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  •  The conversion and growth of fundamentalism (4+ / 0-)

    is the main pillar that supports today's Republican party by proselytizing for its political ideology and providing a network of activists which ensure enough votes to elect candidates.  Some libertarians are a separate branch of support, but I suspect the majority overlap.

    Over the last thirty years a majority of Christian religious institutions have come to identify with the authoritariansim of the Republican Party and no longer strongly believe in the importance of the separation of church and state.  Few openly advocate for theocracy but they support government that would enact legislation that codifies their beliefs into law so they are defacto dominionists.

    Without the created foundation of fundamentalist Christians over the last thirty years, the Republican Party would be very small today.

    •  Re: The conversion and growth of fundamentalism (1+ / 0-)
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      Hi blueoasis - You've raised an important point and a very interesting topic for a conversation. There is not doubt that at this point, the fundamentalists have carved out a hefty piece of the Republican party pie. The interesting question is what the Republican party would look like now without the right wingnut fundamentalists. It would be nice to think that all of the moderates who have bailed would still be in the party . . .

      "The water won't clear up 'til we get the hogs out of the creek." -- Jim Hightower

      by lartwielder on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 03:14:29 AM PST

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