let's face it, the highly religious, the ones we here have the biggest problem with, is the base of the Republican Party. given this, news of its imminent demise should thrill most Atheists. and make no mistake, barring a gargantuan shift in policies and rhetoric, they are absolutely on the path towards extinction.
it's common knowledge that the GOP is an old, white party. while not an absolute, that is an accurate enough description of the Republican Party today. two trends to keep in mind here. one, old people tend to die at a faster rate than young people. two, white people are shrinking as a percentage of the electorate. they are running out of supporters, and it's happening quicker than many thought.
take yesterday's election. President Obama won over 90% of the black vote and 70% of the latino and asian vote. Romney did well with seniors and whites overall. meanwhile, the country is getting browner. the GOP may end up becoming a whites only club, a nativist and pale collection of isolationists who choose to ignore the changing demographics of the country. worse, they may choose to keep it this way. if they choose this path, their extinction is all but guaranteed. their option would be to abandon their social issues, immigration policies, and economic austery programs and to open up their tent through real policy change.
anyone wanna bet which way they go?
for Atheists, either way is a win. if the GOP becomes irrelevant then the power of the religious right goes with it. if they truly make changes to make more people inclusive and begin to part with their religious base Atheists will celebrate. yesterday's election is better for Atheists than most people would think.
Since I have been accused of hijacking this thread Tom, if its all the same, I'm going to move this to the thread I started yesterday.
The Dream was hijacked by some of King's followers - Jesse Jackson, etc.
Do you think the Republicans should embrace some form of comprehensive immigration reform, i.e. close the borders, reform the legal immigration process (exp - more temporary worker visas, encourage college grads in scientific disciplines from foreign countries to stay) enforce work place rules, and offer a pathway to legalization for long time immigrants that have remained crime free, serve the military, etc. ???
He also promised a "War on Poverty" that destroyed a culture of responsibility and turned out to be a long term disaster for most African-Americans.
<Soon as we can rid ourselves of those parasitic "Progressives"....>
You want to expel small-government conservatives from YOUR party?
Fifty years ago, when you were seven, Repubs were expelling moderates.
You don't strike me as an ignorant individual, which forces me to conclude that you are deliberately attempting to distort my statement.
I don't appreciate that.
Mike, ...forces you to conclude? Suddenly you are unfree?
"Sealing" the border would be expensive and impractical. I think we could do a better job than we currently do though. A pathway to "citizenship" should involve going home, getting in line and paying a penalty, I totally agree. A pathway to "legalization" should not be that different, except the going home part.
I think what would help Conservatives/Republicans would be to soften the rhetoric on illegals. We should not have a position that we are going to "round up" millions of illegals. Sending them home is also not practical, especially if they have a family, job, home, have not committed a crime, etc. I would rather have them come out of the shadows and apply for some type of legal status that does not include citizenship, voting, etc.
I may be too soft on this issue for hard core conservatives. I think most illegals from south of the border came here for a job and a better way of life. Our businesses encouraged them and our government did not stop them. Right now, I would like to see us move past this issue, but my position is not that hard and I could be swayed. Romney's position probably hurt him, but was just one of a number of issues, including the difficulty of defeating an incumbent who was in the Oval Office during a natural disaster. Having most of the media/entertainment complex as cheer leaders is also very helpful.