Generation Gap Will End The Republican Party

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by Wes Walker via Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.” -Simon Sinek Earlier this month, Pew Research Center released their latest data on political party membership in the United States focusing on the generation gaps in American politics. What they’ve found is the Republican Party, after reversing years of positive trends, is fantastically doomed in November. To understand just how bad things really are, we have to rewind a bit to 2006, halfway through George W. Bush‘s second term and the first year…

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Salvaging the Conservative Movement

by Wes Walker via If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” –Will Rogers It goes without saying that the Republican Party has a credibility problem heading into the 2018 mid-terms. Even if Donald Trump is ultimately exonerated (fat chance) of all of the shady dealings and questionable collaborations with foreign powers, he’ll still already be responsible for reversing almost a decade of modest but steady economic gains, for polluting long standing foreign relationships, for what promises to be massive deficits coming in 2018, for an indefensible reversal on gun…

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The GOP: All-In on the Wild Card

by Wes Walker via If after ten minutes at the poker table you do not know who the patsy is—you are the patsy.” –Poker Proverb The last two years have been a political roller coaster for anyone still in the Republican Party, but, even given all the deep divisions revealed in the last two years, there’s clearly one thing that everyone can agree on. The political landscape is different than it was two years ago and will likely never be the same again. For better or worse, the Republican…

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The Purple GOP and Why it Must Bleed Red Again

By Janice Barlow WELL, IT’S FINALLY HERE. The year of the midterm elections. Instead of being revved up and ready to hit the ground running, Republicans seem skittish. The candidates and Congress members are not red-blooded anymore. They are oxygen depleted and absorbing the blue of the liberals. They are turning purple. Some are announcing their retirement, like Senator Orin Hatch (Utah) who served for 40 years. He certainly should retire though. His most likely replacement at this point is Mitt Romney, another moderate with a slightly better liberty score,…

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Too Good To Fix: Why The Tax Bill Was Not Necessary Right Now

By Janice Barlow THE REPUBLICANS are celebrating a Christmas present of one of the most sweeping tax cuts in the history of the country. The biggest benefactors are corporations, whose tax rates were cut from 35 percent down to 21 percent, a slash of 40%. Other specific areas have been dramatically changed, such as a child tax credit increase from $1,000 to 2,000 (and from $1,000 to $1,400 for those who pay absolutely no taxes at all). However, the individual exemptions for each person in a household are totally gone…

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Weaponizing Sexual Misconduct For Political Advantage – The Collateral Damage To Victims

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by Richard Cameron As is the pattern with virtually everything that gets caught up in the vortex of national politics, sexual misconduct is being exploited by people who see in it the prospect of gaining partisan advantage against their ideological opponents. When revelations of abhorrent behavior emerge in the news cycle and onto social media – the warring camps line up to either accuse or defend almost strictly on the basis of whether the named offender belongs to one of the national parties or the other. With that, it is…

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Donald Trump and Steve Bannon: Trophy Hunting The Republican Party

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by Tony Wyman How ironic that President Trump, the man who history may credit with the destruction of the Republican Party, has come out against trophy hunting elephants.  Isn’t that, in effect, what his presidential campaign and his presidency, itself, has been all about? It certainly is for his chief supporters, men like Steve Bannon, who told crowds at the Values Voter Summit in October, “Nobody can run and hide on this one. These folks are coming for you,” referring to rebel alt-right candidates targeting mainstream Republicans opposed to Mr. Bannon’s…

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Planned Parenthood: Why is it Still Funded? Ask the Republicans

By Janice Barlow In the realm of politics, morality, religion, and the human framework of LIFE, the very heart of who we are, of being, of substance, of GOD, should haunt all who believe in something beyond ourselves when we confront death. Once again, death is in the forefront of those who choose not to sweep it under the carpet in the form of funding Planned Parenthood. “Oh crap!” you think or say aloud, “There she goes again. Why can’t she just shut up about it? You can’t legislate morality!” Blah, blah, blah.…

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Knowing Just Enough To Be Dangerous: How Overconfidence Subverts Rational Politics

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By Joel Lehman   “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” -Shakespeare It happens every year. It’s the beginning round tryouts on the talent show American Idol, and a man confidently takes the stage, sparks in his eyes. He thinks he’s destined for greatness, this is his moment. The music starts, and with anticipation quaking, he smiles full of composure, and boldly unleashes — a cracked and cringe-worthy voice! Clearly, he can’t carry a tune if his life depended on…

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It’s Not Your Party and You Should Leave if You’re a Conservative: Continue the GOP Exodus

By Janice Barlow Last year, when many of us were knocked off our feet as Donald Trump steamrolled over the other Republican candidates one by one, eventually gaining the nomination, we went into a holding pattern. Many of us were in denial. Some of us decided to just go with the flow and accept the outlier as our new commander in chief, barring a win by Hillary Clinton. Others, like myself, stood against the whole fiasco and stayed off the train, knowing that the GOP platform would never be Republican.…

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