I'm not a supporter of the Republican Party. That party is a Joke. My issue is with the vast majority of people who don't realize that the 2 party system in the United States is a false dichotomy, when in actual fact the parties operate nearly identically.
Robert Byrd was a U.S. senator until 2010. It is very telling that somehow he as a former Ku-Klux-Klan leader was beloved by Democrats and the Partisan Democratic Media, while any hint of racism in the Republican Party was and is immediately jumped on.
I agree that there are idiots on both sides (and racists), my argument is that the people considered representatives of their chosen party make decisions that they incorrectly (or correctly depending on your politics) interpret their party platform to reflect, yet don't take personal responsibility. It seems to me that the Republican party representatives more often than their counterparts, reveal their intolerance yet don't apologize for it or seem to learn to grow from it (all the while not understanding why the majority of people aren't supporting their cause). I don't hate Republicans, I dislike the idiots that have invaded the party and have turned it into a clown college.
As for Byrd, he was an ex-KKK senator who denounced his intolerance and even endorsed Obama's nomination. He was willing to publicly acknowledge his mistakes of the past and took action by voting against his past interests. If the Republican came forward and not only publicly acknowledged his own mistakes, but showed his willingness to change by an action of some sort, that would go along way in helping repair the social woes plaguing the party in the eyes of voters.
Edit: I kind of agree with the bolded, IMO the two party system hinders democracy.
Edited by Kryten, 16 March 2013 - 03:55 PM.