Republicans: I Feel Your Pain
By Marc Platt
You have lost your party. It started in 2009 when Barack Obama was elected to be our 44th U.S. President. When middle-of-the-road candidate John McCain got swamped with Sarah Palin as his running mate, a monster was created.
The Genie was let out of the bottle for the GOP and it has only become worse.
Palin, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and then a slew of NEW conservatives arose from the dead and created The Tea Party.
The Republican Party used to be a governing, principled group of men and women who could legislate. The fact that this new Republican Party was able to drive a "lifer" like John Boehner out of the congress is a very telling statement. Boehner was a staunch "Institutionalist," as is Mitch McConnell. These men used to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats.
Cruz, Rubio and the other far right out-of-control oober conservatives have taken over the dysfunction and wreaked havoc on legislating for ALL the people. They don't give a damn about you or me. They care about their own ideology and their OWN pockets.
It is very ugly out there if you are a TRUE Republican.
I feel sorry for the REAL Republicans who are forced to stick with this out of date party. This NEW Republican party makes Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan look like FDR and his "New Deal."
Republicans are getting a rotten deal.
Donald Trump is NOT a Republican. He is really the TRUMP PARTY, a group of people who are ARCHIE BUNKERS 2015-style. He plays on the worst of people scaring them into believing he can save them. He never gives reasonable solutions. A Wall? Operation Wetback revisited? All Muslims are bad? Don't let ANYONE in?
Yes my TRUE old schoool Republican friends, you have LOST your party.
Only YOU can get it back. I am a liberal Democrat who knows that without a real alternative party, we are all sunk.
The current Republican party could end up taking such a beating next year when the true electorate comes out of the woodwork and elects Hillary Clinton and a slew of Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
I feel your pain and I feel all of our pain as a result.