Thursday, October 17, 2013
Waking up to the New Reality.
I think the Republican party is now largely finished as a political force. It's the gilded New Age of Ascendency for the Democrats. Obama can bask in the sun.
Illegal immigrants who come to this country overwhelmingly vote Democrat. They shouldn't be voting at all, but in my state, every attempt we've made to require proof of legal residency has been overturned by the Department of Justice (how's that for an ironic name?) Hispanics and blacks vote Democrat virtually as a block. Poor people usually vote Democrat, and they'd be crazy not to. While Republicans spend time trying to make people who get unemployment work as unpaid janitors in the schools, the Democrats pass laws handing out largesse. Why would a poor person vote for a party that despises and denigrates them? The demographics are changing in the country. As the ethnic makeup moves sharply towards "people of color" the democrats get stronger. It's not a coincidence that Democrats favor amnesty for illegals and massive immigration because it strengthens their voter base.
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”
― Elmer T Peterson
Then there's the "rice bowl" factor. Every person has to reconcile their political beliefs with reality. It's entirely possible that an individual might be a conservative thinker, but need the income from what are essentially Democratic programs. For instance, lots of people would like to cut social security. I've paid into it for forty working years or more, and I'm not about to say "oh, yes, let's do away with or attenuate social security because we need to do that." No. I paid into it and I want my money out of it. Don't break my rice bowl. People on disability need their checks and if they have to decide between receiving their money under Democratic programs or seeing it cut by the Republicans, which do you think the average mortal would choose? A huge percentage of the population is tied into government programs of one sort or the other, and they aren't going to just give that up because we have to do something about the deficit.
“The Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
― Thomas Jefferson
Now the Republican party has developed a schism between hard liners who want to fix the inherent problems in our system, come hell or high water and the mark one mod five mealy mouthed politicians who just want to make it to the end of their terms and let it all be someone else's problem. I think the Republicans have had it.
Time to get out your Obama buttons, I guess.