Saturday, December 8, 2018

Trumpist GOPlins are the true enemies of the people

Are you naive enough to think that there are any other kinds of GOPlin in the age of Trump?

The Republican Party has become the party that Republican President Dwight Eisenhower feared.

Speaking a century after the Grand Old Party waged its first presidential campaign, the president who sought to forge a modern Republican Party in the mid–20th century, celebrated “a certain kind of principle, or doctrine, or belief to fall back on” and warned that “If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”

“A conspiracy to seize power” is an agonizingly apt description of the lie unto itself that Scott Walker and his cronies have made of the Republican Party.

That is how John Nichols wound up his essay in The Nation : The Republican Party Has Become ‘a Conspiracy to Seize Power’. His essential message is that “A brute-force power grab by Republicans in Wisconsin highlights the disregard for democracy that has infected the party of Lincoln.” He pulls no punches in explaining why Republicans these days are serious enemies of democracy.

Whoa, I hear you say. What’s the evidence for such an astounding, partisan claim? Ask and ye shall receive.

Max Boot: ‘The Corrosion Of Conservatism’: Max Boot On Why He Left The GOP. “That moment occurred the day after the last presidential election. I was somebody who was viscerally and instantly opposed to Donald Trump from the moment that he came down that escalator at Trump Tower attacking Mexicans as rapists and murderers. I couldn’t believe that you had a mainstream candidate who was talking like that, and I never imagined that he would win the Republican nomination, much less the presidency. So I was very dismayed to see Trump’s progress first in the Republican primaries and then in the general election. It was the shock of my life — and I think many people’s lives — to see Donald Trump actually win the presidency. And the next day I knew what I had to do which was after a lifetime as a Republican, as a movement conservative, I re-registered as an independent because I knew — I just knew at that point — I could not be part of this Trump-ified Republican Party.”

Rick Wilson is a seasoned Republican political strategist and self-proclaimed infamous negative ad maker. His regular column with The Daily Beast is a must-read in the political community, and he’s widely published in The Washington Post, Politico and The Hill. In Everything Trump Touches Dies, Wilson brings his dark humor and biting analysis to what he calls the “absurdity of American politics in the Age of Trump.” Come hear this lifelong conservative’s views of a Republican Party that he says “has abandoned its principles” and what that bodes for the future of the country.

Steve Schmidt: Republicans abuzz over Schmidt’s divorce from GOP. He tweets: “29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life. Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump.”

Jennifer Rubin : Jennifer Rubin: George H.W. Bush resigned from the NRA. Shouldn’t decent Americans quit the GOP? “I understand the inclination of some Republicans to try to reform and rescue the GOP from the clutches of Trumpists. But, it seems to me at least, this is nearly as fruitless as expecting [NRA head Wayne] LaPierre to talk sensibly and civilly. After one has tried for a decent interval to admonish and reform the GOP, isn’t the only course, if one wishes to preserve one’s own sense of decency and honor, to resign from and disassociate oneself from the GOP?”

If you track the events in Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Carolina, you just must believe that the GOPlins have not yet come to understand Rubin’s moral plea and the danger to their own party - and even to our democracy - posed by ignoring the defections of Republicans, now ex-Republicans, Boot, Wilson, and Schmidt.

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