AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: The GOP just “ain’t” Republican any more

Moanin’ the Grand Old Party Blues

I’ve been a registered Republican since the Eisenhower administration — for those of you too young or too old to recall, that is since the late 1950’s — and yes, I’m old!

The current GOP just “ain’t” the same. Over the years it’s evolved into something totally different.

The old GOP believed in less government intervention into state affairs and people’s lives. Call me a rebel or an independent pioneer or just plain ornery, but I don’t want our government to tell us what books we can read, or that our kids need to pray in public school, or that our property can be seized by the government for development purposes.

I’m from “the old school” where if you have damaged your credit and are in debt, you dig down deep and pull yourself out from that debt and get on with your life. To me, a “bail-out” is what you do when your ship is sinking and is NOT a handout from American taxpayers.

Perhaps the GOP needs to make a name change to something more catchy and contemporary in nature to its political platform and philosophy — say, like maybe the NEO-CONS, which is closer to a NeoConservative Party. After all, when government believes it has a right to tell all of us unequivocally what we can and can’t do, that nation goes from a Representative Democratic Republic to a more fascist orientation.

If you don’t like that name change idea, how about an exodus by the REAL fiscal and political conservative Republicans within the current GOP to form their own party? They could become the OGOP — for Older Grand Old Party, which granted may be too redundant on the old slant — or maybe even the “MCGOP” would be better, for More Conservative GOP.

Pres. George Walker Bush finally is stepping down as CEO of the United States of America after first bringing us all “down to our knees”, but not before he made a mockery of the GOP by being fiscally irresponsible, invading our social beliefs, and setting a new precedence of atmospheric federal indebtedness that already has “dominoed” down to state and local government.

The main point I am making is that during the past several decades the GOP has evolved into a totally different self-fulfilling organism that believes in more government control, increasing taxes “creatively” on the general public still under the guise of “No New Taxes”, and doing as little as possible to improve the overall quality of life for most Americans.

This was NOT the intent of the original GOP platform.

In addition, it has become the party of the corporate sector. Certainly a review of political history past to the present clearly indicates that the GOP no longer maintains true Republican platforms, policies and objectives. This is an instance of when “A Rose is a Rose is a Rose” no longer is a Rose.

Apparently the current GOP leadership must dismantle the internal mechanisms of a grand old party that has gone renegade.

On January 17, 1961 former Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to warn Americans in his farewell address that…

“…In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together…”

The reality of our modern time has proven Pres. Eisenhower was accurate. During the past decade the direction of the United States has been altered as a world leader. Our American roadway has become bogged-down with the greed of the corporate sector and purposeful mismanagement by government leaders.

American voters have taken the first giant step towards detoxing our poisonous system. We have voted for a president with a modified perspective of openness and rejuvenation. Next week after Sen. Barack Obama becomes President Obama, he will attempt to lead the U.S. away from its unproductive management style and instead will rebuild the path to our recovery.

Never doubt that the previously blinded and corrupt leaders who brought havoc to the American way of life are ever far removed. Many still are at top levels of our government and in the corporate sector. They await our first stumble on the new road so that they may again seize control for their own greedy purposes.

While the U.S. is on the way to recovery, it will take years to rebuild an ethical and purposeful foundation; however; Americans must remain vigilant and cautious because “the water is filled with sharks.”


  1. claypigeonbx

    Hi, pstern. I wonder how many of us old “Eisenhower Republicans” there are still hanging around. Isn’t it wierd how political values have shifted in this country? In the fifties, I considered myself a Republican “centrist.” These days, I find myself hanging out and generally agreeing with the Progressive left of the Democratic Party. But what is really strangest of all is that, as near as I can tell, my personal values really haven’t changed all that much (a very slight shift to the left in terms of hot-button social issues, but that is all).

    I believe in the rule of law, individual liberty, balanced budgets, even-handed and scrupulously fact-oriented justice, individual responsibility, the absolute separation of church and state…things that I once thought were just intrinsic to the “American way of life.”

    Pre-emptive war, torture as policy, a media that serves primarily to “catapult the propaganda,” an education system designed to stifle rather than develop the capacity for independent thought, a government that invests heavily in spying upon its own citizens, these were things that I was taught in the sixth grade were evil attributes of the “Soviet” form of government. Little did I dream that they could ever become attributes of the American form of government.

    And rule by a hereditary aristocracy? A land where social class determined a person’s rights and the quality of the services he received from his government? I thought we rejected those things once and for all between 1776 and 1782.

    Guess it’s never too late to learn. But I really wish more people had paid serious attention to what Ike told us. As you just reminded us, he did warn us.

    Freedom and Justice for All!

  2. geocam2

    You’ve forgotten one little detail. In Ike’s Day, black, hispanic and asian people weren’t allowed to belong to the Repubican Party. In fact, women were only allowed to be wives of GOP politicians, not GOP politicians themselves. And to add to that exclusivity, poor white people weren’t welcome either. Today’s GOP is all of that, and is further narrowing its membership down to only white males from former confederate states. While I am sure that it is a great relief to Chip Saltsman that he can whip off some n***** jokes at a GOP function without offending anyone, it is hardly a prescription for a national party. The debate between “neo-cons”, “theo-cons”, “libertarians” and “we want Reagan/Ike back” folks among the white males in the party misses the entire reason that it is going the way of the whigs – it is on the wrong side of a massive demographic shift. If the GOP is ever going to hope to hold national power again, it better start find a way to appeal to non-whites, non-rich, non-males and non-english-speakers!

  3. pstern

    geocam, you’re right when speaking in geographical terms. The racism absolutely was prevalent in the deep South; however, there were many minorities in the GOP throughout the north east states and in California, to name just 2 areas.

    Racism became more of a GOP staple when Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights bill, which he knew would forever link the southern states as a GOP stronghold due to racist mentality. He signed it anyway because he knew it was the right thing to do.

    In fact, if you look at the last presidential election [2008] you can see pretty much the same “red” states that were the ones back in Johnson’s day. Apparently the same states will remain “red” and racist for many more years.

    I also am in agreement with you that the GOP needs to change drastically if it plans on becoming a major “player” in America’s future.