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G.O.P. Who?

Thomas L. Friedman

Thomas L. Friedman

It is better to share the perspective of the state of politics in the USA from the locals because what do we small island people know except to drink a rum and slam a dom – Barbados Underground

Dump the G.O.P. for a Grand New Party

If a party could declare moral bankruptcy, today’s Republican Party would be in Chapter 11.

This party needs to just shut itself down and start over — now. Seriously, someone please start a New Republican Party!

America needs a healthy two-party system. America needs a healthy center-right party to ensure that the Democrats remain a healthy center-left party. America needs a center-right party ready to offer market-based solutions to issues like climate change. America needs a center-right party that will support common-sense gun laws. America needs a center-right party that will support common-sense fiscal policy. America needs a center-right party to support both free trade and aid to workers impacted by it. America needs a center-right party that appreciates how much more complicated foreign policy is today, when you have to manage weak and collapsing nations, not just muscle strong ones.

But this Republican Party is none of those things. Today’s G.O.P. is to governing what Trump University is to education — an ethically challenged enterprise that enriches and perpetuates itself by shedding all pretense of standing for real principles, or a truly relevant value proposition, and instead plays on the ignorance and fears of the public.

It is just an empty shell, selling pieces of itself to the highest bidders, — policy by policy — a little to the Tea Party over here, a little to Big Oil over there, a little to the gun lobby, to antitax zealots, to climate-change deniers. And before you know it, the party stands for an incoherent mess of ideas unrelated to any theory of where the world is going or how America actually becomes great again in the 21st century.

It becomes instead a coalition of men and women who sell pieces of their brand to whoever can most energize their base in order for them to get re-elected in order for them to sell more pieces of their brand in order to get re-elected.

And we know just how little they are attached to any principles, because today’s Republican Party’s elders have told us so by (with a few notable exceptions) being so willing to throw their support behind a presidential candidate whom they know is utterly ignorant of policy, has done no homework, has engaged in racist attacks on a sitting judge, has mocked a disabled reporter, has impugned an entire religious community, and has tossed off ignorant proposals for walls, for letting allies go it alone and go nuclear and for overturning trade treaties, rules of war and nuclear agreements in ways that would be wildly destabilizing if he took office.

Despite that, all top G.O.P. leaders say they will still support Donald Trump — even if he’s dabbled in a “textbook definition” of racism, as House Speaker Paul Ryan described it — because he will sign off on their agenda and can do only limited damage given our checks and balances.

Really? Mr. Speaker, your agenda is a mess, Trump will pay even less attention to you if he is president and, as Senator Lindsey Graham rightly put it, there has to be a time “when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”

Will it ever be that time with this version of the G.O.P.?

Et tu, John McCain? You didn’t break under torture from the North Vietnamese, but your hunger for re-election is so great that you don’t dare raise your voice against Trump? I hope you lose. You deserve to. Marco Rubio? You called Trump “a con man,” he insults your very being and you still endorse him? Good riddance.

Chris Christie, have you not an ounce of self-respect? You’re serving as the valet to a man who claimed, falsely, that on 9/11, in Jersey City, home to many Arab-Americans, “thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.” Christie is backing a man who made up a baldfaced lie about residents of his own state so that maybe he can be his vice president. Contemptible.

This is exactly why so many Republican voters opted for Trump in the first place. They intuited that the only thing these G.O.P. politicians were interested in was holding onto their seats in office — and they were right. It made voters so utterly cynical that many figured, Why not inflict Trump on them? It’s all just a con game anyway. And at least Trump sticks it to all of those politically correct liberals. And anyway, governing doesn’t matter — only attitude.

And who taught them that?

But it does matter. I know so many thoughtful conservatives who know it matters. One of them has got to start the N.R.P. — New Republican Party — a center-right party liberated from all the Trump birthers, the Sarah Palins, the Grover Norquists, the Sean Hannitys, the Rush Limbaughs, the gun lobby, the oil lobby and every other narrow-interest group, a party that redefines a principled conservatism. Raise your money for it on the internet. If Bernie Sanders can, you can.

