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Thu Oct 29, 2020, 03:38 PM

how Republicans can re-gain my trust

I realize precisely none of what I suggest is actually going to happen in the very near future, but it has to be said.

The Republican Party can actually regain my trust. In spite of all the damage caused by runaway selection for nativism and nationalism, disproven trickle-down theories, and a desire to make the other side suffer rather than actually help people, I do want some balance in government, and a Republican Party operated by people who at least know how to read and write, and who realize we're as American as they are, can be a part of that.

But they have to earn it.

They have to acknowledge Trump’s loss, which we all hope will happen by a landslide next Tuesday.

They have to make sure their party is de-Trumpified. Trump’s main enablers in Congress should be stripped of all committee assignments. The RNC can back candidates in the next election who challenge the incumbents who promoted Trumpism. (That would be most of them.). It can make sure campaign dollars don’t go to anyone who parrots conspiracy snailshit. If McConnell is re-elected, Republicans can make sure he is never again given a leadership position.

They can get behind real reform – constitutional amendments to abolish gerrymandering, shitcan the Electoral College, and limit the president’s power to pardon people who committed crimes within his or her own administration; advance the ERA; allow expansion of the SCOTUS and federal courts to restore balance; and reverse efforts to ignore physical reality and marginalize scientific expertise from an advisory role in policymaking.

They can help bring real accountability to the Trump administration. I take great exception to those who say Gerald Ford “healed the nation” by pardoning Nixon. In fact, Ford enabled Iran-Contra, which I think was even worse than Watergate. (He didn’t stop payback for Watergate becoming a primary focus of Republican leadership, as shown by the insane amount of time spent investigating the Clintons.). I haven’t forgiven Obama for deciding to “look forward” and not bring accountability to those who started an unnecessary war on false pretenses and encouraged our troops to torture prisoners. I might never be able to.

The cycle has to end. We can’t just let the past four years of maggots crawling through our democracy to go unpunished, as though it can just be set aside as an aberration. It was the direct result of decades of runaway right-wing selection and tacit permission given by repeated failure to punish. Republicans must acknowledge this.

Republicans can disavow the practice of setting policy not to help people, but to punish the opposition. They must admit that their whole approach was polluted by the politics of personal destruction and the desire for power over an interest in governance. They can acknowledge that the US doesn’t live in a bubble and has to cooperate with the rest of the world.

Do these, and I’ll encourage bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

The chances of any of this coming to pass are slim at best. We're going to see anger and rage before some of these people accept reality. I hope, though, that a couple of election cycles in the political wilderness will help bring those who want to govern rather than rule to the forefront.

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Reply how Republicans can re-gain my trust (Original post)
cab67 Oct 2020 OP
AlexSFCA Oct 2020 #1
ZZenith Oct 2020 #2
11 Bravo Oct 2020 #5
ZZenith Oct 2020 #8
tonedevil Oct 2020 #10
lastlib Oct 2020 #12
Miguelito Loveless Oct 2020 #3
Midnightwalk Oct 2020 #4
stopbush Oct 2020 #6
Chainfire Oct 2020 #7
dweller Oct 2020 #9
Buckeye_Democrat Oct 2020 #11
WyattKansas Oct 2020 #13

Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 03:43 PM

1. the only way if they join dems in pursuing court reform

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 03:45 PM

2. Group Seppuku?

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 04:04 PM

5. That was literally my first thought!

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 04:22 PM

8. They write themselves these days don't they?

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 04:27 PM

10. That seems reasonable. /nt

 

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 05:54 PM

12. That was the gist of my first thought.....

...mass high-cliff diving sans parachutes......I like yours better. The entire party needs to be disemboweled, at which point there would be nothing discernible left of it.

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 03:47 PM

3. I will not trust the GOP until every current member

is an ex-member, and any current member, upon joining, denounces the Gingrich/Trump years.

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 03:55 PM

4. After 40 years of Reagan,

Bush(s), Gingrich, Scalia, Limbaugh, Murdoch, racism, moral majority, coulter, talk radio, McConnell, drudge, q, religion as a weapon, gerrymandering, tax cuts for the rich, anti healthcare, racism, alec, climate change denial, environmental destruction, conspiring with foreign dictators, lying us into wars, demonization of the opposition...

I could go on. There is absolutely nothing that would make me trust the republican party.

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Response to Midnightwalk (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 04:07 PM

6. Agreed.

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 04:16 PM

7. I will not live long enough

to trust them again.

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 04:25 PM

9. Not in my lifetime

will I ever trust those traitors again

but good luck with your endeavor

✌🏻

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 04:28 PM

11. I won't trust them until they embrace science.

I'm not holding my breath waiting for it to happen, since they've basically relied on religious nuts for support ever since Reagan/Falwell.

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Response to cab67 (Original post)

Thu Oct 29, 2020, 06:20 PM

13. I will NEVER trust a Republican again until their fellow Republicans and Judicial Appointments...

All step down if they were elected or appointed through 'ill-gotten gains' to put them there. In other words, forfeit what they know damn well does NOT really belong to them by cheating and nefarious means.

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