Remember the Tea Party? That force of sweeping outrage that brushed a whole new Congress into power? It seems that every time I turn on the television (or, come on, glance at Google News), there’s some burning hot talking point espoused by Republican presidential candidates that would successfully enflame their indigination.
For relentless months, candidates have flaunted their spirituality, disparaged (or tried to) President Obama’s foreign policies, tacitly embraced anti-gay sentiment, practically screamed their stance against raising taxes, pledged their dedication to cutting spending, government, and regulation, generally frothed about the mouth when immigration comes up (except for Gingrich) and even advocated for more wars in the Middle East.
Great, these candidates are just what Tea Partiers wanted. But… what about everyone else?
The biggest problem with almost every platform and belief that Republican Presidential Candidates stand for is that they are, for the first time, slipping into the minority.
- The majority of Americans support gay marriage
- The majority of Americans support raising taxes on the wealthy
- The majority of Americans believe many illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the U.S.
- The majority of Americans frown upon corny, vague, hate-mongering videos bashing groups of people while at the same time pretending to defend another as if the former was in desperate need of representation (time of this writing: 654,090 dislikes vs. 20546 likes)
- Americans care less about religion than ever before