As Shocked As Republican Commentators On TV Seem, Donald Trump Is Nothing New For The GOP

Thom plus logo The Republican convention's first day was filled with sturm und drang, warnings and fear, hysteria and demagoguery. And what were they so concerned about?

The largest fear seems to be that Black people would move into the suburbs, with Black Senator Cory Booker telling them which white houses to take over.

Right behind that was the terror that the Democrats would raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires, and use the money to pay for healthcare for low-income people. Especially low-income Black people.

Finally, speakers at the Republican convention repeatedly pointed to the violence Trump intentionally provoked in Portland as a warning about future violence in our cities. Although the majority of Portland protesters were white, the message from the Republican speakers was that Black people are going to burn down our cities, just like when Roger Stone was advising Richard Nixon back in the day.

Sadly, most of the media is treating Trump and the weird show of supplicants and family members last night, as if he were some sort of aberration. In reality, Donald Trump is the logical endpoint of the Republican Party that started, in the Nixon and Reagan years, embracing racialized fear, irrational hatred, and a strategy of pitting Americans against each other.

From Nixon's "silent majority" and "war on drugs" to Reagan's first speech as a presidential candidate near the Mississippi site were three civil rights workers were murdered as he warned an all white crowd about the urgency of "state's rights," the GOP under Donald Trump is fundamentally no different than it has been for the last 60 years.

As much as anti-Trump Republicans on TV like to complain that Trump and his followers have gone over the top, the simple reality is that they are really offended that he is explaining the Republican agenda in simple English.

He's making it clear that "law and order" means keeping down minorities and suppressing dissent, while promoting a police state mentality among law enforcement.

He has explained how "voter fraud" means, in reality, "We have to keep Democrats from voting!"

He has come right out and said that balanced budgets are irrelevant and the only "small" part of "small government" that he cares about are those parts of government to protect Americans from corporate predators.

He has openly called for the destruction of Social Security within the next three years, and his party continues to promote that idea.

The good news is that Americans are waking up to the scam the Republican party has run on them for the last three generations. The bad news is that a third of Americans still buy it.

The survival and future vitality of democracy in this country no rests in the hands of an awakened public. Will our republic survive? Or will we be thrown into the dystopian hellscape that Richard Nixon described and Ronald Reagan begin putting into law?

-Thom

Comments

DrRichard 1 year 7 weeks ago
#1

No surprise, Trump has been channeling Nixon for some time now. Biden and Harris occasionally sound just slightly like JFK, so the election has subtle echoes of the 1960 race. May it end the same way.

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-Richard 1 year 7 weeks ago
#2

No, it can't end the same way, because Trump won't accept a close election defeat, especially if there is any question about vote counting. No, we need a repeat of the election 4 years later, with an overwhelmeing defeat of Trump. In 1964 it was 61% for LBJ to 38% for Goldwater. But still, no guarantees for the next election!

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RepubliCult 1 year 7 weeks ago
#3

Thank you for continuing to point out that Trump IS of the same ideological and policy raw materials as Reagan and Nixon. All roads from Reagan lead to Trump. They are inseparable. The hatred, the failed ideas, epic disasters and coverups spring from the same well of greed, selfishness, hair brained crazed ideas, anger, and fear from the Reagan years. The behavior of the Trump White House, McConnell Senate, and Roberts SCOTUS are the burgeoning infection in America of Reagan's "Government Is The Problem'' ideological failure.

NO, instead “The Problem is Republican Government”, “The Problem is conservative Government." Republicans and conservatives have proven they can't govern, don't know how to govern, and do not want to govern: Republicans and conservatives only want to Rule.

Republicans & conservatives do not believe in, never had a plan for, & will always oppose:

Healthcare for all, raising the minimum wage, universal voter rights, abolishing the electoral college, higher taxes on high incomes and corporations, infrastructure spending, strengthening Social Security, Medicare, the USPS, EPA and CPA, ending Citizens United, ending corporate welfare, effective gun control, unrigging the process of Supreme Court Justice hiring and retiring, fighting climate change, strong environment and safety regulations, public education, ending systemic racism and police brutality, any immigration plan, leading the free world, leading the entire world towards genuine Democracy and universal human rights, and Everything Else in the Democratic agenda. Conservatives' only “solutions” to absolutely every American affliction are tax cuts for the wealthy, and privatization of government.

