Friday, February 15, 2019

The GOP- The Sears Of Politics

It is no secret that the Republican Party, also known as the GOP, has been in a state of decline. While many would pinpoint Trump's "presidency" as the start of the decline, it has actually been in decline for a much longer period, and Trump's "election" is actually the party's last ditch effort to stay in power. What is the REAL reason for the decline of the GOP?

They never evolved.

Ever since the 1980s and Reagan's presidency, the GOP has been associated with these things: Trickle down economics, nationalism, patriotism, conservative social policies, and relaxed gun laws. Their main competitor, the Democratic Party, however, has continuously made efforts to evolve with the times. Examples include promotion of LGBT rights, including marriage, stricter gun laws as a result of increased mass shootings, the acceptance of multiculturalism as a result of more immigration into the country, the push for the elimination of big money from politics, the push for even more extreme progressive taxation, as shown by Ocasio-Cortez's tax plan, the push for universal health care and tuition, the fight against climate change, and even a universal basic income, as it is the main focus of Andrew Yang's presidential platform (and a smart move as automation is pretty much inevitable)! Most of these issues were not factors at all in the 80s and 90s, yet they are MAJOR issues today, and the Democratic Party, like any smart company, is addressing them rather than sweeping them under the rug. It is a common saying that if you aren't innovating, changing, and evolving with the times, you'll eventually stagnate, decline, and eventually die. This is evident today when you take note of the actions of the GOP.

But how is the party dying? The Trump supporters are as loud as ever?

That is the point. Out of fear of their beliefs becoming less relevant, and thus losing power, the Republicans have gotten louder and more authoritarian than ever, in a last ditch attempt to keep power at all costs. In the 80s and 90s, which was the Pluto in Scorpio/Neptune in Capricorn era that ran approximately from 1984 to 1995, greed and materialism were seen as good, yet they never evolved during the Pluto in Sagittarius/Neptune in Aquarius era, as the Bush Administration was known for its trickle down economics, just like the Reagan Administration, and now in the Pluto in Capricorn/Neptune in Pisces era, the GOP is facing the consequences of their actions ever since the 80s, as well as their refusal to evolve with the times.

This is playing out a lot similar to what is happening to a major retailer in the 1980s right now.

That's right, Sears.

For many years, through the early 90s, Sears was known as the top retailer in the country. In the mid 90s however, Walmart took their spot, and so did Target. By the late 90s and early 2000s, there was a clear gap between Sears and the other two. However, unlike Walmart and Target, they never evolved outside of two logo changes and being bought by Kmart, which is another company that never evolved (which is easy to see if you've stepped into a Sears or Kmart the last few years, which I have to experience 90s nostalgia trips as one store of each used to be open near me), and for even more similarity, these two videos will show you that the CEO of Sears and Kmart, Eddie Lampert, is basically doing to these companies what Trump is doing to the GOP, as well as this country:

The GOP, just like Sears and Kmart, never evolved, and thus has lost relevance with the younger generations, and those people born from around the 1970s onward (the aforementioned Pluto in Scorpio/Neptune in Capricorn generation from 1984 to 1995, the Pluto in Libra/Neptune in Sagittarius generation from 1971 to 1984, and the Pluto in Sagittarius/Neptune in Aquarius generation from 1998 to 2008) have only experienced the eras of Reagan, the Bushes, and now Trump, who is using the presidency to enrich himself similarly to how Lampert is using Sears and Kmart to enrich himself. And given that many Millennials have LGBT friends and friends of foreign ethnicity, the GOP is alienating these people. I consider myself one of those people. I live in a majority Hispanic neighborhood, where the majority of them also speak Spanish. I even developed friendships with a few of these people, and eventually started learning the language in order to communicate better with them, as well as better connect with the culture. Rather than demanding that they speak English, I accepted them as they were, and am at the point where I not only have a strong knowledge of the vocabulary, noun genders, and grammar rules, I can have a decent conversation in Spanish even! Even outside of Hispanics, there's also an Egyptian American in my building who speaks fluent English and Arabic, and in my high school I was classmates with an Iranian American who speaks fluent English and Farsi, a Czech American who speaks fluent English and Czech, and a Taiwanese American who speaks fluent English and Mandarin. I never once thought of these people as "different", despite having different skin colors and speaking the native tongue of their parents! This goes into another reason for the decline of the GOP:

Pluto in Capricorn.

