The Republican Party thrives as a party by making elections about one issue. Two at most, since you have to include the "gun in every pocket" distortion of the second amendment. With the realization that a rather large number of Republicans are Gay, have Gay relatives, Gay friends, or Gay children, the issue of protecting marriage (Irrationally done by keeping certain people from being able to marry) is crumbling under the weight of second thoughts and legalization by several states.
It must be really difficult to maintain enough sanity to function day to day while proclaiming one's self a Christian, villianizing Liberals, while trying to ignore the obvious fact that your self proclaimed religion was founded by the greatest Liberal to ever live on Earth, Jesus of Nazereth.
But anyway, Republicans, needing something to drive the electorate's fears (Gay people are simply not that scary), have lurched from being scared of Gays and Liberals to being terrified by the Socialist under their beds.
I know the sane among you are asking...
"What part of 'Government Of the people, By the people, and For the people',"
don't you understand?
The Constitution of the United States of America enshrines a Socialist Democratic system of government, with extra built in checks and balances to keep it from lurching into totalitarianism when this or that faction momentarily gains an overwhelming majority as happened in 2002.
Our system of government is a little bit conservative and a lot socialist. Fully conservative government is known as Fascism, which is another word ignorants throw around, thinking it covers the pimple of racism erupting on their noses.
So by means the Internet, the greatest socialistic invention of modern times, I direct you to a fine bit of ironic observation...An account of a town meeting whereby a Republican Congressman rants about the very thing he needs to survive...Socialism!