Post by Paul S Person
*cough cough* Bernie and friends.
Bernie Sanders certainly has radical political views that I don't agree with.
However, he doesn't deny *scientific facts* like global warming, or the
seriousness of the novel coronavirus. He doesn't incite violence based on
lies about nonexistent election fraud.
The Democrats do have an extreme left wing, with Bernie Sanders,
Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar among others. They're a
significant force in the party, but not dominant.
On the other hand, the Republican Party now has basically driven out
all opposition within its ranks to a faction which _is_ correctly and
accurately described as deranged.
There just is no sensible conservative voice in American politics. In a
process that began with Nixon, but which had not reached this point
under Reagan or Bush, the Republican parties both of the nation and apparently
most of the states have been hijacked by frankly anti-democratic forces,
happy to seize and hold control of governments by voter suppression and
I remember reading a column once - but I don't recall much in the way of
the details - that talked about Mike Pence as Trump's 'life insurance policy',
in the sense that Mike Pence's history showed that while he wasn't a populist
like Trump, he still favored radical right policies which would be even worse.
From today's perspective, after January 6, that's hard to believe. Aside from
his courage on that day, I learned about how several of his children served
their country in the armed forces when he gave his speech on the way out.
So even if he would also be a poor choice for President for whatever reason,
and even if I can't forget that as Vice President, he did, of course, enable
Trump, I can't help but have some positive feelings in his direction.
Trump isn't "literally Hitler". Even if his family changed their name from Drumpf
to Trump, just as Hiedler was changed to Hitler, in an eerie coincidence. He
isn't even literally Mussolini, although making the United States a fascist second
fiddle to Putin does have a certain resemblance. But this seems more like history
repeating itself in the Leninist sense: compared to the tragedy of Hitler, Putin is
merely a farce, and this is also how Trump compares to Mussolini.
But that the Republican Party is now under the control of people a significant
proportion of whom are prepared to destroy democracy in the United States
of America, and turn it into a dictatorship like Jair Bolsonaro's Brazil, appears
to me to be an obvious fact. It is _not_ politics as usual any longer.
The American people need to wake up and realize this, and boot the Republicans
out into the wilderness, so that a healthy and patriotic alternative to the
Democrats can emerge to restore the balance the American political system
Unfortunately, though, the Republican Party is not so much the disease as a
symptom. The radicalism that has taken over the Republican Party appears to
be shared by a significant chunk of the electorate. Not, though, everyone who
voted for Trump, not even in 2020; having only two parties to choose from
distorts our view of the electorate.
But the party is being driven by its base among the people. And the tabloid
press - not that long ago, I saw in a Canadian supermarket a tabloid referring
to "Party Animal Obama" as "Public Enemy No. 1"... look guys, what you're
smoking may be legal in Canada, but it isn't in the U.S., even if some states seem
to think they can overrule Federal law - as well as certain wealthy individuals, and
organizations like QAnon have been doing their part to sow confusion.
The politics of hate and fear are being used in the United States by sinister
forces seeking power. That is what is unfolding before our eyes.
The other two major nuclear powers are Russia and China. If the United
States falls, liberty will soon be but a fading memory on our world. Which,
as far as we know, may be the only one inhabited by thinking beings in
the whole cosmos, even if that seems unlikely to be the actual fact.
I cannot express just how unhappy I am with this turn of events.