Republicans have a lot to atone for from these last 7 years.
As the piece linked below points out, some of that atonement is necessary for some of the ugliest aspects of human behavior which, it seems, have become de rigueur in some quarters of the GOP in 2016.
I’m sad to say we’re unlikely to hear or see any of that today, but there’s always hope.
It seems impossible to come to any other conclusion other than the Republican Party has become the party of racists……and bigots……and homophobes…….and Islamaphobes……..and misogynists…….and, it seems, of all forms of hate for “the others.”
I am NOT saying that all Republicans are any one of or all of these things. What I am saying is what I’ve said before; people who identify as one or all of these vile types of creatures very probably call themselves a Republican.
If you aren’t one of the above, then this does not apply to you personally, so please don’t take it personally. And since you’re not one of these vile creatures, the only thing I may be left to ask is what the hell you’re doing in the Republican Party surrounded by so many of these haters?
By now everyone knows about the KKK, David Duke, and Trump. You can’t make this shit up, and it’s becoming increasingly clear which Party has earned the above labels.
I live in Southwestern PA. Some things have changed in 50+ years. Some haven’t. In too many ways, this is still the state that James Carville described as, “Pittsburgh and Philadelphia with Alabama in between.”
Sadly, yes, you can still hear white trash – and occasionally the not-so-trashy whites – using the N word as casually – and sometimes as hatefully – as if they lived in the Antebellum South. One doesn’t hear it as often as I did when I was growing up, but you can still hear it today and often from the very same people who used it then……and now from their progeny.
Those of you reading this who live in more progressive parts of the country might also be surprised to learn that seeing the Confederate battle flag on a flagpole in a yard or on a pickup truck in rural Pennsylvania isn’t as uncommon as you might think it ought to be in 2016. How to explain that? Well, clearly, this state wasn’t in the Confederacy. No matter what anyone might claim in their defense, there can be one and only one reason anyone in Pennsylvania displays any symbols of the Confederacy. Racism.
Which brings me to my one criticism of the piece and of my fellow liberals generally.
I find myself progressively more and more agitated with liberals who insist on softening and blunting what should be razor sharp edges that cut precisely and deeply.
Case in point: the phrase, “McConnell and his pranksters.”
Pranksters? Pranksters?!?!? Seriously?!? Pranksters?!?!?
These aren’t children throwing snowballs from behind the bushes or wrapping your hedges in toilet paper at Halloween!
These people are racists!
My feeling is that to call them pranksters is an insult to the reader’s intelligence and to every African American who has ever lived in this still-racist country. Post-racial America? Give me a break.
Racism is back on full display in arrogant and unapologetic ways; from McConnell and the Republicans in Congress for how obstructionist they have been the last 7 years, to now the GOP leadership in the Senate boldly proclaiming they’ll refuse any SCOTUS nomination, to now Donald Trump – the front-runner for the Republican nomination – seemingly unable to immediately muster the courage or the humanity to unequivocally condemn David Duke and his endorsement.
John Oliver’s take down of #Drumpf is masterful.
These people aren’t pranksters. And, spare me the hollow arguments about differences of opinion in policy or ideology. For all his faults – and they are many – this president inherited an absolute fucking shit storm from a Republican President and, until 2007, a Republican Congress. By every measure, things are better now than they were in 2008 when he took office.
So, in addition to all the policy and ideological differences that exist, let’s not sugarcoat what the GOP has become. The politicians who call themselves Republicans are willingly throwing their lot in with the party that has earned the label of hateful, dangerous, and contemptible racists.
They must go.
That, my friends, rests squarely in our hands on this #SuperTuesday and come November.