The Republican Party’s future does not look too bright. As the country continues to move forward socially and progressively, they will have to either change with the times or stay behind with the times. This dilemma may very well lead to an increasingly inharmonious political party that may threaten their chances at winning national elections in the future.
The Republican establishment generally does not welcome change; they prefer to maintain the status quo. However, they know very well the country “is” changing. This is why, in just the past few years, we have seen a record number of elected Republicans be more open to changing trends by coming out in support of marriage equality.
On the other hand, the emerging Tea Party wants to move regressively backwards. Just as establishment Republicans were beginning to embrace “change,” now they have to deal with the Tea Party and the political problems they bring to their ranks. For example, last weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz boldly declared on ABC’s television program, “This Week,” that he will “do anything” to stop the Affordable Care Act.
Early next year, we could very well see a new threat of government shutdown all over again. With good reason, this has establishment Republicans worried. The prospects of the Tea Party bringing this country to the edge of another possible default, may very well lead to the beginning of the “Republican defection.” More importantly: how long will the Republican establishment allow the Tea Party to sabotage their political party?
If the Republican establishment continues to play second fiddle to the Tea Party, then individual “party switching” may become more frequent. How so? Well, if the Tea Party survives and thrives in the coming years and continues to “hijack” the Republican Party, it is only a matter of time before moderate like-minded Republicans will decide to abandon the sinking ship. Believe it or not, it is already happening now.
Within the last week, a San Antonio judge announced in a video that he was leaving the Republican Party and switching to the Democrat Party. Here, see for yourself:
Here is an excerpt from the video explaining his defection:
For too long, the Republican Party has been at war with itself. Rational Republican beliefs have given way to character assassination. Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake. I have not left the Republican Party. It left me. I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status.
I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care to millions of people throughout our country.
The GOP also has to contend with the fanatical Religious Right who seem determined to stay rooted in staunch ideological principles. Unfortunately, for them, time is not on the side of the Religious Right, nor is it on the side of the Republican Party. Times are changing and people are changing.
Even the Pope called them out on their deep-rooted inflexibility recently. According to Vatican Radio, last Thursday, the Pope said:
And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens. Ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people, but it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?
Watch his wisdom here:
I could not agree more. I can only hope that those who really need to hear this Pope’s message, will hear it, and hopefully, sooner than later.
About the Author / Eugene Ramirez
Gay, Third-generation born Latino, Democrat Party & LGBT political activist, future “energy healer” (based off of “The Emotion Code” book by Dr. Bradley Nelson), wedding officiant (I can legally perform same-sex marriages in states where they are legal and straight marriages anywhere), Master’s degree educated from the University of the Incarnate Word (with both degrees in Communications), intellectual, technology expert, former college professor in speech, pescetarian (vegetarian who eats only seafood and dairy products), fitness enthusiast (workout at the gym 6-days-a-week), and I’m a health nut (I’m into mostly organic, healthier foods. I very rarely consume junk food).