For the last 30 years, one political party has been building its brand on a delusional, deceptive mythology. Posing as the patriotic party, courting Christians, camouflaged as a strong protector of American interests and taking every opportunity to denigrate and deny their opposition any credibility, they have poisoned our national discourse.
For too long our national life has been plagued by the constant drone of GOP attacks of outright lies, innuendo and rumors, creating a fog of misinformation to obscure reality. Early in the Gingrich years, fueled by lies, an extremist bombed a government building. Gingrich attacked the Clinton administration on a lie about the Vince Foster suicide; Cheney pushed the country into an illegal war. Trump is still peddling his discredited lie about a stolen election and evading the law. Their narrative of flimsy fantasies requires a suspension of disbelief. By endless repetition of lies they batter people’s attention until the lies become accepted. Their strident speech fools their supporters into false certainty. By feigning religiosity, they capture the imaginations of the faithful who imagine a kindred partner instead of blatant manipulation.
Their followers accept fantastical notions about how Democrats hate America and democracy and embrace communism. This is from the party that keeps company with people that expect the return of long-dead JFK Jr. and fear Jewish space lasers and accept Alex Jones demented fantasies. They encourage and admire dictators by including them in their political conventions. They support a party that is willing to erode democracy by encouraging state legislatures to gain the ability to change the results of elections. They deny repeated proofs of a fair election and dismiss presidential lies and crimes, believing that their members are above the law. An insurrection based on a collective fantasy was termed “legitimate political discourse.” The claims of respect for law and order and the Constitution are belied by their actions.
The Republican tendency to turn a blind eye to outrages is one of the more chilling facets of our predicament. The ongoing climate catastrophe is ignored. Despite repeated “thousand-year” rain and drought events, their corporate sponsors dismiss concerns. Trading the human costs for profits, they abhor the cost of prevention, while ignoring the billions paid to repair damages caused by a warming world. Repeated attempts to repeal Democratic creations like the Affordable Care Act and deny healthcare to millions does not concern the party that loudly proclaims its compassion for human life. Republicans recently voted against a continuation of aid for child poverty and family leave assistance. Yet they flaunt their supposed concern for life.
The GOP continually assails mainstays of American life like Social Security and Medicare. By disregarding solutions to help people, they increase the general distaste with politics, then utilize that frustration to claim that government is unworkable. Given its history of raw ambition without any elevating principles, the Republican Party forfeits their right to govern. For our democracy’s sake they must be exposed for the fraud and corruption they embody.