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Mike Lofgren, Author of the book How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless and the Middle Class Got Shafted talks about how the Republican Party (social conservative wing) has become an apocalyptic party. Democrats have become ineffective. And both only pay lip service to the issue of the middle class with focus more on business. And how social issues are used only at incentives to bring voters out so vote. Here’s except of the Mike Lofgren’s interview and discussion about the book with Bill Moyers.
Bill Moyers: Why did you leave the party? You’d been a Republican, what, all your life?
Mike Lofgren: I left the party because it was becoming an apocalyptic cult. Because you cannot govern a country of 310 million people that is the greatest economic power on earth and the greatest military power on earth as if it’s a banana republic. You can’t govern it with people who think that Obama was born overseas or who believe in all manner of nonsense about climate change. They don’t even know, apparently, where babies come from, if we’re to believe Todd Akin.
Bill Moyers: What do you mean “apocalyptic cult”?
Mike Lofgren: Well, I mean it literally in some cases. There’s a very strong element in evangelical or fundamentalist religion that said the apocalypse is coming. And one sort of sees it subliminally in people like Michele Bachmann when the debt ceiling crisis came to a head and people were warning that we would be downgraded. And if we actually defaulted, we would possibly have to lower our standard of living and credit from abroad could dry up. And her attitude was sort of, “Bring it on. If we’re all going to abide in the bosom of the Lord, by and by, it really doesn’t matter whether we default.”