Remember when the Republican Party was called the Party of Ideas? When they won many of the debates with facts and figures? When the majority of scientists were Republican? What happened? A typical debate with a Republican on this board: R: We invaded Iraq, got rid of a bad guy and now the people are free. Me: Christians have been pretty much wiped out and nearly all, if not all their churches burned. R: You have to break a few eggs. At least they can practice their religion the way they want. Me: I disagree. Islam is now the national religion by constitution and all legislation is based on Islam. R: Well, at least women make up 1/3 of the government. Me: Yea, because we insisted. How much power does 1/3 have, anyway? Besides, if a woman doesnt run in that district, then it goes to a man. Women cant even go outside now because they fall under Islamic law and must be escorted everywhere by a male. Some might even call that protective custody. R: Look, you cant tell people what kind of government they need to have. They need to be free to live their own lives. Me: Then why did we go in and smash their government? They were already under sanctions. They had no manufacturing and no industry. Everything they had, they bought from the outside, from people willing to share with us because of 9/11, or from our friends, or even us. R: Screw you sh*teater. *sswipe. I cant explain anything to you because you are stupid you dumb*ss. And that is pretty much how a discussion on this board goes. Many times, its even worse. They just go right to the name calling and don't bother with the debate. What happened to the Republican Party? The Party of ideas, facts and figures?