Where Oh Where Are The Real “Conservatives”?

“Gore Vidal, one of America’s best chroniclers of empire, once provided instruction to a British interviewer expressing confusion over the radical hostility Republicans showed toward Barack Obama, and the former president’s inability to react with equal aggression: “Obama believes the Republican Party is a political party when in fact it’s a mindset, like Hitler Youth, based on hatred — religious hatred, racial hatred. When you foreigners hear the word ‘conservative’ you think of kindly old men hunting foxes. They’re not, they’re fascists.”

That mindset is set to devour everything in its path.  Its leader is clearly an authoritarian, a narcissist of first rank who having attained power is determined to keep it at any cost including the destruction of American democracy.  He has no qualms about calling out the Proud Boys against his “enemies”.

And enemies are what Democrats (or anyone else opposing him are) or liberals are.  His wannabee S.A. storm troopers carry an unnatural hatred of the “left” which our Great Leader incites and encourages with his dog whistles and constant tweets to the masses.

The president’s refusal to reject white supremacist movements elicited almost no clear condemnation from Republican commentators in the immediate aftermath of the debate. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Black Republican in the Senate (and one of only two in Congress), made a lame excuse, pathetically speculating that Trump “misspoke,” and the few Republican members of Congress who “spoke out” against Trump’s dangerous remarks equivocated by drawing comparisons to Antifa, the right wing’s favorite phantom hallucination.

Of course the media continued to fail to call the President, Republicans and their cult like supporters of these authoritarian tendencies what they are – .neo-fascists.  Our country looks like Weimar with a “leader”, the Frei Corps and storm trooper wannabees carrying the latest – a Trump flag.

It’s certainly true that Republican officials are afraid of the bloodlust of the Trump cult. But it is also true, and more important to recognize, that Trump’s hatred for democracy — which critics and commentators view as a liability is largely an asset for his supporters.   Many Republicans holding national office , along with the voters who applaud Trump’s every act of cruelty, are glad to see him waging war on a system designed to give representation and power to a diverse group of citizens.

“If Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr, and their enablers in Congress can succeed in subverting the presidential election, and “making America great again” by enshrining the minority rule of white Christians, the average Republican will celebrate. There is no other reasonable conclusion to draw from the fact that between 80 and 90 percent of Republicans approve of Trump’s performance in office.”

The Republican Party offers nothing to the American people. They have no policy agenda. Despite Trump’s meaningless and inane boasting of nonexistent “plans,” they articulate no agenda to address the converging crises of American life.

“An American without health insurance, or who pays a high monthly premium for inadequate coverage, can expect nothing from the Republican Party. Working parents who cannot afford child care and have no disposable income after paying each month’s bills can expect nothing from the Republican Party. A young college graduate unable to qualify for a mortgage because he has tens of thousands of dollars in student debt can expect nothing from the Republican Party. Poor children suffering through hunger and struggling to learn basic skills in a dysfunctional school can expect nothing from the Republican Party.”

Finally, no one on planet Earth can expect anything from a Republican Party that is still in denial about climate change, even as it threatens to end all livable ecology within the next hundred years.  Absent from the Republican Convention was the mention or anything which might remotely assist people to live better lives.

Only white Republicans are “real Americans,” screaming the word “Freedom!” at rallies under a sea of flags.  The Trump and McConnell-led GOP is more extreme, more authoritarian and more hostile toward democracy than any right leading party with significant  power  in other free societies, even as anti-immigrant nationalist parties gain popularity in Italy, France and other European countries.

The Republican Party gave up and abandoned any notion of “conservative” politics in favor of a cult of personality and and a fascist power grab.  Trump couldn’t debate Joe Biden because there was nothing to debate.  The GOP has no policies – only the Leader’s.  And he has no policy other than to maintain his power for the next decade.   So he threw a tantrum like a 3rd grader.

Reality is now this dystopian world where pandemic and authoritarian abyss roll into one; Orwell and Sinclair Lewis combined.  “Amid the virus the architecture of fascist politics has resurfaced with a vengeance.  Surveillance technologies proliferate, armed militia defend groups refusing to wear protective masks, conspiracy theories originate or are legitimated by President Trump, right-wing federal judges are confirmed by a right-wing Senate at breakneck speed in order to destroy civil liberties. Republican politicians and Fox media pundits use vitriolic language against almost anyone who criticizes Trump’s destructive policies, including Democratic governors and liberal and progressive members of the press and media.”

These acts should remind us that fascism begins with language, the suppression of critical ideas, the undermining of institutions that support them, and finally with the elimination of groups considered undesirable and disposable.

Four weeks from tomorrow is Election Day. The ownership class of billionaires does not want the masses to vote.  Nor do they want them to have a voice in government.  Only the propertied class should run things.  The rest of us should be uneducated worker bees living from paycheck to paycheck with no safety net.  Its a  sure way to keep us working.   The ownership class wants no unions.  Every worker should be at the mercy of the bosses. Each year he or she will work harder and do more for less.

So to keep the vote down the GOP attacks the integrity of the electoral system, the postal service, undermines mail in voting, closes polls.  And why hold election day on a Tuesday in November.  What’s the matter with a weekend Saturday and Sunday?

In Pennsylvania the GOP controlled legislature has gone so far as to ban the counting of mail in votes before election day almost guaranteeing that the state won’t be called for either candidate on election night if the vote is close.  Why not count the mail in votes as they come in?  Florida does.

You know why.

Our fearless leader came out of his hospital suite for a ride by so his followers could wave.  He put his security team of Secret Service agents in danger as they had to ride in the same car with him.  He put their health at risk for a moment of political theater.

It is something one might expect from Kim Jong-un.

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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3 Responses to Where Oh Where Are The Real “Conservatives”?

  1. beetleypete says:

    You summed it all up better than any ‘pundit’ on the news. And Gore Vidal was dead right. ‘Conservative’ doesn’t mean the same thing in Britain.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

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