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Today’s GOP – A video from a 1997 episode of MADtv represents them perfectly

When I say GOP, what images pop into your head?

According to Andrew Bradford, a writer for, states that he envisions "…uptight middle-aged men in gray suits sitting in boardrooms and trying to screw someone out of their money. Other times it’s Donald Trump bellowing about how the Mexicans and Muslims are coming to destroy the United States…."

I most whole-heartily agree with him, yet another image pops into my head even moreso than the suits and the orange-haired baboon – it is a bible-thumping, gun-toting, bigoted, racist and ignorant redneck. Yes, I hold a lot of disdain – and a lot of pity – for this sect of people.

It’s no secret that the Republican party has drifted to the extreme right in recent years. We’ve gone from the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush (which is a joke all its own) to John McCain, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann. We also have the far right wingnuts in the Tea Party who claim President Obama is a secret Mulsim communist who plots how he will declare himself Emperor for Life shortly before the 2016 election.

But take a look at this video from the show “Mad TV,” circa 1997.

Granted, the video is satire, but is it really all that far off base? I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry as there is a lot more truth in this than there should ever be. Not in today’s time.

Portions of this article were republished under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author, Andrew Bradford, for WATCH: This Timeless 1997 Video From ‘Mad TV’ Would Be A Great Theme Song For Today’s GOP


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