From roughly Teddy Roosevelt’s era through Richard Nixon’s, [the Republicans] became slightly more centrist/liberal. Then starting in the late 1970s — about the time Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” was kicking in, and the South switched from being the Democrats’ stronghold to the Republicans’ — House Republicans became dramatically more conservative. Here’s the chart showing recent movements.
Graph source and article: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/why-this-is-not-just-washington-dysfunction-in-1-more-graph/280161/
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday forcefully condemned “self-deportation,” the policy of making life for undocumented immigrants so difficult that they voluntarily leave the United States.
“Using the word ‘self-deportation’ — it’s a horrific comment to make,” the RNC chairman reportedly said to Business Insider. “I don’t think it has anything to do with our party. When someone makes those comments, obviously, it’s racist.”
Despite the fact that I’m a progressive, I really do want a strong, sensible Republican Party.
4:10 “…one of the two major parties in the United States has changed so much, so rapidly, that when you talk policy, there’s no way to know that this was the Republican Party. There has been an unrecognizable change in the party over the course of less than twenty years.”
5:05 “CHRIS WALLACE: Could people like Bob Dole, even Ronald Reagan, could you make it in today’s Republican Party?
BOB DOLE: I doubt it. And Reagan couldn’t have made it.
Family values? You’re doing it wrong.
Judge John Roach of McKinney, Texas has given Page Price 30 days to move out of the home she shares with Carolyn Compton and Compton’s two children from a previous marriage because he does not approve of Compton and Price’s “lifestyle.”
Image source and article: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/18/republican-texas-judge-orders-lesbian-couple-to-live-apart-or-lose-children/
“We’re going to take this country back for the Lord. We’re going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we’re not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!”