This is such a pivotal moment; the world we shaped after W.W. II is going wobbly. This is a time for America to be at its best, defending its best values, which are now under assault in so many places — pluralism, immigration, democracy, trade, the rule of law and the virtue of open societies. Trump will never be a credible messenger, or a messenger at all, for those values. A New Republican Party can be.

If you build it, they will come.

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101 Comments on “G.O.P. Who?”

  1. de pedantic Dribbler June 9, 2016 at 10:08 PM #

    Dr GP amusing that morons can push your buttons so easily. As bright as a tack and as wonderfully maladjusted as they come. You are an absolute marvel.

    For morons like me its amazing to see your scholarship displayed on de Blogmaster’s site so splendidly and with such awesome respect to your fellow man. Not!

    We learn from you everyday. I know that as a moronic illiterate I have gained excellent insight on how to deal with women and speak with decorum when I disagree on a matter. Not.

    You is de boss. Better than Presidents, top boxing athletes and respected deeply by your BU editors and posters.

    And that’s why Donald Trump can win the White House. He has been as rancid as you have but if tomorrow you come on the site and say some serious medical stuff who is going to diss you. If he cleans up his act then all the republicans fall in line and he gone clear.

    So you can be as disrespectful and disreputable as you like because eva body pon this site still loves yah…well except me of course. But a moron really don’t understand liking anyhow so who cares. LOLLL.

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  2. Georgie Porgie June 9, 2016 at 10:48 PM #

    de pedantic BETZPAENIC

    RE Dr GP amusing that morons can push your buttons so easily.
    NO MORONS DONT PUSH MY BUTTONS AT ALL. BUT MORONS LIKE YOU MUST BE CRUSHED

    RE As bright as a tack THIS IS TRUE
    You are an absolute marvel. ALSO TRUE

    RE and as wonderfully maladjusted as they come. FALSE AND BRAYED LIKE THE JACKASS YOU ARE

    RE For morons like me its amazing to see your scholarship displayed on de Blogmaster’s site YOU WONT KNOW SCHOLARSHIP EVEN IF YOU SAW IT

    RE We learn from you everyday. THATS A LIE BECAUSE I DONT POST EVERY DAY

    RE You is de boss. Better than Presidents, top boxing athletes and respected deeply by your BU editors and posters.
    THIS IS A NON SEQUITUR SIR. HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ISSUES

    RE And that’s why Donald Trump can win the White House. ANOTHER NON SEQUITUR

    I REALLY DONT CARE IF HE WINS OR NOT BECAUSE MY TEMPORAL OR ETERNAL DESTINY DOES NOT DEPEND ON THIS

    RE if tomorrow you come on the site and say some serious medical stuff who is going to diss you. YOU ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO TRY

    RE So you can be as disrespectful and disreputable as you like because eva body pon this site still loves yah…well except me of course.

    WHAT YOU DONT UNDERSTAND IS THAT I DONT CARE WHO LIKE ME ON THE BLOG OR NOT.
    I DONT RICE AT NONE O WUNNAH

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  3. David June 10, 2016 at 6:55 AM #

    Again almost all of you who have contributed to this blog missed the point big time. Now maybe some may accept Baffy’s point about the irrelevance of the political party.

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  4. Georgie Porgie June 10, 2016 at 9:02 AM #

    What is the point? Is there just one point? Or is the point only that which you see? If so why didnt you state the point and ask that that point be explored?
    The relevance and irrelevance to political parties may be one of convenience. In Barbados and most places it is a cyclical thing……it seems you wait your turn.

    I generally dont get too involved in political discussions. I got into this one out of sheer boredom and by chance. I was clearing out my download file while humming some hymns, when I decided to look up utube for English Cathedral renditions of one of the hymns. Interpersed in the utubes were videos of cricket and some of a number of men giving prophecies of the current US election. I decided to post a few and responded to the usual flack that I get when I post.

