Some Tips For The Republican Party

Right now the Republican Party is undergoing a lot of battles, finger-pointing, and … discussion … about the direction the Party should take, and what it needs to do to be relevant in the future.  One of the big problems for them I’ve seen is that they’re unwilling to take the obvious steps.  Instead, most of it seems to be the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig.   It’s not really “changing the party,” it’s cosmetology, and it doesn’t make it any less a pig.   So, with that in mind, here are my tips.

1) Admit supply side economics doesn’t work.   Look, you had a 28 year run with it.  Even back in 1980, one of your contenders for the nomination called it “voodoo economics,” and it turned out he was right.  Sure, it sounded good on paper, but in practice, it turned out that the only people who really benefited from it were … the people who were wealthy.  No one else did.   If cutting taxes for the wealthy would create jobs, then we should have had the job creation boom to end all job creation booms the past 4 years.  Why?  Because their taxes were cut.

2)  Facts only “have a liberal bias” because you deny them.  They really don’t have a “bias,” they’re objective.  The Earth is a planet, it’s (more-or-less) spherical.  It rotates around its axis, it follows an elliptical path around the Sun, and it’s 4.54 billion years old, plus or minus 50 million years.  We have direct observations, and we have a lot of physics and chemistry which tells us this.  Telling me theologians disagree on the age of the Earth is not acknowledging a fact, it’s stating an opinion. They’re not the same.

3) Acknowledge that science works.   That means that (see point #2) evolution happens, and global climate change is happening.  While it’s cute to think of humans running around with the dinosaurs, all the evidence says they didn’t.  The same thing is true of climate change.  We have good measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide dating back over a century.   We also have good records of sea levels, sea temperature, ice sheets, and glaciers.  We can even look at cores from Antarctica, Greenland, and the seabed, and get hard figures for several thousand years back.  So when virtually every scientist whose specialty is the climate comes out and says that CO2 levels are changing the climate, you just look like an idiot saying it isn’t.  Particularly when your “experts” … aren’t.

4)  Realize that regulations are not necessarily bad.   There is a big difference between saying “this specific regulation is unnecessary” and saying “we don’t need regulations.”   We’ve had some very harsh reminders of why the financial markets were regulated in the first place, and that you didn’t learn from that isn’t speaking well of your intellectual abilities.  That’s just one example of many.  We used to agree that it was a good thing that food was safe, medicines worked, drinking water was safe to drink, and pollution was not a good thing.

5) Since you’ve invested too much into bashing “elitism,” how about pushing for “competence?”   While you were out screaming about “elites,” basic competence in core government functions took a hike.  Look at Florida.  12 years after an election mess that ended up in front of the Supreme Court, and they still can’t run an election.   It’s considered a “basic function,” and  screwing it up doesn’t look good.  Third World countries manage to do it better.

6)  Finally, realize that it’s the 21’st Century.  Yes, the year is 2012, soon to be 2013.   Why do I mention that?  Because most of your talk about “good old American traditional values,” etc., last existed in 1900, and were on their way out then.  That was the year that the population started becoming a “majority urban” instead of a “majority rural” population.   Sure, there were no income taxes, women didn’t have the vote, we had controls and strict laws on immigrants  (many of the most “unwelcome” are probably in your family tree),  few regulations, no unions,  and no “welfare.”   Sounds good to you?  It didn’t to the people back then.  Life sucked for the majority.  Unless you happened to be among the very wealthy – there was a reason it was called “the Gilded Age” – you were going to be working at a low-paying job, often sick from bad food, and if anything happened, well … you died.  Or you were out on the streets.  If you were a farmer and your crops failed, you were finished.  Put your money in a bank?  If the bank went under, you lost everything.   Those were considered “bad things,” and over the years the country – both Republicans and Democrats – decided to do something about them.   We’re also not the same country we were in 1900.  Most of the population is urban, it’s much more diverse demographically, we live in a connected world, and in case you missed it, women can vote.  Continuing to demonize the majority of people in this country just ensures you’re headed towards extinction.


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16 responses to “Some Tips For The Republican Party

  1. Vic78

    Their best bet would’ve been to start pruning the crazy back in 2008. They’ve made investments that they aren’t wiling to walk away from. It’ll take at least 12 years to get the party right. That 12 years starts after they repudiate Tea Billies and Roger Ailles. So I wouldn’t hold my breath. The GOP needs to be in the minority for a while anyway.

