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06-02-2009 10:01 PM  9 years agoPost 1
minan

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ROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

Here’s something that probably keeps the leadership of the Republican Party up at night: A new Gallup poll shows 89 percent of the party’s rank-and-file members are white.

This leaves only 11 percent of Republicans who are Hispanics, African-Americans or members of other races. These numbers are staggering and hardly in keeping with the radically changing face of the U.S.

That’s not all — by more than two-to-one, whites who call themselves Republicans claim a conservative ideology, and about half of them say they’re strongly religious.

Compare that to Democrats — whose party is 64% white and 36 percent non-white. By a ratio of more than four-to-one, white Democrats call themselves moderate or liberal, and only 20 percent of them say they’re highly religious.

Independents land somewhere between the two camps — with 27 percent non-whites.

These numbers pretty much say it all about the GOP’s troubles; and leave little question why Democrats are in control of the White House and both houses of Congress.

The big question: Will the support of white, conservative, religious Americans be enough of a base for Republicans to start winning elections again? Probably not. The alternative is for Republicans to find a way to broaden their appeal among non-whites and whites who are more moderate.

And here’s a hint: The way to accomplish that is probably not with the likes of Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich slinging around negative and hateful rhetoric.

Here’s my question to you: Why does the Republican Party have such a narrow appeal?

http://caffertyfile.blogs.cnn.com/

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06-02-2009 10:27 PM  9 years agoPost 2
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Simple. The nanny state sounds too appealing and we occasionally need a Jimmy Carter to shock us back to our senses. If it were not for democrats and liberals, Republicans would never win an election.

So why does Jack Cafferty have such narrow appeal?

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06-02-2009 11:53 PM  9 years agoPost 3
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The Republicans simply lost as election.

Whenever the Liberals did the same, they were also in disarray, destroyed, out of focus, out of touch, never to return, no one to lead them, losers, etc,etc,etc,etc.

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06-03-2009 01:27 AM  9 years agoPost 4
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Because they continue to try to be democrats, at democrat urging (suckers)

McCain was the quintessential "maveric", what the democrats want republicans to be. So Colin Powell stabbed him (and republicans) in the back by voting for the biggest liberal since FDR and Johnson.

It's a crock. When you they get sick of paying more taxes and getting less for it, maybe they will go back to the roots:

Less government intervention

Less taxes

More freedoms

Until then we can watch with glee while Obama bankrupts the federal government.

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06-03-2009 01:28 AM  9 years agoPost 5
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I guess it's hard to find white, illegal alien voters these days!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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06-03-2009 02:13 AM  9 years agoPost 6
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minan
Why does the GOP have such a narrow appeal?
Simple.... If you offer a kid:

a) A balanced dinner to include vegetables.
b) All the Ice Cream they can eat.

Which are they going to choose?

And if you offer:

a) A party that says that YOU should be in control of YOUR ACTIONS and YOU either make it or fail based on YOUR actions. And that if you fail you will experience pain.

b) A party that promises that it will take care of you and that you don't have to worry.

Which do you think most people will take?

Hell, most people would vote for "B".... And the only reason many don't is because they have seen how poor party "B" delivers on its promise. And that they know that you can't have a sustainable economy or even a sustainable civilization based on a free ride for all.

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06-03-2009 04:13 AM  9 years agoPost 7
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minan,

Do you believe Barack Hussein Obama is good for the United States of America? If so, why?

Thanks.
Diego

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06-03-2009 04:26 AM  9 years agoPost 8
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minan,

Do you believe Barack Hussein Obama is good for the United States of America? If so, why?

Thanks.
Diego
I can't recall minan actually replying beyond the original post in any of his many "drive by" anti republican post. I don't think he can actually form his own opinions, just copy pasting the ones the media gives him.

Ron's Heliproz South

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06-03-2009 06:36 AM  9 years agoPost 9
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Because they continue to try to be democrats, at democrat urging (suckers)

McCain was the quintessential "maveric", what the democrats want republicans to be. So Colin Powell stabbed him (and republicans) in the back by voting for the biggest liberal since FDR and Johnson.

It's a crock. When you they get sick of paying more taxes and getting less for it, maybe they will go back to the roots:

Less government intervention

Less taxes

More freedoms

Until then we can watch with glee while Obama bankrupts the federal government.
Well put...

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06-03-2009 12:47 PM  9 years agoPost 10
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Because they continue to try to be democrats, at democrat urging (suckers)
We have a winner! The Republicans lost there way during the Bush administration. Spending was out of control. It was the largest increase in 30 years. The war in Iraq got out of control. The Patriot Act was out of control. Rising fuel prices, bank bailouts, ect...
Here’s something that probably keeps the leadership of the Republican Party up at night: A new Gallup poll shows 89 percent of the party’s rank-and-file members are white.
With an opening paragraph like that, it is crystal clear, within the Democrat party and the liberal establishment, that Dr. Martin Luther King's dream is over. Democrats cannot judge people by the content of their character. They ALWAYS judge people by the color of their skin. Content of character means absolutely nothing to them.