    You will note that I prefaced my remarks by saying that these were not Bible prophecies. I have spent time over the last 45 years or so studying the prophetic Scriptures and find it interesting when things seem to clearly come into view. I am not quite so keen about what modern “men” claim that they saw in dreams or visions or are “told” as this is contrary to the clear teaching of Hebrews 1:1-3. However, I found it very interesting what folk are saying about the main and peripheral players in the current election, which cause me to wonder. Then I found some very revealing information, quite by accident. Very revealing that points to who the Antichrist is very likely to be.

    Eschatologists know that he is alive today and is just waiting to be revealed.
    Do you think that a man with two daughters could be Antichrist? After all the Scriptures clearly teach that he will not have a love for women. What if his daughters are both adopted? After all they look nothing like either him or his “wife”.

    This man is supposed to be married but the Scriptures clearly teach that he will not have a love for women. But is it really true that his “wife” is a tranny, seeing that he is known to be a buller?

    There are other interesting questions, and signs, and fears. Can any of these things be true. I dont know. God has not spoken to me like he has done to these modern day” prophets”. LOL

    Come on now rum shop wake up. Lets have some fun in the rum shop while I go and do some more singing

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  5. David June 10, 2016 at 10:54 AM #

    Interesting what is happening within the GOP. It is a party very uncomfortable with Trump but is boxed in because it cannot support Hilary Clinton if it does not want to destroy the party. Interesting times.

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  6. Georgie Porgie June 10, 2016 at 11:31 AM #

    Some are closing ranks for convenience; others are joining Romney in Utah in the hope of starting another/or new party.

    Life is about others trying to control you. Trump marches to his own drum. He is different and is problematic because they fear that he will disturb the status quo. He is saying it cannot be business as usual.This is not necessarily wrong even if it is different.

    The GOP controlled both the House & Senate but achieved very little with such power.
    The party is currently selfishly self seeking. Some 24 are fighting to get back in, but if they had been doing their duty rather than colluding with the “opposition” they should be able to face their constituents without fear.

    TRUMP IS TALKING ABOUT DOING.

    All folk who have had the audacity to approach things in a positive light are usually said to be IDIOTS and OUT OF CONTROL. The “controlled way” is to keep quiet and do as you are told and follow the leader–even if he or she is dumb or dead.

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  7. Well Well & Consequences June 10, 2016 at 12:01 PM #

    http://ow.ly/nl3o3018lOt

    On a much lighter note…lol

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  8. Georgie Porgie June 10, 2016 at 2:12 PM #

    wELL WELL
    BE CAREFULL YEH
    IF ALVIN CATCH YOU BEHIND A BUILDING YOU WILL BE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE THE SAME WAY. LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOLLOL LOL LOLLOL LOL LOLLOL LOL LOLLOL LOL LOL MURDAH !

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  9. David June 10, 2016 at 3:21 PM #

    It is fine to be different, at the end of the day one must have the ability to work with others even if they are on the opposing side. You can’t operate like a bull in a china shop and expect to achieve anything. At this point Trump has appealed to a base which is narrow. Will the woman, Hispanic, Black etc vote for him nationally?

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  10. Georgie Porgie June 10, 2016 at 3:40 PM #

    THE PEOPLE IN THE USA VOTE IN A BLACK STRANGE FELLOW TWICE. THE FIRST TIME THEY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT HIM JUST AS wE DONT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT TRUMP

    DID THE BLACK STRANGE FELLOW HAVE the ability to work with others even if they are on the opposing side?
    did he not operate like a bull in a china shop ? AND AS A DICTATOR
    WHAT DID HE ACHIEVE? BESIDES DESTRUCTION OF EVERYTHING.

    IF IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT TRUMP BE PRESIDENT……..HE WILL BE PRESIDENT

    IT IS STILL TRUE THAT THE POWERS THAT BE ARE ORDAINED BY GOD

    Romans 13:1 For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
    DANIEL 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

    WHY DONT WE WAIT AND SEE.

    HE SET UP THE STRANGE KING SO THAT THINGS WILL ADVANCE TO EFFECT THE RISE OF ANTICHRIST

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  11. David June 10, 2016 at 3:47 PM #

    @GP

    Obama has a track record in politics going back to Chicago. Then there is the period he spent in Ivy League. Check it out.

    The BU household is not a big Obama fan, however one has to be fair.

