The Orange Man was surrounded by enemies. He was stabbed in the back. He had no choice.
Yada yada yada.
More excuses. The same excuses. The ancient excuses that Republicans have eructed since the Reagan era to explain away their serial failure to thwart the left by playing patty cake with it. By playing Charlie Brown to their Lucy – eternally holding the football for them to kick.
It gets tedious.
Would you continue to hire a mechanic who couldn’t fix your car? How many times would you accept him not tightening the oil filter sufficiently or crossing the threads of the drain plug bolt before you found another mechanic?
Republicans get nowhere because they have no core principles to get going from. They agree with the core principle of the left – that the collective has rights – and thus the only disagreement with the left is over how much the individual must submit to the collective and for what reason.
This is why the country marches inexorably toward more collectivism. It will not stop marching until the individual’s right to not be collectivized is respected. The Republicans – which includes “conservatives” – do not respect this right in principle and so in fact.
Most if not almost all of them agree with the collectivists that such things as “the schools” – i.e., the government’s schools – must be funded with funds coercively extracted from people, including people who neither use nor want to use them.
They cheer for more government – when it wears a uniform or has a badge.
They attack anyone who suggests that it’s immoral to take someone’s money to finance someone else’s retirement or health care; note that the formal policy of the Republican Party has not been to end the practice of forcing people to buy health insurance but to install a “better plan,” i.e., repeal and replace.
They couldn’t even do that.
Years ago, when this writer was a young writer working as an editorial writer at The Washington Times, I got to know the contumacious but brilliant writer Sam Francis. He was denounced, anathematized and ultimately excommunicated for his defense in writing of the Lost Cause and for politically incorrect commentary, generally. But the man knew a lost cause when he saw one.
And Republicans – as a political movement – are a lost cause. He called them The Stupid Party but it’s worse than that. The stupid cannot help it, after all. They are stupid. It is mean to mock a person with an 80 IQ for not being able to form a coherent sentence. They haven’t got the capability.
But what do we say about people who aren’t stupid in the IQ sense but who consistently act – or fail to act – in a manner that results not so much in their losing but in their adherents losing?
The Turtle isn’t going anywhere. Neither is that loathsome mincing chickenhawk Lindsey Graham; the entire GOP apparat remains ensconced even as the Orange Man is sent packing. He doesn’t lose anything, either – other than his gig.
A new gig – as the spray-tanned gesticulator of the Impotent Opposition awaits. He will reap the big bucks for speaking gigs where he will inflame the remaining dupes who can’t see a lost cause when they’re cheering for one.
Nothing will change – for the better – until those of us who aren’t duped demand nothing less than a principled opposition. No more slow-motion collectivism; no more “better plans.”
The only plan must be the one the individual decides on for himself or with the voluntary assent of willing others. Not an inch of principled ground must be surrendered. The individual owns himself, fully – and has no ownership claim whatsoever on any other individual.
His body – her body – is their body. Everything that is produced by the mental or physical effort of that person’s body or which is acquired by them via willing/free exchange is entirely their property and no other person has a claim to any of it. For any reason.
There is no middle ground – unless you wish to continue ceding ground. To continue losing, and fighting a lost cause.
There will be the usual defeatism; such talk is “utopian” and “impractical.” But advocating for principles is not promising utopia. There will always be problems. Nothing that is the work of human hands and human minds will ever be perfect and it is a straw man argument to demand it else accept the extremely imperfect.
It is doubtful the current imbroglio can be remedied in terms of remedying the country – which exists now as a seething camp of mutual contempt. But the remedy is not more of the same, only slower.
The Stupid Party isn’t stupid.
But its followers arguable are, if they fail to understand that it isn’t.
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