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Republican Party as 21st Century Shakers?

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It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem. - G.K. Chesterton

In the 1800s there was a religious sect known as the Shakers. While passionate about their beliefs, they practiced - or didn’t practice, rather - something that may have prevented their sect going well into the 21st Century.

The Shakers didn’t believe in sexual union.

Oops. Not only would there be no new little Shakerites running around, but I’m not sure how much of a selling point that may have been to potential converts. Maybe they didn’t tell you until you had signed up?

At any rate, the only reasons we know about the Shakers now are because they show up in small paragraphs in history books, and maybe as a question on Jeopardy!

It’s okay, though, we may soon have our own modern-day version of the Shakers.

After the election of 2012 - how long ago that seems now! - members of the Republican Party were quick to assure voters that they understood that the mood of the country had changed, and that the antics of the Men with Bad Haircuts would no longer determine the fate of the Grand Old Party.

Well, that was then, and this is . . . still then, way way back then, as it turns out. Though the ever naive members of the national media may have been willing to swallow the line, those whose lives are affected by the rage and resentment which fuels the GOP weren’t quite so naive.

This weekend’s CPAC convention was the icing on the cake, as far as that goes.

Much has been written about Reality Show Governor Sarah Palin and her Borscht-belt performance last week, when she tossed one bumper sticker line after another at the audience - an audience which still doesn’t seem to understand that folks like Palin don’t actually write their own stuff.

The only thing worth mentioning about Palin’s comedy routine is how far her material has fallen since her 2008 GOP convention debut, and how little she seems to have noticed. The good comics get the best writers, Ms. Palin.

Leaving her aside, and CPAC as a whole, one can just look at the Business as Usual attitude of the GOP, whether it comes to providing aid to storm victims, protecting the rights of abused women, or standing up to the gun lobby.

Across the country, the Men with Bad Haircuts (including our boys in Arkansas) have continued to show their contempt for women by passing the most restrictive abortion bills in decades.

If you had to make a guess, Quadratic Reader, would you predict much of a future for the GOP Shaker Party?

This past week, as if suddenly realizing that their most crass behavior was caught on camera and was seen by folks who aren’t actually Republican by nature, the head of the Republican Party had a press conference saying, yeah, we know we gotta change - we gotta bring more people into our little club.

But they’ll be watching you, though. If you don’t laugh at the reality show governor’s jokes - no matter how inane they become in the months and years ahead - you may not make it into the Inner Sanctum.

Then again, maybe you could write some jokes for her . . .

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Second Amendment News: Man pulls woman off bus, kills her

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kenneth Knight pulled Jacqueline Hardy off a city bus, and fatally shoot her in front of several people. He then took a three-year child hostage until a police sniper killed him after a stand-off.

A protection order had been filed against Knight in the past few days, but police did not say who had requested the order.

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Quote of the Day

Looking back over our history, it is remarkable how often we honor men who in their own time were viewed as dangerous dissenters. - George McGovern

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