Donald Trump is a symptom of a fatal disease afflicting the GOP

The Republican Party has a major problem and it is not Donald Trump. He is a symptom of the problem. His successful candidacy to date is telling. The problem is rampant racism and xenophobia. Trump has been demonizing Mexicans, Muslims and immigrants in his campaign speeches and favorably retweeting comments by neo-Nazis. Although he disavowed an endorsement last week by David Duke, a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Clan (KKK), he did not disavow an endorsement by the organization. Instead, he claimed that he did not know anything about it and would have to do some research before deciding what to do about the endorsement.

Trump’s derogatory comments elicit thundering cheers rather than boos. This feature of his campaign speeches reminds me of Adolph Hitler who rose to power in Germany in the early 1930s by demonizing Jews and minorities. The formula is simple. Blame the nation’s troubles on a minority group and promise to solve the problem by rooting out its cause. Hitler rounded up 6 million Jews, confined them in concentration camps, and externinated them in gas chambers. Trump has promised to round up 11 million illegal Mexican immigrants and deport them.

Encouraged by Richard Nixon in the early 1970s, the Republicans embraced southern racist democrats outraged by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights act of 1965 and the SCOTUS decision in Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate public schools. Over time the racists morphed into the Tea Party and took over the Republican Party. Then they commenced a great cleansing of the party by requiring Republican candidates to sign a loyalty oath adhering to Republican principles opposing abortion and same sex marriage.

Today’s Republican Party represents right wing extremist views and we see those views expressed enthusiastically at every Trump campaign appearance. This is frightening.

Mitt Romney spoke out against Trump yesterday afternoon urging Republicans not to support him. He warned Republicans to vote for other Republican candidates. Unfortunately, that suggestion would only treat the symptom, not the disease.

10 Responses to Donald Trump is a symptom of a fatal disease afflicting the GOP

  1. bettykath says:

    We have been heading toward the Hitler moment for some time. We have already done a number of invasions, i.e. declarations of war without calling it that, without Congressional discussion or approval. The empire is growing. Now Europe’s being overrun with the refugees coming from countries that we have decimated, either directly or through proxies. Expect more destablizing of those countries.

    Consider Cruz’s comments after winning a primary: “To God be the Glory”. What’s the Islamic translation? Those words that the Republicans hate so much?

    Cruz is a hateful person as well with views much like those of Scalia. Rubio is an intellectual and ethical light weight. Kucich is the only one who is somewhere near sane and his politics are hurtful to “the people” but great for the oligarchs.

    Hillary is the oligarchs’ champ who considered Wall Street her constituency instead of the people of New York while in the Senate. She is their whore. She is a serious hawk who jokes about the US murdering a sitting head of state.

    That leaves Bernie and Dr. Jill Stein (there are other candidates but I’m not familiar with them or their platforms). I’d like to see Bernie as the candidate for the Dems, but the “party” is lined up against him. I think some are afraid that Hillary will get the nomination and punish them if they openly support Bernie. If Bernie wins enough delegates from the states and a few significant super-delegates, there may be movement from some of the super-delegates to him.

    btw, Hitler didn’t just go for the Jews. He wanted to eliminate all “undesireables”, e.g. the mentally impaired, the gypsies, the homosexuals, and any who disagreed with him.

    • bettykath says:

      There is more about the “family values” of the Republicans. It seems that both Rubio and Kacich (how do you spell his name, I’m not interested enough to look it up but you know who I’m talking about) are closet homosexuals who have married and have kids. I have no problem with a homosexual in any position for which he/she is qualified, but I have a big problem with the hypocrisy of pretending otherwise and supporting anti-gay rhetoric and legislation.

      • I agree. Homosexuality has never bothered me. Hypocrisy about it does bother me.

        During my readings, I have come across some references to Rubio, but nothing about Kacich. Issues they may or may not have with their respective spouses are none of my business.

        I have always sneered at ‘family values’ because I have an extremely low opinion of families. My own experience was dismal and I did not begin to learn how to fit in and enjoy myself until after I left home. Specifically, I was an only child who was physically, sexually, emotionally and psychologically abused. Took many years to work through that and forgive.

        I had to unlearn a lot of bad ideas before I could make any progress.

  2. Just to clarify, the origins of the Republican Southern Strategy may really go back to the election of 1964,
    when Barry Goldwater, even while being beaten in a landslide by President Lyndon Johnson, carried the five
    states of the Deep South, as well as his home State of Arizona. This was a reversal of the “Solid South”
    allegiance to the Democratic Party, with Goldwater’s opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 attracting
    support from the same Dixiecrats who had supported a segregationist Democrat or Dixiecrat like Strom Thurmond
    in 1948.

    Behind the earlier Democratic “Solid South” were the antislavery origins of the Republican Party, and the
    role of its “Radical Reconstructionist” members in supporting antislavery and civil rights measures in the
    years following the Civil War (1865-1877), a stage of the “party of Lincoln” that largely ended with the
    Compromise of 1877, where President Hayes was selected President by the House of Representatives in return
    for agreeing to end the presence of federal troops in the South, and thus any practical barriers to Jim Crow.
    It was the end of legal Jim Crow, clearly heralded by the passage of the Civil Rights Act under Democratic
    President Johnson, that led to Goldwater’s victory in the new “Solid South,” and the future potential for
    exploitation of this trend by likeminded Republicans.

    Kevin Phillips published in 1968 a book, The Emerging Republican Majority, that helped to define the
    Southern Strategy, together with an interview he gave in 1970 basically writing off most of the Black vote.
    Another side of this strategy was resistance to measures against de facto segregation, with the struggle in
    Boston in 1974 over school busing as one example of the kind of conflict that could be politically exploited.

    So it’s curious how, in one of the most devastating defeats in the political history of the USA, Barry
    Goldwater’s carrying of the Deep South may have led to the Southern Strategy that we’re discussing.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_strategy

  3. Two sides to a story says:

    PS – Romney is the pot calling the kettle black. Hilarious.

  4. On the plus side, at least this phenomena is exposed to the light. Hopefully for healing and not to be simply driven underground again.

  5. “Today’s Republican Party represents right wing extremist views and we see those views expressed enthusiastically at every Trump campaign appearance. This is frightening.” Truer words were never spoken.

  6. Malisha says:

    Trump is not just a symptom of the Repugnican disease; he is a symbol of the Repugnican wrongheadedness. Every single Repugnican is guilty of Trump. He is their creation. There is probably no way our country can survive his loathsome contagion.

    • Two sides to a story says:

      I love what Stephen King tweeted – “Conservatives who for 8 years sowed the dragon’s teeth of partisan politics are horrified to discover they have grown an actual dragon.”

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