While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are battling for the primary nomination using carefully sculpted rhetoric and logical arguments, the Republican race seems to be nothing more than a clown show. This election season has signaled the death of what was formerly called the Grand Old Party, or GOP. What is left is a broken and sorely misguided Republican Party. The six remaining Republican candidates are contributing very little meaningful substance to the political conversation and have become mostly a source of entertainment. The men filling the Republican ballot are nothing more than religious fanatics opposed to a woman’s right to choose, market conservatives advocating for deregulation and expulsion of government involvement in the economy, tax cuts on the wealthiest men and women in the country, and rampant xenophobes who want nothing to do with Muslims or Mexicans seeking refuge in the United States. This election has merely shed light on the problems within the Republican Party, and it is in every way a symptom of the implosion of the right, not the cause. The idea of a moderate Republican has been almost completely erased, and with it the memory of what the Grand Old Party used to be.
It’s disheartening to see the party take such a downward spiral. Political parties are a necessary part of the political process we hold so dear. With the lack of a firm base to unite conservatives in opposition to a liberal force that needs them to spark political conversation, there is nothing standing in the way of lunatics and the presidential nomination. Just take a look at any Republican debate. These candidates are not real Republicans, nor are they respectable political candidates. They seek to tear down what little progress Democrats have been able to make in turning the United States into a country that is concerned with the wellbeing of its citizens, and not just the wealthy, white ones. What happened to the fiscally conservative, old school Republicans who balanced out the fiscally liberal Democrats? There used to be substantive debates over the best way to maintain economic stability in our great country, and those debates are some of the most essential ones we can have. But now the debates are full of empty rhetoric about the strength of America this, and the glory of America that, and the other party and other candidates are incompetent and the government has done nothing but make mistakes (If a democrat is in power). I now bid farewell to the conservatives of the past, and mourn the loss of meaningful political conversation from the Republican side of the aisle.
(A Facebook post by Robert Reich is the inspiration for this piece)