The Electoral Wasteland: How the GOP Does Not Represent America

This is a great editorial in today’s New York Times….

I’ve been stunned to see how backwards the GOP has become-especially this week with it’s attacks on Women’s healthcare and reproductive rights….

All these old white men making decisions that impact a vast and diverse population they obviously don’t understand- or care to understand.

I keep thinking it’s a throwback to the 1950’s, but this article makes the point it’s more representative of an even older era- the 1890’s.

My question is why such a diverse country keeps voting these fools into office?

This article actually tries to answer that question…

We are in the 21st Century, but our elected officials don’t seem to realize that…..

In barely a century’s time, the population of the United States has more than tripled, to 313 million. We are a clattering, opinionated cluster of nearly all the world’s races and religions, and many of its languages, under one flag.

You would not know any of this looking at who is voting in one of the strangest presidential primary campaigns in history. There is no other way to put this without resorting to demographic bluntness: the small fraction of Americans who are trying to pick the Republican nominee are old, white, uniformly Christian and unrepresentative of the nation at large.

None of that is a surprise. But when you look at the numbers, it’s stunning how  little this Republican primary electorate resembles the rest of the United States.  They are much closer to the population of 1890 than of 2012.

via The Electoral Wasteland –

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