“Oh where oh where could my baby be, The lord took her away from me”, those are the famous words to the hit song “Last Kiss”. “Last Kiss” was released in 1961 by Wayne Cochran but was most famous when covered by hit rock band Pearl Jam in 1999. Those words ring true in today’s political atmosphere when referring to the Republican party, not just any members of the Republican party, but the dwindling minority that is on its way to becoming extinct, the moderate.
In the last few years your center right, or moderate Republican, has been seen less and less throughout the country. As the Bush Administration destroyed our country from the inside out with our involvement in two unfunded wars, a prescription drug plan that was never paid for and a loss of revenue by instilling tax cuts on the wealthy among others, the Republican party has taken leaps further to the right. The radical views don’t stop on just fiscal issues, as the backlash from the far right on the two key social issues of our time, same sex marriage and abortion, has gotten stronger. The moderate republicans with some socially liberal views are shown the door, they are no longer welcome. In 2008, with the election of our countries first African American president, the old time southern Republicans hit a cross roads as well. Many could not grasp the idea of an African American holding such a high office, but since it was 2008 and not 1958, those old time conservatives could not voice their opinions as loud as they could in the past. Words like “Socialist”, “Kenyan” , “Muslim” and others a like were used to describe President Obama. Not all Republicans felt this way, there were many who held fiscally conservative views but stood up for civil rights, not just with race relations but for the poor and the elderly.
Pressing the fast forward button to the 2010 election. Force feeding the American people, funded by billionaires like the Koch Brothers, the Republican party spooked the country out of its chair with the fear of government. The conservatives put their money on TV, the radio, the internet and all over magazines and newspapers. With the multi millionaires and billionaires funding their campaigns, Americans making 20, 30 and 40 thousand dollars a year voted against their best interests, all because they were scared. The idea of a Republican who didn’t hold the most extreme positions on both fiscal and social issues was made out to be just another evil “liberal”. A Republican who made statements about leaving alone the “big three”, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were quickly demonized, money was thrown against them in the primaries and they quickly vanished. Any conservative who stood in support of civil rights for members of the LGBT community or spoke out about a woman’s right to choose was kicked to the curb. The 2010 election was over, and the new movement in the Republican party took over, the Tea Party,
The few remaining moderates in the Republican party, senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Scott Brown of Massachusetts to name a few, are surely on a short leash. The Tea Party, with its loud mouth leaders like House Majority Leader Eric Canter, the darling of the Tea Party Michele Bachmann and freshman favorite Rand Paul are pulling the entire Republican party further to the right. The days of the moderate Republican are coming to an end and they will be added to the political endangered species list in a very short time.