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The Sad State of Republican Politics

Updated on August 13, 2010

What is going on in the GOP?

I usually try staying out of political subjects, because they usually degenerate into namecalling and other such garbage. I have been a Republican since I was little, I guess. My grandfather was a senator, and I can remember as a small child working in campaigns, standing at a table handing out Dole Pineapple with a Bob Dole sticker on it. I used to travel the state driving him in parades and other functions.

My uncle was a Republican too, and I can also remember working on his campaign for state attorney general. He worked all his life as either a prosecutor or as a judge.

My grandfather was on the Ways and Means committee, and I can remember how proud he was of getting things done, no matter who was in office, a Democrat or Republican. Republicans used to be proud of working with others to make things happen.

Why are Republican's working so hard to stop any progress occurring in the current administration? It truly seems like the GOP has become the party of no, while at the same time, they are splintering into various groups. The Tea Party folks, the birthers, the religious conservatives, and a few moderates. Finding a moderate republican anymore has become a little rough, with the tea crowd calling them traitors, communists and everything else.

It seems as if the current GOP is more involved in eating their own than working to try and get things done. If campaign rhetoric is any reflection, Republicans are more afraid of each other than anything. Two GOP candidates recently debated here, and even though they were asked questions about the current administration, their answers turned into attacks on each other regarding which one had the better Tea party credentials.

My district now has a representative who does not vote yes on anything unless John Boehner tells her to do it. I think it is a bad situation, when I am effectively represented by the representative of Ohio when my district is in Kansas. She also while spouting off about we have to cut spending, spends more money than others on printing and postage sending us constituents slick mailers that look more like a magazine, and seems to be more campaign literature than anything else. Her predecessor spent every weekend in our district, holding coffee’s and other functions, and finding out what the people of the district thought. I used to be able to pick up the phone, talk to a staffer about something, and then get a call back from our representative to discuss my concern. Our current rep, she doesn’t even acknowledge getting any correspondence from me, and never returns a call. Even while running for re-election, she has been in the district once that I know of recently.

Sarah Palin

Another phenomenon in Republican circles is Sarah Palin, an ambitious woman, who seems to be proud of her ignorance. How many people would write on their hand and call it a hillbilly teleprompter? The woman is from Wasilla, not Appalachia. I really don’t understand her appeal. In my opinion, she single handedly torpedoed John McCain’s chances of being elected President. Of course, he had a part in her selection, so she can’t take all of the blame. She is great at promoting herself, but it seems like Sarah is the only subject she knows. She seems to be out of her depth in almost any subject, and I find it hard to believe that anyone wants her as a president in 2 years.

Michelle Bachman seems to be working overtime to out Sarah Ms Palin. I am trying to have an open mind, but to be honest, both of these ladies scare me.

Can you imagine a Senate with the likes of Sharron Angle in it? The lady has not met a nutjob idea she hasn't liked. I am no fan of abortion, but I don't understand saddling an incest victim with her father's child. Oh, and don't forget she likes the idea of giving inmates massages to help in their rehabilitation. As a guy who is on Social Security and Medicare, I am not too fond of her ideas to eliminate them. I also can’t understand how a campaign can function, when the candidate is afraid to speak to the press.

The whole state of the Republican party bothers me. The antics of Michael Steele, the improprieties in the Florida and Kansas State partys. Funds that may have been embezzled. Bad things all around.

Sharron Angle


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      Mike Bouska 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks for stopping by and reading this hub. I don't really know if Romney is the answer or not. Hopefully he makes an enlightened VP choice.

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      Rodric Johnson 6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I liked the throwback hub that TimeTraveler2 brought to my attention by commenting. It is a good hub expressing your frustration, which was my frustration at the time.

      I would not like not having some of the benefits that I get from the government. I do not consider them rights but benefits that could easily be removed as they were given--especially since those perks are not the responsibility of the government. I like perks though I would leave them all for a honest and good leader to reform our nation. I think we may have found it in Romney. We shall see though. Most of the time these people get into office and disappoint me.

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      Sondra Rochelle 6 years ago from USA

      That doesn't sound too good!! I wish all of these people would stop fighting with each other and get down to the business of running the country!!

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      Mike Bouska 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thank you for the comment, This hub was written in the previous election cycle, but I guess much of it is still true. Of course this time around, Sharron Angle isn't running. In my own state, currently no one can run against incumbents, because there have been no congressional boundaries set by the legislature because of a standoff between the Tea party caucus and the moderate Repubs. No one can announce if they don't know what their district might be.

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      Sondra Rochelle 6 years ago from USA

      As a Democrat who is married to a Republican but who always tries to vote the person instead of the party, I can tell you that you are spot on with your views. My husband and I both feel as you do and are amazed you had the courage to make these statements. It is so refreshing when somebody speaks the real truth, and that's exactly what you have done. I am voting this up and awesome and am sharing it with all of my followers. If people could just be as realistic about things the way you are, we could really fix the wrongs that happen daily in America. I, too, am scared to death about what is to come...I think many of us are. Thank you so much for writing this one!