There will be no return to normal, healthy politics until the Republican Party has been thoroughly defeated, and either reformed or replaced. Such a realignment is hard to imagine in the near term, and almost impossible to achieve without some very worrying political disruptions. In the meantime, “nice” political figures like Gillespie are on the wrong side of a nasty moral divide.
Our window for containing the rage stirred up by this administration is closing and it is impossible to predict who will end up in its crosshairs.
The most dangerous threat to peace and stability in the world is the president of the United States. That threat is about to reach a critical stage.
New political parties will not emerge from Washington. They will begin in our neighborhoods or they won’t begin at all.
Tilting at windmills is much easier than constructing them.
In white collar crime, it’s always the cover-up that sends people to prison. Kushner, of all people, should understand that.
We find ourselves in an unusual situation, one in which our President’s sexual assaults, perjury, housing discrimination, mafia ties, fraud, unapologetic insults to combat veterans, his seemingly endless string of business failures, and his round the clock, effortless and even pointless lying all merge into a distracting static. What would be impeachable ethical lapses in any normal administration are reduced here to distractions. It is of paramount importance that we discover who owns this horrible troll in the White House and neutralize their influence over our government.
The problem is that Nixon’s Southern Strategy mostly flopped. By some measures he was less successful in the South than Goldwater had been and the Republicans made few inroads there farther down the ticket. The flight of the Dixiecrats didn’t materialize in serious numbers at the local level until the late ’80’s. Something else was at work here to turn the South red.
Poles of partisan alignment have been scrambled by a rare event, something unprecedented in our history. One of those three parties just completed a decades-long shift in its affiliation and it will take time for our system to establish a new equilibrium. This journey toward a redefinition of political parties has no certain endpoint, no roadmap, and no promise of a happy ending.
Scour the scriptures. Read them backward and forward, upside down and sideways. You will not find one prohibition on abortion, a practice as old as civilization, maybe older. Meanwhile, you can drop a Bible open to a random page and likely find a scathing passage condemning those who turn away refugees, strangers, the poor, the needy. Jesus was pretty explicit about the kind of matters that defined good and evil. Almost nothing in the present-day Republican Platform falls on Jesus’ good side.