After their recent defeats, the Republicans are busy trying to figure out where they went wrong and how they can get back on the path to victory.
Based on what I’ve seen in the news, a popular view is that the Republican party strayed from its true conservative roots and this led to their downfall. This does have a certain degree of plausibility. After all, the Bush administration violated many of the classic principles of conservativism: small government, respect for basic rights, respect for the rule of law, and fiscal restraint. These violations led directly to many of the terrible problems we face now and these problems helped contribute to the downfall of the former ruling party.
Of course, it is also important to consider that people also chose the Democrats for positive reasons. That is, they voted Democrat rather than merely voting against the Republicans. As such, to capture such votes the Republicans would need to offer what the Democrats promised.
While there is reason to believe that a party can orchestrate its return to power (people often cite the Reagan era victory as an example of this), one very important factor seems to be the failures of the party in power. To be a bit cynical and to grossly oversimplify things, one party ascends as the other falls into decay. This decay often arises from the corrupting influences that the folks in power are exposed to. Naturally, those in power often fall victim to the arrogance and laziness that power can breed.
At this time, the Democrats are in power and Obama has promised America great things. This is, of course, a time of great optimism and hope. I believe that Obama will do his best to deliver and I hope that he will accomplish great things.
However, if history is any indication, the Democrats will eventually squander their victory, spiral into decay and thus open the door for the next Republican victory. Then it will be the Democrats turn to wait for the Republicans to go down the drain once more.
If you look at the numbers in Ohio, for instance, many Republicans stayed home and did not vote. Almost the same amount of Dems voted for Kerry and Obama in Ohio. The Republican votes dropped from 2.86 million to 2.5 million. If the same amount of Republicans came out to vote for McCain as Bush then Ohio would have changed sides. This isn’t the only state to have this happen. Republicans are sending a message to their party but they are not listening. Take it for what it is but the entire party as a whole is sliding to the left. I’m jumping ship before it gets sucked into a whirlpool. They will soon realize that the American people only need one party there.
The mythology of the Iraq War being the “End of America” is what killed the Republican Party. Period.
4000 dead servicemen was the best thing that ever happened for the Democrats. Bin Laden can now safely go back to attacking American interests at will.
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Let the ‘Rump-Swabbing’ begin! Dr. LaBossiere loves the compliments though. Keep em’ coming.