Steve Haycox’s interesting commentary asks what the brand new synthesis of political ideology will probably be. I consider a pointy punctuation is critical.
For the previous 40 years, the Republican Social gathering has been shifting steadily rightward. Just like the proverbial frog not realizing the water round him has been rising to a boil, Republicans, sticking with their tribe, appear principally unaware that in comparison with historic requirements, to what’s ideologically potential, and to the remainder of the Western world, the GOP is now an extremist social gathering, not too removed from the far proper German ADF and the French Nationwide Rally. In fact Republicans accuse Democrats of being the extremists, however it’s a commonplace propaganda approach to accuse opponents of what you’re most responsible. Europeans snort at the concept that Joe Biden is a socialist or excessive leftist.
The reductio advert absurdum of America’s rightward shift has been Donald Trump, a mendacity, corrupt, inept, ignorant clown who, continuous, spews baseless claims, many accepted by a majority of Republicans, together with the social gathering’s high leaders. How do you synthesize this? How will we return to reasoned, factual evaluation, and a wholesome conservative social gathering that doesn’t pose a risk to natural and democratic life on the planet?
Ought to we elect leaders that solely inform a whole lot of lies as an alternative of Trump’s 1000’s, and elect a president who speaks to us on the seventh-grade stage as an alternative of the fourth-grade stage, as Trump does? Or possibly the GOP can agree, just like the queen in Alice in Wonderland, to solely consider unattainable issues earlier than breakfast, rejoining the reality-based world for the remainder of the day?
What the U.S. wants is a profound restructuring of the GOP, or the creation of one other social gathering that represents conservative pursuits in an clever, constructive, reality-based method.
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