America’s 19% party has a problem. Actually, it has several problems. Just when it should be celebrating the 200 yr birthday of its most popular leader, the man who put the GOP on the map, today’s GOP split its time attacking a popular president on one hand, and demanding top level income tax, capital gains tax, and corporate tax cuts on the other.
Abraham Lincoln would not be proud. When he took the fledgling GOP into the White House, a possible civil war had been a topic of serious conversation for 20 years. One state had already seceded, and other southern states were making threats. Lincoln took a nation that was collapsing and through personal strength, leadership, toil, sweat and many tears, he brought the country back together. In the process, he issued his Emancipation Proclamation, he eradicated the biggest stain on America’s great experiment (slavery), he promised democracy for all (although suffrage would take a bit longer) and he set the stage for 140 years of growth, uneven, unequal growth, to be sure, but still growth.
What happened to the Abraham’s grand old party? The party of vision, of dreams, of hard work, of patriotism, fairness, and of empathy for all? Which party created national parks? Which party created the EPA? Which party created SALT agreements with the USSR? Which party passed anti-slavery legislation?
Since the Neocons hijacked it in the late 1980s, that grand GOP has been pretty much eradicated. Just look at those who purport to be its psychological leaders and idea makers.
Rush Limbaugh. "I want him (Obama) to fail. I want his plan to fail. I want him to fail badly." Translation from rushspeak: If Obama succeeds, people will finally realize that the bull I’ve been spinning for a decade was all false. I’m in trouble."
Newt Gingrich: I favor tax cuts and the outright elimination of taxes. Barack Obama has already hit the wall. His nominees have failed, and his economic stimulus package won’t work. "Could have been a bi-partisan bill. Could have been a real effort to help the economy. Frankly, the left wing of their party took it over and decided to make it a big spending and big government bill."