"2017 was the best year for conservatives in the 30 years that I've been here," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week. "The best year on all fronts. And a lot of people were shocked because we didn't know what we were getting with Donald Trump."
The best year on all fronts. Think about that for a moment. If you want to know why congressional Republicans are opening an assault on the FBI in order to protect Trump, it can be found in that comment. This was a year in which Trump undermined the press, fired the director of the FBI, cozied up to Russia, baselessly alleged he was wiretapped, threatened to jail his political opponents, publicly humiliated his attorney general for recusing himself from an investigation, repeatedly claimed massive voter fraud against him, appointed a raft of unqualified and occasionally ridiculous candidates to key positions, mishandled the aftermath of the Puerto Rico hurricane, and threatened to use antitrust and libel laws against his enemies.
And yet McConnell surveyed the tax cuts he passed and the regulations he repealed and called this not a mixed year for his political movement, not a good year for his political movement, but the best year he'd ever seen.
How Democracies Die argues that to survive, political systems need parties who place fundamental values above immediate political or policy gain. America's democracy is currently operating without that protection. History shows that leaves us vulnerable.
Sorry Trumpsters but you're the turds in this punch bowl.
A certain amount of drift in a political party's views/platform is to be expected ove periods of time.
But the three things that have been consistent in the GOP's platform in my lifetime have been:
A. First and foremost, love, undying adulation and worship of the one true almighty God, money.
B. Obsession with a boogeyman, whether it be the Russians (LOL...not anymore!), blacks, gays, intellectuals or just plain ol' libruls.
C. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, else is negotiable under the right circumstances.
Seriously, the rate at which you guys declare your own as "RINOs" is on par with a drunk bipolar schizophrenic who accidentally took acid while snorting meth while a needle magically sticks into their arm claiming those around them are out to get them. Lately, you've been just as paranoid too.
The rate at which you guys throw Jesus and his teachings under the bus is enough to make a good Conservative blush. (But that's how you know who the good Conservatives are *wink*)
The frequency with which you defend, deny or deflect from adultery, sexual predation, lying, cheating, stealing and ACTUALLY damaging the country you so frequently claim to love is mind boggling.
In other words, the only thing consistent is money, hate and immediate political or policy gain.
All the while claiming to be the party of values.
Hey, I guess I just found another consistency-you tend to be the polar opposite of what's good and best for this country and its people.