What could put so much fear into the republican party that it allowed the Religious Right and the Tea Party to take over the party? It all comes down to the fear of change. Once the Democratic Party won the last presidential election with a Black Candidate running on a message of "Change" the fear from the right wing of the party was so intense they only had two choices. "Fight or Flight"
This fear has made rewriting history acceptable, out right lies to become common place, ignoring the needs of the American people to block the presidents agenda justifiable, trying to exclude our citizens from voting by denying their right to vote and imperative, trying to dissolve long ago won rights of women acceptable, ignoring science in the class room and trying to replace it with religious teachings a priority, and renewing hatred and bigotry essential.
The Republican party has sold their soul (so to say) to the extreme elements of their party that now uses their new found blackmail capabilities as tool to implement a litmus test within their party. The money that these groups have poured into this party and their ability to hold the nation hostage to advance their agenda took the party by surprise, but like any cancerous growth without a cure it will just continue to grow.
This portion of the party decided upon election day 2008 that they were ready to fight, as choosing flight would mean they would have to give up some of their prejudices, greed, and long standing special interests that they were not ready to do. It is now all out war. Democrats must understand this war and acknowledge that the Republican Party is in a life and death fight for holding onto these old beliefs. The far right of the Republican Party so fear the future where they will be acknowledged as the dinosaurs that they are, they have no choice but to fight.
The fight or flight response is the most basic of mankind's instincts and this election shows it in glaring clarity. The Republican Party is trying to re-establish what they feel they have lost and move our nation backwards to a time where they felt comfortable. To them it is trying to reclaim their perception of the Norman Rockwell America. Well Norman is dead and their party will soon follow if they stay this course. America will move forward with or without them as it has always done.
The president, as much as possible, has tried to warn you about what is in the wind. He tells you we must move forward, that this is a turning point in American history, and that our ability to remain a nation of hope are at stake. Are you really listening to what he is saying and do you believe him? He knows this is a war for our nation to continue to lead the world, he knows this a war to be a compassionate people, he knows this is war for fairness and equality, he knows this is war for us not to be owned by special interests and religious fanatics.
This is a war of two stark potential futures for our country and we hope that everyone realizes that and will make the decision to give our nation the chance to move forward as has always been when we were at our best.
To understand more about this war we invite you to read this article if you have not already done so: