10.11.2010

Republican Relevancy?

Here are some intriguing numbers I recently came across:

  • TV viewers are getting older, but "...Fox News Channel's daytime and primetime skeds [are] the absolute oldest, clocking in with a median age above 65."
  • "The dirty little secret of conservative talk radio is that the average age of listeners is 67 and rising..."
  • Tea Party: 47% consider themselves Religious Right, 11% of Americans identify with the Tea Party movement which is the same fraction as the Religious Right.
The GOP is hitching itself to the wrong wagons, especially if they wish to be anything other than the only party to vote for when you're angry at the Democrats.

Has the GOP even stood for anything in the last 5-10 years? As far as I, a typical person, am concerned, they spend tons of money (so about the same as Democrats), but rile people up to vote for them by being against abortion or stem cells or gays or immigrants.

This is a turn off for me. In fact because the GOP is in bed with the Christianists, I feel like they push me to the left because at least the Democrats aren't moving backwards socially and scientifically. Not to mention, if we're going to be spending big bucks, I'd rather have schools and hospitals and green energy (investments! in us!!) than throwing away our wealth to destroy things with warfare.

If the GOP were half as fiscally conservative as they like to tell us they are and simply stayed out of social issues, I would be there so fast as I'm sure a whole new generation of young people would be. The Democrats would be a joke compared to that! All a party needs to do is to get government out of the way of the economy and the people, or at least streamline it, and we can get the rest done as we always have.