As a political observer and participant over the last thirty years I have come to the conclusion that there are four types of Republicans. This view has been developed over the years from countless observations and years of studying the psychology of people. (From those in public life, family, and those that have worked for me.) I am sure many will disagree with this assessment and challenge those that do to give us a better explanation. Why is it important to understand these four groups? Because as you view this political campaign, read articles, listen to interviews, and see how this campaign plays out, we think that you will see all points of view from Republican Party will fall into one of these categories. Understanding your opponents motivations will also help expose their weaknesses.
1) Rich Republicans: I think this is the most understandable group. This group has already either inherited a fortune or made a fortune and wish to protect it. An economist I once knew told me many years ago that once you have money it is hard to loose it under our system. His argument was that the tax laws including potential deductions were set up to protect money that has already been earned or inherited to the point that even if you tried to give it away or lost money that you could in many cases just deduct it. He indicated the system was so biased that once wealth was achieved you had to work hard or just be plain stupid to loose it. This group has greed at their core and believe that the more they make the better off the country is because they have shown by making their fortune that they are the most fit in our society to have it. This group supports those that support them and use their power and influence to perpetuate and increase power and influence.
2) Duped Republicans: This group are those that have been sold a bill of goods from the rich Republicans and believe it. This group believes that they need to be self-sufficient. Not that it is a bad trait in anyone, however they do not understand that the game is rigged against them. This is the group that has a frontier spirit. Again, this is not a bad trait but they have been lead to believe there is still a frontier when in fact they are locked into a compound surrounded by the fences the rich have erected. They do not realize they are on fenced in range and will never get a pass out of that pasture. The rich Republicans have duped them by telling them if they just work hard they too can become rich when in fact they may just as well play the lotto. The rich Republicans tell them that democrats are socialists and trying to take away their rights when in fact if they could understand the big picture they would realize it is just the rich preying on their desires to be like their grandparents, and those opportunities do not exist anymore. This is the group that hold up signs at Tea Party rally saying: "Keep the Government Out of My Medicare". This group is just oblivious to the truth and cannot understand they are being preyed upon.
3) Intolerant Republicans: This is the group of Republicans that believe their religion allows them to tell everyone else how to live. They believe that God selected them to dictate to the rest of the nation how they should believe, how they should live, what is acceptable, what the truth they need to accept is, can ignore science to fit their beliefs, and believe that God will guide them through every decision so they can never be wrong. This group also includes the racists, fearful, and those that believe in manifest destiny. This part of this group have no tolerance for anyone they feel do not meet their litmus test for being an American. They fear a future that will leave them behind where they will not be allowed to keep their views without being persecuted, so they would rather persecute others. This part of the group would do anything to keep their way of life as having to accept anything new terrifies them. They are so afraid of losing the rights that they think they have they are willing to be abused by the rich rather than give up their ability to live in denial.
4) The Want To Be Republicans: The want to be Republicans are those that really think they are going somewhere and will one day have their piece of the pie. This group normally starts out with great aspirations and believe their hard work will be rewarded and that they will have a vacation home, live in an upscale community, and have all the toys they ever dreamed of. Most of these are younger members of the party, work hard to get their candidates elected, work hard to excel in their place of work, use their purchasing power to the maximum, rack up more debt than they can handle while trying to emulate their hero's in the party, and later in life actually figure out the system was rigged against them to begin with. Once they have a tremendous amount of debt, find that paying for their kids college and other expenses of life are becoming unmanageable, they finally switch allegiance to the Democratic Party.
We could break each of these four groups into several other smaller groups although we believe these four are sufficient. Groups one and three will always be Republican. Groups two and three are the ones that most independents that would vote Republican will fall into. These are the groups that need to be targeted in the upcoming election in order to make sure as few independents as possible will vote Republican.
Read more about the war that the Republican Party has declared for this election here:
R = Reactionary (opposed to progressive social or political change)
E = Evangelical (enthusiastic or zealous in support of a particular cause and very eager to make other people share its beliefs or ideals)
P = Pious (characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious.)
U = Unyielding (not giving in to persuasion, pressure, or force)
B = Brazen (expressing boldness and a complete lack of shame)
L = Listless (lacking energy, interest or the willingness to make an effort)
I= Ideologists (a person advocating a particular ideology)
C = Chauvinistic (militant devotion to and glorification of one's country; fanatical patriotism)
A = Angry (feeling or showing anger or strong resentment)
N= Narcissists (a person who is overly self-involved, and often vain and selfish)