Danger of Republican Politics-as-Warfare

Danger of Republican Politics-as-Warfare

Is it the Tea Party or the nightly-news-worthy minions of gun-toting militia that is/are the most dangerous  right-wing extremists? It is neither, says the author of this article. It is, rather, the respectable “suits”  who meet behind closed doors to discuss Republican Party strategy who have the ultimate power.

(This article, although a few years old at the time of this article revision – mid-December 2017 – hasn’t lost any of its relevance now that Donald J.Trump and his band of ultra-right wing and largely very rich stalwarts have been in power for almost one year.)

They are the ones who can and have shut down the government of the United States of America, and their  belief that they and they alone know what’s best for America mark them as the real power of the Right Wing in the USA. The following excerpt is from an article about the danger of Republican politics-as-warfare.

Wake up, commentators. The most dangerous group of “right-wing extremists” today is not the grass-roots tea party. It is the financial and ideological leaders in the Republican coalition who have embraced the extremist philosophy of “politics as warfare.”

In recent days the mainstream media has been rapidly converging on a new common wisdom — a set of clichés that they will use to frame the rest of the campaign for the Republican nomination and the election of 2012. This new common wisdom portrays the intra-Republican struggle as one between more moderate and extreme wings of the party, with “pragmatic” Republican elites seeking a candidate who can beat Obama in opposition to the more “extremist” fringe elements and candidates of the grass-roots Tea Party.

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It is inevitable that the mainstream media will find this image utterly irresistible. It not only serves their personal and professional needs but also reinforces their ideological preconceptions.

The image of “Republican elites as pragmatic, the tea party fringe as extreme” suits commentators’ personal and professional needs because it allows them to be publicaly disdainful of “extremism” without ever having to actually use the term to describe any powerful and significant figure in the Republican coalition who might be in a position to retaliate. A suggestion of “extremism” directed against anyone in this latter group is a social – and possibly career-damaging – faux pas that mainstream journalists will take every imaginable step to avoid.

Re the Republican Party’s latest extremist measure…the Tax Reform bill of 2017 that would slash taxes for the super-rich…, read this from a December 2017 article in Forbes Magazine:

At this moment, why are Republicans trying to slash taxes for the wealthy? Why would someone castrate themselves and commit suicide? Because that’s what the cult demands.

There are no bright economic minds suggesting that this is a good idea. There is no difference of opinion among sane, credible people about whether America needs a massive tax cut for the rich. An effort by Republican leaders to claim support among economists devolved into unabashed lying. One of the “economists” listed as a supporter, Gil Sylvia, has yet to be identified and may not even exist. When one of the president’s minions pitched this idiotic tax plan to a panel of American CEO’s – men who will be getting fat tax cuts – they balked. In public. On camera. Director Cohn’s stunned response after soliciting their backing should be etched on the tombstone of the former Party of Lincoln, “Why aren’t the other hands up?”

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