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I propose something radical.
It is regarding the Republican Party.
The Republican Party has lost its soul.
I share my thoughts at the above blog post:
Rebirth of the Republican Party?
In this post, I want to discuss an idea for the rebirth of the Republican party.
My first swat at the Republican party is in this post on 4/27/18 where I liken the party to mosquitoes.
I hope this post develops that subject clearly stated
Mr. Michael Gerson in the Washington Post on February 6, 2018, stated that the
Republican is now governed by the “lickspittle wing” whose “cowardice is staggering”.
Today I will solve the problem for the Republican Party because that is what I do.
I point out deficiencies and then offer solutions.
(Although I must admit I mostly point out deficiencies when I am writing about the
For the model of this solution, I track back to March 1854, when the Republican Party,
the GOP (Grand Old Party) was formed in Ripon Wisconsin.
The ideology of this party was conservatism, economic liberalism, social conservatism,
fiscal conservatism, with factions of Libertarianism and Right-Wing Populism.”
The Republican Party was founded by anti-slavery activists and economic modernizers
found the party. They forged it out of the Whig Party.
The Whig Party itself was founded in 1834 to oppose the policies of Andrew Johnson. It
viewed itself as a moral sword to the actions of Johnson such as the removal of Indians
from their land and the supremacy of the United States Congress over the presidency.
So we now have the precedents of the Republican Party of today: economic liberalism,
social conservatism, and fiscal conservatism.
It also stood in opposition to slavery and pro-economic reform.
Both parties were successful in getting men elected as presidents:
Whig Party William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Winfield Scott, and Millard Fillmore.
The Whig Party was prominent from 1834 to 1860 when it was dissolved.
The Republican Party was prominent from 1854 to 2016. Its first president was
Abraham Lincoln in 1860 followed by Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley up to the 20th
The Republican Party was known for free homestead farms, a federally subsidized
the transcontinental railroad, a national banking system, a large national debt, land
grants for higher education (the foundation of land-grant colleges such as the
The University of Minnesota), a wartime income tax, permanent high tariffs to promote
industrial growth and high wages, a hard money system based on the gold standard. It
also created the foundation of a modern welfare state through the extensive program
of pensions for Union veterans. Regarding foreign policy, it is supported imperialistic
expansion of Hawaii, the Philippines, and the Panama Canal.
Through the early 20th century Republican Presidents included Warren G Harding,
Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover.
It gained the reputation as the pro-business policies and heralded in the Wall Street
The Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression.
Other presidents were Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Robert A. Taft, Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
Most recently elected Presidents were George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump.
Can you identify the trends listed above and juxtapose them onto today’s United States?
What characteristics of the early Republican Party are now prominent in the current party?
The electoral college elected in 2016 Donald J. Trump president.
What characteristics do you see in his policies that reflect the foundational principals of the Republican Party?
Tariffs yes that is easy BUT their underpinning theory has since been debunked.
This excellent article in “The Guardian” which lays bare the notion that “big lies are
founded on small truths”.
Do we see the policies of imperialism and despotism?
The rise of the nationalists (the very definition of dictatorship) and white supremacy?
Trump rose so high on hubris and the foundation of Joseph Goebbels works and he is
now poised to pay the price of his crimes against the United States.
Trump and his Trump Party have given American corporations and the most wealthy
Americans $1.5 trillion in wealth.
In turn, they were supposed to grab the economy and bring it to new heights. Instead,
they posted their largess to their accounts to increase the companies’ wealth not the
workers. (list examples of tax breaks)
This has led to a smoking hot economy that is now hitting the brakes.
The results will be like those of 2007 when the economy collapsed after Bush gave it a
false sense of worth with his generous tax cut.
This coming collapse will be worse than that one.
There is no elasticity in the economy.
The trade war with China adds another level of
uncertainty and requires a lot of currency.
The $1.5 trillion gift that is causing the collapse must be clawed back. The companies and
wealthy did not do what was promised.
Jobs were not created to the extent promised.
Cash was not brought back from overseas.
Sharing the wealth with common people has not been triggered.
We must change the structure of the economy if working people will be able to share in
the wealth and promise of this nation!
Thanks for stopping.