GOP’s Road to Nowhere: Civil Rights, the Debt Ceiling and a Very Small Tent
As a Democrat, I cannot help but get excited about the future, every time Republican elected leaders choose to listen to the extremist in their party they further damage their chances to win future elections. The extremist; those who continue to insist Barack Obama is not an American, or the birthers you might say. Then we have those who insist on office holding Republicans not to do their jobs but instead play a constant game of hostage-taking and senseless legislation making.
At the top of the list of items that is slowly deteriorating the party’s future, is the GOP’s record on civil rights, which gets more atrocious every election cycle. When Republicans work to make it more difficult for minorities to vote, no matter what their supposed reasons, such as to prevent voter fraud (as if there was a serious problem), they turn off the very voters they should be trying to attract.
Someday, not too long in the future, Hispanics will be the majority, no matter if white, bigoted Republicans like it or not. When poor Latinos have to stand in long lines on election day because Republican lawmakers and governors in certain states cut back early voting and cut back on polling places in poor areas where most Hispanics live, Hispanics do not forget when they get into those voting booths.
You need not look any further than last election in 2012 to understand my point, where for the first time the black vote surpassed the white vote, thanks partly to motivated black voters over Republican’s effort to suppress their vote.
It really angers people to have to stand in long lines but it also motivates those same people to vote when they can see clearly that someone does not want them to. The real point here is that when a political party turns its attention to blocking votes instead of gaining votes, it ends up doing neither.
Then there is the upcoming need to lift the debt ceiling so that our nation can pay its bills. It is true our government needs to cut back on its spending, but refusing to pay bills we have already made, shows irresponsibility to many Americans. Our representatives in Congress are elected to take care of the nation’s business and part of that business is paying our nation’s bills, specifically the House of Representatives, as they are the ones hold the purse strings.
Many Americans struggle to pay their bills thanks to some of the decisions our Congress makes. Those who are responsible enough, which is the majority of Americans, pay their bills on time; they do not get into arguments with their spouses and refuse to pay them unless they get their way. Republicans in the House of Representatives have done it before, which by the way, caused us to lose a credit rating. That is what they are talking about again, in order to try forcing the Democrats and the President to defund ObamaCare and get their way on other issues.
For one thing, defunding ObamaCare would put a large percentage of Americans in limbo when it comes to their health care. Republicans do not want to go there because it would be like stopping a passenger train and stranding its passengers in the middle of nowhere without any other transportation to get them where they need to be. ObamaCare has already begun its implementation and to try blocking it now will cause a major disaster.
What all this boils down to is a very small tent for Republicans. Extreme elements in their party are leading the party’s elected leaders down the wrong road and many of its members will begin to jump off long before they reach that bridge, the one that has deteriorated beyond repair because of the lack of funds to fix it, also thanks to the Party of “No”.
If the GOP wishes to survive, then it must grow its membership, not shrink it, but that is exactly what it is doing with all of its current actions; pushing away the very voters it needs to stay viable with and therefore survive.
Republicans would do well to take heed and find another road to travel on or find itself at the bottom of a ravine of voter disillusionment and discontent as the rest of the world grows more enlightened and more liberal every election cycle. Then of course as a Democrat, I am counting on them not to listen to me.