It is worth noting that few people notice (or at least, are willing to admit) that the modern Republican party is a scam. The monied interests (Corporations, Banks, Rich assholes) use bigotry and religion to trick poor white people into supporting candidates and positions that are damaging to the well being (and even survival) of those same poor white people.
No one admits this. It isn’t allowed. The Republican party does not give a flying fuck about abortion or gay marriage are creationism or any of the other bullshit that uneducated white people get worked up about. What they care about are dollars and power.
The Elders may be on the verge of admitting this.