2013 August 05 Monday
Reihan Salam: The Problem With The Republican Party

The Republicans are too prudent, responsible, and self-sufficient in a time when the rest of the country is increasingly not that way.

So I return to my pet thesis: the problem isnít that Republicans arenít being responsive to the interests of their voters. Rather, the real political problem is that the core Republican electorate looks less and less like the country as a whole (i.e., the core Republican electorate is less dependent on transfers, more likely to be a part of married households, and more likely to be privately insured), and this makes it harder for GOP policymakers to craft policies that are responsive to the interests of swing voters.

So there's really nothing that can be done about the decline of the Republican Party. As virtue and ability decline in the electorate so does the republic.

The main role of the Republican Party should be to slow the rate at which new forms of parasitism become enacted into law and regulation. Really, slow the rate. The poor, less skilled, less educated, less responsible, more impulsive, financially extravagant, less prudent are on the rise. They will demand, with increasing fractions of the vote, to get more from the prudent, skilled, hardest working, and biggest savers will be made to pay for them.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 August 05 08:10 PM 

SlargTarg said at August 5, 2013 11:20 PM:

The Republicans have been playing prevent defense for decades and accomplished little.

The time to save the country was 30 years ago and they failed.

The time to secede is today, but they won't attempt that until its far too late for even that to be effective.

Jim said at August 6, 2013 6:29 AM:

The current trend will be ended only by collapse.

Matra said at August 6, 2013 9:29 AM:

Thank goodness for the prudent and responsible Republican immigration and foreign policies.

JohnS said at August 6, 2013 3:11 PM:

Yup, I bet the 40 million illiterate mestizo peasants they're rushing to legalize will straighten this mess all out. Remember, the next election is THE MOST IMPORTANT EVAR!!1! Just ask Hannity. heheh... sigh... sob....

Mercer said at August 7, 2013 2:43 PM:

I don't see how anyone could describe the party of the previous President as prudent and responsible. They have not learned from the Iraq disaster because many want to go to war with Iran and enter the Syrian civil war.

I don't see the choices as parasitic party or a self-sufficient party. I see one party who wants to lavish money on old people and the military and another that wants to spend money on the education industry and social services for the poor. Both parties are funded by Wall Street and support subsidies for farmers and housing.

Check it out said at August 7, 2013 5:06 PM:

Migration without borders would probably be a solution. Worldwide and for everybody of course.

asdf said at August 12, 2013 6:34 AM:

The republican party is the party of rich parasites.

When I think republican I think of guys like the Queen of Versailles time share guy.

Randall Parker said at August 12, 2013 9:22 PM:


I can only say that at least about two thirds of Republican Senators voted against the latest immigration amnesty bill. All Demo Senators voted for it. The Republicans are just less bad on immigration.


I am old enough to remember when the Democratic Party represented the working class. Now the Democratic Party represents the poor parasites and the rich parasites. At least the Republican leaders only represent the rich parasites.

Really, there is no way Obama and the Democrats in the Senate are going to do something seriously against the interests of the big banks. And of course the Democrats have rewritten copyright law for Hollywood parasites and have rewritten software patent law for legal parasites.

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