It no longer seems doing what’s in the best interests of the country is the job of the governing. It’s as if the minority right wing of the Republican Party is succeeding ...
Well, I guess the Republicans are finally going to get it together over the next few years by mobilizing 10,000 paid field troops to begin winning the hearts and minds of all those, and I mean ALL those, demographic groups that have turned against them over the past two or so election cycles.
Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee, has determined that the positions of the Republican party are good and need no changes to attract groups that include (let’s list them) African Americans, Latinos, women, young adults, poor people and immigrants, to mention a few, by simply engaging these groups across the country and within their localities with reminders and educational information informing these groups of Republican positions.
Let’s review current Republican positions, relative to each of these groups:
African Americans have been subjected to repeated attempts to prevent them from voting, because they don’t vote for Republicans.
Republicans are against humane immigration policies, mostly aimed at Latinos, and prefer using immigrants as threatened cheap labor.
Women, and their right to choose, along with birth control are continuing targets of Republicans.
Young adults have fewer opportunities for college grants and the really young can forget Head Start or school breakfast/lunches, as these are Republican budget targets considered unnecessary spending.
Poor people can starve with reductions toward elimination of food stamps, AND deserve NO medical care either.
Immigrants can go back to where they came from, taking their American-born children with them and after some period of time may come back, get in the back of the line and wait their turn to become a citizen.
I’d so love to hear the talking points to be utilized while addressing these groups (above) — they’ll have to be magical to say the least.
In addition to the above targeted groups, a few “over-arching” issues come to mind. Gun control of any sort is out, not even background checks for the mentally ill or criminals. Any other issue relative to guns is out of the question; in fact, if the Principal of Sandy hook Elementary School had only been armed it all could have been prevented. Global warming is a big scientific trick; there is no effect we humans have had upon the earth that would account for this now scientifically accepted fact — and, by the way, the earth is 6,500 years old.
I want to say that hey, there are extremes in each party and they have the right to their opinions and at the end of the day, more reasonable centrists will get together and do what’s in the best interests of the country. It no longer seems doing what’s in the best interests of the country is the job of the governing. It’s as if the minority right wing of the Republican Party is succeeding — its total focus on spending, ceasing federal governmental function — while the middle of the road Republicans stay in line with the right, scared of a primary challenge.
Page 2 of 2 - In the meantime it’s the old guys versus the upstarts. Fox TV and “conservative” radio personalities keep fanning the flames and it feels to me like there are about to be a least two, maybe more Republican parties in the near future.
This piece I titled “Oh, mama, could this really be the end?” because I still love Bob Dylan and, as the battle unfolds to define the next Republican Party or parties, the elections of 2114 and 2116 approach and I’m supposing the electorate, expanding and diversifying, will bring Bob’s words to fruition.
Last but not least, if these prognostications come to pass we will have the opposite, equally troubling set of problems. Single-power governments prove to be, again and again, self destructive.
Howard Beatty is an Irondequoit resident.