October 15, 2020

THEY WARNED US THEY WERE HIJACKING FLIGHT 93:

How Trump Sealed the GOP's Suicide (RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON,  OCTOBER 15, 2020, The Bulwark)

As president, Trump has pushed the boundaries of our constitutional democracy to achieve unprecedented executive power. Not only do his followers support this, but elected Republicans have done nothing to stop him.

The GOP is no longer about ideas like limited government, or the higher ideals of inclusiveness and an American Dream open to all. Its toxic compound of raw anger and nativist passion is, at bottom, about subjugating the demographic "other."

Before Trump, the GOP's better angels were already enfeebled. In 2016 he killed them off.

It is barely possible now to imagine the GOP had Trump been different. He came without ideology, propelled by a gift for embodying a potent but undefined populism. He might have become an agent of constructive reinvention, eschewing racism and xenophobia in favor of offering embattled middle-class and blue-collar workers genuine economic uplift. He could have reinstated fiscal responsibility by disdaining tax cuts for the wealthy. He might even have taken steps--if not to drain the swamp--at least to reform it.

But that would have required real talent, sustained attention, and a genuine interest in governance. Instead this irredeemably vicious, vacant, and narcissistic demagogue unleashed white identity politics and the endless overreach of Republican donors. This leads inexorably to the deadest of ends--a demographic death knell for his party and, for our democracy, the most grievous of wounds.

Fittingly, they're crashing in rural oblivion, killing Americans, but not impacting Washington.

Posted by at October 15, 2020 5:48 PM

  

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