Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

2016 Postmortem

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(27,825 posts)
Tue Oct 4, 2016, 07:58 PM Oct 2016

This Cannot Be Said Often Enough ... [View all]

... passionately enough, nor forcefully enough.

Donald Trump, and the embarrassment he has caused our nation in front of the entire world, is the culmination of everything the Republican party has become: the party of bigotry, the party of destruction, and ultimately the party of the mindless.

After treating President Obama with unprecedented contempt and disrespect towards a sitting POTUS, the GOP has now gone a step further by nominating a man whose lack of character, intelligence, and moral rectitude is appallingly obvious, and whose knowledge of even the most basic responsibilities of governing a nation is virtually non-existent. In short, his nomination to the most powerful position on earth demonstrates not only the GOP’s contempt for the office itself, but for the citizens who would be subjected to the dire consequences of someone of Trump’s apparent failings holding that office.

For decades, the Republicans have fomented hatred. They have encouraged their fellow citizens to see Muslims as terrorists, immigrants as the thieves of American jobs, minorities as inferior, and the poor as conniving moochers looking for handouts they don’t deserve.

The GOP spent years laying the foundation – brick by brick, stone by stone – of distrust, divisiveness, and bigotry, and have successfully built the structure in which we now find ourselves: a house so divided, it cannot possibly stand under their rule. They have urged their constituents to be ill-at-ease, as well as being ill-informed. They have promoted the idea that education is for the elite rather than for the masses; they have preached the gospel that science is contrary to God’s word; they have praised stupidity as being the natural order.

We now see the culmination of those efforts in the candidacy of Donald Trump. He is the epitome of everything the Republican party has inspired in its adherents.

Is it any wonder that the deliberately dumbed-down see him as the saviour who will deliver them from the inherent evils of fairness, equality, justice, compassion, morality, and a sense of unity among all Americans?

Is it a surprise to anyone that a man who openly wears his bigotry as a badge of honour would be seen as a hero by those who have been encouraged by their party to embrace their own bigotry?

Is it a shock to anyone that the misogynists, the xenophobes, the homophobes, and those looking to blame their own inadequacies on others would flock to a man who literally tells them that they have a right to their anger, and shouldn’t hesitate to turn to violence in order to take back what is rightfully theirs?

Over the past few months, we have seen the fruits of the GOP’s labours. We have witnessed so-called Christian leaders hailing Trump as a model of the teachings of Christ. We have seen so-called moral leaders in the Republican party singing the praises of a man whose business morals are on par with the worst criminals who lie, cheat, and steal their way to monetary success, and whose personal morals are equivalent to those of the lowest-of-the-low, anything-for-a-buck back-alley whore.

We have seen the seeds of bigotry, hatred, and a call-to-violence not only sown, but have watched them carefully nurtured by a party that has absolutely nothing to offer but more of the same.

This is on you, Republicans. This humiliating disaster is yours, and yours alone. This idiot you have profferred as your ideal candidate is the ultimate poster boy for your party’s depraved indifference to our nation’s fate, and your complete disdain for every ideal our country stands for.

Your hypocrisy, your ignorance, your stupidity, and your desire to divide Americans one from the other have been noted – and will not be forgotten. You are everything true patriots abhor, everything that honest people want to rid themselves of, everything that real Americans want to see eliminated and ultimately destroyed.

Trump is your baby – you conceived him, you birthed him, you nurtured him. You taught him, you encouraged him, you created him in your own image.

And now you can live with him. If he leads to your destruction as a political party – which, by the way, seems probable – you can spend what days are left to you looking in the mirror, asking how and why it all went so terribly wrong.

There is no denying what you have wrought; there is no coming back from what you have unleashed. There are no excuses for your hypocrisy; there are no reasons for your behaviour acceptable to intelligent human beings.

You ARE what you are, and always have been - and now the whole world knows it, because there is no place left to hide.

