Here is the party of cancellation – against the majority, climate threats, abortion, vaccination mandates and immigration plus science, intellectual freedom, health care, homosexuals, minorities and human rights vote.

So what is the use of entrenched Republican leadership? What is (and was) Trump FOR who helped ordinary people? Can anyone really sell ice cream to Icelanders, rewording the old joke? So much for the political version of Santa Claus: a sterile bag with no benefits is what the minority party is carrying around. Okay, the GOP encourages violent protests and grievances, gun sales, old-fashioned religion, unnecessary southern walls, and Trump’s autocratic control.

How does a viable political party – hell, even a mediocre cult – have no positive platform, let alone nominal goodies and deliverables? Can a gang take advantage of so much disgust with the government and then win enough seats to undermine the once-respected electoral system that bolsters it? It’s a plan I guess, but it looks like theft, sedition and bad faith. Contradictions inform the right today, like ridiculously bizarre responses to Putin, the war in Ukraine, and who is really responsible for a brutal and unwarranted invasion. Doesn’t Putin understand that it is better to “buy a country” with economic imperialism, or make it a target market, than to become a global pariah using force to overthrow an elected government?

In the past, politics was about governing, like supporting the notions of progress that the majority supported, even if the challenge was daunting. Democrats are at least trying, coercing major achievements over the past year. Granted, legislation historically produces as many mixed results as the average baseball batter, with far more hits and outs than home runs. Grand Slam, dream. Too often, the whims of unintended consequences — and flawed human nature — cause dead ends, setting up reruns next season. Judging by Trump’s time – crowded courts with extremist judges, challenged elections, monumental failures in response to Covid, unfair taxation and an open field for pollution – the results have hurt everyone’s living conditions.

A policy without promises?

Not only do I find no American example of a party refusing to promote a positive agenda (even scorning a platform, according to Trump and McConnell), but instead determined to torpedo intact and allowed abortion rights, voting, women, gay marriage, as well as the censorship of education and the weakening of Medicare and Social Security. Once upon a time, attacking opponents were like “do nothing” (or steal rights) mockery dripping with contempt. Yet isn’t that the implicit message of the GOP -“Alright, progress for the people ain’t our thing, but we deliver the bromides that Trump loves, despise the government and vilify the barbaric democratic hordes. What’s wrong with mob protests, mass shootings, fundamentalism, and no sure way to deal with unwanted pregnancies?“Trumpers align themselves with ‘geniuses’ like Putin because only strong men (yes, men) can ‘control’ the mind-bending mess of democratic systems. So right-wingers slander Biden, the predictable and low-key moderate, as a socialist/communist/satanic schemer against the purity of the white, nationalist essence.

This week, the fallen cult leader put his tough militancy on display in encouraging Putin’s invasion of a legitimate and sovereign neighbor – echoing his inciting the Jan. 6 invasion against legitimate and sovereign elections. Well, it is as if the party aspires to dictatorship seasoned with thoughtless and ignorant impulses! Republicans seek not just the undoing of Democratic government, but nihilism toward anything Democrats (and others) come up with. Their madness apes the Groucho Marx song of horse feathers, “Anyway, I’m against it!” A joke, decades later, but that of a true genius who was aptly called “Groucho”.

Aside from the increasingly silly and delusional MAGA propaganda, what deliverables are the Trump enablers and Trumpists actually promising their own base? Fewer abortion options for those who are against abortion? Even less Obamacare coverage? Fewer value-added immigrants to dilute their orderly ethnic or racial dominance? Less contempt for backward evangelical fanatics who deny the importance of knowledge, let alone evolutionary biology and the age of the earth? Opposition to the most modest financing to compensate for climate change? Rejection of scientific medicine that dares to link highly contagious pandemics to the public health of the whole nation?

How do fundamentalist heterosexual marriages improve by trashing women’s rights? Is it all about symbolism, rejecting all government action that might simply promote opportunity, human rights, or planetary health? What factual social, economic or political rights have progressed during Trump’s four years? What about broken treaties, more rudimentary tariffs, more outsourcing, preventable deaths and illnesses, and the joining of dictators?

In politics, as in sports, religion and business, your collective influence rises or falls – and even a democracy in conflict ultimately comes down to the number of votes. More plurality is better than less, routine medium-term reversals aside. Rivaled by the internal fragmentation of its party, exactly what popular gains is the right-wing gang offering to what constituency it is not already cheating?

Trust in open voting, not closed propaganda

Sure, Republicans can win house numbers, but that only delays solving real-world problems with two years of anti-governance. Regardless of the legislative proposals passed before the dreaded stalemate arrived, this undeniable truth remains: history judges political parties not by bad propaganda but by tangible changes to real people. Rather, cults and religion depend on vague intangibles: don’t expect any gains in this world, certainly not from “rigged” governments or child-eating rulers. Trust only the unseen higher powers and today’s right-wing, Teflon messiah, despite countless impending indictments from multiple prosecutors.

That millions of people don’t see through the hustler of all hustlers speaks to the American exceptionalism of the sucker — as if being duped was an Olympic event. Trump deserves a fake plastic medal for his persistence, but his one-note, no-deliverable act won’t broaden his appeal, certainly not by glorifying rogue and belligerent Putin as a genius. Winning depends not only on demonizing the enemies, but also on promising to do something real for the majority.

Still undetermined: the extent to which this cult leader will sabotage his own hijacked party’s chances in the medium term. Instead of trusting fabricated grievances, or that anyone can fool most people most of the time, I’m optimistic that enough voters can defy the odds, or even pull off the miracle of “fixing it.” the stupid” before a deviant party regains even partial power. . If politics is not at least on the surface a positive change, then what?

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