The Republican Party has a terrible, perhaps fatal, case of indigestion. It swallowed the Tea Party and now can neither digest it nor rid itself of the rancid meal. Unfortunately, their indigestion is making all of America sick.
Robert Reich makes the case that we're in this mess because Angry, White, Southern Men Took Over the GOP and Made Our Government Into a War Zone:
… today’s Tea Party is less an ideological movement than the latest incarnation of an angry white minority – predominantly Southern, and mainly rural – that has repeatedly attacked American democracy in order to get its way.
America has had a long history of white Southern radicals who will stop at nothing to get their way – seceding from the Union in 1861, refusing to obey Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s, shutting the government in 1995, and risking the full faith and credit of the United States in 2010.
Newt Gingrich’s recent assertion that public officials aren’t bound to follow the decisions of federal courts derives from the same tradition.
This stop-at-nothing radicalism is dangerous for the GOP because most Americans recoil from it. Gingrich himself became an object of ridicule in the late 1990s, and many Republicans today worry that if he heads the ticket the Party will suffer large losses.
It’s also dangerous for America. We need two political parties solidly grounded in the realities of governing. Our democracy can’t work any other way.
Not all white, Southern men are angry, self-centered SOBs — I know many kind, generous, reasonable and responsible white, Southern men. Unfortunately, the SOBs are the ones getting all the attention … and too often getting their way.
Is this a case of the squeaky wheel gets the grease, proof that unpleasant people get more of what they want than nice people or is there some ingrained sense of entitlement and agression in Southern white culture that is a poor bedfellow for constitutional democracy?