Who Did You Wake Up Next to Last Night: How the Republican Party is Learning from its Dalliances

With the hangover from the election beginning to subside, things are starting to take shape; the haze is beginning to clear and what was done the night prior is piecing together. What we’ve learned over the last 36 hours of wildness is that the Republicans are in dire need of a little heartbreaking.

Over the last 18 months or so Republican candidates vying for office in every race across the United States bowed to the lunatic fringe; fear mongering ran rampant; tales of a new brand of economic woe that would funnel the nation into a cataclysmic tailspin of rapturous proportions if the left-devils and their heathen blood won. Then there was the racism. The heavy panting urgency to get them non-American’s out of the country–that being anyone that didn’t think like a Tea Partier, or a true conservative. It was like mad cow disease; the fever went to the brain. But that wasn’t the worst of it; it was the candidate’s decision to use it to their advantage rather than to a halt to it.

They made their bed, laid in it with about 100,000 of their lunatic friends and are now paying the price–there is a democrat sleeping between the Egyptian sheets in the White House.

Because of this the Republican Party is beginning to buckle; the party is at odds with itself and internal bickering is causing the fractures to show. The hard line policies that they had adhered to in the months leading up to the election failed them because they overestimated the amount of hard line Americans there were. There weren’t enough, and for many of us that should be a result; something to hang a hat on, but for some reason it doesn’t feel like a victory.

I love my country and more or less I love my people–despite their impressive ability to make expats look awful–but racism is a problem in the country. I’m not suggesteing that it was ever perfect, but the problem is that is weaving its way back into the media and in conversations the youth of our country will see on social media. By seeing adult speak the way they are about their President, and the fact that he is a Black man is absolutely appalling. Those Tea Partiers and vehement conservatives that are looking to take the constitution back seem to forget the first lines of the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…

This doesn’t simply extend to white men, or white women, but all men and women of all races, and beliefs. We are of the same fabric but woven separately.

We are a resilient nation who has been forced at times to endure great struggles, as well as little tiffs that caused great whining. We will get through whatever you see as a problem, and even the stuff you can’t see. That is why I can’t see the rationale behind the lunatic fringe paying their respects to a nation that will apparently fall into the sea (where, they will join the Bay Area, which has been there for decades in their minds), and bemoan a glorious past that seems too far gone. I won’t even beginning to mention those discussing secession, civil war and the various other great overstatements made famous by that special brand of American whine-ism made evident over the last few days.

There is little need to fixate of these gross statements of pure ignorance because regardless of your Republican sensibilities, Democrat peccadilloes, choice of state color or independent voting habits any sensible human being can see that suggesting the nation will plunge into an age of darkness with the election of President Obama has a short list of possibilities: you’re a racist; a product of too much television; or you’re pleased because it’s a sign of the oncoming rapture.

The sensible Republican’s are working at rebuilding the image that this election, and those maniacs they got into bed with, damaged because like all parties, a handful of scratched CDs can ruin the fun for everyone.

John Boehner is no dummy he changed the direction of the party without waiting for the hangover to subside. He knew where he had been the night before and led the pre-emptive call to let the equally guilty second party that it was a one-night thing; a mistake and it wasn’t going to happen again.

That first call was to the Tea Party:

“Hey, so…last night. You know, I’d had a lot to drink and I was in a really vulnerable place, but I want to let you know that we’re gonna change our stance on immigration. Sorry.”

The new generation of Republican is moving to a more centrist attitude, a more social open individual, and after the massive swing the Hispanic vote brought to the Democrats it’s almost as if the Republicans are just now realizing that Hispanics are actually a real thing; not something like the Loch Ness monster which pundits and super PACs use to frighten voters.

Now people like my grandparents, who are Mexican, make a difference; they matter.  Where were they in the 60s when Caesar Chavez was marching for the rights of the field hands? Where were the republicans when Mestiza’s and Mestizo’s were being terrorized for not being American enough, or Mexican enough? Now our vote matters because the white vote carries less weight than it did in the past.

This first change in song is evident that the Republican machine is no longer going to stand for the lunatic fringe infiltrating good, sound policy. Radical conservatism isn’t the answer to our economic woes, nor is it the answer to our foreign policy. Whether one is religious, atheist, indifferent or too capitalist to give a damn, we are all human beings and want the same things out of life: love, a bit of happiness and equality.

I’m not going to make out like Republicanism is synonymous with racism or bigotry because that is just as inflammatory as suggesting that President Obama’s win was “Pearl Harbor,” and “tomorrow you plan for Normandy.” The Republican’s played to their opponent and worked the field they way they thought best. A certain sect of the voters wanted this radical conservatism, but far less than they anticipated. They are changing, and changing for the better, and if this brings the immigration reform back to the table and lightens the current restrictions on immigrants in the USA, amazing. It’s late, but it is better than never.

Sometimes a little bender, and a one-night stand with a lunatic has benefits.

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