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Monday, July 4th, 2011 10:18 pm

Link to The Authoritarians (a free eBook) or The Authoritarians

I stumbled on to this book on the recommendation of a friend, I read it and was impressed with the conclusions it draws, In my lifetime I have seen a dramatic shift toward the right in the Republican party, the GOP is no longer a big tent, at best its several smaller tents with connected awnings, with no room left for people like me, whom are social liberals, but at times fiscally conservative.

In reading this book, I was able to recognize traits of RWA's in people around me. For example, I know several people who suffer from the extreme compartmentalization a Mormon scientist, who can both hold the semi creationist doctrine of the LDS Church and work on study of the solar system, this contradiction alone make my head want to explode.

I also have several friends, who while being actively gay, are also Neoconservatives and see no issue with their personal needs for equal rights, and the party's call for in some cases recriminalization of homosexuality.

I believe that in the end RWA's are not bad or evil, but their recent prevalence does explain the extreme lack of elasticity in politics in the Unites States over the last decade and some of the seemingly contrary positions held by the Republican party on whole.

(if you think anyone mentioned in this entry is you, your wrong, both people mentioned are composites of several people)

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)
I think the entire problem is The Big Tent.

Case in point, actually, is the Tea Party. Or, as we'll call them for this example, the ultra-loyal GOP base. These, historically, are the people that show up at the polls every year. They'd come dressed in Red face paint and carrying memorabilia if the polling places allowed it. They're True Believers.

Yes, the sports-fan parallel is intentional.

The GOP is trying as hard as they can to keep the Tea Party in The Tent. Why? Because the GOP knows that if they lose these voters that they will lose elections. These voters vote for different reasons that your middle-of-the-road voter that the Textbooks tell you win elections (The Reagan Democrats, or the Obama Republicans).

A generation ago, the Democratic party was straining to keep their Progressives in a similar tent, and for the same reasons.

What I think America really needs is a more honest four party system. No party really wants that because then no one wins. They have to do these messy compromises and form coalitions.

Never mind that it'd be what's really best for the country, because instead of Coke vs Pepsi, you'd get Dr Pepper vs RC vs Mt Dew vs Sprite. And quite possibly many areas in-between.

Or put another way, American elections should be like school board elections where I live. At least nominally non-party (as in no candidate declares a party affiliation) with the parties endorsing candidates as an interested third party.