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Thu Sep 10, 2020, 07:48 AM

The Atlantic: This Republican Party Is Not Worth Saving

This Republican Party Is Not Worth Saving
The Atlantic, by Tom Nichols, 9/10/2020

...Indeed, the transformation of the GOP into a cult of personality is so complete that the Republicans didn’t even bother presenting a platform at their own convention. Like a group of ciphers at a meeting of SPECTRE, they nodded at whatever Number One told them to do, each of them fearing an extended pinkie finger pressing the button that would electrocute them into political oblivion.

Some Republicans, even while they grant that Trump is a sociopath and an idiot—and how unsettling that so many of them will stipulate to that—are willing to continue voting for Republican candidates because the GOP is nominally pro-life or because the administration’s judicial appointments show that the people around the president are doing what conservatives should want done.

But Trump’s few conservative achievements are meaningless when compared with his war on American democracy, a rampage that few Republicans have lifted a finger to stop. Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr have turned the constitutional order and the rule of law into a joke. If you’re Roger Stone or Michael Flynn, the White House will arrange pardons, commutations, or even the outright betrayal of the Justice Department’s own lawyers. Felony convictions are for the little people. The Constitution is just busywork for chumps.

GOP representatives in the people’s house sneer at concepts such as oversight and the separation of powers. Rather than demand accountability from the executive branch on COVID-19, on the Hatch Act, on the Postal Service—on anything, really—they either repose in sullen silence or they take up the lance for the president and overwhelm committee hearings with Trumpian word salad.


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teach1st Sep 10 OP
SamKnause Sep 10 #1
Iliyah Sep 10 #2
greymattermom Sep 10 #3
jaxexpat Sep 10 #14
lagomorph777 Sep 10 #15
Wicked Blue Sep 10 #21
OldBaldy1701E Sep 11 #29
Laelth Sep 10 #4
NRaleighLiberal Sep 10 #5
RobertDevereaux Sep 10 #6
niyad Sep 10 #7
overleft Sep 10 #8
Bernardo de La Paz Sep 10 #9
FakeNoose Sep 10 #10
Tommymac Sep 10 #20
2naSalit Sep 10 #11
jayschool2013 Sep 10 #12
Initech Sep 10 #13
Wounded Bear Sep 10 #16
LymphocyteLover Sep 10 #17
Auggie Sep 10 #18
Thekaspervote Sep 10 #19
Blue Owl Sep 10 #22
BlueWavePsych Sep 10 #23
Skittles Sep 10 #24
temporary311 Sep 10 #25
roamer65 Sep 10 #26
summer_in_TX Sep 10 #28
TheDemsshouldhireme Sep 10 #27
BlancheSplanchnik Sep 11 #30
BeckyDem Sep 11 #31

Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 07:53 AM

1. They are already dead as far as I am concerned.

It is now the party of Trump.

None of them are worth saving.

They are unpatriotic and unAmerican.

They are the greatest threat this country has ever faced.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 07:56 AM

2. Ageement . . .

Where the fuck are they? Sill defending shithole OR staying silent, while the country goes downward.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 08:00 AM

3. What do these old white men fear?

Many of them are over 70 years old. They can retire in comfort and leave the nastiness forever. What's wrong with a beach condo and a mountain house?

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:21 AM

14. It's not only us old white men!

Statistically, to name only a few, it's:
law enforcement personnel
military personnel
white people from the old confederacy
blue collar white people from the rust belt
farmers and ranchers
rural people
evangelical Christians
old white women
high school maximum (or less) education
country music fans
football worshipers
NASCAR worshipers
sports bar clientele
opioid addicts
prostitutes' clientele
serial killers
cereal killers
tailgaters (on the highway and in the stadium lot)
road-ragers
bigots
racists
macho men
macho women
bullys
felons
war criminals
peace criminals
pay-day loan collectors
bank loan collectors
tax cheaters
tax code writers
bankers
bank robbers
rich people
poor people that want to be rich REAL bad
poor people that spend more than they earn, then blame poorer people for their debts
stock brokers
funeral directors
mal-practice attorneys
mal-practice defendants
my ex-wifes' attorney
my attorney
RW talk radio listeners
Fox news watchers
gun collection owners
hand gun carriers
guys with their pickups jacked up on off road monster tires and those stupid black smoke exhausters
the guy behind me in the checkout line without a mask
the lady who called me a socialist for voting for Obama
my whole neighborhood
Larry and Bruce
There's more, too.

