take time to deliberate and seek new candidates for the speakership. While I am grateful for the encouragement I’ve received, I will not be a candidate. I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this conference as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.” They're all rats leaving a sinking ship.


The House Republican Caucus is in turmoil. No one can figure out which way to turn. The money-grubbers vs. the anti-government factions are ready to disown each other, and, the fact that Boehner will have to stay, possibly months longer than his original October 30th resignation date, bodes well for the Democrats, and, more importantly, the American people. They are digging their own deep grave, and many Republican voters are now stating that they will not be voting Republican this time. They're tired of the same baloney the rest of us are. The greed, obstructionism and inability to come up with one solid front, are leading more and more people to the Democratic Socialist camps. Couple that with the information being shared on the internet of the Scandinavian countries' success with Socialism, and an entirely new attitude is rising in the US. We can hope for a new tomorrow starting now.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Americans will have 18 poor excuses for presidential candidates on the Republican side. We have three (possibly) to choose from on the Democratic side. One who is more interested in gaining and wielding power in the form of Hillary Clinton. One who recently lost his son and isn't fully committed to a campaign as yet in Joe Biden, who I believe to be a better choice than Clinton. And then, you have Senator Sanders, who has the ideas to put us back on track. None of the loonie 18 will stand a chance against any of these candidates. Things are going to get back on track one way or another. One can only hope it's the best of three that win.

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California


      You are a fair distance from NYC being in the center of Connecticut.

      Not being musically inclined, I didn't go to any of those hot spots. I did know that Westbury Long Island which wasn't far from where I lived, was a music hot spot.

      Westbury Music Faire, and also as a hub of Jazz.

      I hope that you had a great weekend, we had a hot one close to one hundred degrees.

      Take care

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      I lived in Rockland County in my high school years. Not terribly familiar with the Island, but I definitely know NYC. As a musician, it's like a Mecca for us. Draws us in like flies. And there was no offense taken. I understand what you were doing and it's what these thingsa re all about. Spirited discussion.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California


      I didn't mean anything personally, just going over your talking points.

      Anyway, I like Connecticut, I don't know anything about the politics there.

      I grew up in NYC, and Nassau County Long Island, it was pretty democrat, but I wasn't into politics. My cousin lives in Ridgefield, just south of Danbury, but we don't talk politics.

      Looking forward to reading some of your other hubs.

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      Obviously, we hear things differently here on the East Coast. I apologize for not looking deeper into it.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California


      Governor Brown was a bad governor for Ca in his first time, and now he is even worse. California is high taxes, and we get nothing in return for it.

      He wants new taxes to do things that should have been done by the original taxes, like fixing the highways.

      California is losing revenue because our oil consumption is down thanks to our efforts, so they want to remove the gasoline tax and replace it with a per mile tax. This is ridiculous for CA drivers who have long commutes.

      When we conserve water because of the drought, the Water companies want to raise the rates to make up for their lost revenue.

      We pay the most for gasoline in CA because they have a blend of gas that other states don't use, and they don't build refineries to supply the 38 million people here.

      We are taxed, and taxed again, which is what is happening on the federal level. The federal level appears to be using the Ca method of taxing.

      Illegal aliens are treated like defacto American Citizens with all the rights and none of the obligations. The illegals are given driver's licenses here in CA, and they already get free medical and free education, as well as welfare. Is that your idea of taking care of Americans first?

      It is the federal income tax, and the large corporations that are favored by the federal government that have lost jobs, and shrunk the middle class into the class below it.

      We just haven't had any luck with governors in Ca for the last several decades.

      The education system in CA is below par from the rest of the country, and we have the largest group of K-12 students in the country. We mass produce badly educated students, and we pass most of them. Throwing money at education will only enrich the administrators and not the students.

      We also shouldn't have to spend over $200,000 to get a four year collage education, especially when a college degree is not the pass key to a good job.

      We need to reduce taxes by reducing government spending. And when we go to war, we should support our military, and actually win a war.

      Tell me again how Governor Brown is going to improve our lives, I need specifics.


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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      I have no argument with that, and I am far from a loyal member of any party. That's why I'm a Socialist, because I believe in taking care of Americans first and foremost. We need to stop spending on manufactured wars and turn that money into better education, caring for veterans and seniors, allowing single mothers a chance to work for their family by advocating for childcare programs and come up with comprehensive employment bills to put the middle class back to work and on its way up again. And at LIVING wages, not slave wages. Look at the Scandinavian Socialist countries and see the blueprint for what America was supposed to be. You're already headed in that direction, because Governor Brown has some real ideas to improve Californians' lives. It's slow, but it's progress.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California


      My point is still that being a loyal party member is the reason why the US is in decline for the last forty years.

      Neither party has any real solutions, just look back for the last forty years.

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      Jess McFarland 2 years ago from Berlin, Connecticut

      However, the Dems aren't having problems within their leadership. This wasn't about one vs. the other, It's just about the first sign of the decline of the two party system. I'm a Democratic Socialist, although I'm registered as a Democrat. I was also, at one time during the Reagan years, a card carrying member of the RNC until I started seeing my income dwindle. I have no love lost for either party, but I applaud Bernie Sanders for having the vision to run as a Democrat so he would garner more attention and have a real chance of winning.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      My opinion is that it took both the democrats and the republicans to bring and continue the decline of the US.

      As long as voters think that one party over the other party has the solutions, then the US will keep declining, as it has since the 1970s.

      The D and the R just move the country from the left to the right and back again, but not forward.

      Just look at the US history of the last one hundred years, and especially of the last forty years.

      The only prosperity that we have had in our economy were artificially induced, the Dot Com and the Real Estate bubble.

      These two parties have diametric goals, and they can't see any compromises.

      The loyal party voter sustains their parties impotence.

      Both parties have had their turn at the wheel and we still find ourselves where we are today, and that is not a good place.


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