The GOP's image as the "Christian party" began, once again, around the time of Reagan's presidency, and the "religious right" rapidly gained steam during the time when Neptune was in Capricorn. Neptune in astrology is about illusions, and right now, during Pluto in Capricorn, it's very obvious that the GOP is about ANYTHING other than Christian values. Jesus chased the bankers out of the temple rather than give them tax cuts, he was against the Pharisees, who were the religious extremists of that time, he helped out the sick and needy rather than calling them "leechers" (I know the right wing argument that "it isn't the government's job", but the point is that they are doing the EXACT OPPOSITE of what Jesus would do), he preached the Golden Rule rather than abiding by oppressive laws, etc. The "Christian party" is known for greed and materialism, racism, homophobia, destroying the planet and colluding with dictators for the sole purpose of money and power, holding people's salaries hostage for a month in order to get what they want, refusing to implement tougher gun laws to protect the nation's children because the NRA is a major donor to GOP politicians, etc. Those seem like the actions of an ANTIChrist, and the Bible even said that most Christians would follow the Antichrist, and the Book of Revelations even has verses mentioning the word "trumpets", which beyond the similarity to "Trump" on the surface, sounds like "Trump Pence" when you say it fast!

So, with the reason for the decline of the GOP explained, how can they rebound from all this? Right now, with the corruption of Trump and the GOP getting exposed with the Mueller Investigation and the Democratic House, I think the ship has sailed on that (another similarity with Sears and Kmart). They should have evolved and changed their image 10 years ago, when Obama got elected, because while the damage was there, it was still easily repairable. They could have beaten the Democrats to the punch on the push for same sex rights, including marriage, as Obama didn't support that in 2008. Yet, they remained stubborn and refused to change, and eventually Obama supported it in 2012, when it was clear the people were in support of it, and eventually it became legalized in 2015. They also should have proposed economic policies, while not as extreme as those of the Democrats, that were still in favor of the middle class rather than the 1%, as the trickle down economic policies of the Bush regime were a major factor in the 2008 recession, as they also refused to cut military spending despite the tax cuts, which resulted in an enormous amount of debt. However, they chose greed and power over evolving with the times, and are now paying the price.

What will the US look like 10-20 years from now? Honestly, I see the country being okay! Maybe not as wealthy or as dominant as it has been since WWII, but with the willingness to evolve of the Democrats and the rise of smaller parties, people will have not exactly what they want, but moreso what they NEED. Ever since the 1980s, too many people have not been getting what they need, because the likes of the Koch Brothers, Mercers, Waltons, and other oligarchs have been getting all of what they want and then some, despite having more than enough to live comfortably for multiple lifetimes! Outside of the Clinton years, the best years for the economy were in the 40s-60s, where the wealthy were taxed in the 80-90% range, which stopped under Reagan. If you make a billion dollars a year and were taxed 90%, you'd STILL keep $100 million, before the refund (and the plenty they already have won't be taxed either). That is still PLENTY to live on, while a ton of money comes in to help fund programs for the people who need them most. As long as we learn our lesson, which is to not be so greedy and be more tolerant of others who are not like us (and we should, as this is Pluto we're talking about here), everything should be okay for the country.

On a separate note, here's a link full of Spanish vocabulary I made, in case anybody reading this article is interested in learning after reading this article:

The English word is right next to the Spanish word, and "el" and "la" determine the noun gender, "el" for masculine and "la" for feminine.

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