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:24 AM

15. A lovely dacha where they can spend their ill-gotten Roubles.

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 10:29 AM

21. Perhaps they value their kneecaps

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 06:17 AM

29. Because there usually are no sycophants.

It is about their fragile ego. They want everyone to see them as important. They could not achieve this on their own, so they had to get into a position where people were basically forced to give them respect. (Aka: Steven Munchkin for example). According to the information I found, around 77% of Congress is old white men but they only make up around 28% of the population. The main one that I feel we have to address is that 52% of Congress are millionaires... yet they make up only 5% of the population. Anyone reckon that has anything to do with why the rethugs act as they do? Because I sure do. What we are witnessing is the downfall of the white superiority complex that has been S.O.P. in this country since it was founded, and the rethugs are the heirs of that attitude. I am glad, but there is so much to do before we can even think about trying to act like we are a country worthy of any respect. (Forced respect does not count).

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 08:01 AM

4. Excellent article. k&r n/t

-Laelth

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 08:08 AM

5. today's R party needs cancelling. Into the circular file with all of em.

politicians AND trump worship cult

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 08:36 AM

6. Bury this toxicity six times sixty feet deep, 2020, 2022, and 2024.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 08:51 AM

7. KNR

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 08:59 AM

8. There are only two issues to the deplorables in my area, abortion and guns,

Two truths to consider: 1. repubs are not going to outlaw abortion because it is the "cow that gives the milk" i.e. votes.

2. liberals will not take all of your guns. they just want to insure that lunatics don't get them. Also no one
needs a military style weapon to hunt with or to defend your home.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:01 AM

9. You can be sure Republicans will suddenly want ot have extreme oversight of Biden. Hypocrites. . nt

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:02 AM

10. Ha! I've been saying the same for about 3.5 years

It's the Party of Death, Greed, Hate and Ignorance.



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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 10:17 AM

20. I've been saying it since the 1990's

when 'Movement Conservatives' embraced the Sociopathic [im]'Moral Majority' and Rush became their hero of the airwaves and led best seller lists.

They have bee callous uncaring shits forever, but these 2 events opened the floodgates for racists, neo-nazis, and all other extreme right asshats to feel like they got legitimacy.

The Repub party of today needs to be burned to the fucking ground.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:12 AM

11. K&R

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:16 AM

12. While he correct about the current GOP

He's just another never-Trumper pining for the "purity" and "ideas" of the Reagan Revolution. He's not fully connecting the dots. Maybe one day he will.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:18 AM

13. As I said in another thread, Trump is their Surtur.

Let him strike a flaming sword deep into the heart of that worthless excuse for a political party. It will be their undoing.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:27 AM

16. Haven't voted Repub in years...

Many years, in fact. Basically since Nixon.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:43 AM

17. that's what I've been saying for a while

I just hope we survive the next 60-120 days and get the shitbeast out and can start the goddamned prosecutions.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:51 AM

18. How do we know what might replace it wouldn't be worse?

Tea Party on steroids? True fascism?

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 10:02 AM

19. Ouch!!

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 01:21 PM

22. Trump's actions feel like death throes to me

Could he be doing any better at destroying the party?

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 02:32 PM

23. Let's make sure. Vote all of them out!

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 04:38 PM

24. ugh, Reagan voter

and he still clings to the belief that repukes are for limited government (except not when it involves women's bodies, I suppose).
Fuck these conservatives who act like Trump broke the party - repukes have sucked FOR DECADES

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 06:29 PM

25. GOP delenda est.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 07:06 PM

26. Time to drown in its bathtub.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #26)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 11:27 PM

28. Yup.

How no one called that out as anti-American b.s. designed to weaken our country, I don't know.

The weakening of America. Almost makes one wonder if Grover Norquist was a Russian agent, not a loyal American!

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Thu Sep 10, 2020, 09:36 PM

27. Wow, that was devastating

Brutal and true.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 07:01 AM

30. The GOP could go to hell after raygun as far as I'm concerned.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Fri Sep 11, 2020, 07:54 AM

31. Never forget Trump is not the reason Republicans are dangerous.

Once he is gone McConnell will never ever change, he was his henchman in the Senate. Tom Cotton is a fucking lunatic, never forget that either.

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