Inform Mr. Wilson that his warning is too little, too late. His party is already a lost one which should be of no surprise to anyone. It’s what tends to happen when a political party, for decades, allows every crazed bigot, gun nut, Christian fundamentalist and fool in reach of a microphone to chip away at its core…in this case, conservatism. The day that teabaggers were given a serious say in the direction the Republican party would take, was the day that the GOP lost hold of the last remaining traces of its soul.
So bury your heads in a little deeper, wingers, and suck in those fumes you seem to love so very much…’cause when you finally come up for air, you aren’t going to like what you find.
I like this. A quote on quotes.
What is the use of quotations? They have of, course, their practical applications for after-dinner speakers or for editorialists looking to buttress their arguments. They also make marvelous filler for otherwise uninspired conversations. But the gathering of such fragments responds to a much deeper compulsion. It resonates with the timeless desire to seize on the minimal remnant — the tiniest identifiable gesture — out of which the world could, in a pinch, be reconstructed. Libraries may go under, cultures may go under, but single memorizable bits of rhyme and discourse persist over centuries.
A conservative’s call to end the madness.
Until this incarnation of the Republican party is destroyed at the polls, we live in its thrall. We have in this election an opportunity not just to re-elect a president capable of making the Grand Bargain we all need; but to punish and humiliate the most extreme, irrational, hateful version of Republicanism that now stalks the land, led by a brazen liar and fathomless cynic.
It’s an opportunity of a lifetime: to use this election to try and destroy the fundamentalist insanity that has effectively destroyed any American conservatism worthy of the name. Former Republicans, Independents and all non-fundamentalists, Christians and Jews and Muslims, have a chance to excise this metastasizing cancer from our politics.
I could imagine that at any other time in American history, Sullivan’s description of a major political party would be called an exaggeration. Not today. How else to describe a political party that…
- has based its entire agenda on increasing the wealth of the top 1 percent on the backs of a shrinking middle class and the economic welfare of an entire nation?
- preaches Christian values but promotes bigotry and intolerance at every opportunity?
- shows no concern for the health care needs of 50 million uninsured Americans while working to maximize profits for CEOs in the health care industry?
- dismisses climate science as a hoax and watches a planet die while fossil fuel industries pull in record profits?
- treat women as chattel who can be forced to give birth against her will to a baby conceived by way of rape or be forced to lie on her back as a doctor inserts a probe inside her body?
- would deny equal rights to tens of millions of Americans based on sexual orientation?
- think it proper to increase military spending by drastically cutting social programs which allow the poor to survive in difficult times?
Describing today’s Republican Party as a “metastasizing cancer” is probably the most honest thing you can say about a political party that has lost its way.