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The Republican Party Is Out To Destroy The USA


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This is a great article for any Liberal that wants to read it. The entire article is densly packed with devastating fact and opinion about the present-day Republican Party.   Below are just two short excerpts.

 

https://politicsmeanspolitics.com/its-come-to-this-the-republican-party-is-evil-e63b7d7fb2c8

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It’s come to this: the Republican Party is evil.

 

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If you call yourself a Republican or a conservative, I’d like you to stop for a moment and look around.

Turn off Fox News.

Turn off AM radio.

Close you internet browser.

Now, please, thinking rationally, take a look at where you are.

You support a party that justifies sexual assault: now for the second time in as many years. First it was for President. Now it’s for a Senate seat.

The justification itself is horrifying, but it’s nothing new. This has become the standard play of today’s Republican Party: if you don’t like the news, just pretend it isn’t real. Fake news — some conspiracy by the liberal media or a dirty trick paid for by George Soros.

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But the truth is just the opposite.

For what does today’s Republican Party stand for?

  • Taking healthcare away from millions of people in order to give tax cuts to the rich and powerful.
  • Increasing the national debt and raising taxes on those in the lower and middle class — including college students — to give tax cuts to billionaires and multinational corporations.
  • Ensuring criminals, domestic abusers, terrorists, and the mentally ill have access to high powered assault rifles.
  • Selling off public lands — including national parks — so they can be destroyed by mining and oil companies.
  • Filling state and federal agencies — including our courts — with partisan hacks, industry insiders, and lobbyists friendly to the businesses they’re supposed to be regulating.
  • Preventing Americans— especially poor and colored people — from being able to vote.
  • Trying to cover up Russian interference in our election and obstructing our own justice department, specifically the FBI and Robert Mueller from investigating what happened.
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The link appears to be unsafe, but the contents you posted are true.

 

The mechanism by which they get elected seem to be:

1. Promise very religious people that you will give them judges to oppose abortion and the rights of homosexuals. Then deliver on those promises.

2. Engage in the old standby racist dog-whistles, but also include Mexicans and Arabs and Iranians.

3. Sow distrust of government by denigrating the various arms of government. This is done by exaggerating any shortcomings, while ignoring the good they do; possibly also casting the good they do as unearned entitlements for despised racial groups.

4. Continue the strategy of "starving the beast", giving tax cuts and increasing debt, which will inevitably make Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance and Social Security untenable.

5. Gerrymandering to win elections where the above strategies haven't produced majorities.

 

This has a predictable and planned result: rule by the rich, plutocracy that gives lip service to theocracy, while pretending democracy. 

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Destroying.

 

From the Native Americans' point of view, the Europeans were pretty destructive. From the Europeans' point of view, they built a great society.

 

When gentrification happens, one group is destroyed, another grows.

 

The Republicans' plan is simple: plutocracy. a restoration of the norm of human history before the abnormal experiment of democracy was set up in 1789, plutocracy.

 

They'd like to destroy democracy, and leave most in poverty if not kill many who they don't need. But doing that to them is not destruction, it's the creation of the plutocracy where they are in charge. It's victory, it's a good thing from their view.

They aren't even really aware or plotting it for the most part. They're simply pursuing more for themselves because that's what they know. They generally aren't even thinking about the

effect they cause and the society they're moving to. They're just cutting checks to hire people to get them more. To get power, and pass more things to give them more.

 

As they get their way, most could call it destroying, but not them. The founding fathers didn't think democracy could last. And it pretty much hasn't.

 

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3 hours ago, Craig234 said:

They aren't even really aware or plotting it for the most part. They're simply pursuing more for themselves because that's what they know. They generally aren't even thinking about the

effect they cause and the society they're moving to. They're just cutting checks to hire people to get them more. To get power, and pass more things to give them more.

 

As they get their way, most could call it destroying, but not them. The founding fathers didn't think democracy could last. And it pretty much hasn't.

 

Oh but many of them are very aware how reprehensible their ambitions are.  Why else is there so much "dark money" donated to Right Wing causes promoting income inequality.  If they weren't ashamed, on some level, they would donate openly; even proudly.

 

Yes, a portion of the very rich are actively trying to reverse history and restore the kind of economic imbalances that once prevailed, universally.  But many are also aware of historical social progress and have mixed feelings.  A large percentage of the 1% does not even actively participate in widening the income gap but passively allow it to happen because their welfare is unaffected.

 

3 hours ago, Craig234 said:

As they get their way, most could call it destroying, but not them.

