Dec. 14, 2017 By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.
COUNTDOWN: I report today, with a totally unpleasant nausea in my gut, that a most irritating 1,134 days are still left in this increasingly autocratic and exclusive administration’s term in office…
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
– Sir John Dalberg-Acton –
It has been in the making for a long time now, but with the near-election of Republican-supported, accused pedophile Roy Moore two days ago to the U,S, Senate from the state of Alabama, the once-great party of Lincoln has all but ceased to exist. Sure, they still call themselves the Republican Party, but they do not resemble even one bit Republicans I have known since my earliest days near the end of the Eisenhower administration. Exen worse, they do not at all resemble the party that elected Lincoln back in 1860! They have increasingly shifted further and further rightward, to the point where they have now all but fallen off of the political table. Prudence and caution have been replaced by impulsive recklessness, nativistic jingoism, and pseudo-evangelism. All I can say to this is a very disgusted “good riddance!”
Most regrettably, the former Grand Old Party has devolved into the party of Grey Old Pedophiles with their support for, and near-election of, the apalling Moore. Many Alabama Republicans, and even a number of prominent national ones, all chose to support an accused pedophile (who not only preyed on teenage girls when he was in his 30s and was actually banned from entering a shopping mall in his town for it) over a very well-qualified Democratic prosecutor. Apparently gone is the Republican Party’s concern for upholding solid moral values – it has been, woefully, replaced by upholding its own Grip On Power instead! The fools who saw it preferable to support a sexual deviant over his well-qualified opponent – just because he was a Democrat – shows that many of these people were ignorant, but also lax on morality themselves! The G.O.P. has sunken from a party of high ideals dedicated to the principle that all are created equal to a devious group of greedy, wealthy, bought-out, unprincipled billionaires who lust for nearly total power and absolute freedom to plunder our economy with total impunity. Led by Presi-dunce Donald Chump and the odious, hateful Steve Bannon, the Republicans have ceded the moral high ground to their opponents.
Our 16th (and first Republican) President must surely be spinning in his grave at the speed of light with the awful realization of how greedy and power-obsessed (plus how utterly morally bankrupt) this party has become!
Today at the helm of the modern Republican Party sits a completely ignorant, self-absorbed, and unimaginative buffoon who is obsessed with trivial matters and eradicating all of what he believes are his political opponents. Presi-dunce Donald Chump simply is not capable of grasping the awesome complexities of his job, and instead chooses to waste time on his cell phone lashing out at a wide variety of his perceived enemies, from the press to sports figures to the dictator of a small Asian country to the FBI to opposition Democrats to even members of his own Republican Party! He is obsessive and also a pathological liar who employs brazen lies as tools of his policy (or lack thereof). Both his immediate underlings and supporters lie as well, as do many of his cabinet members and key figures in his congressional Republican majority. His National Security Advisor lied to both the Vice President and the FBI and was forced to resign after only 24 days on the job!
Chump and his Speaker of the House Paul RUIN (Ryan) lied massively to the public by presenting, and then passing, a tax cut bill (primarily for the benefit of their wealthy donors) which they said was a “tax reform package.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell happily joined in with this lie, which will cause a whoppingly unsustainable $1.4 TRILLION deficit over the next 10 years! Such a move would have been unthinkable by Republicans in prior times, but today has come to fruition in this current decadent age of Chump. One by one, members of this bought-out party have followed their leadership like the blind leading the blind right off a proverbial political cliff.
The fact is, Republicans don’t really serve any useful purpose for anybody but their wealthy donors anymore. Flush with billionaire-supplied funds, they have gradually but very definitely taken control not only of the federal government, but also a majority of governorships and state legislatures throughout the nation. They have waged a very sneaky, yet successful, war of attrition against their Democratic opponents over the past few decades, ruthlessly employing dirty tactics like voter suppression, phony and misleading videos, and corporate-sponsored lying TV ads to subtly shape public opinion against their foes and actually tricking voters into voting for candidates who will pass legislation against the actual best interests of many of them. They slickly sell illusion and avoid fact, all so that they will win seats to grab and then maintain power and control. In the process, many of the needs and wishes of minorities, women, millenials, students, the elderly, the handicapped, and workers are either ignored altogether or remain largely unmet.
To be sure, in this deplorably decadent age of Chumpism, a record number of anti-reactionary activists have sprung into being and are making their presence felt. With the unexpected victory in the Alabama senate race, many Democrats are finally getting the courage to stand up to Chump and his hatemonger Bannon. Many have chosen to successfully run for political office and have won, not only in Alabama, but also in other Republican enclaves like Georgia, Virginia, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. That is tremendously encouraging! A serious challenge to the economic dominance of today’s Republicans and their corporations is being made, spearheaded by groups like Move to Amend, which advocates getting money OUT of politics altogether by instituting publicly-financed elections. I strongly support these movements as they are truly progressive and inclusive in nature.
The “party of Lincoln” was a noble dream at its outset, but it has failed through repeated interference from billionaire-funded PACs and special interests. It has become, now more than ever before, a party which has stopped caring for average working people. Yes, Chump and Bannon both deservedly took it on the chin in Alabama, but neither they nor their misguided billionaire backers will disappear overnight. Once we have succeeded in lessening, if not eliminating, the unfair advantage billionaires have enjoyed by effectively buying off politicians – and I believe strongly that our efforts WILL BE successful – it will mean a very needed farewell to this oncegreat – but now corrupted – so called “party of Lincoln”!
DEMOCRATS: You have also lost your luster to many by being bought-off by wealthy elitists, corporatists, and special interests, although at a slightly lesser rate than have the Republicans. If you really expect to ever gain back the peominence you once enjoyed from the 1930s through the 1970s, you had better begin to once more strongly support WORKERS’ rights and WOMEN’S rights, as well as those of the poor and minorities. Make it a point to rescue the shrinking middle class by strongly rejecting Trumpism, courting rather than rejecting the religious community, and firmly demanding fair pay and firm respect for women and ALL workers! Then and only then will you successfully banish the reactionary CON-servative Republicans to the ash heap of history where they belong!
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