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Southpark Republicans
Tech Central Station ^ | October 7, 2002 | Stephen W. Stanton

Posted on 10/06/2002 11:52:53 PM PDT by HAL9000

Picture a typical Republican. Perhaps you see images of George Bush, John Ashcroft, Ronald Reagan, or maybe even Alex P. Keaton. Basically, many people think Republicans are a bunch of stodgy white guys with money.

Times are changing. The Republican A-list now includes Colin Powell, Christie Whitman, J.C. Watts, and Condoleeza Rice. Women and minorities have been making great strides in the party, but they generally dress, talk, and act like their predecessors. You are more likely to find them at a formal reception than a rock concert.

If Republicans are so different from mainstream America, then who voted for them? The nation has more Republican congressmen and state governors than any other political party, plus control of the White House. There are not enough Alex P. Keatons to account for these election results. Our nation is among the most diverse on earth. Half of the voters are women, a quarter are minorities. There are millions of union workers, retirees, immigrants, government workers, customer service employees, and individuals in low paying jobs, unemployed or on some form of public assistance. All of these groups are expected to lean left. Surely, the stodgy, affluent, religious white guys are outnumbered in the electorate by a huge margin. Yet Republicans candidates still do well. How is that possible?

The answer could very well be the "Southpark Republicans." The name stems from the primetime cartoon "Southpark" that clearly demonstrates the contrast within the party. The show is widely condemned by some moralists, including members of the Christian right. Yet in spite of its coarse language and base humor, the show persuasively communicates the Republican position on many issues, including hate crime legislation ("a savage hypocrisy"), radical environmentalism, and rampant litigation by ambitious trial lawyers. In one episode, industrious gnomes pick apart myopic anti-corporate rhetoric and teach the main characters about the benefits of capitalism.

Southpark Republicans are true Republicans, though they do not look or act like Pat Robertson. They believe in liberty, not conformity. They can enjoy watching The Sopranos even if they are New Jersey Italians. They can appreciate the tight abs of Britney Spears or Brad Pitt without worrying about the nation's decaying moral fiber. They strongly believe in liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, and free markets. However, they do not live by the edicts of political correctness.

The Southpark Republicans are an incredibly diverse group encompassing a variety of nontraditional conservatives, such as the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bruce Willis supported Republicans because of their commitment to lower taxes and fiscal discipline. Rap artist and movie actor LL Cool J recently endorsed NY governor George Pataki.

The most important Southpark Republicans are not famous. They are the millions of people of every age, race, sex, and religion that generally agree that government spending is usually not the best way to deal with the nation's problems. Many of these individuals can tell you why Ayn Rand should displace some other authors in high school literature classes. They know firsthand from endless hours at the DMV, at the post office, and preparing income tax forms that government wastes time and money. They know a nation cannot tax its way to greatness.

If he were alive today, John F. Kennedy could very well be a Southpark Republican. He rightly proclaimed, "An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget—just as it will never produce enough jobs or profits." You read that right. JFK was a supply-side tax cutter. His alleged private exploits would place him squarely within the Southpark wing of the Republican Party.

Sound farfetched? There have been many Democrats that changed parties. Ronald Reagan, Senator Phil Gramm, and Mayor Mike Bloomberg were all once Democrats that became Republicans. The Democratic Party moved left, and the people that stood in the same place increasingly found their views shared by the elephants of the GOP. But not all elephants belong in the same herd. Pat Buchanan pushes a Christian/protectionist agenda that has absolutely nothing in common with the Libertarian folks who support free trade and complete separation of church and state. Depending on whom you ask, "Conservative" can mean smaller government of lower hemlines. (Hint: Southpark Republicans are more likely to get Cosmo than the Weekly Standard.)

The Southpark Republicans are not new, though they may now be more vocal. The party finally seems willing to embrace members that listen to the hard rock and rap music long denounced by the old guard. Heck, even vegetarians are welcome.

The media generally misrepresents Republicans as religious rich white males. This is patently false. Half of the voting public is Republican. They watch R rated movies, enjoy a few drinks at happy hour, and even go to the occasional Wrestlemania. Hopefully, the Southpark Republicans will shatter the unfair stereotype and set the record straight. As Cartman would say, "That would be pretty sweet."



TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: neoconservative; republicans; rino; southpark; southparkrepublicans
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1 posted on 10/06/2002 11:52:53 PM PDT by HAL9000
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2 posted on 10/06/2002 11:57:51 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: HAL9000
His alleged private exploits would place him squarely within the Southpark wing of the Republican Party.

