Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A GOP I can respect

In the past few days, there's been talk about how the GOP is non-inclusive and how that will continue to cost them votes. People like Joe Scarborough and Collin Powell want the GOP to embrace non-right-wing ideologies like same-sex marriage, sex education, health reform etc.

While that's all well and good, I think I prefer that the GOP remain what it is: a party for rich white straight folks. Why? For 2 reasons:
  • if you don't believe in a party's ideology, then you shouldn't be in that party. You can't call yourself a republican when you don't believe in the party's core ideals.
  • the GOP remaining non-inclusive virtually guarantee more wins for the democrats. Not necessarily because they are better but because you gotta vote for someone, right? Better you vote for someone you know (and you will know because those 2 parties outspend all the other fringe parties combined) than vote for Nader.
So while Rush Limbaugh is a fat idiot, at least he's willing to stick to his beliefs, however wrong they might be. People like Joe Scarborough aren't saying the GOP's ideas are wrong. They are just trying to turn the GOP from a party with central core ideals into a loose coalition of people that don't believe in the same things but find it politically expedient to vote together.

Of course, one could argue this is what the democrat party has become!