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July 27, 2017

R.I.P. G.O.P. Part 2

As far as I am concerned the entire Republican Party has gone RINO (Republican in name only). The ideological base of the party has been captured by a cadre of very rich people who not only do not like democracy, they are actively working so that there shall be less of it.

Members of this ruling cadre aren’t conservatives, nor are they liberals. Basically they are capitalists. Their ideology harkens back to the time in our past in which southern slave holders, the major ones anyway, saw democracy as an infringement on their “freedom,” their freedom to own people and profit from them and their “freedom” to do with their money only that of which they approve. The ability for the unwashed “majority” to pass taxes, which were seen as illegal confiscations of property by these ideologues, all the way up to determining whether slavery was allowed was just unacceptable. The only acceptable solution was to allow capitalism to lead us where it may. Consequently, these people are opposed to “collective action” on the part of, well, anyone but themselves.

And, now they are in charge.

If you think I am referring to Donald Trump, think again. As I have stated before, Donald Trump does not possess the intellectual horsepower to wage such a campaign. Mr. Trump is just a distraction, one that allows cover for the real work being done, so he does serve their purpose, as do all of the bought and paid for politicians.

I miss the old GOP, the real GOP as it were. They were stodgy types, mired in the status quo, but they had their points. They were in favor of local control of things like schools and whatnot. The current Whatever Party is not in favor of local control of anything. In states in which the Whatever Party is in control, statewide legislation is being enacted at a furious clip, legislation that bans local minimum wages, local control of schools, local control of fracking efforts, you name it. Anything that concentrates power in the hands of a few is good with them, as they control the few.

The real GOP was in favor of democracy. The Whatever Party is not. They are against unworthy people (non-white, non-rich types) voting, so they are moving on broad fronts to restrict the ability of citizens to cast votes. If they could bring back the poll tax, one of their previous efforts, or literacy requirements, they would.

The old GOP was in favor of responsible business practices. The Whatever Party is in favor of the ability of business to scam their customers unfettered and in favor of a ban on bilked customers suing such companies collectively. (Collectivism bad, Hulk smash!) They are acting on the removal of a federal rule that forbade mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts (mandatory arbitration = no suing), for example.

The old GOP was in favor of institutional processes, the Whatever Party is in favor of corners being cut whenever it is to their benefit. Need a healthcare bill? Go into a closet and write one (Step 1), don’t show it to anyone before demanding an up-or-down vote on it (Step 2). Committee hearings? Public hearings? Requests for expert or general comment? Pssht, who needs that stuff?

It is a measure of how bad things really are that someone like me misses the old GOP. If the plutocrats behind this “movement” keep pushing their agenda, the only solution is going to be torches and pitchforks and that is the road to banana republic status for this country.

Sad.

If you want to learn more, read the book “Democracy in Chains.” Think about that title and the slaveholder roots of this ideology.

8 Comments »

  1. I am reading the book now. Very scary, but it explains exactly what is happening now. Thank you for your excellent post.

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    Comment by Sylvia — July 27, 2017 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  2. Having your own dedicated mass media outlet/s helps.

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    Comment by john zande — July 27, 2017 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  3. Unless my 70 year old brain has gone and quit on me, I seem to recall that back some decades ago, the Republican party, the party Mr. Ruis misses, was anti-war. Yep, they were non-interventionists! Where, oh where are they now? Dead and gone, sadly forgotten by the RINOS who now rule over the decaying corpse of that once honorable party. Of course the Democratic party is hardly a faint shadow of what it once was as well.
    Both houses of congress (I refuse to use a capital “c” for that gang until there are more than a small few of honest members in each of the two houses) have sold themselves to the highest bidders. I agree that the Donald is just a distraction. Fun and games, not even bread and circuses, to keep the masses fat, dumb, and clueless.
    I came a bit late to this politics stuff, after my enlistment in the USMC was over, it was off to work and busting my butt to finish my apprenticeship. Didn’t have the time to follow politics much until 1979. Dad despised Ronnie of Raygun like I never saw him despise anybody else, ever. He told me how ‘saint’ Ronnie had screwed California when he was governor. Ronnie won the 1980 election on a Tuesday evening, Dad dies the Saturday afternoon of the same week. My late wife and I said that Ronnie had killed Dad. Ronnie was nothing but a RINO. Oh, a final comment (poke at Ronnie) in the movie he made with the chimp, the chimp was THE star actor.
    The heat index here today is 108 degrees F at 4:50PM, as I write this. I suppose my sarcasm goes up with the heat index. Should have stayed in SoCal, at least the heat there was/is dry heat.

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    Comment by davidambrose66 — July 27, 2017 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

    • SoCal hasn’t been what you might call cool of late. My former state has been hot as a griddle.

      The GOP was the Party of Lincoln and embarrassingly still refers to itself as such. It was Nixon who signed the EPA into existence. Yep, there was a time when the GOP stood for something other than Wealthcare. Not so today.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 28, 2017 @ 7:49 am | Reply

      • Steve, I have never been “that” into politics until Obama ran and, of course, during the recent election and the hi-jinks of the current administration. So I’m curious. Have the Repugs always catered to the rich and famous? Or did they at one time actually care about the little guy?

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        Comment by Nan — July 28, 2017 @ 11:10 am | Reply

        • There was a saying of old that if a young person weren’t a liberal, he didn’t have a heart, and when he got older, if he weren’t a conservative, he didn’t have a brain. The rich have never had difficulty finding people to do their bidding. Repubs were more pro-business and Dems more pro-people, but the watershed came in the mid 1960’s when the Dems passed the Voting Rights Act (empowering the very people the plutocrats did not want empowered (the poor)). At that point in time a great many southern racist pols were Dems (the GOP was the party of Lincoln, who freed the you know who’s), but in the blink of an eye, they all became GOPers. The GOP became more and more anti-democracy from that point in time. The big push to the present state started in the 1970’s and has been of later orchestrated by the Koch brothers.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — July 28, 2017 @ 11:36 am | Reply

          • Thanks. I guess if you have a heart and a brain the only choice is “Independent.” 😉

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            Comment by Nan — July 28, 2017 @ 11:39 am | Reply

            • LOL! As Groucho Marks said with regard to a club which was openly antisemitic, “I would not belong to a club that would have me as a member.”

              Strangely we get to determine whether we are a member of those clubs. There are no dues, no initiation, no oath we have to swear, just declare and we are in. By doing that we get to choose which candidates get to run for President! Amazing! We let those parties run our elections!

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