The Republican Party is at a crossroads in its long history in the U.S. From a rather liberal political party of the 19th Century, through its Progressive Era of the early 20th Century, to the voice of free enterprise of the latter 20th Century, this glorious political party is now faced with a very vocal and pushy group of right-wingers and tea partiers that are hell-bent on getting their way even if it means destroying the U.S. This strange right-wing collection of terrorists and anti-intellectuals think nothing of shutting down the government, no matter the consequences. Even their own party "regulars" have been warning them of the dangers of their actions.
What is further amazing is that these extremists call themselves a movement of populism. Some populism when their actions are designed to destroy the American economy. Some populism when they take big money and marching orders from wealthy greed-merchants. Your job, your family, your health, your welfare, your future are of no concern for these bandits.
How goofy and nutty are these right-wingers? Well, they will tell you, among other things, that Obama is not a U.S. citizen, that Obama is a Moslem, that Obama is a socialist, that Obamacare will set up death panels to determine if you are allowed to live or die, etc. What a normal, healthy American would consider a sickness, is to a tea partier a badge of courage.
Much of today's right-wing extremism is weighted down with bigotry. It began to fluorish almost immediately after the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. When he was re-elected this group of extremists moved to the head of the party, or at least threatened the leaders in the Republican Party. Though they now admit that the tea party agenda was wrong, the more traditional Republican leaders did not step forward when their nation needed them. They surrendered to the scare tactics and threats of the extreme right-wing of the party. The so-called "main-line Republicans" should be ashamed. They played their cards by risking the future of the United States for their own re-election. They cowered and were afraid to confront the ignorance and danger within their ranks.
What now? Does the tea party and other extremist right-wingers still hold onto the reins of the Republican Party? Or have they been unveiled and revealed for what they are? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is afraid enough of these extremists that they have set out on a mission to further reveal the dangers of the right-wingers, and suggest ways that the Republican Party may once again acknowledge and advance their mission of free enterprise and a responsible capitalism.