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Fri May 12, 2017, 07:28 PM May 2017

Paul Krugman Just Accused The Entire Republican Party Of Treason [View all]


Paul Krugman Just Accused The Entire Republican Party Of Treason

By Benjamin Locke
Published on May 12, 2017

What has happened to the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt or even Ronald Reagan?

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has some answers and they are terribly disturbing for all of us who are patriotic and not among the very richest Americans.

He shows why Republicans, who for generations claimed to be the party of patriots, now refuse to consider an independent investigation of Trump and Russia despite unrefutable evidence that a foreign power is gleefully tampering with our country.

Krugman’s answer is that the 2017 Republicans are more interested in serving the desires of the rich and powerful who give them huge donations and when they lose their positions, hire them for wildly over-compensated jobs – instead of doing what is right for all Americans.

“At this point,” writes Krugman, “almost an entire party appears to have decided that potential treason in the cause of tax cuts for the wealthy is no vice. And that’s barely hyperbole.”

Krugman explains that today Republican party is nothing like the institution it was even during the Watergate crisis in the 1970s. “Then Republican members of Congress were citizens first,”‘ writes Krugman, “partisans second. But today’s G.O.P. is more like a radical, anti-democratic insurgency than a conventional political party.”

Where once Republicans opposed Democrats, adds Krugman, today they are dismissive of the legitimacy of the political opposition.

“So it’s naive to expect Republicans to join forces with Democrats to get to the bottom of the Russia scandal – even if that scandal may strike at the very roots of our national security,” writes Krugman. “Today’s Republicans just don’t cooperate with Democrats, period. They’d rather work with Vladimir Putin….In fact, some of them probably did.”

The Dailykos.com puts it bluntly: “Krugman believes that the Republican leadership’s willingness to turn a blind eye to possible treason reflects that Party’s transformation in recent decades into an organization solely dedicated to the lowering of taxes for its multi-millionaire donor base. Trump’s attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) simply provided an irresistible opportunity fo the party to fulfill that prime function.”

“Everything else – including the risk of undermining the integrity of our Constitutional government – has become secondary to that overriding imperative,” adds Dailykos.com.

Krugman drives home the point that this poisonous treason to ensure the rich get richer is not just because Trump was elected by a few electoral college votes; it is part of the transformation of the Republicans into a party that openly and blatantly favors the rich over everyone else.

“It’s time to face up to the scary reality here,” concludes Krugman. “Most people realize, I think, that Donald Trump holds basic American political values in contempt. What we need to realize is that much of his party shares that contempt.

What this means is that even if Trump were to disappear, the party that nominated and elected him president remains, and their traitorous leadership and cabal of followers will continue to hold power until the American people wake up on election day and renounce their lies, trickery, and deceptions.

Only then will the Republican party be forced to reform itself – and the democratic system can be restored to balance.

Amerian politicians from both sides of the aisle used to fight like hell during elections but then come together to do what is best for America and all its people. We either get back to that, or we all learn to say ‘yes, master Putin” in Russian.
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Most Republican were in on it! Chasstev365 May 2017 #1
Krugman is exactly right. 2018 will be the opprotunity to send this message loud and clear, and still_one May 2017 #2
We won't make it to 2018. dawn frenzy adams May 2017 #15
and how will that be done since we are the minority in Congress? still_one May 2017 #16
The answer to that may be unspeakable... defacto7 May 2017 #29
You do it through the process which is VOTING, and frankly if those self-identified progressives who still_one May 2017 #31
In practice I absolutely agree. defacto7 May 2017 #36
The question I asked was to someone else who provided an ambiguous answer, it wasn't still_one May 2017 #37
understood... defacto7 May 2017 #45
Thanks still_one May 2017 #46
There was a certain righteous smugness about the non-voting "progressives", certainly. RVN VET71 May 2017 #52
Righteous smugness, and not too bright Alice11111 May 2017 #56
The Redpublican party needs to go ProudLib72 May 2017 #3
You mean "Яepublicans" wellst0nev0ter May 2017 #35
He's right malaise May 2017 #4
Both McConnell and Ryan were involved with this Russian/Turmp coup too. Botany May 2017 #5
This. n/t ms liberty May 2017 #39
After Trump, they are the two people I would most like to see tossed out smirkymonkey May 2017 #50
What so many Repugnants fail to realize it seems is that there is no cstanleytech May 2017 #55
This is why he won't be impeached. They have to CYA. Alice11111 May 2017 #57
Trump equals Republicans; Republicans equal Trump Buns_of_Fire May 2017 #6
So I guess he's not interested in a position on the Council of Economic Advisers? Bucky May 2017 #7
The Republicans will do anything to push their agenda....... BlueJac May 2017 #8
So true. So true. lpbk2713 May 2017 #9
The Russians nuked us politically with the aid of the Reich Wing. kairos12 May 2017 #10
I am still somewhat amazed at how they get average people to vote for them, but world wide wally May 2017 #11
They own propaganda. Fox News, conserv radio sharedvalues May 2017 #14
This really is our biggest problem. Ligyron May 2017 #41
If you know activists wanting to work on this, message me here and I'll connect them sharedvalues May 2017 #44
Propaganda works. nt tblue37 May 2017 #53
OMG! 2naSalit May 2017 #12
Why read a quote of a quote? Here's Paul Krugman's original article: Towlie May 2017 #13
The Republicans are treasonous.......so vhat else is news, Bubby???? LongTomH May 2017 #17
It's just a matter of how far they'll go. mountain grammy May 2017 #18
Trump Already Knows and Performs that Last Line Erick the Read May 2017 #19
All week long bucolic_frolic May 2017 #20
Reputinistas. Republican Quislings. Traitors to America all. Zorro May 2017 #21
Agree! They_Live May 2017 #22
100% correct. I don't see any Republicans doing anything to punish Sessions. Honeycombe8 May 2017 #23
Noam Chomsky says..... zentrum May 2017 #24
KnR. Krugman was right about BushCheney, and he's right about This. nt Hekate May 2017 #25
anyone who supports trump is a traitor Marthe48 May 2017 #26
Or, per Mike Pence, country not at all. NastyRiffraff May 2017 #43
Thanks for your comment Marthe48 May 2017 #59
I posted on KRUGMAN this morning because PsychoBabble May 2017 #27
That is there normal MO, and should be a normal talking point for all opposition... rwsanders May 2017 #28
This coup has been patiently planned defacto7 May 2017 #30
'...much of his party shares that contempt.' Volaris May 2017 #32
Billionaire Trump Donor Robert Mercer and His Cabal Took a Look at Russia, panfluteman May 2017 #33
Paul Krugman has been spot on for years. This is what I have also thought is going madinmaryland May 2017 #34
Sigh* retrowire May 2017 #38
Truth hurts, doesn't it, Republicans? raven mad May 2017 #40
Yes! The luminary, Paul Krugman, publishes what we've all been saying. BlancheSplanchnik May 2017 #42
he is saying what has been obvious to many for years now. they have just become far niyad May 2017 #47
Why say possible treason? StarzGuy May 2017 #48
" Entire Republican Party Of Treason" Hayduke Bomgarte May 2017 #49
The Republican Party needs eliminated Bradical79 May 2017 #51
Somebody put up a poll saying it is the Democratic Party that is for the rich kimbutgar May 2017 #54
I sure hope Hula Popper May 2017 #58
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