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Thu Feb 16, 2023, 04:07 AM Feb 2023

The Republican's Pedophilia Problem Is Much, Much Worse Than You Think [View all]

The Right is moving towards the normalization of pedophilia, and it's terrifying.



Why this matters (beyond the obvious)

“Know thy enemy.” It’s a cliché, but clichés exist for a reason. It’s essential to understand the pathologies that motivate the right (and they really are pathologies). Without that understanding, our response will never be sufficient. At best, it can be completely misdirected, at worst, there may be no response at all. A good example in recent history is that far too much of the left failed to comprehend that the right is a truly fascist movement. This lack of understanding allowed Republicans to bulldoze their way into office in the 2000 and 2016 elections despite real concerns over whether they actually won, build a violent paramilitary wing, and almost stage a successful coup in 2020.

If we had grasped, 30 or more years ago, the reality that the right had fully rejected democracy, we would have been better prepared to counter their assaults on the rule of law. Now we are faced with another growing sickness on the right. There have been hundreds of Republican pedophiles arrested. So many that the only reason the GOP has not earned the same kind of reputation as the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts is that the press seems unwilling to connect the dots, so to speak.

It’s obvious there’s a pattern of behavior, and the common denominator is the Republican Party. You will of course find pedophiles outside of the GOP. They exist in every demographic in every country. The difference is that in the last decade or so there doesn’t appear to have been any rapid concentration anywhere else. This is a problem only the right in America is experiencing, suggesting something has gone terribly wrong with their movement. It certainly explains a lot of what’s happening over there.

It cannot be repeated often enough: Every Republican accusation is a confession. If you, as a Republican, are aware of how many pedophiles are among your ranks, what better way to deflect attention from this than to very loudly smear entire groups of people as “groomers” out to sexually assault children? Trans people. Homosexuals. Teachers. All of Hollywood. Pretty much anyone you despise is a groomer and you can keep the press focused on your outrageous accusations instead of the horde of sexual deviants in your midst. For every Republican pedophile caught and arrested, there are several more still hidden. That’s an awful lot of Republicans you don't want babysitting your children. These are the people shaping the agenda of the GOP. It gets worse from here.

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