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Why hope for the GOP?

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Even if you are a devout Democrat, you know that the American political system depends upon two productive political parties that are competing with ideas and initiatives to ensure a good life for all citizens.

The trouble is that the Republican party seems to have lost its way toward this end as it turns out to be more an advocate for wealthy and corporate interests than as a champion of all of the people.

The skewed interests of the Republican party are aligned with skewed wealth concentration, and that is symptomatic of a failed economic system. Capitalism has reached entropy and is unsustainable.

The news today that Republican leadership are just trying to calm down their divided ranks doesn’t truly address the problem.

Hypothetically, the Republican Party constituents include:

  • 1% of Americans who are the wealthiest
  • 15% of Americans who are in the upper middle class and trending to be wealthy
  • 10% right-wing conservative ideologues who frankly are not very bright, in include bigots of all sorts

The grand total is 26% of Americans.

There might be another 10% who would prefer to be fiscally conservative, and who might vote as Republicans if Conservatives didn’t rule the roost. Still, the total does not equal anything close to that required to win a national presidential election.

Democrats on the other hand might hypothetically look like this:

  • 35% middle class Americans and trending toward poverty
  • 15% impoverished Americans

That totals 50%. Add to that the drifters from the would-be Republican ranks that might be 14%. The question is, how many from the American drifters do Republicans, and Democrats get?

Since half of impoverished Americans won’t vote, that makes elections competitive because there are enough undecided voters who can go either way.

At any rate, Republicans cannot be themselves a divided party and win elections.

“Congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks

By Robert Costa, Published: February 17

After a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within the GOP and shelving any big-ticket legislation for the rest of the year.

Comprehensive immigration reform, tax reform, tweaks to the federal health-care law — bipartisan deals on each are probably dead in the water for the rest of this Congress.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congressional-republicans-focused-on-calming-their-divided-ranks/2014/02/17/0210bcc2-9599-11e3-8461-8a24c7bf0653_story.html?wpisrc=nl_politics

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