 

Many of them might not call it destroying.  Some undoubtedly would.  But all of them certainly recognize the term in relation to income inequality, when they see it.  Because at this time in history, a large Middle Class has already been created.  And can be destroyed, economically.

 

Before the European Enlightenment, there was only a tiny Middle Class of artisans and traders.  Prior to the Enlightenment, there was no Liberal body of literature by great thinkers like John Locke, Adam Smith, de Montesquieu, Diderot or Rousseau.  Many of the Super Rich might want to destroy the Middle Class and reign supreme, but they can't ignore that the genie is already out of the bottle.

 

 

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44 minutes ago, bludog said:

 

Oh but many of them are very aware how reprehensible their ambitions are.  Why else is there so much "dark money" donated to Right Wing causes promoting income inequality.  If they weren't ashamed, on some level, they would donate openly; even proudly.

 

Yes, a portion of the very rich are actively trying to reverse history and restore the kind of economic imbalances that once prevailed, universally.  But many are also aware of historical social progress and have mixed feelings.  A large percentage of the 1% does not even actively participate in widening the income gap but passively allow it to happen because their welfare is unaffected.

 

 

Many of them might not call it destroying.  Some undoubtedly would.  But all of them certainly recognize the term in relation to income inequality, when they see it.  Because at this time in history, a large Middle Class has already been created.  And can be destroyed, economically.

 

Before the European Enlightenment, there was only a tiny Middle Class of artisans and traders.  Prior to the Enlightenment, there was no Liberal body of literature by great thinkers like John Locke, Adam Smith, de Montesquieu, Diderot or Rousseau.  Many of the Super Rich might want to destroy the Middle Class and reign supreme, but they can't ignore that the genie is already out of the bottle.

 

 

 

My point is a subtle one. They donate dark money because it's more effective for them. What my point is, is that I think these people are locked into just fighting the battle rather than realizing what they're actually causing.

 

It's like taking someone who is yelling to support Republican cuts to healthcare being faced with a family who will lose healthcare and having to face, 'well, I wasn't trying to hurt THEM'. It's a sort of blindness people have in these battles.


There's a big gap between wealthy donors simply cutting checks to support a 'side' that is 'for them', and the actual effects that causes and the harm. They often are simply deluded by their ignorance - they don't think about the issues. They just like to 'win' more for themselves.

This is a reason why democratic processes include public hearings, for decision makers to look the people in the face and be reminded of the effects of the policies that look so good on a piece of paper. 'The people' are largely an abstraction for so many of these policymakers - and a lot of them are sociopaths, like trump and I'd bet Grover Norquist.

 

For example, I'm pretty sure Norquist thinks a lot more in terms of his 'great success' at almost every Republican signing his pledge, than the harm it causes.

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52 minutes ago, bludog said:

 

Before the European Enlightenment, there was only a tiny Middle Class of artisans and traders.  Prior to the Enlightenment, there was no Liberal body of literature by great thinkers like John Locke, Adam Smith, de Montesquieu, Diderot or Rousseau.  Many of the Super Rich might want to destroy the Middle Class and reign supreme, but they can't ignore that the genie is already out of the bottle.

 

 

The power of the 'super rich' before the Enlightenment was different in important ways than it is today. You could even go back to the days of Rome, when the emperor had to be in fear that any day, the people could simply walk in and kill him after overpowering a few guards, encouraging them to provide lots of 'bread and circuses'.

 

Then, there was a gradual process of democratization - spiking with the beheadings of the kings of England and France - today, we are REDUCING democracy with a variety of means, some never seen before such as the mass corporate media, as inequality continues to increase to record levels.

 

Indeed we are on the road to a new, anti-democratic tyranny, and the genie being out of the bottle won't matter. Back then, those writers could have an effect; today, there are billions spent to create and spread propaganda for the other side that the 'super wealthy' in the enlightenment did not have.

 

It's rather remarkable some of the similarities, between when Rome moved from more democratic to the emperors, while maintaining a pretense of democracy, just as we have moved to an oligarchy where money determines elections and we maintain a pretense of democracy.

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29 minutes ago, Craig234 said:

My point is a subtle one. They donate dark money because it's more effective for them. What my point is, is that I think these people are locked into just fighting the battle rather than realizing what they're actually causing.

 

It's like taking someone who is yelling to support Republican cuts to healthcare being faced with a family who will lose healthcare and having to face, 'well, I wasn't trying to hurt THEM'. It's a sort of blindness people have in these battles.

 

Even saying 'well, I wasn't trying to hurt THEM', might not be heartfelt, but just an excuse.