Ahhh...so if you treat your wife like Rudy G. your in the Republican Majority? "Christian Right" = "Reagan Republican". They gave RR a majority in 1976 against the Southpark-Republican-Ford vote, and the majority through the 1980's. The type of individual this person is describing is most commonly found in states like MA, CT and CA; in other words precisely where the Republican Party is increasingly irrelevent or a pale sister to the Democrats.

3 posted on 10/07/2002 12:28:35 AM PDT by Norwell
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To: Norwell
...in other words precisely where the Republican Party is increasingly irrelevent or a pale sister to the Democrats

I disagree. These so-called irrelevant people were very relevant during the 2000 presidential election controversy and they will continue to surprise the masses (ie.leftists).

4 posted on 10/07/2002 12:35:30 AM PDT by LibertyThug
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To: HAL9000
To quote Eric Cartman: "Democrats piss me off!"
5 posted on 10/07/2002 12:39:10 AM PDT by Polonius
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To: Norwell
I prefer the term "Republican Party Reptile", myself.

P.J. O'Roarke should be required reading.
6 posted on 10/07/2002 12:39:29 AM PDT by Ronin
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To: HAL9000
Although many in the cohort that this author describes do indeed support Republicans, the creators of "South Park" (two words) themselves, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have described themselves as libertarians. Small "L," that is, not being Party supporters.
8 posted on 10/07/2002 3:13:30 AM PDT by Greybird
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To: enfield
He would be the first to say that a guy like him shouldn't be put in charge of anything more important than the blender at a party.

Which come to think of it, probably does make him a good candidate.

9 posted on 10/07/2002 4:10:17 AM PDT by tcostell
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To: Phantom Lord
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.
10 posted on 10/07/2002 7:16:07 AM PDT by Darth Reagan
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To: Hap; Bacon Man
Ping!
11 posted on 10/07/2002 7:17:22 AM PDT by Xenalyte
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To: tcostell
bttt
12 posted on 10/07/2002 7:17:42 AM PDT by madfly
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To: Darth Reagan

13 posted on 10/07/2002 7:24:35 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: HAL9000
Barbara Streisand on South Park...


They do not like her at all.

14 posted on 10/07/2002 7:27:59 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: Ronin; PJ-Comix; Miss Marple; PhiKapMom; Poohbah
Perhaps, but we need to make something that can be recognized. Sadly, P.J. does not get the respect he deserves as a first-class humorist.

But South Park Republican is a way to quickly show the recognition of who and what this new breed of Republican/conservative is. Rougher, coarser, who enjoy a good laugh, and who are not by any measure, into that PC BS. If someone doesn't like what is on the radio, we tell `em to "use the tuner or the off switch."
15 posted on 10/07/2002 7:32:09 AM PDT by hchutch
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To: HAL9000

16 posted on 10/07/2002 7:32:38 AM PDT by finnman69
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To: Greybird
Although many in the cohort that this author describes do indeed support Republicans, the creators of "South Park" (two words) themselves, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, have described themselves as libertarians. Small "L," that is, not being Party supporters.

So are many Republican. That was the point of the story.

17 posted on 10/07/2002 7:33:08 AM PDT by mlo
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To: hchutch
Yup.

A lot of South Park Republicans have prior military service, and that's where they got their sense of humor from.

18 posted on 10/07/2002 7:36:59 AM PDT by Poohbah
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To: Phantom Lord
That particular episode made me a South Park fan. (I mean, any TV program which turns Leonard Maltin into a 60' costumed super hero is crazy enough to get my attention!)
19 posted on 10/07/2002 7:40:09 AM PDT by Jonah Hex
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To: Greybird
Trey Parker is a Libertarian, big L and a party supporter, but Matt Stone is a libertarian Republican.

as if it really matters where we get our Conservatism from...

20 posted on 10/07/2002 7:40:22 AM PDT by Benson_Carter
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To: HAL9000
I tend to agree with the basis of the article. Republicans are on the whole not stodgy old men in suits. Despite the image painted by the left, it is evident even on Freerepublic that Republicans and conservatives have fun too. Hollywood and the left want to paint Republicans in an image that makes the sheeple view liberals as the fun ones, out having a good time, and conservatives as boring.
21 posted on 10/07/2002 7:41:34 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Phantom Lord
Some of the best episodes are the ones where they slam Babs. And to think she was gonna sue them. Poor, Babs...
22 posted on 10/07/2002 7:42:33 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Poohbah
Right there with you. All my military buddies love South Park. I don't think I ever laughed harder in a movie theater when their movie came out.

"Have you ever heard about the Emancipation Proclimation?!"

