I have an answer to this question.
“So pathetic that an asshole like Trump apparently appeals to more Republicans than ‘august’ leaders like Perry, Santorum, and Cain who, incidentally, are also still being taken seriously while unmitigated failures like Jindal, Cruz, Paul, Christie, Rubio, Bush, and Walker (and Fiorina) are considered to be the ‘serious’ candidates.”
Yes, these guys and the entire slate of GOP candidates says a lot about what it means to be a Republican these days. How anyone outside the one-percenters finds common cause with them is a mystery to me.
Sharing the above on Facebook prompted this response….
I want to thank my friend for her strength and conviction, and for inspiring me to write this post.
Maybe, just maybe…
Maybe, just maybe, we can get those folks in the middle class who think they’re Republicans to wake up someday.
….people started asking themselves what it means to be a Republican today
….people shut off Fox and Limbaugh and paid more attention to organizations like Represent.Us and the work they’re doing to fight corruption
….more people decided to end their willful ignorance and consumption of right-wing propaganda they’d come to realize that people like the current slate of Republican hopefuls are not only a complete disaster from a policy and leadership perspective, they actually are a danger to America and to a modern society
….the poor, working poor, and the disappearing middle class in America who think they’re Republicans stopped voting against themselves and the rest of us when they vote for a Republican, we’d be back on top as a nation and as a society
How did it come to this?
Let’s be honest. The only reason this pathetic and laughable slate exists is because they appeal to the Republican base; a base that can be counted on to vote.
That’s why we on the left need to show up to every election; from school board and town council, to federal elections. We need to show up so that we can outvote our fellow citizens who operate under the self-inflicted delusion that they are Republicans.
I say self-inflicted because in the 21st century the only way to be as misinformed as self-professed middle class Republicans are is to be so willfully. And, that’s how Trump gets more than scorn and ridicule as a candidate. Because people are willfully misinformed and too easily manipulated.
Silence is surrender
So, maybe, just maybe, if we on the left keep speaking out loudly and forcefully we’ll see rational Republicans speak up.
Where are they? Where are the rational Republicans?
It seems reasonable to conclude they either agree with what their party has become, or they are content to hide in fear of The Base. We need to help them to find the courage to come out and criticize their party and people like Trump, Santorum, Cain, and all the rest, frankly. These candidates are complete frauds. They have only their undeniable track records of failed policies and leadership to show as their credentials to be President. All anyone need do is examine their records to know that to be true.
Take a stand
If my fellow citizens who consider themselves to be Republicans are offended by criticism like this, that isn’t my fault. If you’re offended, then I have to assume it’s because you identify with the ideology of present-day Republicanism.
If you think I’m wrong, then show me the inaccuracies. Show me the unfairness in my criticisms. Show me indisputable data from sources other than Fox, Heritage, Cato, or corporations. Defend your party and your candidates using logic and facts.
If you can’t, then you’re invited to agree with me publicly that, at a bare minimum, the obvious truth is that your party has been usurped by cretins, clowns, and charlatans like Trump, Cain, and Santorum.
Just as bad and perhaps worse is that your party is controlled more so than the Democratic Party by the kind of Big Money that is literally dangerous to people, the planet, and to the global economy.
A party which embraces people like these just can’t be taken seriously except when it comes to the ideological and political danger that present-day Republicanism represents to every socio-economic strata of our society except, of course, to the oligarchs in control.
It’s on liberals, too
We Americans on the left must stop being cowards. We must first show up on every election day for every level of office. We must proudly speak up and revel in our ability to outvote our fellow Americans in the GOP base. We must be forceful in order to inspire more Americans to come out from under their apathy to vote against candidates who would gladly turn over our entire democracy to the oligarchs who run Wall Street, corporate media, and multi-national corporations.
We liberals cannot be afraid to offend. We must raise up our voices and find the courage to point an accusatory finger at dangerous characters like these Republican candidates. Maybe it will help to wake our fellow citizens up to the truth. Maybe it won’t. Either way, it will reveal the truth.
That truth is a simple truth, and it is this: conservatism is a backward-looking and failed ideology, and the Republican Party of the early 21st century is the party in the lead when it comes to being of, by, and for the rich corporatists, not We The People.
Optimism over willful ignorance
One-half of America is willfully ignoring reality. If we on the left stay silent about that, we are just as culpable for the disappearance of the middle class and any opportunity anyone has for improving their lot in life as those who insist on voting against themselves by voting for a Republican. Any Republican.
I hope it’s clear by now that political apathy on the left is a challenge we on the left can solve. We can start to overcome that apathy by being outspoken about it.
We need to hear from more people like my friend who later added this….
I want to be optimistic like her. I want all of us to be optimistic. I think that optimism is contagious, but it must be nurtured and strengthened everyday.
That’s why I won’t stay silent. We need to inspire each other and give each other strength. That’s why I rail against conservatism, right-wing ideology, and Republican candidates who never really represented ordinary Americans and have completely stopped doing so now.
If you’re reading this, all of this applies to you, too. That is unless, of course, you’re either among the top one percent or you’re content in your role as a modern-day serf surviving off the scraps that fall from the unfettered and under-regulated corporatist’s table of trickle-down economics and failed Republican policy.