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A Time of Darkness, Yes, But the Light is Getting Stronger,...

It is true that these are dark times. Never before have we had a president so dishonest, so reckless, so arrogant, so lacking in...

Two More Thoughts on Strategy for this Trump-Era Battle

In a piece here last week, I proposed that the battle against Trump should be waged with the use of well-mannered, politically legitimate provocations...

All Republican Patriots Must Choose: Party or Principle

This piece is running in newspapers in my conservative congressional district in Virginia (VA-06). ******* Winston Churchill said: “Some men change their party for the sake...

What We Need People To See: The Same Ugliness in Trump...

This piece is prompted by yesterday’s entry by 5oclockshadow, with the title “Fruits of this Poison Tree: Republicans Can No Longer Pretend They’re Not...

Challenging the Republicans, Part 1: Repudiating Trump

Earlier today, President Obama said this: "I think what's been interesting is the repeated denunciations of his statements by leading Republicans," he said in a...

How Will Last Night Help Ted Cruz Become President in 2020?

The question I find interesting, in the wake of Ted Cruz's headline-making refusal to endorse Trump as a major speaker at "Trump's Convention," is...

The Roots of the GOP’s Hateful Rhetoric Lie Deeper than Senator...

This is in response to a posting here earlier today regarding Senator Tim Kaine's speech at the National Press Club yesterday. Senator Kaine's talk shows...

The Hard Road Towards Legislative Redemption & Policy Victories

When the issue of Democratic Party strategy comes up, one of the biggest questions often is: does the Democratic Party finally dig its trench and swollen the bitter pill of sequestration in order to force the GOP into an unshakable political hole? Of course, there are as many opinions and answers as there are individuals answering this question. But two of the main answers are as follows.

One is that refusing to cave to Republican Party pressure to cut a raw deal on the sequester  is an essential policy move that will make Republicans think twice about waiting the Democratic Party out to give in to GOP demands. And there's a lot of truth to this. If the Democratic Party continuously 'caves' during the worst effects of poor policy decisions (like the sequester), then the Democratic Party has no real leverage to extract any significant policy demands from the Republican Party, like Ezra Klein points out. Yes, the Democratic Party may be saving their constituents pain in the short run, but when you give in to the demands of a mad man holding hostages, you better make sure you've neutralized the mad man (i.e., the Republican Party) in the process. Otherwise, the mad man will keep holding hostages!

Guns, Butter, and a Lot of Love

I know, let's clone Jesse Ventura and station a Ventura clone at each school across the country! Sound a little south of practical? If so, it's actually an idea with more rationale than arming "certain teachers" across the country, an idea that has been increasingly proposed by members of the Republican Party as a remedy to the recent school killings in Connecticut.[1] The logic is as follows: fight gun violence with more guns! Brilliant! If only we could use this strategy with nuclear weapons, then the world would truly be MAD!

You've got to hand it to some Republicans, they really know how to turn the improbable into the highly likely. For instance, who would have thought that any party would have been audacious enough to openly propose probing a woman's private parts? Brilliant! But the encore has been even more brilliantly mind-boggling in its utter absurdity.

The idea of putting weapons into the hands of individuals who are supposed to be seen by our country's youth as role-models to exemplify, who are professionals trained to enlighten others with the pen (not the sword), who have had little say (to my knowledge) in the matter is the same as asking Albert Einstein to strap a bomb to his chest in case the Nazi's attempt to kidnap him. The supposed solution could easily turn out to create even bigger problems than the initial quandary (i.e., armed individuals killing students).

Why Is The Government Not Working?

Did anyone seriously believe the election would end the partisan rancor, or that gridlock would melt away now that the voters have spoken?  Of course not.  It is status quo ante.... and this situation will continue for the foreseeable future, because the Republican Party has been travelling a road for 30+ years which has led them to this destination. They have left behind the practical pragmatism which created the American experiment in self-government, and made it work for over 200 years through ad hoc compromises and a willingness to abide by the results of fixed-term elections. The Republican Party is now ideologically no longer disposed to participate in a meaningful way in a congressional system based on popular free elections, one in which they are expected to cooperate with another party in governing the country, win or lose.

That pragmatic set-up has apparently run its course. It has collided with the non-negotiable demands of the modern Republican party, a party convinced it alone is possessed of the holy Truth, about which it would be a fatal mistake to compromise, if not an outright sin. To a dyed-in-the-wool Republican, all other parties are unpatriotic and have no legitimacy. That is, Republicans are no longer simply a traditional "conservative" party; they appear to be both authoritarian and more like a religious cult than a political party. Most observers have been reluctant to come right out and say it, but the truth is, the dominant faction in today's Republican Party can only be described as an American version of fascism.