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by Charles Kunkle Jr. (aka fraterchaos)

Ever since the 2012 election, there has been an ongoing discussion about how the republican party can regain it's influence. Many ideas have been put forward, basically from two camps. The moderate republicans say they need to find a way to appeal to the general population more, basically becoming more "center-right" and then there is the bat-crap crazy, ultra-conservative wing (sometimes called the TEA Party) which firmly believes becoming even more intransigent, more unintelligent, and basically, far more bat-crap crazy, is the way to win elections... I think anyone with a bit of sense can see that we need not deal with that concept at all.
So we are left with the idea of the republican party must become more "center-right" and then they will win. And along those lines, we see a number of ideas... most of which boil down to a simple idea: repackaging the republican party. But what exactly does that mean?
Depending on who you listen to, it means a bunch of different things... some seem to believe that if you get a woman to espouse the "war on women" platform, then people will buy it... if you get a Latino to talk about deporting illegal aliens, people will like the idea, if you find a homosexual to preach against same-sex marriage, people will agree with you. Do we really believe that? It's something I mentioned before, you can make broccoli cookies, but people probably won't buy them, no matter what the package looks like or how well you advertise them.
The other idea, which I have heard from some of the more (occasionally) sensible republicans like former chairman of the RNC Michael Steele... they actually need to move more to the center, and then they can get the important message of the republican party out and people will listen. That certainly sounds better, but it raises more questions in my mind.

What I have to ask of someone with this point of view is, exactly what part of the republican platform are you willing to abandon and what part are you going to try to hold on to? I assume you want to abandon most of the bat-crap crazy stuff, like using anti-abortion and anti-contraception laws which are highly unpopular, you'll probably want to lean more center on immigration, providing ways for illegals to gain citizenship; you'll have to at least pretend not to care so much about same-sex marriage... but then, what's left?

I can only guess that the important message of the republican party is the economic platform... so you really believe people will buy lower taxes for the rich, continuing subsidies for corporations that don't need it, increased military spending, extreme cuts to programs as part of "deficit reduction" all at the expense of the middle and lower class? Yeah, that definitely sounds like a winning strategy to me.
On the other hand, it's very plain you can't possibly believe you can abandon the economic conservatism, while grasping harder at the bat-crap crazy social conservatism and hope that is the key to winning elections... and that leaves only two other alternatives.

You can keep on trying to win by pumping huge amounts of money into elections, suppressing the votes of people you don't like, and trying to commit voting fraud; or, you can become democrats... if you give up on social conservatism (taking away people's rights and freedoms) and economic conservatism (giving everything to the rich at the expense of everyone else) then you may as well disband and join the democrats, because there won't be any significant difference.

So what do you think they will do? My guess is (slightly) more intelligent heads will prevail (eventually) and they will drop the extremely unpopular social conservatism issues like abortion, contraception, gay marriage, violence against women, and issues of that sort, and try to run on the economic conservatism issues... giving tax breaks to the rich, subsidizing huge corporations, privatizing every government program so that huge corporations can make even more money and we all end up paying more for services we now get as part of our tax dollars at work, increased military spending to make certain America can keep sticking it's big nose into the affairs of every other nation on Earth, shipping jobs overseas, more tax breaks for the rich, and more tax breaks for the rich... yes, that's likely the program they believe will win them elections...

Let me know how that works out for you, ok?
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LeonieZurakowsky Jan 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Excellent! :D
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fraterchaos Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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IX-Ansasi Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Funny enough they are trying the same thing here. The political party that was responsible for the economic collapse in 2008 are now doing the whole repackaging the same bullshit ideas they used to burn everything to the ground 4 years ago. The current powers in control have only managed to pour gasoline on the fire and that makes the job a whole lot easier for the other assholes to convince people that they have a "fresh new idea" to fix things, and people are buying into this badly written musical of political reform and sad to say, I believe they will manage to get themself voted into majority again.
But then again, if you have to choose between turds and shit, what choice do you really have?

Well written article. It showed me the US political in a new way.
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fraterchaos Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah... it's horrible here right now, we finally have some people in who may (and I do say "may"... how much can you trust any of them really?) may be trying to something good, but simply because everything didn't turn around overnight, the other side is screaming that its not working so we should putt the guys who wrecked everything back in... because their ideas worked out so well last time we did... and far too many idiots buy that line of crap!
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IX-Ansasi Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
when thinking about politics, I cant but come to one conclusion: It doesnt matter how good and noble a person is when she goes into politics, cause the game is rigged and the rules are made to corrupt, so it doesnt matter what team or player is on the field, the rules are always the same and the bottom line is that the ones that have to pay for the whole show is always those who can least afford it.
Thats the reason I dont wote, I dont, and have never seen the point in it, I am never going to get anything that is beneficial for me or those around me until they change the game itself and I dont see that happening anytime soon.
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fraterchaos Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
probably... I have not voted in a long time myself... I would probably have voted this year, for democrats, simply because the republicans were just SO bad... but they (the republicans) tried to pass a voter ID law in my state, it was challenged and eventually they postponed it because it was impossible for the DMV to get IDs for all the people who needed them... but by the time I found out I could register and vote, there were only like two days left and I had not way to get out and register...

I do think that Obama actually is trying to do what's right... it's not so much that he's corrupted, its that the system is so corrupted that he can't do the right thing against all the rest...
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IX-Ansasi Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
exactly my point, when you get somebody good into office, he/she is bound by the rules of the game and doesnt get a chance to do any good or they slowly become corrupt by trying to manover through all the bullshit and formality.

Voter ID law?
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fraterchaos Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, in my state they wanted a law (actually they did pass it and it's supposed to apply in the next election) that says you have to have a valid state photo ID to vote, driver's license, state issued ID or college ID with expiration date... it was challenged a couple times, and finally one half intelligent judge ruled that since there were nearly a million legal voters without IDs and the DMV could issue at most 70 thousand IDs by election day, that it had to be postponed. But next time you will have to have the valid ID to vote.
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IX-Ansasi Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
sounds like they wanted to exclude a good deal of the voters from voting.
Itīs incredible how congress can push laws like these that are obviously an attempt to rig elections to theyre benefit just before the election day.

We get alot of the same shit here, when itīs obvious that the ruling party is going to loose elections they have the habbit of passing insanely impossible laws to fuck up the term for the party that is going to inherit all theyre bullshit or to make a last ditch effort to safe theyre asses and rig the elections. This has been going on for years.
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fraterchaos Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep... in 2010 republicans won a lot of seats in the House, the Senate, governors of states and state legislatures... and then they all got together and redrew all the voting districts in all the states they could to make sure they would keep winning those states. even with all that, and voter ID laws, limiting early voting (especially in democratic leaning areas) big ad campaigns warning people about the punishment for voting fraud, telling horrible lies about every democratic candidate, we still elected far more democrats than republicans... but they are still acting in Congress like they won the election!
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