“The party of Lincoln? Gone.”

Since this comment was posted anonymously, I’m just going to swipe it outright and post it here.

I’m almost 40.

There’s a lot I still don’t know.

One thing I do know: there is now, in 2010, less reason to support the Republican Party than ever. And I mean ever. The party of Lincoln? Gone. The party of Teddy Roosevelt, when “conservative” and “conservation” were still considered related? Gone. The party of Eisenhower, who warned us of the military industrial complex? Gone. The party of Goldwater, who wanted government out of our private affairs (including our bedrooms)? Gone. Okay, how about the party of the deplorable Tricky Dick, who nevertheless oversaw the EPA and Clean Air Act (considered by much of the GOP to be regulatory commie policies, today)? Gone.

And yes, if Reagan were president today, he would be considered too liberal by the loons running the GOP today. And that’s… depressing.

Unless the party reverses its course sometime soon, I can’t see a reason for ever supporting the GOP in my lifetime. Though at this rate, I’ll probably outlive it.

I can only add that it’s puzzling how people can continue to be listened to, and taken seriously in a public forum, in the absence of any evidence that they have ever been right about anything. (I’m looking at you, Newt. Shut up and lie down before you hurt yourself.) The continued existence of the GOP seems to be based mostly on habit and tradition, not on any objective reasoning or coherent philosophy. I guess that’s what Anonymous was saying, but he said it better than I could.

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