The United States has been heading toward a brick wall politically for at least 50 years. The great unravelling of conservatism began in the 1960s – the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam radically altered this country. Today, people like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump and Rand Paul and Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee are just more examples of how totally fucked the Republican party is today. And while it’s certainly entertaining to watch the GOP completely collapse under the weight of its own sheer ignorance and lack of any cogent political agenda, the ramifications of one of the parties in our two-party system grinding itself into a fine dust could be felt deep and wide.
Here’s how we got where we are today. The Republican party’s dysfunction can be traced back to the 1960s when the two parties essentially flipped ideologically. Before the Civil Rights movement, it was the GOP who got the black vote in large part because President Lincoln was a Republican and the Republicans freed the slaves. The Democrats, particularly down south were raging racists and members of the KKK.
In 1964, the racist and segregationist Democrats like Strom Thurmond were welcomed by the Republican party and the party became the place where ignorant bigots like Thurmond could feel at home. Not long after that, President Nixon crafted the so-called “southern strategy” to win national elections without having to worry about winning northern states – just sweep the south. To do that, Nixon and nearly every national Republican candidate has used some version of racism to win the south. George W. Bush did it in 2000 when he was running against John McCain. Bush did a push poll in South Carolina by calling Republican voters and asking if they would have a problem with John McCain if he had an illegitimate black child. The poll was designed by Dr. Evil (a.k.a. Karl Rove). The question to South Caroline voters went like this.
“Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?”
McCain doesn’t have an illegitimate child and the pollster isn’t saying that he has a child from outside his marriage, but if McCain did have such a child, and the child was black, would you still vote for him?
It’s classic push-polling, I think Karl Rove calls it rat fucking and it worked. George W. Bush, after decades of the GOP sliding into the drainage ditch became president in 2001. Even today it shocks me that he “won” in 2000 and reelection in 2004.
From Nixon to Ford to Reagan to George HW Bush, the southern strategy of dividing people over race was instrumental in locking up the south.
And if you recall the W era, it was one of war, destruction and massive death.
In 2015, we are witnessing the downside for our country and the Republican party as we watch clowns like Donald Trump leading the Republican party. Sarah Palin was bad enough, and she almost made it to the White House, now we have Trump and he’s making a viable play for the presidency. After decades of pandering to the party’s lowest common denominator, the Republican party has been taken over by idiots who think Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is capable of leading the world’s largest economy and most powerful military. It’s not good.