Published on Oct 19, 2016 by Pew Research Center
YouTube: How Republican and Democratic voters have changed since 1992
The two parties look less alike today than at any point over the last quarter-century.
Pew Research Center - Sep 13/2016
The Parties on the Eve of the 2016 Election: Two Coalitions, Moving Further Apart
Ahead of the presidential election, the demographic profiles of the Republican and Democratic parties are strikingly different. On key characteristics – especially race and ethnicity and religious affiliation – the two parties look less alike today than at any point over the last quarter-century.
The fundamental demographic changes taking place in the country – an aging population, growing racial and ethnic diversity and rising levels of education – have reshaped both party coalitions. But these changes, coupled with patterns of partisan affiliation among demographic groups, have influenced the composition of the two parties in different ways. The Democratic Party is becoming less white, less religious and better-educated at a faster rate than the country as a whole, while aging at a slower rate. Within the GOP the pattern is the reverse: Republican voters are becoming more diverse, better-educated and less religious at a slower rate than the country generally, while the age profile of the GOP is growing older more quickly than that of the country.
Republicans are older, less educated, and more religious than Democrats. Who's the main driving force behind Donald Trump? White males.
In a recent editorial "Clinton for president: Why we need a landslide", The New Jersey Star Ledger quoted polling information from the New York Times stating that roughly four in ten Americans will stand with Trump. Despite all the negativity surrounding the Republican candidate, there is a surprising number of people who believe in the good ol' days. Unfortunately, the good ol' days are over and the future is here. I could say "get used to it," but nostalgia is alluring: a filtered view of history, removing all the bad things and leaving sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. Life was good. Now it sucks.
Racism. Sexism. Patriarchy. Xenophobia. Intolerance. Hatred. White supremacy. Double standard. Rape culture. White males have been the top dog holding a position of privilege. Will they learn to be an equal?
The Republican Party has lost its right to govern, because it is driven by white nationalism rather than a true commitment to equality for all Americans. -Vox: A Republican intellectual explains why the Republican Party is going to die
It is my fervent hope the Democrats crush the Republicans. (see why below) Trump is the result of a dramatic slide of the GOP over the past few years to the extreme right - and I mean extreme. The GOP and their policies and their ideology have contributed and continue to contribute to the growing economic inequality of the United States. They must be stopped.
Dear America: Make history. Elect a woman. But more importantly, elect the best "person" for the job.
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The Guardian - Apr 26/2012
Democrats condemn GOP's plot to obstruct Obama as 'appalling and sad' by Ewen MacAskill
Democrats have rounded on revelations about a private dinner of House Republicans on inauguration day in 2009 in which they plotted a campaign of obstruction against newly installed president Barack Obama. During a lengthy discussion, the senior GOP members worked out a plan to repeatedly block Obama over the coming four years to try to ensure he would not be re-elected. The disclosures – described as "appalling and sad" by Obama's chief strategist David Axelrod – undermine Republican claims that the president alone is to blame for the partisan deadlock in Washington.
People criticize Obama for being ineffective? The GOP deliberately set out to make him look bad. They don't care about the people; they only care about power. They should be ashamed of themselves.
The New Jersey Star Ledger - Oct 23/2016
Clinton for president: Why we need a landslide by the Editorial Board
That brings us back to the need for a landslide win. Republicans will be split into factions after this election, and a decisive win for Clinton could prompt a needed soul-searching.
It is hard believe now, but in 2008 the Republican platform endorsed a cap-and-trade program to fight climate change, and immigration reform with a path to citizenship. After the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush made a point of defending Muslim Americans against precisely the sort of slander Trump peddles today.
The party veered seriously off course in 2010, with the ascent of the Tea Party faction. Compromise is now considered a sign of weakness. The rejection of science and expert opinion has become a reflex. The wink-and-nod bigotry that helped the party win the South is now explicit, and has expanded to include demonization of Latinos and Muslims.
If the nation is to make progress, the Republican Party needs to spend its 40 days in the desert. And that's more likely to happen if Clinton's victory is crushing.
Those who would cast their votes for third party candidates need to think again. If they want their votes to have political impact, they need to strengthen the prospects of a landslide by voting for Clinton. They need to vote strategically, given the enormous stakes.
So yes, this endorsement of Clinton is full-throated and without reservation. Trump's popularity has revealed a sickness in our body politic that is flat-out dangerous. A crushing win by Clinton offers the best hope for a cure.
Vox - Jul 25/2016
A Republican intellectual explains why the Republican Party is going to die by Zack Beauchamp
The Republican Party has lost its right to govern, because it is driven by white nationalism rather than a true commitment to equality for all Americans.
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