Southern segregationist George Wallace accused Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon of wanting to radically desegregate the South saying, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican Parties.” On the segregation issue Wallace was correct.
Lately, frequent commenter UptheFlag has thrown that phrase in my face, but surely he really doesn’t believe that Wallace phrase is correct today, especially now that the once-Grand Old Party has been taken over by the den of thieves who currently call themselves Republicans.
In the good old days, the GOP had a wide variety of points of view about governance including both ends of the political spectrum. Today’s GOP has been purged of all but those clinging to the right end. Not only that, but today’s Republican Party has little interest in actual governance, preferring to cut the strings of management and watching the Ship of State float adrift with as few restrictions as possible.
It doesn’t take too much intelligence or wisdom to ‘operate’ an untethered ship which may be why today’s GOP attracts dull-witted, brash ideologues rather than statesmen and leaders.
It also doesn’t attract ethmic minorities to its ranks. Not one African-American sits in Congress among the Republican delegation. Only three of the 26 Latinos/Hispanics in Congress are Republican. Out of 92 women altogether in Congress, there are 23 GOP women. Today’s GOP truly is a white man’s party.
Dime’s worth of difference?
Shall I go on?