"I don't listen to hip-hop"
23 posted on 10/07/2002 7:43:41 AM PDT by strider44
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To: Phantom Lord
Respect mah authoritay!
24 posted on 10/07/2002 7:44:14 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: strider44
"(SNIFF, SNIFFLE) I started a war with Canada...AGAIN!"
25 posted on 10/07/2002 7:44:51 AM PDT by Poohbah
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To: HAL9000
Interesting article. Thanks for the post.
26 posted on 10/07/2002 7:45:35 AM PDT by anncoulteriscool
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To: Norwell
*****The type of individual this person is describing is most commonly found in states like MA, CT and CA; in other words precisely where the Republican Party is increasingly irrelevent or a pale sister to the Democrats.*****

Yes I've noticed that people that read ann coulter columns do not like to look at blondes in short skirts...

27 posted on 10/07/2002 7:47:50 AM PDT by anncoulteriscool
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To: Billthedrill
"Take me away from these god-damned hippies."
28 posted on 10/07/2002 7:51:21 AM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: HAL9000
"Colin Powell, Christie Whitman, J.C. Watts, and Condoleeza Rice."

Colin Powell is a left-wing liberal. He screwed up the first time around in the Persian Gulf War, which is why we still have this mess with Saddam contiunally taunting us and supporting terrorists. On the basis of HIS advice, Bush I decided to stop when he was about to destroy Saddam and his miliary. As a matter of fact, Powell opposed our acting in the Persian Gulf War up to the last minute. On many other issues, he is a social liberal, whose political philosphies are more in line with mainstream DemocRATs than Republicans.

Chrissie Whitman is a first class RINO. Thanks to her caving in to PETA and other animal rights wackos, New Jersey has a major problem with black bears; nothing was done to counter FLorio's "assault rifle ban"; she screwed up big time on the EZ-Pass issue; she cut taxes so excessively the state has problems with its infrastructure. She also appointed LaVecchia, Long, Verniero, Zazzali, and Chief Justice Deborah Poritz to the New Jersey State Supreme Court, creating the most liberal supreme court judicial body in the nation - one that sabotaged redistricting in New Jersey to favor DemocRATs, one which just recently allowed the DemocRATs at the last minute to insert spoiler Lautenberg into the Senatorial election, threatening any chance the Republicans have of taking over that body, plus rendering other decisions which are clearly legislating from the bench. She is supported and assisted by a liberal millionare Eisenberg who set up a liberal PAC to back liberal Republican candidates over moderates and conservatives. She left the state to actively campaign against a conservative Republican running in a general election - Oliver North. She openly boasts of being a "Rockefeller Republican". (Nelson Rockefeller was a limousine liberal who walked out the Republican Convention which nominated conservative Barry Goldwater back in 1964, and refused to support the candidate of his party's choice in the general election.) Most recently RINO Whitman was photographed congratulating Marge Roukema on her "career". Ms. Roukema is a RINO who had a voting record like a Democrat and who has stated she would NOT support the party choice in her district, a conservative Republican, and Roukema has not ruled out supporting the Democrat who is running against him. In short Ms. Whitman is loser - a rich, no-talent left-wing liberal loser.

J.C. Watts, on the other hand, along with Condolezza Rice seem to be the kind of candidates the republicnas need ore of.
29 posted on 10/07/2002 7:52:41 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: Norwell
"Christian Right" = "Reagan Republican"

BZZZZTTTT!!! I'm sorry; the correct answer is "Christian Right" = "Buchanan (0.1%) Republican"

30 posted on 10/07/2002 7:55:16 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: HAL9000
Do you have any idea where the creator of the Simpsons lives. I have heard it as Southern Ore or North West Cal.
31 posted on 10/07/2002 7:56:59 AM PDT by tubebender
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To: HAL9000
Hey I like both South Park and Alex P Keaton I think Alex would like South Park.
32 posted on 10/07/2002 8:04:31 AM PDT by weikel
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To: HAL9000
Btttt
33 posted on 10/07/2002 8:07:11 AM PDT by weikel
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To: Norwell; Dakmar; tacticalogic
Sc*** you hippie why don't you go to Woodstock if you don't like Southpark.
34 posted on 10/07/2002 8:11:53 AM PDT by weikel
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To: HAL9000
Maybe if South Park was a little more than adolescent, ignorant potty-jokes, it would be funny.
35 posted on 10/07/2002 8:12:33 AM PDT by SerpentDove
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To: HAL9000
In one episode, industrious gnomes pick apart myopic anti-corporate rhetoric and teach the main characters about the benefits of capitalism.

That was the point of the episode but not the point of the Underpants Gnomes. They were a joke about the dot coms( Step 1: Collect Underpants Step 2:??? Step 3:Profits).