Diejenigen, die nicht lernen aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit bestimmt sind, zu wiederholen.

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06-03-2009 01:43 PM  9 years agoPost 11
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Do you believe Barack Hussein Obama is good for the United States of America? If so, why?
Right now I honestly believe it is too early to tell.

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06-03-2009 02:28 PM  9 years agoPost 12
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Right now I honestly believe it is too early to tell.
The national debt is $11.3 trillion. That is $37,666.67 for every man woman and child in the country. Printing trillions of new dollars will cause massive inflation by devaluing each dollar. Yet, Obama and the Democrats did just that, despite the facts. Borrowing hundreds of billions of dollars from other countries is adding to our nations interest payments, which are already $4.3 billion dollars a year. Yet, Obama and the Democrats did that too. Bailing out the auto industry has cost us over $50 billion dollars, and they went bankrupt anyway. Now, Obama and the Democrats are selling GM to China. Chrysler is selling out to Fiat. Obama and the Democrats approved that too.

We are headed for another great depression, and nothing the government has done will help. All the corporate welfare they have doled out has evaporated into the pockets of unknown people.

Show me the programs that are helping the people. I haven't seen an office of the president set up to help homeowners in foreclosure. I haven't seen an office of the president that is providing jobs for unemployed people.

Obama, good for the country? NO! Democrats good for the country? NO! Republicans good for the country? NO! If we don't start electing people who will do what's right, we are screwed... And, this time, it could be the end of the USA as we know it.

Think I'm exaggerating? Give it a few years... I know I'm right, and I don't like what I see. Our federal government is spending a billion dollars an hour!

Diejenigen, die nicht lernen aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit bestimmt sind, zu wiederholen.

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06-03-2009 03:38 PM  9 years agoPost 13
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Minan59 June 2nd, 2009 4:58 pm ET

Americans are wising up to the failed GOP policies. Reaganomics, free market capitalism, and deregulation caused the economic disaster the country now faces.
I can't even fathom how you can believe that. You just repeated the Democrat party's mantra of the last 30 years.
Hard core republicans don’t want people with moderate views into their party. They only want people who can march in lock step.
That, I can agree with. They are the NeoCons, and they ruined the Republican party. They are the reason I am now a Libertarian. However, most of the remaining Republicans in congress do seem to have returned to a conservative ideology and scrapped the NeoCon ideology. There is hope for them yet!

Diejenigen, die nicht lernen aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit bestimmt sind, zu wiederholen.

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06-03-2009 04:29 PM  9 years agoPost 14
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Can you describe the "neocon" ideology in bulleted format? I am curious.

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06-03-2009 04:49 PM  9 years agoPost 15
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06-03-2009 06:49 PM  9 years agoPost 16
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Can you describe the "neocon" ideology in bulleted format? I am curious.
The term has different meanings in different countries, as well as different definitions for various time periods. In the U.S. today, a neoconservative is one who is:
  • professing to be a conservative while doing the following:
  • increasing the size and scope of the federal government
  • professing that the Iraq war was necessary to our security
  • Increasing spending at alarming rates
  • providing massive corporate welfare

Diejenigen, die nicht lernen aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit bestimmt sind, zu wiederholen.

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06-03-2009 07:04 PM  9 years agoPost 17
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Looks like with the exception of the Iraq war, you have listed liberal everlasting (nothing neo about that) philosophy.

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06-03-2009 08:43 PM  9 years agoPost 18
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nothing neo about that
Well, that was the Bush platform, it is what McCain has ALWAYS done, It is what Powell does, and it is what the Republican leaders want to continue doing. Until the Republican party returns to true American conservative values, they will be the NeoCon Party, and will never gain power again!

Diejenigen, die nicht lernen aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit bestimmt sind, zu wiederholen.

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06-03-2009 09:15 PM  9 years agoPost 19
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Although I agree, it seems that if these things are "bad" then the democrats are doing the same, but an order of magnitude worse. Maybe when it all falls down around us, there will be a new appetite for Reaganomics.

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06-03-2009 10:31 PM  9 years agoPost 20
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it seems that if these things are "bad" then the democrats are doing the same, but an order of magnitude worse.
I agree. It will be their downfall. The majority of Americans do understand simple economics. Trickle down works on every scale, from an entire country, to an individual spending their own money. We have seen over the past decade that spreading the wealth through government programs led to devastating losses for the middle class. Our property values have plummeted. We've lost our retirements. People can't even afford to go buy a new car, which led to the downfall of GM and Chrysler.

If it gets much worse, the Democrats are going to have a very angry voter base to deal with. They will blame it on the Bush's and Reagan. But, that won't change the fact that the economy crashed while they were in power of congress, and the economy continued to fall with Obama at the helm.

Since we have stopped producing wealth, there is only one way out of this mess. One, stop spending like there is a bottomless pit of money in DC, and two, start manufacturing our own goods again. If we don't do both of those things, we will see a depression that makes the 1930's seem like utopia.

Diejenigen, die nicht lernen aus den Fehlern der Vergangenheit bestimmt sind, zu wiederholen.

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