“Look, the Republican Party is not going to change,” former Senator and failed Presidential candidate Rick Santorum told Politico recently. “If we do change we’ll be the Whig Party. We’re not the Libertarian Party. We’re the Republican Party.”
Mike Huckabee — another proud member of the Bible-thumping, hard-core religious right — claims the GOP lost the last two Presidential elections not because its candidates were too far fight but says they are too moderate.
Both Santorum and Huckabee think the rabid right turning out in force could have made a difference in 2008 and 2012.
If their beliefs are true, then the best thing that could have happened to America was the presence of a Republican moderate that kept the so-called “conservatives” at home and away from the polls.
Here at Capitol Hill Blue, most of us believe that the rabid right represents more of a threat to the American way of life than any turban wearing and Islam-spouting terrorist.
The right wing of the GOP is driven by hate, intolerance and power. They don’t give a damn about what is good for Amercia — they only want a country fashioned by a government that controls what we say, what we hear and what we can do — especially in the privacy of our bedrooms.
They misquote the Bible, a book of wide-ranging contradictions — as justification of an effort to keep this country in the dark ages. They claim less government is preferable, unless the government passes binding legislation imposing a hypocritical view of morality on a nation of victims of their perverted view of the world.
Their hypocrisy is astounding. The rabid right pushes family values, yet Republicans like Newt Gingrich embarked on numerous extra-marital affairs, often ending marriages with former mistresses to united with a new one. They condemn homosexuality but the party is riddled with closeted gays.
After two election losses, some signs of change have come to the party of the elephant. The list of Republicans now supporting gay marriage grows almost daily and the party of intolerance and intransigence is close to a deal that will bring a long-needed overhaul of U.S. immigration laws.
Both changes, of course, are viewed with dismay by right-wing addicts like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. We also still see examples of the old GOP. Alaska GOP Rep. Don Young proved that this past week when he referred to Hispanics as “wetbacks.” He apologized after coming under fire from his own party, including Speaker of the House John Boehner, who said:
Congressman Young’s remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds. I don’t care why he said it – there’s no excuse and it warrants an immediate apology.
Of course, neither Santorum or Huckabee joined other Republicans in condemning Young.
The world is changing.
Even the Republican Party is changing.
And troglodytes like Santorum and Hukabee may have no choice but to take their outdated hypocrisy, bigotry and racism back into a cave where such attitudes belong.
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