GOP we need you, or a facsimile thereof. I’m a Democrat, but I realize that single party rule would not be a healthy thing for our union. We need an opposition party, but it won’t be you, unless you change. So, what’s wrong?
Groupthink: Election night demonstrated to anyone who has completed Psy-101 and has listened to even an hour of Talk Radio, that the right in this country is suffering from a sever case of groupthink. Leading up to election day, every major conservative talk show host (with the exception of Neil Boortz) across the country was predicting an easy victory for Mitt Romney, despite the fact that every major independent polling service (with one exception), predicted re-election for President Obama. So, how did this happen? It happened because of your intolerance to diversity of thought. By having such narrow guidelines for who is a “real conservatives”, you forced those with varying perspectives out of the conversation, leaving behind only those of a single mind. Such isolation of thought, is the antithesis of truth. And the real irony of it, is that many conservative talk shows host accused progressives of thinking with their emotions, when in reality it was those on the right, who let their desires warp the reality around them. This close mindedness to math, science and reality that seems so pervasive in conservative movement (that’s how it looks from the outside looking in) is very concerning to moderates and progressives. You need to fix this, if you want to stay relevant in national elections. Speaking of which…
The Extremist: Your alliance with the Tea Party serves you well in local elections but the positions they force republicans to take will preclude the party from winning a national election. Even in a year of arguably optimal conditions, you were swept in all the swing states. And perhaps worse, representatives to congress must now align themselves with the whims on an unyielding collection of voters who seem more interested in making a statement than governing. To be clear, there are extremist on the Progressive side too, but we don’t let them set policy for the party. See, as the name suggests, progressives are open to discussing policy with one another, without drawing some line in the sand or booting people out who disagree with us on a particular issue. Actually, after this defeat, you actually have a grand opportunity to reduce the influence of the Tea Party in the GOP. Between the Tea Party and the Neo-Cons the GOP gives every appearance of being the American Taliban. Now, I know for a fact that most of your members don’t want to take this country back to the 1950’s, but policies you campaigned on this last election season sure gave that impression.
Single Issue Litmus Test: Get rid of them.
Conservative Media: Like the military industrial complex, conservative media is now wagging the dog. This may be your biggest dilemma. They ampliphi whatever you are, you best and your worst. They were greased the slope into the groupthink mentioned above. And they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We can only hope the lack of intellectual honesty, will drive them prominence. We have the same issue on our side of the aisle, but again as the name infers, most progressives aren’t ditto heads. perhaps on principal, but not on policy anyway.
Voter Suppression: Really? No, REALLY? We need an opposition party in this country, but if you keep on this Bull Connor foolishness, I (and several other million folks) will make it my personal mission see that it’s not you and I will work diligently to see that your party never holds the reigns of power again. There is no going back. Try me.
The Party of No: You’re gonna have to come up with a plan, a real plan, one that makes sense on paper. Simply saying that you’re going to cut taxes, increase military spending and pay for it all by growing the economy, is like going to a Mercedes dealer and telling the manager that you’ll pay him when you get your promotion. It excited the base, to poo-poo on everything, but the rest of us want to hear something constructive. Speaking of “Poo-poo”…
Red State, Blue & Black State: Regarding all this succession talk, you do realize that with the notable exception of Texas, pretty much all of the “Red” states in this country are subsidized by the “Blue” states? That is most of the Red States get more money from the Federal Government than they pay back into it. This if these states were to secede from the wish to maintain the same level of service (I’m sure they have to chip in something to national commitments like the armed forces), these states would have to raise taxes, well beyond what they’re paying today. That’s called irony. On a possibly related note, the 10 states with the high percentage of college graduates all voted for President Obama. And 9 of the 10 least educated states voted for Governor Romney. I’m just saying…
Know Nothings: You do realize that this disdain for things you don’t personally understand, is not an intelligent way to lead one’s life, much less run a party? Global warming is real. The world is running out of oil, so we have to do something, like invest in finding new sources. And math is really useful, as you found out in this past election.
So, these are my tips to you if you want remain our loyal opposition. But if you don’t, I’m sure we’ll find someone who will. Hello, Libertarians.