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The US Republican Party (the "Grand Old Party" or GOP) generally represents the political right wing in the United States, in opposition to the US Democratic Party which supposedly represents the left wing. More recently, as the political leadership has lurched rightward while mainstream thought has slowly moved leftward, the GOP has come to represent the far-to-extreme right while the Democrats now represent the center-to-right.

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Since at least the year 2000 (possibly beginning during the Reagan administration), this party has become mainly about:

  • obstructionism -- the "party of No", "the Republican'ts" -- opposed to any measures supported by Democrats, even if Republicans originally supported or proposed those same measures
  • corporatism -- rewriting laws and decimating public-interest government regulation to suit their corporate sponsors; see RepubliCorp
  • ignorance, fear, and untruth -- furthering their agenda at any cost, including promotion of long-debunked falsehoods, embracing radical populism (e.g. the Tea Party), abandoning rational discussion, and failing to have any sense of shame over repeated instances of hypocrisy

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  • 2011-07-14 [L..T] Getting to Crazy The insanity of the GOP, which many people are finally just noticing, has been building gradually for a long time.

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  • 2010-11-03 [Talk|Index] Let's go shopping with Art Pope § “Art Pope, the Raleigh businessman whose millions helped pay for the thoroughly negative anti-everything campaign waged by the Republican Party in North Carolina this year, says it's "almost extortion" how the Democratic Party wants its supporters to boycott his stores.”
  • 2010-09-30 [Talk|Index] Political Animal § “Republicans will keep asking, "Where are the jobs?" and no one seems inclined to answer, "Your party got rid of them."”
  • 2010-07-08 [Talk|Index] Supremes hand Republicans map to hobble the NLRB § “For all intents and purposes, the NLRB's mission is to protect the workplace rights of workers, not their employers. If in the future the Republican friends of big business can filibuster Democratic nominees or put "holds" on their nominations so as to winnow down the number of board members to just two and thereby put the board out of business temporarily. In the most recent instance, of course, "temporarily" amounted to an inexcusable three years.”
  • 2010-04-26 [Talk|Index] G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill § “Senate Republicans, united in opposition to the Democrats’ legislation to tighten regulation of the financial system, voted on {{date|2010-04-26|Monday
  • 2010-04-19 [Talk|Index] These F@#king Guys - Goldman Sachs § Stewart looks at the Goldman Sachs fraud indictment of {{date|2010-04-16
  • 2009-05-31 [Talk|Index] Why do people persist in voting Republican? § “I happened to read University of Virginia Psychologist Jonathan Haidt's thoughtful essay on what makes people vote Republican ... Read the whole thing. You might even conclude, as I suspect Haidt does, that Republican voters tend to be more nuanced and sophisticated than Democratic voters.”
  • 2008-09-19 [Talk|Index] Scientists Explain Why People Vote For Republicans § a collection of scientific investigations into why people vote Republican
  • 2008-09-15 [Talk|Index] The Power of Political Misinformation § “...a series of new experiments show that misinformation can exercise a ghostly influence on people's minds after it has been debunked -- even among people who recognize it as misinformation. In some cases [chiefly among Republicans], correcting misinformation serves to increase the power of bad information.”
  • 2008-09-15 [Talk|Index] The Backfire Effect § “Nyhan and Reifler found this "backfire" effect only among conservatives. Refutations had little effect on liberals, but it didn't cause them to actively believe the misleading information even more strongly.”
  • 2008-07-04 [Talk|Index] Black Republican group uses MLK to promote itself § [2]“The National Black Republican Association has paid for billboards showing an image of the civil rights leader and the words "Martin Luther King Jr. was REPUBLICAN." Told about the billboards, the Rev. Joseph Lowery let out a soft chuckle that grew stronger as he began to think more about the idea. .. "These guys never give up, do they?" said Lowery, who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with King. "Lord have mercy."” A repeat of an NBRA stunt from 2006.
  • 2008-06-28 [Talk|Index] Bob Barr is making Republicans nervous § [2]“The Republican establishment is putting on a brave face, but Barr is clearly making them nervous. In particular, Barr is expected to do relatively well in Alaska, Colorado, and Georgia, and in each instance, Barr’s role might help Barack Obama win these traditionally “red” states.”
  • 2008-05-19 [Talk|Index] Not a Happy Party § [2]“On Saturday, the main day of the conference, spokespeople carefully read detailed scripts that told them every rehearsed word to say -- even jokes were written down. There was no spontaneity or the usual laughter that comes with it. Those backing John McCain or Ron Paul for president were divided, but it was immediately clear that the party leaders planned to dismiss the estimated one-fifth of the participants rooting for Paul. Signs on every doorway entrance promoted McCain. Party leaders and the governor focused on McCain. No Paul supporter was given time to speak -- even 2 minutes -- to educate members about Paul’s platform. There was a paranoia by party leaders about controlling Paul supporters and anyone else who might be a “dissident.””
  • 2008-03-10 [Talk|Index] GOP Pork, Imperiled By McCain § [2]by Robert Novak: “The congressional Republican establishment, with its charade of pretending to crack down on budget earmarks while in fact preserving its addiction to pork, faces embarrassment this week when the Democratic-designed budget is brought to the Senate floor. The GOP's presumptive presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, is an uncompromising pork buster with no use for the evasions by Republican addicts on Capitol Hill.”
  • 2008-01-31 [Talk|Index] Republicans make Fox News sick § [2]“Bottom line is that Fox News is in for a very rough 2008. And the umbrella reason for that is quite simple: Eight years ago the all-news cable channel went all-in on the presidency of George W. Bush and became a broadcast partner with the White House. Proof of that was on display Sunday night, Jan. 27, during Fox News' prime-time "Fighting to the Finish," a "historic documentary" on the final year of Bush's presidency. Filmed in HD and featuring "unprecedented access," according to the Fox News press release, the show was pure propaganda. ...Fox News years ago made an obvious decision to appeal almost exclusively to Republican viewers. The good news then for Fox News was that it succeeded. The bad news now for Fox News is that it succeeded.”
  • 2006-09-21 [Talk|Index] Black GOP Groups Woo Mfume, Blast Democrats to Back Steele § [2]“...radio advertisement targeting African American listeners that was sponsored by the Washington-based National Black Republican Association. The ad identifies Martin Luther King Jr. as a Republican and pins the founding of the Ku Klux Klan on Democrats. .. One woman says: "Democrats passed those black codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan." .. "The Klan?" her friend replies. "White hoods and sheets?" .. First woman: "Democrats fought all civil rights legislation from the 1860s to the 1960s. Democrats released those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks." .. Second woman: "Seriously?" .. The ad says that "Democrats want to keep us poor while voting ONLY Democrat" and, "Democrats have bamboozled blacks." .. In an interview yesterday, Steele said he had not heard the 60-second spot but said he generally does not oppose Republican efforts to assert their "real place in history." Today, though, his campaign released a statement blasting the ad.”

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  • 2005-12-21 Fear of death may factor into who we vote for: specifically, subtle reminders of mortality caused people to switch votes from Kerry to Bush; this seems likely to be a specific of a more general trend of voting Republican/Conservative being correlated with perceived danger level. The Party seems well aware of this, as they have a created a number of entities whose sole purpose seems to be to generate calculated levels of alarm and fear, at will, in the general population.

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