According to The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent:
But what’s more interesting is the defense of this bigotry evolving in some dark corners of the right. It was neatly expressed in Greene’s appearance this week on Stephen K. Bannon’s podcast, in which she expressly endorsed Boebert’s anti-Muslim slurs and ripped Mace for criticizing them.
“We are not the fringe,” Greene said, by way of rebutting Mace. “We are the base of the party.”
The sad thing is MTG is probably correct that she and Boebert share the views of most of the Republican base.
It also looks like Hillary Rodham Clinton was right:
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.” [emphasis added]
Ironically, Hillary probably underestimated the proportion of Trump’s supporters who were the “deplorables.” 🤦♀️
Sargent points out that right-wing members of Congress like Boebert, MTG and Louie Gohmert are basically saying:
Don’t tell us to apologize for our anti-Muslim slurs. After all, we speak for the great mass of voters who make up the GOP base! [emphasis added]
During the Jim Crow era, most white people in the US held very racist views and in the South, most were fully in support of Jim Crow. Just because a lot of people believe something, doesn’t make it right. That’s the “bandwagon fallacy.”
A true statesman/stateswoman does what is right--not what is popular. If we hadn’t had politicians willing to stand up to the racist majority, we would never have passed any civil rights legislation.
Unfortunately, the GQP seems to be working hard to primary any Republican with a conscience. I fear for our nation if they succeed and gain both the white house and Congress in the future.
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1. Trump calls CNN "the enemy of the people."
Cesar Sayoc sends pipe bombs to CNN.
2. Trump tweets about "anarchists and agitators."
Kyle Rittenhouse kills two people in Kenosha.
3. Trump tweets "LIBERATE MICHIGAN."
Six men try to kidnap the Governor of Michigan.
But of course there’s more:
4. Trump says there is a caravan invasion coming.
Patrick Crusius grabs a gun, drives to El Paso and kills 23 people, quotes Trump in his manifesto.
Donald J. Trump is a stochastic terrorist. And here are FIFTY-FOUR (54!!) more examples:
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This is a good article by historian Claire Bond Potter about how Saint Ronny’s gospel of the evils of government social programs has created a situation where Americans are “sicker, less educated, and poorer than the citizens of most other industrialized” nations. Here are some excerpts from the article.
Other industrialized nations provide a far more robust safety net than the one we have and even the one Mr. Biden proposed. Yet Republicans and at least one Democrat insist that such social welfare spending endangers the nation’s fiscal and moral health.
How did we get to a point that doing less for Americans is a virtue, and comprehensive social welfare a privilege?
It goes back to Jan. 20, 1981. On that cold, windy day, Ronald Reagan, who had scoffed at mythical female welfare cheats on the campaign trail. [....]
In his inaugural speech, he linked government itself to national decline. The economic crisis of the 1970s, he declared, was “proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government.” Social programs were wasteful. Worse, they lured families into dependence. [....]
It was an idea that became an American ethic, with staying power through Republican and Democratic administrations alike. Attacks on social programs portrayed poverty as a moral failure and exploited racist stereotypes to mischaracterize social welfare as a magnet for criminal, failed and indolent Americans. [....]
Under Mr. Reagan, conservatives were finally able to begin dismantling the New Deal state and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society. In 1981 and 1982, Mr. Reagan made more than $22 billion in cuts to social welfare programs, including federal student loans and the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act. [....]
The federal deficit grew anyway, as Mr. Reagan cut taxes and accelerated military spending. Inheriting a national debt of about $995 billion, he nearly tripled it. But conservative activists still cheered.
In fact, Mr. Reagan’s welfare reforms just made the poor poorer. [....]
Democrats were complicit. In 1992, although he would try (but fail) to pass national health care, Bill Clinton promised to “end welfare as we know it.” [....]
Progressive Democrats did only marginally better. In 2012, Republicans accused President Barack Obama of unwinding decades of welfare-to-work provisions, with a new system of waivers, work requirements and block grants that states had to follow. [....]
Today the poverty rate hovers around 11 percent, about where it was in 1973, and economic insecurity now envelops the working poor and middle class. [....]
Left to fend for themselves in poorly regulated markets, by default, working Americans do care for themselves — often on credit. Medical debt was recently pegged at $140 billion and student loans at over $1.7 trillion. Thirteen million workers have more than one job.
Americans work hard, but in the United States it costs money even to go to work. Child care, if parents can find it, can cost more than a mortgage payment. Elder care? Even more. Despite the Affordable Care Act, 28 million Americans are left uninsured. [....]
Thus Reagan-era bromides are alive and well, even in the Democratic Party.... Some of [Senator Joe Manchin’s] comments continue to perpetuate the myth that comprehensive social welfare programs are a national moral hazard. [....]
Ten years ago, Americans were already sicker, less educated and poorer than the citizens of most other industrialized country. This year an estimated 18 million Americans said that they still could not afford a drug prescribed by their physician. Health care providers and patients juggle catastrophic expenses from Covid-19. [....]
The myths of American individualism planted and nurtured under Mr. Reagan continue to cost us dearly as a nation. “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” he insisted in that first inaugural.
The time is long overdue to reverse that equation.
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