To understand the upheaval in our country right now, we have to change our thinking. Like it or not, Republicans who believed in effective government, compromising with Democrats to serve the American people, and getting things done died years ago.
Today’s GOP has become gang of extremists, anti-government libertarians, right-wing billionaires, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and Christian zealots with Trump as the “dear leader.” Truth is what the leader says and everything, even election results, must bend to the whims of the boss.
While we’re horrified at the latest antics of an off-the-rails president, government is disintegrating, environmental protections are being rolled back, the deficit is exploding, and on and on and on.
When this nightmare ends and the cost is tallied, America will look like the “good old days” of the early 1900s. We’ll face the reality of a disintegrating federal government, a nation without healthcare, a shredded safety net, and trillion dollar deficits for decades. But never fear, if you’re already rich, you’ll be rolling in money.
How did we arrive at this point so damn quickly?
Here’s the secret: It wasn’t quick, It was slow and deliberate. For over 60 years, wealthy right-wing radicals have worked tirelessly for this moment. They planned and plotted behind closed doors, in think tanks, and small secret organizations. Their goal, regardless of who was in power in Washington, was to set the stage for the elimination of all progressive programs. period.
One of the richest radicals of our time, Charles Koch, explained his goal
“to rip government out by the root.”
Charles Koch, his brother David (who just died), and their powerful network of radicals believe that government is essentially evil. From there, it is not a stretch to want everything the government does turned over to private enterprise. That means the end of all safety net programs, all civil rights protections, all regulations on business.
Trump and today’s radical GOP agree on the basics.
- Cut taxes on the rich and handcuff the IRS.
- End most federal programs and privatize the rest.
- Reduce the safety net and end all welfare.
- Repeal healthcare reform and let the free market handle the issue.
- Make it harder to vote.
- Stop immigration and block all reform that would offer a path to citizenship.
- Oppose reproductive rights and equal rights for the LGBTQ community.
- Stack the courts with right-wing judges who will stop any progressive legislation that comes before them.
Even today, too many Americans have no clue that the GOP really believes these things. And I can understand why. The extremists have gone to great lengths to frame their ideas in sound bites. At the same time, they’ve become masters at telling half-truths and outright lies about the real-world consequences of their radical ideas.
We have a president who is unprepared, incompetent, and dangerous. The GOP is his party, in every way. Millions of Americans are figuring out that our government is controlled by anti-government fanatics, religious zealots, and libertarian billionaires.
Those of us who oppose Trump and the GOP have the winning hand to play: vote out every GOPer on the ballot starting with Donald Trump himself.
We’re in a bad spot right now.
But remember what we must do: stand up . . . stop Trump . . . save US.
Understand the Koch Brothers: http://claireconner.com/2016/03/14/kochs-selling-america-libertarian-hoax/ and this http: http://claireconner.com/2016/01/11/tearing-govt-out-at-the-root-libertarian-dream-koch-brothers-john-birch-society/
Martin Hulin says
I just finished reading “Wrapped In The Flag” and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the book. What an amazing story. Your upbringing made me cringe at times but it appears you have survived and become a well functioning adult. Apparently, the JBS attitudes have not changed over time. Instead, they have morphed and re-branded into the current political climate. Thanx for taking the time to write a compelling book and I look forward to reading your blog going forward.
I grew up in Lombard in a Catholic family that ironically embraced Bircherism that has flourished in my family to the present day and they are not even aware.
I wouldn’t be surprised your folks knew mine.
They are full on captured by fox news and have been fully radicalized.
Heart breaking…the gaslighting…..