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Dear GOP: Clean Up Your Own Damn' Mess

While it is always heartening to see a GOPpie have a moment of clarity about the state of their Party, the answer is NOT for them to seek refuge with the Democratic Party.

It's not that we're not sympathetic, if somewhat exasperated ("WTF took you so long to figure it out?" )

It's not that we don't share a deep concern for the Constitution and the democratic process in America.

It's not that we don't appreciate their new-found clarity about the hot stinky mess that the GOP has landed in after the final precipitous slide and splash in the septic pool from their long downslope over the past FIVE DECADES (see "Southern Strategy".)

It's not that we don't want to save the nation we mutually love from Russian attacks and the American treasonweasels collaborating with them.

But no, the Democratic Party does not need more conservatives, even conservatives with functional IQs, a modicum of maturity, and an actual conscience.

Those are all good things, but even so, we neither need them nor will they benefit us in our work to restore American democracy and protect our republic from Russian attacks.

Whether it's the "best system" or not, America has evolved over many decades of Constitutional republican democracy into a TWO-Party system. Our political institutions have evolved to respond to the teeter-totter (or pendulum) model, if you will.

I'm not saying it's the best system. But our best hope for returning to a stance where we have full discretion and control over our own political destiny is to return the two-Party model to a fully American-controlled system, and work from there to make improvements in the electoral and political model.

I am old enough to remember when you could count on the GOP for a few things we could use right now:

1. A deep suspicion of Russian geopolitical influence and an implacable determination to oppose it in foreign and domestic policy.

2. A strong attachment to a free trade model that builds ties across nations and markets to enable stability and a modicum of predictability in economic planning.

3. An unshakeable support for the institutional well-being of America's Rule of Law.

It's hard for me to believe those things are gone altogether from your ranks.

But if you GOPpies having your moments of clarity keep jumping off that creaking rotten vessel, instead of staying there, heaving to, and FIXING YOUR OWN DAMN' PROBLEMS, those things will be gone, indeed.

And the Democratic Party will not be able to help.

wearily,
Bright

A little suggestion for a Resistance action:

Solicit donations to buy a few thousand copies of the US Flag Code. (I believe the VFW and the American Legion have pamphlet/brochure versions available.)

Show up at MAGAt rallies and politely hand out free copies to anyone/everyone engaging in flag desecration.

Including this individual:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210855677

It's a subtle strategy, but I bet it would have some very interesting effects.

I got a certification in "Flag Etiquette" way back as a child in Campfire. I memorized Chapter 4, Title 1, Paragraph 8 of the US Code, recited it, and did a display on correct flag display.

That stuff sticks with you. It still sets my teeth on edge every time I see a tattered, dirty flag waving from a truck strut, or see some idiot in a flag garment.

We were careful, in 1976 for the Bicentennial, to ensure that our flag-themed apparel was limited to correct display references- colors, bunting-style trim, etc.

"The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing." Treat it with proper respect, do not weaponize it.

wearily,
Bright
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