62 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
My dear Nance, you should submit this amazing essay to every newspaper in the USA. CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2016 #1
Agree! protect our future Oct 2016 #8
Agree also... Hachetman Oct 2016 #49
I also agree!!! BlancheSplanchnik Oct 2016 #12
Agree TryLogic Oct 2016 #24
Please consider this suggestion! LTTE's everywhere! n/t archiemo Oct 2016 #25
Absolutely agree! It's too important. FailureToCommunicate Oct 2016 #56
I agree. n/t monmouth4 Oct 2016 #2
Brilliant writing! redstateblues Oct 2016 #3
I wish Kaine could get this entire rant in tonight. Mamajami Oct 2016 #4
k and r...great essay..great post Stuart G Oct 2016 #5
A great statement Nance. Recommended. panader0 Oct 2016 #6
Uh-HUH!!!! calimary Oct 2016 #7
Yes. sheshe2 Oct 2016 #9
Facts Bob Loblaw Oct 2016 #10
I am upset that the GOP has inspired in me such a level of dislike for them that I am ... Yonnie3 Oct 2016 #11
My only regret is that I cannot recommend this more than once. nt Rex Oct 2016 #13
K&R +100 Greywing Oct 2016 #14
...... paleotn Oct 2016 #15
But, don't they bill themselves as "The Party of Lincoln"? George II Oct 2016 #16
Lincoln would volstork Oct 2016 #33
K&R mcar Oct 2016 #17
It's ironic that as Repub voters claim to love rugged individualism... Beartracks Oct 2016 #18
They don't love rugged individualism, they don't even know what it means The Genealogist Oct 2016 #27
hear, hear NanceGreggs ailsagirl Oct 2016 #19
Very True Marc2010 Oct 2016 #20
Yes, and do ALL of you remember a Republican member of Congress calling OUR president BigDemVoter Oct 2016 #21
We ALL remember. NanceGreggs Oct 2016 #22
Amazing piece! herding cats Oct 2016 #23
Righteous, Nance - thank you! hatrack Oct 2016 #26
Superb piece! But you left out ONE thing! lastlib Oct 2016 #28
Repubs need to read this, not DUers. MadDAsHell Oct 2016 #29
All attempts to unite us as Americans ... NanceGreggs Oct 2016 #31
"The Democrats see our unity as a strength - the Republicans see it as a threat." volstork Oct 2016 #34
I hope I'm wrong, but if I was a betting person, I'd say 1 year from now... MadDAsHell Oct 2016 #54
Great article, truthful and needs to be said over and over. Democrats will do the RNC a great Thinkingabout Oct 2016 #30
There is no doubt in my mind ... NanceGreggs Oct 2016 #35
Yes, I hate to think about the Trump presidency results, Hillary will save us from Trump. Thinkingabout Oct 2016 #36
Right on the money again, Nance. However... world wide wally Oct 2016 #32
And it won't. NanceGreggs Oct 2016 #38
K&R Gothmog Oct 2016 #37
Excellent! Turin_C3PO Oct 2016 #39
K&R ismnotwasm Oct 2016 #40
Bada Bing The Wizard Oct 2016 #41
I could be wrong ... NanceGreggs Oct 2016 #42
Not bested, just augmented. The Wizard Oct 2016 #43
K&R stage left Oct 2016 #44
K&R! DemonGoddess Oct 2016 #45
The GOP they built THAT! LittleGirl Oct 2016 #46
Beautiful classykaren Oct 2016 #47
Spot on, Nance! mnhtnbb Oct 2016 #48
Well said. nt oasis Oct 2016 #50
k and r --and, please, as others have said, ltte's everywhere. niyad Oct 2016 #51
One of your best, Nance NastyRiffraff Oct 2016 #52
EXACTLY!!!!!!!! But they will never admit this. Fast Walker 52 Oct 2016 #53
Rec #200 Coyotl Oct 2016 #55
Very accurate article. jon31433 Oct 2016 #57
Bravo!!! McCamy Taylor Oct 2016 #58
Nancy, can I submit your letter to my local newspaper under your name?? Jack-o-Lantern Oct 2016 #59
Yes, of course. NanceGreggs Oct 2016 #61
K & R Scurrilous Oct 2016 #60
K&R betsuni Oct 2016 #62
Latest Discussions»Retired Forums»2016 Postmortem»This Cannot Be Said Often...»Reply #0