I know we’ve all heard that history repeats itself, but within our political atmosphere I feel this is even more true and obvious. I recently read the Sharon Statement, which was seen as a sort of counterbalance to the Port Huron Statement. It made me think of the current happenings in the last few weeks, months, and years in the current turn of events particularly pertaining to the right-wing politics.
Looking into moves of the political right, there are many similarities between the politics of the 1960s and today. For instance, compare the start of a Tea Party Movement and the new popularity of liberty Republicans like Ron Paul, Sen. Rand Paul, and Rep. Justin Amash with the pro-liberty movement within the GOP which grew out of Barry Goladwater’s campaign.
Likewise, we now see major factions in the GOP pitted against each other — think Rand Paul vs. John McCain and Lindsey Graham — which in many ways parallel the Democratic Party’s split of the New Left vs. the Old Left around the same time period as Goldwater.
Needless to say, I think it’ll be interesting to see what will happen in the next few years with the Republican Party, especially considering some of the major ideological shifts both American parties have undergone in the past (e.g. during the Civil Rights Movement — also the ’60s). It will certainly be interesting to see how the Republican party presents itself for the 2016 election, which will be here before we know it.Published in