    >

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  12. Georgie Porgie June 10, 2016 at 3:58 PM #

    WHAT HAS HE ACCOMPLISHED IN CHICAGO? A FIRST TIME SENATOR? WHAT BILLS DID HE GET PASSED
    WHAT HAS HE DONE FOR CHICAGO WHEN HE HAD THE POWER TO EXECUTE HIS EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON THIER BEHALF?
    HE WAS GOLFING ON HOLIDAY

    I AM VERY FAIR AND YOU KNOW IT LETS BE FAIR TO THE FAILURE BUT LETS MINCE UP TRUMP ALL DAY EVERY DAY ON EVERY STATION ALL YEAR
    TRUMP CANT DO ANY WORSE THAN SHITBAMA HILIERY AND KERRY

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  13. Observing June 10, 2016 at 4:17 PM #

    @David
    You must realise that GP’s judging Obama by an entirely different yardstick. One by which he will always be found wanting.

    @GP
    Your Christian belief and faith is refreshing at a time when so many have lost theirs. May not agree with ya on everything, but have to admire and respect ya

    Just observing

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  14. Georgie Porgie June 10, 2016 at 4:28 PM #

    OBSERVING

    When you find yourself in a position to help your own YOU MUST. DO SO…
    In St Lucia at the school at which I taught, there was clear racism in favor of the Indians, and they wanted to fail the local students and other black students and get more money out of them. I took the ones with my colour into my office and prepared them specially for the exams.

    How is it that niggas in Chicago and all over the USA are worse off than they were in 2008. And they want to give them another term?

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  15. Observing June 10, 2016 at 4:57 PM #

    @GP
    “When you find yourself in a position to help your own YOU MUST. DO SO…”

    with that i cannot disagree.

    Walk good.

    Just observing

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  16. Well Well & Consequences June 10, 2016 at 5:03 PM #

    Lol…G, Alvin is vex these days, he may not be in the mood like the Australian Roo…lol

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  17. Georgie Porgie June 10, 2016 at 5:10 PM #

    ww
    HE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE! murdah!
    I NEARLY CHOKE WHILE LAFFING

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  18. Georgie Porgie June 10, 2016 at 8:01 PM #

    DAVID

    IS THIS THE CLINTON THAT IS GOING TO WIPE THE FLOOR WITH TRUMP?

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  19. de pedantic Dribbler June 10, 2016 at 9:02 PM #

    @David your 3:21 PM post is truly a bajan mouthful….” It is fine to be different, [but] one must have the ability to work with others even if they are on the opposing side. ”

    Maybe the denial of compromise started with Bush W the son but it exploded full force with Obama. Just recently senate leader McConnell was reflecting on his remarks at the start of the Obama presidency when he said that he would do all possible to make him a one term president. He was suggesting that everyone saw him as some obstructionist when in fact he was merely doing what any opposition politician would do and try to oust his opponent.

    That is true and makes perfect sense.

    But unfortunately its like that bland question at weddings “anyone here who ….”. Not a fella is supposed to move or say a word. If an ex who lost out gets up and says even ‘boo-hoo, I wish them well’ and then sits back down that ex will forever still be labelled as being crass and divisive to those newlyweds if things don’t work too well and he happens to be around.

    So with that convoluted reference I offer that this marriage was doomed from the git-go and whether McConnell was merely posing as a good opposition politician or not the fact is that he/they blocked or delayed several major pieces of legislation, judicial and other appointments and otherwise made governing very difficult.

    There was even a gov’t shutdown. There was sequestration: auto budget cuts.

    There was just a rancid atmosphere and surely Obama shares blame for some of the road-blocks but the Republicans and their deep-dyed conservative wing are the culprits…not him.

    Incidentally, initially when I read your remarks I thought you were talking to and about your resident Dr bull in china shop here! But then I realized you were still discussing the politics. Oh lawd.

