Eisenhower versus Tea Party Republicans

I am always amazed by how extreme the Republican Party has become and thought it might be interesting to do a rough impressionistic comparison of the difference between what I might call the Eisenhower Republicans of the late 1950s and today’s Tea Party Republicans. Here goes (actually the real difference is between grown ups who had been through the Depression and fought a major war, and adolescences who can’t tell the difference between Sweden and North Korea):

‘Eisenhower Republicans’ ‘Tea Party Republicans’ 
  1. Pragmatic realists
Ideological extremists 
  1. Steady


  1. Balanced the budget


Cut taxes but fail to cut spending
  1. Accepted Medicare and Social Security
Destroy Medicare and Social Security
  1. Skeptical of the Military-Industrial complex having fought in war
Throw money at defense contractors not having fought in war
  1. Cooperate with Democrats


Demonize Democrats
  1. Expect rich to pay higher taxes


Let middle class subsidize the rich
  1. Racist but getting better


Racist and getting worse
  1. Believed in savings


Believe in credit cards
  1. Tolerant

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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