Some estimates in several states believe the voter turnout next month for the midterm election will be under five percent. That’s plausible if we simply look at the polls and the unfavorable rating of Congress. If that does happen, Republicans may control both houses and gridlock will increase, which is hard to believe. They may not face a challenge from Democrats, but the Republican Party continues to face challenges from within.
It is difficult to label the party of conservatives ‘Republicans,’ or grant them the title of the GOP; those are non-existent today. Many voters have hoped for a viable third party in our country. However, no one could have foreseen that a third party would be created by dividing one which was already in existence.
The TEA Party does not encompass the ideals of the GOP. They are extremists, and continue to battle moderate Republicans for positions of power within the Party. Having the support of billionaires, they are gaining control. Speaker John Boehner has appeased this radical group securing his position.
The case of John McCain vs. radical conservatives in Arizona is the most visible example of the divided party. He has been accused of being ‘too liberal’ on issues which extremists refuse to compromise. They promise a ‘civil war’ if McCain chooses to run for reelection in 2016.
Two of the issues this reactionary group contests are immigration and gun control. McCain is an ‘old school’ conservative and is willing to compromise with progressives to reach sensible and intelligent legislation. His Arizona opponents refuse to compromise. They seek higher and longer fences on their border and the expulsion of all illegal immigrants. Their position on gun control is simply ‘none.’
Then there exists the group of right-wingers who refuse to face reality. Mike Huckabee is a religious extremist. He is entirely out of touch with 21st century America. He said recently that he is extremely upset with Republican Party leadership. He rejects their acceptance of gay marriage, and said that if they refuse to continue the fight against abortion he will resign from the party and become an independent.
He’s old, misogynistic, and homophobic; soon he’ll be out of the picture and no one will remember him.
Rand Paul is clever; but not as clever as he believes himself to be. He recently made statements that Republicans have not reached out to African Americans in a positive way. He met with NAACP leaders in Ferguson, Missouri; made a trip to Howard University; read a poem by a Chilean author to a group of Latino businessmen; and generally made a fool of himself. He was simply campaigning for a 2016 presidential run.
The NAACP in Ferguson graciously accepted his meeting with them. However, his arrogance to believe he could have an influence on young black women and men at Howard University is ludicrous. The fact is that he is a southern Republican; his version of black history is slanted in another direction.
After reading an English transition of a Spanish poem, he told the group of Hispanics that he admired their ‘fiery and passionate culture.’ Mr. Paul is a leader of the TEA Party.
McCain and Paul continue to exchange derogatory comments about each other; and that’s expected. They exemplify the split in the GOP. However, it may seem strange, considering the Republican Party faces many challenges from within, but they will most likely win the 2014 elections.
Why will they win? The answer is simple and unspoken; Democrats refuse to support their Party’s leader. They have separated themselves from him instead of aligning themselves with him. Programs the President has supported are positive for the poor and working class; instead of heralding them, they seek separation from him and his policies. Health care is good; immigration reform is necessary; raising the minimum wage is mandatory; equal pay for women is the right thing to do; financial assistance for college students shapes our future.
The Republican Party is facing challenges from within and without. They continue to support the ideologies of the 1950’s. Democrats have no idea what they support.
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