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  20. Sargeant June 10, 2016 at 11:27 PM #

    @DPD
    He was suggesting that everyone saw him as some obstructionist when in fact he was merely doing what any opposition politician would do and try to oust his opponent.
    ++++++++++
    McConnell knows that he will be judged harshly for those comments and he is speaking with an eye on history. Future historians will look back in amazement at what Obama achieved in the face of all that opposition. His favourability rating is over 50% which is outstanding for a President at this stage in his Presidency which should help Hilary when he hits the road on her behalf. The last President with such high favourability in their last year was Bill Clinton but Al Gore famously refused his help and lost his own State (Tennessee), if Gore wins Tennessee he wins the Presidency and the history of the world changes (there wouldn’t be a second Iraq war).

    Of course McConnell meant something else so does Senator Perdue of Georgia when he offered up this prayer part of Psalm 109.8

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/283034-gop-senator-draws-fire-for-prayer-that-obamas-days-be-few

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  21. Sargeant June 11, 2016 at 12:09 AM #

    Elizabeth Warren on Trump “Thin skinned racist bully” Ouch

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  22. David June 11, 2016 at 8:12 AM #

    Donald Trump had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week http://politi.co/28rfbpa via @NickGass | Getty

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  23. Georgie Porgie June 11, 2016 at 9:35 AM #

    Sargeant June 11, 2016 at 12:09 AM #
    Elizabeth Warren on Trump “Thin skinned racist bully” Ouch

    YES A VERY VERY VERY RICH BULLY

    WE CELEBRATE THE BRAGGART LOUD MOUTHED BULLY BOXER CAUSE HE BLACK BUT HATE THE LOUD MOUTH RICH MAN BECAUSE HE WHITE. EXPLAIN THE LOGIC.

    COMPARE YOUR SILLY VIDEOS WID THEE ONE ON HIL- ALIE LONG CONSISTENT RECORD OF EVIL AND CROOKEDNESS
    I COULD NOT IMAGINE SHE WAS SO EVIL?

    DAVID I HAD A VERY BAD WEEK TOO
    I DIDNT GET ANY AVACADO WITH MY SALAD OR BACON WITH MY EGGS OR RICE WID MY PEAS BUT THE WIFE HAD LOTS OF COD IN THE FISH CAKES……MURDAH

    ANYWAY THERE IS CRICKET ON WILLOW TODAY
    MAYBE I CAN FIND THE SERVICE AT WESTMINISTER ABBEY

    YOU FELLAS CAN LOOK FOR BETTER VIDEOS IN THE INTERIM

    BET WUNNAH AINT SEEN THE ONES WID DE BULLER AND HIS TRANSGENDER WIFE OR THE ONE WHERE HE CALLS HER BY HER REAL NAME

    NOW WE KNOW WHAT THIS LBGT AGENDA IS ALL ABOUT LOL LOL MURDAH

    TALKING ABOUT SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES

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  24. David June 11, 2016 at 10:01 AM #

    “GP

    The bigger point which a boy cannot disagree is that they are all out of the same dirty bucket because it is the system and not the figurehead which is the issue. Why bother to post vids about Trump University for example.

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  25. de pedantic Dribbler June 11, 2016 at 10:16 AM #

    @David, one day you may ban me from this site or maybe not, who knows. But…Mr Blogmaster I hope you never suggest that you will ban another soul.

    If a white supremacy racist comes here…you must let him speak or an ISIS head-hunter. And of course any local twistorians.

    You embrace all sorts by embracing one sort.

    Oh lawd!

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  26. Georgie Porgie June 11, 2016 at 10:31 AM #

    “GP

    RE The bigger point which a boy cannot disagree is that they are all out of the same dirty bucket because it is the system and not the figurehead which is the issue.
    TRUE THAT IS EXACTLY MY POINT

    RE Why bother to post vids about Trump University for example. BECAUSE THEN YOU WOULD HAVE TO ALSO CONSIDER LAUREATE AND THE CLINTONS. THEY DID A SIMILAR THING. AND THIS IS AS WELL DOCUMENTED.

    BUT THESE FOR PROFIT BOGUS DIPLOMA MILLS ARE THE RAMPANT NORM IN THE USA, AND IT IS WELL KNOWN

    THESE FOLK DONT SEEM TO ABIDE BY THE DICTUM “THOSE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULD NOT THROW STONES.”

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