My thoughts have been wandering to the different arguments I have heard about the Republicans and Democrats. It seems to me, that over the past decade or so, the concept of being a Republican or a Democrat has changed drastically. Today, I find myself confused as to why I call myself a Republican. I am certainly no Democrat, yet there are some aspects of these political parties that have become so dire, that I find myself confused.
So what exactly is a Republican?
Very quick History Lesson in Being a Republican: Founded in northern states in 1854 by anti-slavery activists, modernizers, ex-Whigs and ex-Free Soilers, the Republican Party quickly became the principal opposition to the dominant Democratic Party. It first came to power in 1860 with the election of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency and Republicans in control of Congress and the northern states. It oversaw the saving of the union, the destruction of slavery, and the provision of equal rights to all men in the American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877. (Referenced from Gould and the American National Biograph)
Wow, so in other words the original republicans cared for the same things that today they want to remove, destroy and alter. This is important to know, because today, many people are focused on the history of being a Republican, yet they do not actually know what being a Republican meant. People in general follow what they are told to follow.
Being a republican did not mean being overly religious. Nor did it mean protecting the rights of the rich. Today, this is what it has become. The modern day Tea party, who claims it is representing Republican beliefs needs a very quick education in understanding what being Republican means.
In review of other blogs out there who are moderate Republicans and understand the concept of compromise, I borrow the following paragraph to stress my point.
The Republican Party and conservatism in general have been taken over by the hate-filled right-wing theist fringe elements. There was a time when the conservative movement and the Republican Party had leaders like Barry Goldwater, Dwight Eisenhower, William F. Buckley, John Anderson and others. I seldom agreed with these men, but I consider them to be political giants in our country's history. They weren't fueled by hatred for minorities and those with a different sexual orientation. They didn't think women should be second-class citizens. They honored the Constitution and tried to do what they thought was in the best interests of the people of the United States. Ted McLaughlin.
Some of you reading this may think, what is he thinking, the Republicans are doing fine the way they are, it is the Middle and the left that are out of their minds. Perhaps this is the guidance that has been offered yet the middle is going to be pushed to the left, since the far Right is dictating a new world without considering their ramifications. When we take a harder look at history and how this ends, we get Rome right before it fell, we get Germany under the leadership of Hitler and we get the United States in the manner it is being run today.
In my eyes, politics and political parties are meant to be used as guiding aspects of a government. Today in 2011, the Republicans are in charge of most States, the House of Representatives and have good representation in the Senate. With this much power, why are they accusing the Democrats of creating a broken system. The Tea party unfortunately is made up of people who arrived on the scene as knights of civil justice. They did not want a Black or Female President. They fought valiantly for Republican only government. Their words… smaller government. Perhaps I am missing something, yet in the States that are run by Republicans, it seems that more and more government is being created, not less. In Florida the Republicans have attacked Unions, Women, Education and all social services. Perhaps this is an opportunity to alter the nation for the better, yet the way in which a system has been designed, cannot be changed in one fowl swoop.
This is not a good sign for young Republicans like myself, who agree that their needs to be a balance between Government aide and Private business. One day, I plan to run for State house, State Senate and eventually the Senate of the USA. I desire to remain in the middle of the Republican Party and I desire to be able to work with people of all political credence. Honestly, this Tea Party needs to go away, and fundamentalism needs to be calmed. Fundamentalists in the 1950's and 60's were communists. What exactly are Tea Party people.
I am asking loudly for the Leaders of the Republican Party to please look at their party, and bring us back to prominence and respect. Republicans can win without destroying common sense, the common man and the civil liberties that helped to define America. Thanks for listening