36 posted on 10/07/2002 8:14:28 AM PDT by weikel
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To: steve-b
Got it, actually I think in a lot of ways this article is a relabeling of an old demographic. I believe it's:
Reagan Democrat = South Park Republican.
It's conservatism focused on fiscal responsibility and reading the Constitution. Let the morality be handled by the society not the government (a dividing line people on both sides of the isle have trouble seeing). That's something both South Park and Reagan pushed. Before people brand SPR's social liberals they should check out the Boy Scout episode where they defend the Boy Scouts right to kick out gays (not because they're anti-gay, but because they're pro-free association).
37 posted on 10/07/2002 8:14:42 AM PDT by discostu
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To: discostu
Oh Cripple Fight that episode was hilarious.
38 posted on 10/07/2002 8:16:46 AM PDT by weikel
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To: SerpentDove
Wow, the point of this article is currently circling a few thousand feet over your head. SP is a LOT more than adolescent potty-jokes. And anybody that points out how "environmentalists don't respond to logic or reason" (that's an exact qoute BTW, one of my favorite SP lines) can hardly be called ignorant.
39 posted on 10/07/2002 8:18:05 AM PDT by discostu
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To: discostu
Remember Children nothing is more important then saving the earth from Republicans... not even your lives.
40 posted on 10/07/2002 8:22:38 AM PDT by weikel
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To: All
More like South Park Libertarians.
41 posted on 10/07/2002 8:33:34 AM PDT by tharkun
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To: tubebender
I think they are from Colorado. Great article. Boy, have I been outed, except for the Cosmo thing. I tend to like Glenn Beck better than Sean Hannity. More humor is needed in the ranks. The Democrats can't provide ALL the laughs.
42 posted on 10/07/2002 8:35:20 AM PDT by chnsmok
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To: tharkun
Not big l libertarians the episode "Osama Bin Laden has Farty Pants" specifically endorsed military action against the terrorist at the end( although they made fun of a lot of other stuff in the war on terror the kids got onto the schoolbus in gasmasks).
43 posted on 10/07/2002 8:36:40 AM PDT by weikel
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To: discostu
Ahhh...I thought Reagan Democrats crossed over in large part because of Reagan's social conservatism: PROLIFE.
44 posted on 10/07/2002 9:13:09 AM PDT by Norwell
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To: Norwell
The Reagan Democrats I'm related to by blood (formerly Kennedy Democrats, my mother and grandfather, plus some family friends) crossed over largely for his fyscal policy which was in line with Kennedy's and because Carter's "tax 'em 'til it hurts then tax the pain" (I htink my mom stole that line from somewhere, not sure where) mentality had clearly failed (my mom was the first person I heard use a FR style renaming, she came up with "Dutaxes" for Dukakis). Most of them disagreed with Reagan on social issues, but they were tired of their paycheck belonging to the government.

You're milage may vary, that's just how it worked in my little corner of the world.
45 posted on 10/07/2002 9:19:58 AM PDT by discostu
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To: steve-b
BZZZZTTTT!!! I'm sorry; the correct answer is "Christian Right" = "Buchanan (0.1%) Republican"

I don't think so Steve. If that were the case Gerald Ford would have received more votes than Ronald Reagan in 1976: he didn't. If that were the case the party platform would have it's prolife planks struck: they are there.

I do recognize the type of Republican this article speaks of. One of the characteristics the author does not touch on is that almost without exception they are a little to good to serve their country in uniform

This has been a characteristic of the "Kevin Raye/Jeb Bradley" style of Young-Republican I have been watching for a long while.

46 posted on 10/07/2002 9:21:44 AM PDT by Norwell
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To: HAL9000
Southpark Republicans? Hmm, something to add to the lexicon, I guess.

However, I still prefer, and consider myself, in the words of Peggy Noonan to still be a:

Broken Glass Republican

...and always will be.

47 posted on 10/07/2002 9:23:24 AM PDT by NorCoGOP
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To: Norwell
Better check further up in the thread where we have ACTUAL US soldiers supporting South Park. You're attempts at classifying South Park fans are failing miserably.
48 posted on 10/07/2002 9:26:26 AM PDT by discostu
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To: ZULU
Ms. Roukema is a RINO who had a voting record like a Democrat and who has stated she would NOT support the party choice in her district

Yes, I'd read you had a good Reagan-Republican (i.e. prolife, opposed to homosexualizing the military, etc.) as opposed to a Southpark-Republican running. How is he making out in the polls?

49 posted on 10/07/2002 9:26:47 AM PDT by Norwell
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To: Norwell
I am a South Park Republican who has already voted for Scott Garrett in two primaries and will vote for him in the general.

When Marge Roekema was on the ballot, I left the line blank.

You are now something like 0-6 in your attempts to blanket-label the "South Park Republican" group.

Keep trying.

50 posted on 10/07/2002 9:29:13 AM PDT by dead
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