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How Republicans Lost Their Minds, Democrats Lost Their Souls and Washington Lost Its Appeal

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Washington DC, Washington Post, Robert G. Kaiser, government, politics, corruption, ethics, republicans, democrats, media, propaganda )

- 1966 days ago -
Robert G. Kaiser, a native Washingtonian, joined The Washington Post as a summer intern in 1963. After working as a local reporter, a foreign correspondent, an editor and, from 1991 to 1998, the paper's managing editor, he retired in February.


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David C (25)
Monday March 3, 2014, 2:47 pm
.... IF they ever had one to start with, that is


Freya H (344)
Monday March 3, 2014, 3:20 pm
All too true. Decades ago, Helen Keller said that when we choose between Republicans and Democrats, we choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2014, 6:10 pm
I agree with Helen Keller, the statement she made is even more true today. They are both looking pretty sad. How about a common sense party and the responsible for our actions party for a start.

Laurie H (818)
Monday March 3, 2014, 6:12 pm
I'm so disheartened with politics & everything that's been happening these days!! Thanks for this share Carrie~~~

Maureen C (4)
Monday March 3, 2014, 10:46 pm
The real tragedy is that the bright young thinkers in more local politics now look at their next step -- Washington--and don't want anything to do with that poisonous and dysfunctional mess, and so don't run.

I was reading the comments at the bottom of the editorial, and, as someone pointed out, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.

Why not create a third party for the next election - the "Back to Reason" party? If the 10 to 15% of Republican support that is the Tea Party can control the Republicans, surely 15% of the general population can change things up if they get active.

Louise D (44)
Monday March 3, 2014, 11:23 pm
The Republicans have ran away from intelligence in droves in the past few years epitomized by the functional illiteracy of Bush and Palin and reflected in the 2012 Presidental candidates, where the views would of been considered to be a bit appalling 150 years ago but in the 21st Century were at odds with human descency. The Democrats seem a need to grow a pair of balls and bitch slap John Boehner to more appealing color, but with an insanely demagogic Republican party whose prime objective seems to be throwing around as much bat poop that the Whitehouse will soon be known as the Shitehouse. The madman tactic used by the Republicans is that it is impossible to second guess them as they don't even know what they are doing. Still the insanity is the legacy of Gingrich's hyper-partisan tactics where they are so inane that Republicans even also oppose Einstein's Theory of relativity because they imagine relativity means the same as moral relativism.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:03 am
The Republicans come over time and again as people who are brain dead.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 6:08 am

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 10:25 am
Thanks Carrie, for a truly wonderful and honest article with the history of American politics in the last 40 years or so. Robert G. Kaiser writes from a space somewhere between disillusionment and hope. Disillusioned by how America's politics has disintegrated and hope that this trend will be discontinued in the not too distant future. But as long as greed and dishonesty seems to be the major force in general behind politics in Washington, change will not come soon.

As long as Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s dictum: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” is dead and buried in a very deep grave, Washington will be a place most level-headed young people steer clear off.

Farah Hage Ali (154)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 11:37 am
noted, thank you for sharing

Patsy Olive (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 12:39 pm

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:08 pm
Freya - love it!

Joanne Dixon (37)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:30 pm
Yes, insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. But since 1980, the Republican party has been extending this definition. They are now doing the same thing over and over without ever grasping the actual results, seeing only their fantasies of "welfare queens" and "job creators" and young people "with calves the size of canteloupes" and other fictional characters. I'm surprised they are not seeing unicorns and dragons. Maybe they are and are just not admitting it. Now I see people in the comments on the site saying things like "Democrats are harmful." How the hell do they think they know? We have not seen the Democrats able to accomplish anything nationally for so long the truth is we do not know what Democrats could do. There are certainly many out there who I wish could be given the opportunity to show us, though. And one Independent in the Democratic caucus.

Leanne B (46)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 2:44 pm
Seems these days politicians are out to grease the personal needs of self and not the citizens they are suppose to be representing. Greed and dishonesty rule the day and night. I like the thought of "The party of reason". The reason they are in office is to keep our communities strong not their pockets full. The blight, crime and homelessness in this country is sad. Big business money has run amuk and we all suffer for it. Thanks for sharing Carrie.

Sheri Schongold (7)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 4:30 pm
I have come to the conclusion that all the politicians there (and some at home), and everyone else who runs the Federal Government are a bunch of losers. The listen to the lobbyists, take ALL the money given out, use ALL the perks given and know that when they are out of office, they perks all continue. Why should they care if the little people have a cent. As long as they (of who over 65 to 75 % are millionaires anyway) continue to get their money to hell with the rest of us.

Diana Bair (7)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 4:37 pm
Republicains lost more than their minds....they sold out to rich....and will not work for the people...they fight against everything...that will help the ones that really need help.....they outsource our owners!!!!!. they are no longer even real republicans,,,,,,they are against everything they were once for..............there is no longer even a honest one the bunch........"HONEST" ABE LINCOLN would turn over in his grave if he knew how these things were ruining his once great party!!!!!!!!!!

David C (75)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 5:02 pm
well written, sadly noted.....too many today care more about power and remaining in office than actually doing the work of we the people.....and since you now have to have money to campaign and be a politician it is harder (though not impossible) for a true "everyperson" to become a leader........

Robert K (31)
Thursday March 6, 2014, 12:37 pm
Here's why Republicans are disgusting scum as shown by a biblical analogy:

Dr. Chester E. Ramey sent a letter to the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and it is the most epic assessment of the right wing "Christian" ideology surrounding our society's less fortunate that you will read for a while.

Ramey lays out the right-wing war on the largely ignored portions of our society--the poor, the sick, those from whom justice hides. For America's "Christian" right, ignoring these people is easy--no matter what the Bible has to say on the subject.

A parable for our time, adapted from Matthew 25:

When I was hungry, you cut my food stamps; when thirsty, you allowed my water to be polluted for corporate profit; when I was a stranger, you detained and deported me.

When I was naked and vulnerable, without a job or income, you denied me extended unemployment compensation, holding it hostage to a political agenda. When I was ill, you refused to extend Medicaid; when in prison, you denied me justice in favor of revenge, and executed me.

And the righteous replied, when was it that we saw you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, ill or in prison? And He said, anything you did to one of these, however humble, poor and powerless, you did to me.

Dr. Chester E. Ramey,


Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:58 pm
Robert G. Kaiser, is right on the mark, Loved this article. Noted with thanks Carrie.
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