The Republican Party delenda est

This is basically a separate post to emphasize, explicitly, a conclusion which I would think that I have expressed already at length and which ought to be obvious generally.

But, to make it real simple: America needs to dissolve the dangerous, anti-democracy sabotage movement called “The Republican Party.”

We face a very stark choice between representative democracy, and the Republican Party, and without actively choosing the former over the latter, the former will be destroyed by the latter, as is occurring right now right in front of us.

Unfortunately, American culture long ago sealed itself into a conceptual framework which assumes that national governance is essentially a power-sharing agreement in which Democrats and Republicans are always necessary participants. Most of the culture is still sealed inside this framework, except the Republican Party which is setting up a sham democracy which looks like the old “bipartisan” system on the surface, but in which real national power is reserved exclusively for Republicans. (Although a faction within the Republican Party is so convinced, by the right’s endless projection, that the system is hopelessly rigged against them that they have already carried out one violent insurrection and may go further, since the first one has not been punished in any meaningful way.)

My sense is that our culture is too senescent to recognize and respond to this danger, in time, but for what it’s worth my advice to anyone who asked would be to challenge, actively, the obsolete “normalcy” which assumes a permanent functional democracy that includes the Republican Party as an essential part of that system, participating in good faith.

As noted, I have written about this at great length for years. Really, the Economist article “Ship of Fools” made most of the key points in 2008.

But, again, to emphasize explicitly: the anti-democratic element in the Republican Party basically is the Republican Party at this point, and America’s larger culture is proving no more effective at rejecting this than has whatever internal resistance existed among Republicans.

Republicans have already effectively broken Congress, shifting enormous power to entities beyond the reach of voter disapproval:

  • Federal judges, appointed for life
  • State legislators, untouchable thanks to gerrymandering, and in far too many states poised (thanks to Republicans’ installation of partisan judges) to perpetuate their rigged control of lawmaking through a new round of gerrymandering, with no end in sight
  • Private fortunes, which have ballooned thanks to Republican policies

Republicans are now promoting the Big Lie that even the presidency, which still eludes their grasp some of the time, was “stolen”—a lie accompanied by policies to suppress the vote and impose one-party partisan control of elections in state after state.

The rest of American culture mostly remains in la la land. This past week, The Guardian documented how Biden’s first 100 days have “lowered the nation’s blood pressure,” made people calmer, relieved, etc. Which I’m sure is accurate, Republicans aside, but it’s also completely detached from the reality of what outraged Republicans are doing with the massive power they still wield.

Detachment from reality prevails, with exceptions few and far between. Just today, as the “Sunday Shows” once again roll out Republican guests who promote the Big Lie, Margaret Sullivan wrote about how this is neither appropriate nor necessary. CNN’s Pam Brown replied to point out that she not only routinely features those Republican guests, but always brings up The Big Lie so that they can repeat it on the air. Brown thinks she’s the hero of this story for “pressing them.” FML.

Also this weekend, the Utah Republican Convention booed and hissed at Mitt Romney—the party’s nominee for president just nine years ago—for occasionally dissenting from the extremes of Trump cultism. While Axios published a rumor that Liz Cheney, another mild dissenter, will be purged from her leadership position this month.

The Republican Party is not getting better, it’s getting worse, yet nothing seems to disturb most people from the trance of normalcy.

If there is anything even not-awful, in all this, it’s the possibility that the rest of the world is slowly noticing that something’s wrong beyond just a temporary aberration:

But I’m not in the rest of the world, I’m in this country. I’m in Ohio. Both of which really need to turn away from this corrupt sham of a political party, and neither of which seems remotely close to doing so.

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