The GOP…Heading Toward Disaster?

Astute analytical skills aren’t necessary to understand the GOP’s route to its next defeat in 2016.

GOP spokespersons, analysts, experts, pundits, consultants…all much smarter than we mere mortals…are clearly marking the trail, an insightful new path through the wilderness of defeat to the glory days of yesteryear; you remember: Bush 41’s second campaign, Bob Dole, John McCain and, most recent, Mitt Romney. And, the strategy was so brilliantly successful, it’s being doubled down upon.

The GOP elite’s slightly veiled disgust of conservatives has come out of the closet. It’s apparent the GOP will not continue its faux-conservative charade…but will continue to assume it will get our votes because the alternative stinks. The party’s wizards believe they can win without us and are brazen enough to tell us so…but they still will want our votes.

The GOP number crunchers have been busy. Demographic trends, census data, and, of course, the last election’s results are leading to what seems an increasingly common conclusion: “We’re outnumbered; there aren’t enough ‘makers’ to elect us so we’re going after the ‘takers.’”

And, sadly, the young GOP aspirants for high elective office are indicating the same thing. Check out Bobby Jindal’s recent comments. Surprising and disappointing. Marco Rubio, who personifies the classic American success story, in remarks in Iowa, is closing in on Jindal’s stance.

Romney was excoriated for his ‘47%’ comment before the election, then by his ‘gifts’ comment afterwards. Jindal, Rubio and the GOP are straining their hamstrings running away from Romney, more specifically, from the truth of his statements.

But, facts are facts, and the facts are becoming the 800 pound elephant in GOP parlors. For a list of reasons far too lengthy and complex to address in this commentary, a majority of the electorate, as expressed by their votes, are far more desirous of government-provided ‘stuff’ than the personal and financial liberty to provide for themselves.

The GOP’s intellectual and verbal gymnastics over the next four years should be something to behold…note I left out the old-fashioned and outdated concepts of values and integrity. But, politicians have long possessed the gifts of rationalization and verbal alacrity to weasel their way around their consciences…if they ever had one.

But, how can the GOP rationalize ‘cradle-to-grave’ dependency coexisting within a capitalist system? What appeal will they offer the ‘makers’ who are paying the bills? And, in their new found ‘kinder-and-gentler’ mode, how will the GOP tap dance around social, gun rights and immigration issues?

There is no way to forecast the future, but when a political party strays from the values of its traditional supporters, it runs a huge risk. Straddling the fence can inflict great pain. Trying to please everyone pleases no one.

The demographic implications guiding the GOP these days best be given another look. All conservatives will not die before 2016, nor will we abandon our principles. And, we will not vote for a party that chooses to be nothing more than ‘progressive-lite.’

Who we will vote for? Not quite sure yet…depends on the options available in 2016.

Author Bio:

graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Rodney authored “Leading Your Business to the Next Level,” a non-fiction business book in 2005. “Powers Not Delegated” is Rodney’s first foray into fiction; the book meshes his knowledge of history, business and current events to produce a relevant and plausible tale of domestic and international intrigue. Additionally, Rodney writes political commentary on his own blog and for other nationally known blogs/websites. Rodney lives in Atlanta. His passions include hiking, photography, history, reading, and, of course, University of Georgia football.
  • Libertarian Amazon

    Throwing Ron Paul supporters under the bus and repeatedly backing the bus back over them didn’t help. *Gasp!* Whatever do I mean?!?

    Let me refresh your memory: RNC Convention and the refusal to read the delegates Ron Paul won, and don’t forget the cutting off of the mike for that woman from Georgia reading off the number of Ron Paul delegates from her state.

    The kidnapping of the Virginia and Rhodes Island delegates on a bus while the bus driver drove around the convention center multiple times then drove them away, and by the time the rules for the convention were voted on, the key delegate from Virginia who was on the Rules Committee who would have raised objections to the rules, arrived to late as the rules had already been voted on. How convenient that the one Committee Rules member who would have objected to the rules was stuck on a bus that wouldn’t let him off in time for the vote.

    Then there was the pre scripted “The AYES have it with no objection.” Yes, pre-scripted on the teleprompter.

    Then the issue with the Maine delegates where the one lawfully elected to position were refused to be seated and the ones who absconded with the position were put in place by a Romney supporter and not lawfully elected to their delegate positions.

    The sudden changing of rules and delegate shuffling in order to prevent Ron Paul from having his 15 minutes to speak at the convention. He needed 5 states and won 5 states, then rules, which should not have been enforced until teh NEXT convention were enforced at the same convention upping that number to 8 states thus preventing Ron Paul from speaking.

    Then the attitude by the RNC and GOP of Ron Paul supporters was basically a boot to the back side, derisive attitude and the near calling of “And don’t come back if you know what’s good for ya!”

    The GOP and RNC decided to treat people who respect the Constitution with a surly attitude and the proverbial finger.

    The GOP dug their own grave, they can go lie in it.

    • wall12

      Libertarian Amazon: I was not aware of all the snubs you mention in your comments. If these are true, I agree. Regardless, the republicans should embrace the Libertarians since many of the same ideals are shared by both sides. I think that the republicans need to be more inclusive in their platform by welcoming the various sides without going over to the left and embracing the taker strategy. My early opinion was that the republicans didn’t articulate how their their plan for the economy would actually work. My prime example was in the energy policy. Romney stated that he was going to make the country energy independent. That was not enough. He should have said that by doing so a $2 per gallon of gasoline would save each family $800 per year and save the independent trucker $60000 per year. This would amount to a total US savings of $387 billion per year. Think of all the side benefits that would result. The poor wouldn’t need as much food stamps. The cost of food and other products would be less. Best of all, the cost to tax payers would have been ZERO since to make the US energy independent would be through private capital and not government stimulus. All segments of the economy would benefit without picking winners and losers as Obama’s policy does.


    conservatism cant compete with runawy giveaways and massive corruption. we have both, corruption must be stopped to insure fairness in any election.

  • cmacrider

    Rodney: As I understand the statistics…. Obama spent a billion $ and came up with about 9 million less votes and Romney spent slightly less and came up with 2 million less votes than McCain. However, I’ve never seen any critical assessment as to why Obama, the incumbent, came up with 9 million less votes. Are these people who are a trifled worried about the debt, unemployment, illegal immigration, a non-existent foreign policy … etc… etc? Are these people who would consider voting R … if someone enunciated a sound conservatism which spoke to and for the middle class? If so ….. then maybe its time for the RINO’s to go back to the drawing board.