    • When it comes to them, Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. That Sarah Palin was considered to be a “major figure in the party” even after 2008 says a lot about their base.

      • majiir

        Some are pushing for Palin to be the GOP candidate in 2016. I cannot believe that some GOPers are thinking that Palin is the answer to the GOP’s problems when a majority of republicans don’t think she’s an acceptable candidate. Jeb Bush is also “mulling” a run in 2016. The thinking is that since his wife is Latino, he will be able to automatically win the Latino vote. This indicates to me that the GOP is seeking only cosmetic fixes for their problems and is ignoring the many problems it has with a large segment of the population. Most of all, they are ignoring the fact that Latinos aren’t stupid. The party platform is rancid, and until the party changes it, I foresee that the GOP will still struggle in national elections no matter whom the party nominates as its standard bearer.

        • That’s why I said they’re busily indulging in pig cosmetology. 🙄 Their basic platform isn’t changed in the slightest, and it seems like there’s a big part that wants to double down. They made Palin the VP nominee in 2008, thinking that she’d get women to vote GOP. They made Michael Steele the chair of the party, to “demonstrate” they weren’t racist. All they did was (my point about competence) to irritate both groups, and demonstrate that the basic platforms weren’t changing, no matter how dumb they were.

          • Pig cosmetology — love the term. Latina or not, Jeb’s wife is still W’s sister-in-law, and Sarah Palin is still Sarah Palin.

          • Cthulhu

            Aye, theres the rub. Because the GOP is SO contemptuous of the people, they actually think that if they figure out how to tell prettier lies, the voters will fall for them.

            They refuse to admit that their platforms are more than archaic, they’re….odius in the extreme. For all that they like to deny the evolutionary process, they’e staring it smack in the face. You must evolve or die, Republicans. Take your time, we can manage without you.

    • Grammar Police

      I belive you mean “refudiate”.

  2. Latina or not, Jeb’s wife is still W’s sister-in-law, and Sarah Palin is still Sarah Palin.

    The other major problem for Republicans is that their base – the people who vote in primaries – are those who have guano for cerebrums. Unless – or until – they can find a more sane base, any candidate is going to end up having to spend a lot of time trying to crawl back out of the far-right hole they had to get into to get nominated.

  3. see above

    What we need is people willing to admit, Happy Days, Father Knows Best, Gunsmoke, Leave it to Beaver etc. were pretend. Reality included genocide, burning witches, orphan trains, poor houses/farms, insane asylums, land grants, how we built our way out of the debt from the crash in 29 and WWII. That regulations were implemented because of bad actors in business who killed people and didn’t care. That earned benefits came about because of a need not being met. That government is not perfect but does more right than it does wrong. Voting for people who hate government will not make it better. That government is neither a family or a business it’s a non-profit that needs funds to meet it’s obligations and people running it who understand that. The country is not a reality show but serious business and needs serious thoughtful people who can speak to the issues in more than sounds bits and talking points.. And yes, facts and science matter

    • Exactly. One of the things that was part of my education was history. It still remains one of my interests, and what you learn very quickly is that there were a lot of things about “the good old days” that weren’t. A lot of the things we don’t worry about today were because people over the years decided that “something should be done about that,” and did it. Yes, they wanted the government to do it, because private industry sure wasn’t.

  4. sidney18511

    The GOP believe that all they need to do is throw a sombrero on the elephant, and hey, it’s all good.
    The GOP don’t deserve good advice anymore. They are right where they deserve to be. In the minority. Where they can’t hurt anybody.

    • The problem for now is that they are “a majority” in many areas, particularly in the South and Mid-to-Western parts of the country, as well as controlling the House of Representatives. Hence, they still can hurt a lot of people.

  5. Bhaall

    While I do think it’s a bit premature to discuss possible candidates for 2016, I’m concerned that there seems to be zero discussion of Obama’s successor. Biden? Hillary? Is the bench that shallow?

    • I think it is premature at the moment. Let’s face it, in early 2005, we weren’t really looking at “the bench,” and the candidate who turned out to be our present nominee wasn’t on the radar for 2008.

      Democrats have an extremely deep bench of potential candidates. I can look around and see a number of names being floated, all of whom are “up and comers.” For now though, I think the focus is (or should be) on the 2014 mid-terms. We can wait for the primary battles until 2015. 😉

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