Republicans lost touch with their base after Reagan years

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  • Anonymous
    June 14, 2008 9:24 p.m.

    I guess the better part of the 20th century incudes:

    the depresssion which lasted longer because of govermnement involvement and fdr's policies

    the vietnam war of kennedy and johnson ( hmmmm... it must their rich buddies that made money on it)

    the recession of carter

    the last half the 20th century the congress was contolled by the democats

    the republicans contolled congress for only a few years in the last two decades hardly time to correct anything.

    I will agree with they did poor job when they had the chance, but this only means thay hardly be blamed for anything.

    And only in you fantasies can you say republicans controlled the judiciary and supreme court, historically it has always leaned liberal and in the best of times was quite balanced (thanks to republicans).

  • liberals have won
    June 14, 2008 7:02 p.m.

    After liberalism was just going along fine for the better part of the 20th Century, the counterrevolutionay conservatives got their nasty fingers into almost everything and (blanked) things up for almost 40 years.
    The shift from ultra-right to center-left is the best thing that can possibly happen to this great country.

  • Bart
    June 14, 2008 6:11 p.m.

    The ultra-conservative Republicans had every chance in the world to get positive things done. They owned the presidency, the congress, the judiciary and stacked the supreme court more to the right. and they could not govern. Ironically, how can we expect a group who bad-mouths government to be able to govern? Nope, they've had their chance and failed miserably. They should not be allowed to govern again.

  • Honest Broker
    June 14, 2008 6:11 p.m.

    One needs to worry about Ms. Parker's positions, especially when she supports them with facts that are simply fictional. Her comment that Obama is among the most liberal of the senators is nonsense. A non-partisan watchdog group tabulated the degree of conservative or liberal votes of the entire senate. Senator Obama ranked 43 in that list. Pretty much centrist, about where the conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans overlap.

    Remember, as St. Reagan said "trust, but verify."

    Along that line, as dramatic as "tear down that wall" is in a speech, it was not responsible for breaching down that wall. The Soviet Union was crumbling from internal rot and economic failure prior to that speech. We didn't overcome the Soviet Union, we merely witnessed their falling house of cards.

    Mythology is no substitute for the truth.

  • RE Roland
    June 14, 2008 4:56 p.m.

    Wasn't that the same guy who nuked japan?

    Go us in to war in korea, because they didn't have the guts to kick the commies out of europe after the war?

    Wasn't he a democrat?

  • Roland Kayser
    June 14, 2008 12:48 p.m.

    "If you want to live like a Republican, you've got to vote for a Democrat."--Harry Truman

  • an observer
    June 14, 2008 8:50 a.m.

    The Republican Party deserves to get the boot. They ran draped in God and flag, and promised change with a Contract for America. They didn't deliver, and fell into the same trap the Democrats did. Geezergary is deluded- Romney did not lose because of religious bigotry. He flip flopped on many issues, which you conservatives hated so much about John Kerry. Who is the blind one?

  • Give Me Liberty
    June 14, 2008 8:43 a.m.

    The Republican party was overtaken by the socially conservatives who left the Democratic party as a result of Roe v Wade, etc.

  • Earl
    June 14, 2008 8:33 a.m.

    Reagan and Goldwater were mere vestiges of the Republican tradition established in the earlier part of the 20th century. It ended with the death of Senator Robert Taft. Up until that time, Republicans were non-interventionist and anti-war. Taft opposed our involvement in World Wars I & II and the Korean conflict. He was strongly opposed to the New Deal of FDR as well. Republicans today (like Newt Gingrich and John McCain) esteem interventionists like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR and Truman as examples of what Republicans should be like today. Any similarity between conservatives like Taft and those of today is purely coincidental. Star Parker apparently believes that life began in the 60's.

  • jr
    June 14, 2008 8:09 a.m.

    Republicans lost touch before Reagon and please Reagan wasn't an innocent President, he may have used Jelly Beans to reach the little man but he also hurt the working man of America and lets not forget the Iran Contra mess. Repubicans are not for the working class of America and we can just look at our selfish leaders here in Utah and look at the antics they are up to within their own party this year.

  • liberal larry
    June 14, 2008 6:58 a.m.

    The conservative movement is in real trouble. Republicans are too worried about the litmus tests of demonizing government, guns, abortion, school payer, and tax cuts while the real issues of this country are responsible government, energy, health care, and the environment. There is no real workable philosophy underlying the patch work of interests groups that has become the republican party. Until the conservatives face the real problems of the modern world, and focus on competent leadership, they will become increasingly irrelevant on the national stage.

  • Spencer
    June 14, 2008 6:33 a.m.

    Your part of the problem.
    Garanteed Romney was your favorite because he was Mormon.
    I am Mormon too but I share the same feelings as Libertarian with Ron Paul.

    Too many of my Mormon friends blindly supported Romney just as most african-americans support Obama and woman support Hillary.

    Of couse they all said they supported Romney because he was "the most qualifid".

    Bull....If he was Baptist most of Utah would not have known him.
    "But he ran the olympics so well here in Utah"
    Doesn't matter. If Romney was not Mormon he would have recieved 25% of the vote Feb 5th.
    Sorry....thats a FACT.

    Republicans in Utah voted with their emotion.
    Principal over party.
    Ron Paul Revolution!

  • Kevin
    June 14, 2008 6:15 a.m.

    "How has the Republican Party managed to thoroughly squander the commanding heights achieved under Reagan's leadership?" Ms. Parker asks. Ms. Parker is beginning to see that religious conservatives are losing power. The is answer to her question is simple. Religious conservatives like her cannot lead. They divide. They pander to people's religiosity. And above all, they are not political conservatives.

    Let's end the myth that religious conservatives are the base of the Republican party. They are just bullies who threaten to stay home whenever their candidate doesn't pander to them.

  • Anonymous
    June 14, 2008 2:08 a.m.

    *** "How has the Republican Party managed to thoroughly squander the commanding heights achieved under Reagan's leadership?" ***

    The GOP base was built on the foundation of working and middle class whites, which the Party has abandoned with its support for mass legal/illegal immigration and tax cuts for the rich. Even if voters don't ascribe their worries or difficulties to these issues, the fact is that mass immigration is what's holding down wages, increasing the gap between rich and poor, increasing commute tmes, limiting the number of desireable neighborhoods, reducing the quality of education, and just reducing the quality of life in general.

    The result? Today's immigrants vote overwhelmingly left when they become citizens, and the white working class does, too, as economic concerns become more preeminent in their lives. Immigration is a 2-for-1 deal for the Democrats.

    It used to be you could win lots of white working class votes by dangling issues like abortion or school choice or affirmative action before them. But these voters have realized that the GOP isn't going to anything about them - they're just gunna cut taxes for the rich and raise the immigration levels to hold down wages.

  • geezergary
    June 14, 2008 12:49 a.m.

    Star Parker, it should be remembered, declared the best speech of this political season a "failure." That would be Romney's speech on Faith in America. Star Parker never had a good word to say about the most capable candidate this Nation has seen in decades. Star Parker, and her ilk, allowed religious bigotry to blind her to political reality. You're part of the Republician problem Ms. Parker.

  • Libertarian
    June 14, 2008 12:26 a.m.

    Sad but true. I have recently left the Republicrats since they have taken many steps to the left.
    More people should check out the platform of President Taft (Mr. Republican) Barry Goldwater and Reagan and see that they line up 100% to Ron Paul.

    Or how about Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Adams. Or how about the constituion. All align with Ron Paul.

    But no, you won't. And down goes the republican party. Down goes America.