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10 October 2016 @ 05:36 am
Not Just Trump  
Charles Pierce summarizes:
Do I mock? Of course, I do. The Republican Party has been edging toward this catastrophe for 40 years, ever since it let goons like the late Terry Dolan help run its senatorial campaigns in the late 1970s. Dolan led to Lee Atwater, who led to Karl Rove and, altogether, they made Donald Trump not an aberration, but a culmination. It took into itself the debris of American apartheid. It allied itself with radicalized American Protestantism. It adopted a basic political philosophy of vandalism and nihilism. When confronted with an opportunity for human decency, such as in the case of Terri Schiavo, the party opted for cruelty. When presented an opportunity for political unity, such as in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, the party opted for the despicable in domestic politics and for the barbaric overseas. When handed an opportunity to change course, such as when the deregulated casino economy nearly destroyed the world in 2008, it doubled down on the basic economic philosophy that caused the wreckage in the first place. And when it became plain that the party was on the wrong side of history, such as the movement for marriage equality, it chose to work in the states through pestiferous god-botherers like Mike Pence, whose name Kelly Ayotte will write in for president.
 
 
 
Sherwood Smithsartorias on October 10th, 2016 10:38 am (UTC)
whew that is succinct and on point.
amaebiamaebi on October 10th, 2016 08:08 pm (UTC)
+1
oxjockoxjock on October 10th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
I believe that it started when Richard Nixon conjured up the Silent Majority to support his actions. After all, silence = consent.
El Coyote Gordo: chainsawsupergee on October 10th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC)
Silence = consent is bad whether it's claimed by the state or an individual rapist.
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Elevator Angelsporsupah on October 11th, 2016 02:17 pm (UTC)
Very nicely put. Absolutely, Trump is a risible extreme, but consider all the other candidates they had, all perfectly willing to try to turn the US into a theocracy, Cruz especially, though Carson's not much further behind.

Ye gods, when the recent crop makes even Shrub look moderate..

Where from here, I wonder? I certainly don't see any evidence of any will to change toward a more reasoned, nuanced platform, other than the occasional "defector" from the current candidacy, hinting that there may yet be intelligent, reasoned Republican supporters. Will the current entity merely shamble along further still, perhaps even managing to degenerate a while yet? The Libertarians could have an opportunity, but even they seem to've been pulled along with the idiocy, given their own candidate's platform.
Violsvaladyblank on October 11th, 2016 03:22 pm (UTC)
I expect someone in the background of the Republican Party is probably assuming that after Clinton's presidency the American people will be so sick of Democrats that they'll elect literally anyone else. (Possibly hurried along by a few more manufactured scandals.)