It’s funny how people continue to tout the Republican Party (GOP) as a viable alternative to the Democratic Party. While the parties agree on every important political issue the GOP has been spiraling into irrelevancy for the last several decades. This downward spiral has gone mostly unnoticed until the last decade or so. But the signs of irrelevancy are all around us. Take, for example, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA is at the top of the GOP’s hit list. That being the case you would think the GOP would be pouring everything it has into repealing the legislation. If it is then the GOP obviously doesn’t have much left because all that party has managed to do is lower its standards:
At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama’s health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.
Democrats describe the change involving small-business coverage options as a straightforward improvement of the type they are eager to make, and Obama signed it into law. Republicans are loath to agree, given the strong sentiment among the rank and file that the only fix the law deserves is a burial.
“Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps the small businessman,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., one of several physician-lawmakers among Republicans and an advocate of repeal.
We’ve gone from the GOP trying to repeal the legislation and replace it with the exact same thing (Romney’s “repeal and replace” slogan) to improving the law to sliding in minor updates and declaring them as victories (quietly of course since they still want to pretend that they want to repeal the law).
I think the GOP is learning a lesson many businesses have learned throughout history. One cannot compete by being exactly the same as your competitor. You must find a way to distinguish yourself whether it be from different products, lower prices, and better customer service. The GOP has become nothing more than the Democratic Party mixed with religion. Needless to say the American people seem less and less inclined to have a large and powerful government that is mixed with religion so they’re opting for just having a large and powerful government. This choice is making the GOP less relevant every year. I’d say this is also turning American into a one party political system but it already is one so nothing is really changing in that respect.