Friday, November 9, 2012

GOP Begins Calls For Purges: But Is It A Suicide Pact?

Mitt Romney, Mormon, speaks to the Faith and Freedom Coalition a few days after announcing his candidacy for president, in June, 2011. Romney spoke of the moral issues that united all conservative Christians, including the moral obligation to avoid deficit spending. This is of course utterly contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ, but it infuses the Satanic doctrine of prosperity theology.
Erick Erickson argues today at Red State that the increasing cry in the GOP to save the Party from the infection of the social conservatives (by tossing them out of the Party) is misguided. Erickson says instead, it is the social conservatives who offer the real hope for the future of expanding the Party:

“In fact, if the GOP really wanted to expand with minorities, it’d keep the social conservatism and throw out the fiscal conservatism.”

This claim raises some questions concerning the basic facts of political life for the GOP at this point:
  1. It is doomed if it does not find a friendlyport for minority groups that are increasing their voting power every day, and using it to elect Democrats.
  2. As Erickson rightly points out, the GOP cannot successfully make much progress with these groups by arguing for fiscal austerity—not the GOP version of that anyway. Minorities are inordinantly represented in lower income groups, and so will be more negatively impacted (as a percentage of their demographic) than whites by budget cuts to social programs.
  3. Ergo: As Erickson admits, in cold, hard terms, it is time for the GOP to abandon fiscal conservatism as a feature of its brand, and officially set up shop as the political arm of conservative evangelical Christianity.
  4. Where do the fiscal conservatives go in that event? Only two realistic choices: the Libertarian Party and the Democratic Party.
Regarding number four, it might seem an odd choice for a fiscal conservative to escape into exile into the Democratic Party, but the DP has been shifting to the right fiscally for decades, starting with Bill Clinton and his willingness to conspire with Newt Gingrich to destroy welfare. Yes, they got a temporary budget surplus (fueled mainly by the giant tek bubble), but they ripped a civilized social protection for the poor to shreds.

The Democratic Party has shifted so far to the right now, that the alleged liberals are getting ready to negotiate away even more protections for the most vulnerable Americans, so the nation can avoid the fiscal cliff. So, there is plenty of room for the castaway Scrooges of the GOP in the conservative wing of the Democratic Party.

One of the real problems with Erick Erickson’s analysis is that there is really no such thing as a fundamental split in the GOP between fiscal and social conservatives. The motives of both are rooted in religious orientations and a protestant view of fiscal responsibility being a moral virtue.

The fiscal “excess” so hated by conservatives, which often is nothing but a symptom of a desire to help people who actually do need it, is just another brand of moral excess and lack of self-restraint, that Christian evangelicals (and other religious conservatives) view as a Satanic undermining of God’s Order and the human spirit.

So, while there may be a few purely fiscal conservatives, who for some reason have developed a fetish for balancing budgets, generally the desire to do the latter is a means to achieve a moral end.

As Mitt Romney often said:
“It is a moral tragedy for us to pile up more and more debt…I want to make sure [we] pass along a torch to the next generation, rather than a bill for our excesses.”
Republicans are of course in a frenzy right now trying to find the right scapegoats to blame for their 2012 electoral disaster.

Unlike what Erickson and others have suggested, it isn’t a part of a whole that needs to be tossed to move the GOP back towards the mainstream and some chance of having national electoral relevance again.

It is the whole GOP nut that is the problem, not just one loonier-than-thou portion of its shell.

There should be a recognition that what the GOP has piously peddled for decades as its immutable political principles were always just an imposture and will change with the demographic winds, or the GOP will once again face a permanent minority status for itself and for principles that were traditionally and naturally viewed by the majority of Americans as extremist and unfit for a national political stage.

In reality, given the existential conflicts of this problem, and the way in which it assaults the very identity of so many white (racist) Americans in the Republican Party about what they cherish as “the truth”, it would just be easier for the GOP to stop operating as a national political party and instead merge itself with Opus Dei or the Family Research Council.

The country clearly is moving on from the wretched little time and space occupied by the GOP, which increasingly looks and sounds like bitter, withered, old Gollum, blathering about his lost "Precious". Let the Republican Party flicker in its lonely little orbit for a few more years. And then let us see it dim out to nothing, as is just and right for it to do.

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