Skip to comments.Rise of the 'Obama Republicans'
Posted on 05/21/2014 1:12:11 PM PDT by cotton1706
The 1980 campaign brought about the dissolution of the old New Deal Coalition and the rise of the Reagan Democrat, a phrase coined by Newsweek political writer Peter Goldman after that historic election. Yet all campaigns cannot be viewed as isolated incidents but rather as a river flowing from one through the next. Conservative Democrats broke with Adlai Stevenson in 1952 to support Eisenhower and many broke with Hubert Humphrey in 1968 to support Republican Richard Nixon or George Wallace, another Democrat.
By 1972, many conservative Democrats supported Nixon over George McGovern so at least in presidential campaigns, culturally conservative Democrats were already moving away from their historic home. Only the election of Jimmy Carter in 1976, a southern populist reformer--and Watergate--and Betty Fords liberalism--forestalled the inevitable.
The Gippers massive victory in 1980 was fueled by more that 30 percent of Democrats nationwide, who took a powder on Carter after he moved to the left. Reagan received the same amount in the 1984 election in part because hed done nothing to disappoint them and the liberal establishment nominated Walter Mondale, a good man who was trapped in a New Deal past.
Reagan ran again as the anti-establishment candidate of the future and swamped the lifetime Democrat, ironically with the help of Democrats. Yet the Establishment Republicans simply could not abide by the realigning elections of 1980, 1984, and 1994.
By the final years of the last century, some inside the GOP wanted the Reagan Revolution to be over, thus the phrase compassionate conservative.
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History will record, (IMHO), that the current US House Republican Leadership failed for four long years to defend the US Constitution and implement the Constitutional Checks and Balances that they were given stewardship of.
Thus, the pathway has been cleared for all future incompetent wanna-be dictators that are elected to the White House to continue the Fundamental Transformation of the United States of America that has given Obama such progressively enjoyable, and EASY counterculture success.
The soft underbelly of the US Federal Government is now obvious to all: There is no effective penalty to those who violate the US Constitution, IF Federal politicians simply refuse to employ Constitutional Checks and Balances.
I call these current US House Republicans Leaders, and those House Members who keep the current House Leaders in power, DOORMAT Republicans. History will NOT be so kind - - - - .
The GOP is either in collusion or just plain cowardly.
Scary, isn't it?
Something needs to be done, but it will take a change in the constitution.
There ought to be a way of splitting the Justice Dept and Judiciary away from the executive and making them more independent.
Is Boehner crying again?
Sure, the gevernment ignores the Constitution. Just try to ignore the government.
There is no room for any true conservative to find any agreememt with the communist 0bama.
The Judiciary IS a separate branch of government. The Executive branch is responsible for appointing judges, the Legislative branch is responsible for approving them.
I don't understand why you'd want to make the Judiciary even more independent.
Rise of the obama repulicans my eye! The demonicans, I like it better than repulicrats, have been in charge of the GOP for a very very long time!
” - - - it will take a change in the constitution. - - - “
WWTGDAS? (What would Trey Gowdy do as Speaker?)
It's the media. They control the sentiment of a large part of the country.
Every time the GOP tries to get a spine they're vilified by the press. Of course they're afraid. They're walking through a minefield.
The left has had 50+ years of controlling the press and the media. The left took over all the important cultural institutions -- art, literature, education, the law. Nearly every institution the affects the culture is against conservatism. Journalism schools, law schools, and education departments have created an army of anti-conservatives. Of course the GOP are cautious.
It was miracle the Reagan was elected. I'm not sure a Reagan could be elected today. We at a point now were even the pope has shown sympathy with the left.
Come on Craig Shirley SAY IT: Bushes!
Sorry, but this sounds like sour grapes from someone whose candidate lost...there has been a divide for DECADES in the Republican party...."Rockefeller" wing and "Main Street", or whatever you want to call it. Reagan was the one who broke through, and was able to bridge the divide. Oh, the Rockefeller wing still disagreed with him culturally, but he was the one bringing in the votes.
Reagan advocated changing the Republican party, not abandoning it....which is what Shirley seems to be promoting.
Leaving the more conservative of the two electable parties would be a fool's errand.
The mood in the US is libertarian conservatives. They are different from empire America conservatives, who think the US must be the policeman of the world. If the world thank America for their interventions, empire American conservatives would be popular. They are not because after all those years of being policeman of the world, the ones we save respond with Yankee Go Home or Infidel Go Home. Top five nations polled, man on the street type poll with the most anti US sentiment are Afghanistan, and Iraq (Egypt, Iran and Pakistan round up the rest). Two countries we sent soldiers who bled and died for, and two of the five we spent billions in aid to (Egypt and Pakistan). Europe is no better. Only nations of Eastern Europe is most US friendly (except for Serbia) while most of Western Europe (after we saved their asses in WW1 and WW2) have a disdain for Americans. Empire Americans conservatives still want to be policeman of the world. After facing all these ingrates, time to follow the advise of our founding fathers, NONENTANGLEMENT!!!!! God gave us two great oceans, rich resources within the two oceans, no major powerful hostile power on our borders. We stay within these confines, practice commerce and maintain a strong military, the US will do fine.
The US did not become a great power thru empire building, rather we conserve our power while the great nations of the day killed each other.
I don't understand why you'd want to make the Judiciary even more independent.
Because the current system allows for a partisan Judiciary. The Judiciary and the Justice Department need to be non-partisan and trusted by both parties.
The filibuster in the Senate helped somewhat. The minor party could protect itself from extremely partisan judges but Reid has removed that check. There is essentially no protection now. It would take a constitutional change to restore that protection.
And what can be done about Eric Holder? He's already been found in contempt of congress. He should be at minimum subject to a confidence vote.
The independence of Justice and Judiciary is impossible now.
Same thing applies to the beneficiaries of the Welfare State or to those that might benefit from amnesty.
This this this. I have never heard it better
One is demonstrating subjugation, the other contempt and satisfaction...
Libertarians are not conservatives, that is why they are “libertarians’, and they are part of the team, with the rinos, to defeat conservatism.
All three branches and both parties are in rough cahoots. They all believe in a strong(er) federal government.
The elected branch (Congress) wants to avoid accountability, and pretty much does so. It can mouth complaints, but those words are designed to win elections, not to run a competent, restrained federal government.
I don't believe there is a solution. Universal suffrage pretty much guarantees the outcome.