Sunday morning on Meet the Press General Colin Powell, without doubt one of the most respected military minds alive today and a Republican gave his support to Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama. The reasons for the General making this decision is on the grounds I have spoken about previously on this blog. The Republican Party is become an elitist party. It has circled its wagons and sees all those who question or differ from the conservative holy script of guns, abortion, Trickle-Down Economics, and States’ Rights as an enemy. They don't want to hear differing opinions and in fact ostracize all those that dare offer one. As a disenchanted Republican friend said, "I’m tired of this Party; it's just a bunch of mad people who think they are better than everyone else."
The fact that the Republicans have tried to deify Ronald Reagan as one of their greatest presidents is a clear explanation to why this Party is becoming obsolete. President Reagan launched the spiral decline of the Republicans. He tied his Party to: fundamentalist Christianity, neo-conservatives and embraced the ideology that deregulation was the panacea to all our woes. He also did one other thing. He also created a class system based on race by convincing poor whites they had more in common with upper income whites than with poor minorities.
If you look at the core of the Republican Party today you basically have three groups:
1. Fundamentalist Christians – “God is on our side.” This has created a party that is fighting stem cell research, a woman’s control over her own body and evolution. Because the Republican Party has this core fundamentalist group who feel they are doing the work of God, they will never compromise on their views and since politics is all about compromise the Republicans party is caught in a no win scenario.
2. Neo-Conservatives - “Might is right.” Our foreign policies for the last eight has been shanghaied by paranoid xenophobes who are more than willing to lie to, spy on and manipulate the American people to defend what they see as an all out war on Anglo-Saxon values. President Bush surrounded himself with people who felt it was their duty to “Democratize the World.” Even our strongest allies saw America as cowboys gone wild.
3. Good ol’ Boys – “You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.” This is a broad group of people, but they have several things in common: States’ Rights, limited government, anti-gun control, and anti-tax. I want to be clear on this, not all are racist, but this is where you will find many of the racist groups that cling to the Republican Party. Often for votes Republican candidates will use code words such as States’ Rights to mollify this group.
Powell fear is that he sees these groups taking control of his Party. Much of the attacks against Senator Obama have come from these three factions: Fundamentalist Christians, “He’s an Arab,” Neo-conservatives, “He’s a terrorist,” and the Good ol’ Boys, “He’s not an American.” The HATE that General Powell is seeing within his Party is slowly shrinking the numbers of its members. Soon after Powell’s comments the attacks from his Party began and the attacks were not based on an attempt to explain his concerns but were immediately directed toward his race. Senator McCain stated he "expected this" from Powell. Pat Buchannan said on MSNBC that Powell like most Blacks were supporting Obama because of his race and Rush Limbaugh screamed across the air ways that the only reason Powell made this decision is because Obama was black. Each of these men totally disregarded any rational assessment of problems that might be present within their Party.
The Republican tent will continue to become smaller and smaller as will their I.Q.