People are now committed more to their political tribes than the truth… the only thing more dangerous than dishonest politicians who have no respect for the law is a chorus of enablers who defend their every lie.
The problem with smart people, particularly smart progressives, is that their mix of intelligence and sensibility requires them to believe that tribalism isn’t to be managed or harnessed but, rather, overcome.
Beginning with the Gingrich radicals who took over the House in 1994, the modern Republican party has been willing to exploit the constitution’s design flaws and the constitutional order’s reliance on informal understandings between political actors to sabotage the functioning of Congress, destroy the Obama presidency, and seize vastly more power than the American people would otherwise have granted it.
Ronald Reagan knew about tariffs: “I have been around long enough to remember when we did that once before in this century… We lived through a nightmare,” Reagan, who came of age during the Great Depression, said in 1984.
A Neo-Nazi Holocaust denier is set to become the Republican nominee for a congressional seat in Illinois.
One GOP leader said this is “a national embarrassment for Republicans.”
In some sense, President Trump is just doing what Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan did before him, aided by Republicans in Congress. Both swore to balance the budget or to bring down the debt. Instead, both signed legislation that increased deficits, primarily through tax cuts and increased military spending.
“The US is alone among developed countries in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance, they do not provide rights that guard against dying of hunger, dying from a lack of access to affordable healthcare, or growing up in a context of total deprivation.”
Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, and in doing so, took off their masks and revealed to the world their true nature: that they only care about corporations and the wealthy, and that despite their repeated campaign promises to help the middle class and the poor, they never had any intentions of fulfilling those empty words that stir so many citizens to cast a vote against their own interests.
Congressional Republicans have argued that the tax overhaul will launch so much economic growth that it will generate additional revenue, allowing cuts to pay for themselves. But the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said that it would not generate the kind of growth needed to pay for itself, and indeed, recent estimates from the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation found that both the House and Senate versions of a tax overhaul would add around $1.4 trillion in debt in order to pay for the tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.
The Republican’s policies are now so far removed from the promises and statements they make, that it is astonishing that anyone still believes in their lies and votes Republican at all, with the exception of the wealthiest 1% of the nation, whom those polices favor.
The fact is that Roy Moore is very much who the Republicans are. He is representative of a fanatical splinter of American Protestantism that has accounted for a great deal of the success enjoyed by modern conservatism and the Republican Party for over four decades, and there always has been dark sin at the heart of that success.
Trump has exploited divisions for his own gain. Icons such as Ronald Reagan—with his optimism and geniality—have been supplanted by the dark, erratic narcissism of Donald Trump.
If Reagan were alive, he would hardly recognize his party—or the walls it had erected.
As the estimates continue to mount, predicting how many people will lose their insurance with the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it starts to become clear: The Republicans must simply hate average Americans.
Don’t be fooled by Trump’s and Republican promises to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. They could repeal it, but they can’t and won’t replace it.
They’ve tried for years to come up with a replacement that keeps at least as many people covered. Their “replacement” never appears.
So why do Republicans want to repeal Obamacare and leave millions without insurance? Because it would mean a huge tax windfall for the wealthy.