Republicans not liked, even by 25% of . . . Republicans

It turns out that 25% of Republicans don’t like their own party.

The Republican Party has a structural problem, in that it has only two main constituencies: the very wealthy and the white Religious Right. Both are tiny but powerful minorities. Neither is at all representative of the US population. Both want to impose policies on the whole country that suit them but which are unwelcome to most people.

The poll also shows that 60% of Americans in general don’t like the GOP, which is what pollsters call “high negatives.” It is one thing to be an independent or generally a Democratic, another to actively despise the Republican Party. Even 60% of independents don’t like the GOP.

The Republican business elite wants to avoid paying taxes and to saddle the middle class with the tax burden instead. The evangelicals and right-wing Catholics want to impose their moral strictures on the rest of the country. Both policies look selfish and unfair.

It is their indebtedness to the religious Right that causes Republicans to oppose things like gay marriage, which now has the support of some two-thirds of Americans. As they move out of the mainstream to the margins of national politics, they look narrow-minded and selfish.

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  1. Dear Professor Cole

    Along comes Petraeus.

    “David will save us with his urge to Surge”

    David vs Hillary in 2016?

  2. Dear Professor Cole, a rather short narration and partial analysis of the “Structural Problem” in our two party system. But surely you must agree that our problem likability or lack there of goes beyond Republicans.
    The story of American politics is a story of “dispossessed Majority”. A story of power, greed, lies and deceits, and finding ways for the masses to be complaisant in this process. The US is ruled by a private oligarchy, who are not necessarily limited to White Religious Right.
    The government is merely a front for this private oligarcy. The country’s resources are diverted to the pockets of Wall Street, the military complex, and to the service of greater Israel.
    The oil, mining, timber, and agribusiness companies control the Environmental Protection Agency and the Forestry Service, while fracking, mountaintop removal mining, and pollution of air, water, and soil runs wild.
    The oligarchs have succeeded in making Americans a “dispossessed majority” in their own country. Unfortunately a governmental system with a scaffolding of greed and fear is always destined to fail and collapse at worst and/or not sustainable at best under pseudo leadership of Oligarch who happen to be of color, not so religious and somewhat to the left of the center.
    The story of American politics, is a story of a strange alliance of the “dirt poor” with “mega rich’, the wonderment of both parties managing to convince the poor to vote against their best interests at every election.
    The use of “social issues” such as gay marriage, and women’s reproductive system, etc., are used by Republicans to work up indignation over the threat to moral values posed by liberal Democrats.
    Through media propaganda, and philosophical oration the working poor are convinced that their tax dollars are used to provide medical care and schooling for illegal aliens, they are convinced that standing up for America means standing up for bankster bailouts and the military complex’s multi-trillion dollar wars.
    Nonsense stories are fed to and embraced by masses, bypassing the faculty of mind/reasoning to put two & two together. Americans heard about Obama being a Muslim, about Obama being a Marxist, about Obama being a Manchurian Candidate turning America over to the New World Order, but never is Obama accused of turning the US over to Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, or Israel.
    No one asks the obvious questions, why Obama would be killing Muslims in 7 countries if he was a Muslim, or why Wall Street and the military/security complex would put a Marxist in the White House, when all it took for military complex to squander $6 trillion on the Iraq & Afghan wars was yellow ribbon decals and a slogan, “support the troops.”
    Past November the Americans gave their approval to one of the oligarchy’s two candidates and had to argue among themselves which freak is better?
    Patriotic Republicans whose candidate Mr. Romney, went to Israel to slither on his belly pandering to the crazed, blood-thirsty Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, who called his own Israeli top generals “pussies” for warning against attacking Iran. The same Romney who told Netanyahu, just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it; I am loyal to Israel.
    Apparently, flag-waving Republican patriots were not bothered when their presidential candidate announces that as soon as he is in office he will turn over US foreign policy to Netanyahu and send more Americans to death and bankruptcy for Netanyahu.
    Disillusioned Democrats who elected President Obama 4 years ago expected that he would restore the rule of law, just to find that he codified the Bush regime’s transgressions and added some of his own.
    No one could have imagined the president of the US sitting in the Oval Office signing off on lists of American citizens to be murdered without evidence or due process of law.
    The question then and question now was/is a choice between the Republican panderer to the rich and Israel whose foreign policy was going to be war, or the Democrat panderer to the rich and Israel whose foreign policy “IS” war.
    So my dear Professor Cole ask not about “likability” factor of Republicans, ask about the broken system, ask about fundamental “Structural Problem” of our National Politics, I can assure you that the “Dispossessed Majority” dislikes both.

  3. This validates my experience in contact with people who view themselves as “Republicans.” These folks are a lot more reasonable than what you hear coming out of Prince Reibus, Rush Limbaugh, and the rest. Often, they complain that they can’t vote for the Republican presidential candidate. At other times, they cling desperately to the old-time image of the Republican as fiscally-responsible, in the face of all evidence to the contrary.

    What seems to help, in my opinion, is a strong dose of actual fact: the record of each candidate for office versus what they’re telling the public. Solid economic numbers, best presented in the much-mocked graphical form. (Face it: we think in pictures, not long numbers with a lot of significant digits.) And empathy – pleasee resist the urge to yell “SEE??? You were WRONG!”

    People will eventually work their way to the truth, when presented with enough facts. Once they realize that their cherished party has been playing them for fools and suckers for decades, there will be no going back.

  4. “It turns out that 25% of Republicans don’t like their own party.”

    Reminds me of that great line by Groucho Marx:

    “I would never join a club that would have me as a member.”

    • It no doubt can be said about the other major party, though to slightly borrow from what others have previously iterated, it is both parties and their unwillingness at different points to work together.

      The numbers were and continue to be staggering:

      link to gallup.com

  5. They look narrow minded and selfish because they are. Could they be the modern day version of the Whigs? Unless they can adopt major changes, it looks likely. We really need two vibrant parties and now we have one that is irrelevant and stuck in the 19th Century and the other that has some leaders who are in touch with the people and modern problems and too many who are beholden to the elite power structure.

  6. The oath of office taken by every member of Congress states”
    “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
    When I read that statement, I am reminded of Walt Kelly’s most famous line in his Pogo comic strip – “I have met the enemy and he is us.”
    And then I wonder why charges of violating the oath of office are not brought against those who put their own interests ahead of the well-being of our country.

  7. Neither Republicans nor Democratic Parties are the representative of freedom and democracy. They both are a front for the corporations. In a political system of Capitalism, as its name suggests “capital” and therefore power are its only aims, welfare and freedom of human being have no place in that ideology, except for the group of so called “elites”, who with deceit and lies are holding the power in their hands. Everything and everyone looked at as to be a commodity, which can be bought and sold. In fact it is simply a Neo- fascism without its Fasces and Swastika symbols, dressed up with words such as democracy, human rights, and so on. The dictatorship of two party systems in U.S.A and many of European nations has created a world of wars, greed, insecurity, poverty; an uncivilized world of 1% vs. 99% covered by surgery words like freedom! So please Professor Cole, lets work on analyzing the Neo dictatorship of corporate capitalism, not the percentage of dislike of one party or the other, they are both the property of the powerful corporations. We see, hear and read these sorts of statistics and other misleading information on the daily basis from their “Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
    ”, the so-called “Mass Media” such as CNN, FOX NEWS, BBC, etc.
    I always thought the responsibility of an intelligent and knowledgeable academic such as yourself would be to think out of the box as you often do.

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