 

Mental health professionals observations tend to bear out the idea that sociopaths are represented in the Super Rich by a larger percent than in the general population.  And many surely consider only the perceived benefit to themselves and couldn't care less about the harm their actions cause elsewhere. 

 

4 hours ago, Craig234 said:

The founding fathers didn't think democracy could last. And it pretty much hasn't.

 

More direct democracy implemented by parliamentary systems instead of our 'Republic' seems to work better. 

 

Measured by economic equality, we may be descending into a new dark age in America.  But the legacy of the enlightenment is large numbers of Liberals, liberal thinkers, writers and commentators, extant in our nation.  Some are included even in the very rich.  For that reason, it may be hard for Plutocracy to progress much further without serious push-back from the population.

 

What has been encouraging to me, is the general outcry on public media, that the Republican tax plan is a give-away to the very rich  ...  Comes very close to criticizing the growing wealth gap.  You hear it even in venues where the wealth gap was a forbidden subject before this.

 

34 minutes ago, Craig234 said:

Indeed we are on the road to a new, anti-democratic tyranny, and the genie being out of the bottle won't matter. Back then, those writers could have an effect; today, there are billions spent to create and spread propaganda for the other side that the 'super wealthy' in the enlightenment did not have.

 

Sophisticated new propaganda techniques and more widespread dissemination, on the airwaves, is the most powerful tool Plutocracy possesses.  It can be bought so Liberal advocates are unlikely to match it with present technology.   Large numbers of intelligent people have succumbed to political fiction ....  So much that they are willing to sacrifice the well-being and futures of their loved ones to perceived causes that actually affect their lives very little.

 

On the positive side, not enough people have been swayed to enable Republicans to control government without cheating bigtime:---  Gerrymandering ....  Flipping results on voting machines ....  Dirty tricks like giving likely Democratic voters false times and locations ....  Retaining a relic Electoral College.  And in a new twist;  Enlisting the help of foreign governments to sway our elections.

 

Although it has not worked on everyone, by a long shot, it's been "brainwashing" on a mass scale.  And it is the greatest cause for pessimism about the future of the great majority in our land.

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8 hours ago, laripu said:

The link appears to be unsafe, but the contents you posted are true.

 

Sorry about that laripu.  My Norton protection service, usually very reliable, didn't provide a warning at the time I copied and pasted the material.

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8 hours ago, bludog said:

On the positive side, not enough people have been swayed to enable Republicans to control government without cheating bigtime:---  Gerrymandering ....  Flipping results on voting machines ....  Dirty tricks like giving likely Democratic voters false times and locations ....  Retaining a relic Electoral College.  And in a new twist;  Enlisting the help of foreign governments to sway our elections.

 

Although this could be seen as a encouraging in one respect, the negative part is that they ARE cheating, big time, and getting away with it.  And this is just one more way the Republican Party is successfully thwarting Representative Government in the USA.

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What is unquestionably needed in Washington is politicians who will work hard at solving issues regarding healthcare, education, the reduction of fossil fuels, the reduction of nuclear arms everywhere, inequality, a way to bring undocumented long-term illegal immigrants out of the shadows.

What we get from the Republican Party now today is the opposite. They have used venal politics to divide the people. They have called climate change fake news. They have time and time again focused only on tax policy that is geared to enrich the richest people in the land. 

They use fear, saying that the National Dept is going to rob future generations, meanwhile, they employ a tax plan that will only add more debt. And while it's not true that the National Dept is so bad, and that in fact, the economy is better today than it has been in a decade or more, there are many important things that do need to be done policy wise. Yet, they do nothing to help. 

There are problems in many cities in the way police treat black youth. There are cities where there is no economic hope, where there are too many gangs and people who are caught up in violent streets where the murder rates by guns are incredibly high. This is a major issue if you live in certain parts of the South or West side of Chicago for instance where small kids are gunned down by spraying bullets from gangs, and it's the same in certain parts of LA. And the problem is way past something any police force on its own can solve. 

 

What about college. What about the high cost, and compare that to forty years ago when someone could get a good job right out of high school. Today you need more, and many are forced to borrow into long-term debt and then they still can't find a good job. 

 

You tell people to fend for themselves, and then they try to fend for themselves and then they still can't find a way towards the so-called American Dream. What kind of message is it you send? 

 

And with all the technology, and all the great advances in science that we have made, this is where we are heading. And it is shameful! 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/08/starving-polar-bear-arctic-climate-change-video

 

Peace!

 

 

 

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