Beware of the "Biden Republicans"!!! They ONLY want Trump removed because he has exposed the grand failure of conservative ideology, and damaged the Republican brand. Once Trump is gone, they will be in hyper-spin mode to rebirth conservative ideology while erasing ties to Trump. They are already trying to stake out posts throughout the main stream media from which to push that effort. Tune in to MSNBC any hour of the day and hear and see for yourself the pundits and anchors from the Bush and Reagan years. Some are already trying to push the "need to debate the size of government."

And: Beware of the conservatives in the federal courts.

They are poised to reject any Democratic legislation.

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stopgap 1 year 7 weeks ago
#4

Wow! I see Melania dusted off the mothballs of her great grandmothers Third Reich uniform, sans armbands, to speak at the Chumps For Trump Convention tonight.

Look out Melania! It looked like Donny J was getting hot drooling over his aryan goddess standing in front a worlds record number of flags in one shot. Sprechen sie deutsch? Expect a knock on your bedroom door tonight. Might wanna have a convenient headache. Does Donny like to do it doggie style so he can continue to soak in the adulation from Fox News?

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alis volat 1 year 7 weeks ago
#5

What fresh hell will they loose in the next 5 months?

They had the balls to refer to the pandemic in the past-tense tonight. We will be rid of this pestilence and the Administration eventually. Oh Happy Day! Then let the healing begin.

I still can't believe I am unable to travel and much of the world pities us...how humiliating.

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whatabout 1 year 7 weeks ago
#6

Wow, a rare moment of sanity from the Denver city council.

Denver City Council Votes Against 'Peace Force' Proposal

"The Denver City Council—which had recently been presented with a bill that would create wide-sweeping change to the structure of that city's police department—has voted to reject the proposal.

According to CBS News, the council voted 11-1 to suspend a proposal that aims to replace the Denver Police Department with a "peace force."

Only the bill's sponsor—Councilwoman Candi Cedebaca—voted in favor."

Side note:

Candi CdeBaca is the Councilor for the 9th district of the Denver City Council. She is a member of the Democratic Party and the Democratic Socialists of America. Need I say more?

MagnusReputo 1 year 7 weeks ago
#7

Regarding automation, robots benefit the robot owners not the workers. There is no mechanism to distribute the increase in profits. The same was true for slavery. It mostly benefited the slave holders, not as much the poor southern farmer who went to war for the south to preserve the way of life of the rich plantation owners.

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vetinla 1 year 7 weeks ago
#8

Our debate SHOULD be, the huge class war being waged against the working classes, disguised as racism. Not that racism isn't happening, but it's happening within the class war, which is paramount.

Raising Wages for the "under classes" NEEDS to occur for any segment of society to advance.

THAT means Raising the minimum wage and a jobs program are critical.

There is NO better way to empower the poor than that. Everything in the U$A moves according to economics, and THAT"S where reforms should begin, along with ENFORCING existing rules.

"Rules and regulations never changed a man's heart, but they can restrain the heartless."

MLK..

Empower the poor, a jobs program, and a minium wage increase are an emperative..

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avn013 1 year 7 weeks ago
#9

Thom, thanks for the historical perspective. Although, the future is always ahead, taking some time off from the present to contemplate about the past is good advice for the next step. Secondarily, thanks for avoiding using names wherever possible. In my reading this reinforces your argument that the Republican party (independently of specific POTUS, VPOTUS, Senators, MPs) for the last 2-3 generations (approx. 60 years) has been following a path that keeps directing (all of) US further and further away from our basic values of Liberty, Justice for All and the pursuit of Hapiness in a nation united (as much as an extended family of free women and men sharing common values should be). Your approach highlights the need for the republican prty to make a U-turn to go back to its first principles, not that different from the above, and look for another (new) path that maybe leading there. I agree that the republican various "-omics" applied in recent years, even if initially well intended, have failed to deliver. These policies are doomed to disappear, no matter if we collapse as a society (in the next 30-100 years), or not.

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