Chris Christie Exposes the GOP’s Biggest Problem, and Why They’re Doomed in the Future

chris-christie-10It’s always humorous when Republicans gather in some kind of convention to talk about what they need to do to “appeal to Americans better.”  It’s an important situation considering they have a massive problem appealing to Americans who aren’t straight, white older Christian males.

I always laugh because they act as if there’s some giant mystery behind why a party that opposes:

  • Women’s rights
  • Religious freedom
  • Minorities
  • Gay rights
  • Immigration reform
  • The minimum wage

Might struggle to connect with many Americans.

Well, Chris Christie proposed a “plan” during a speech at the Aspen Institute.  He said the GOP is “getting pounded because of the way we present ourselves.”

“People want folks who are authentic, and who believe what they say is true. But also are willing to be tolerant and listen to other points of view,” he continued.

So, his “plan” to fix conservatives is to make them more tolerant, while being open minded to the ideas of other people.

In other words, the way to “fix” the GOP is for Republicans to stop acting like conservatives.

And that’s their problem.

They just don’t get it.  They can’t continue to be conservatives and expect to remain relevant nationally.  Because right now they’re still maintaining a little power, but it’s slipping.  The tea party is seizing more and more of the far right, and eventually it’s going to splinter off into it’s own party, splitting the GOP in two.  And if that happens, the GOP will either face a national collapse or go full-on tea party.

And when that day happens, people like Paul Ryan, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Jeb Bush will seem like radical liberals by comparison.

You think the tea party is crazy now?  Just wait.

I predicted a long time ago that in the future moderate Republicans are going to either have to fade into oblivion politically or become Democrats.  Because the tea party isn’t going away and they’ll never be able to become mainstream while appeasing that brand of lunacy.

The tea party is never going to ease up on abortion, gay rights, religious freedoms or immigration.  In fact, the more power they gain, the more radical they’re going to become with each one of those issues.

And does anyone really think in the “deep South,” where we’re still battling racism that’s been consistent since the dawn of this nation, that minorities are going to be widely accepted?

But the part I found most interesting about Christie’s comment is how he worded it to sound like something feasible, but it’s ultimately impossible.  See, many conservatives believe that what they stand for isn’t the issue, it’s just how they present their side of the argument.

Essentially, it’s not that people support same-sex marriage, women’s rights or immigration – Republicans don’t present their intolerant side of each of those arguments in a cheerful and jolly way.

While I’m no Christie fan, I do think he “gets it” as far as what the GOP needs to do going forward.  Though he’ll never be embraced by many conservatives because they don’t believe he’s a “real conservative.”

And that’s why they Republican party is doomed.

Any Republican who might dare to try to take the party out of the 1950’s is going to fail.  These people have been fed so many lies by the right-wing media that reality no longer applies to them.  They honestly believe as a nation we’re getting more conservative.  But we’re not.  We’re becoming more liberal.

So while the nation becomes more liberal, more diverse and more accepting – conservatives are doubling down on the exact opposite.

And in the end, that’s going to be their downfall.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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