Words of a caution about a ‘deformed party’ construct

The following is an excerpt from an article called Trump’s Big Lie Devoured the G.O.P. and Now Eyes Our Democracyby one of my favorite authors and columnists, Pulitzer Prize winner, Thomas Friedman. Friedman wrote “The World is Flat” and “That Used to be Us: How America fell behind in the world it created and how it can come back.” A link to the article in Jill’s post “We are not okay” can be found below.

” Here is what Representative Anthony Gonzalez, one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, told The Hill about the campaign within the party to oust Representative Liz Cheney from her House G.O.P. leadership position, because of her refusal to go along with the Big Lie:

“’f a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit. Liz isn’t going to lie to people. … She’s going to stand on principle.

Think about that for a second. To be a leader in today’s G.O.P. you either have to play dumb or be dumb on the central issue facing our Republic: the integrity of our election. You have to accept everything that Trump has said about the election — without a shred of evidence — and ignore everything his own attorney general, F.B.I. director and election security director said — based on the evidence — that there was no substantive fraud.

What kind of deformed party will such a dynamic produce? A party so willing to be marinated in such a baldfaced lie will lie about anything, including who wins the next election and every one after that.

Another favorite conservative pundit Michael Gerson said it more bluntly about the Republican leaders who support this path forward. He said you either have to be a “sucker or a liar” to be a leader in the new GOP. The Democrats are not perfect and, while I agree on many of their policies, not all curry my support. Yet, the Democrats are at least discussing issues while the GOP is just adrift supporting the most deceitful, corrupt and seditious president in my lifetime, including Richard Nixon.

Republicans are being lied to by its so-called leadership. The sad fact is the leaders know they are lying and simply are looking to get away with it. Do Democrats lie? Yes, but the party currency is not deceit which apparently is what matters to the GOP more than anything. We need a viable GOP, but this one is headed down a dark alley.

We Are Not Okay | Filosofa’s Word (jilldennison.com)

22 thoughts on “Words of a caution about a ‘deformed party’ construct

  1. Hello Keith. There is a fight for the name Republican. There are two groups who want the name but it means a different thing to both. What if Cheney and the ones like her founded a party using a different name. Would more people cross over to her side or would the majority remain in the party of tRump? Hugs

    • Scottie, that is a good question. Trump has already tried to repurpose “The Big Lie” as he did not like what the true connotation means. I think I would refer to the current party as the “trump party” all lower case and the new party as the Republican Party. The lower case portrays little ideas. Keith

      • Hello Keith. But that misses the point. The tRump cult is not going to give up the name. They stole it, they did a hostile take over, and they plan to never let it go. I agree we need at least two working political parties. But the tRump cult is not a working political party. The Cheney side, her crew can not do anything in the existing cult. To be effective they must move out side of it and draw the people to them while they still can. The more time goes by the more the cult eats into the base. Hugs

      • Fully understand your point. Mine was I don’t think either want to shed the name, but one will have to if they splinter off. Since the former president likes seeing his name on things, they should name his party and take the old name.

  2. Note to Readers: The excellent American historian and author Jon Meacham has added yet one more contribution to his concerns over the dark alley the GOP has found itself headed. Meacham was on CBS News this morning offering the following thoughts. My guess is the MAGA crowd is told not to listen to these lies if they are ever reported at all.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/historian-jon-meacham-says-gop-has-descended-into-fantasy-conspiracy-and-falsehoods/ar-BB1gsHcW?ocid=msedgntp

  3. Note to Readers II: Since I cited Thomas Friedman, Michael Gerson, and Jon Meacham, let me also add conservative pundit David Brooks two quotes from while the former president was in office. After seeing poor communication and planning early in his tenure, Brooks noted the Trump White House is “equal parts chaos and incompetence.” :Later after seeing his response to Hurricane Maria, Brooks said Trump has “no sense of decency or empathy.” I mention these as after planning the election fraud campaign months before the election, it has been a total disaster with him losing well over 60 court cases while winning one. That is about as poor a return on investment as possible. The other related to what Trump’s niece said, “Her uncle will burn it all down to avoid losing the election.” In essence, he will be start a civil war and demonized all institutions because his fragile ego cannot tolerate losing. Soldiers have a term for what Trump has done – it is called a “clusterf**k” Keith

  4. We really need to reevaluate our system. The GOP is no longer relevant for effective leadership. I think it’s time to embrace a multi-party system that requires coalition building. Until that happens, let’s get Al Gore in there. His loss was another big lie.

    • Linda, I agree on the absence of effective leadership. David Jolly said today, the GOP is not only bereft of ideas, they are bereft of dignity. I agree with both statements. Keith

  5. Many, many thanks for the link to my post, Keith! I’m amazed to hear that Gerson, Brooks, and other Republican pundits are speaking as they are, calling a spade a spade when it comes to the GOP. Amazed and pleased … now to get the maga crowd to listen, to think, to understand where the former guy is trying to lead them. Thanks again!

    • Jill, let’s hope a few are listening, but too many are not. They either get information only from dubious sources or watch news or pseudo news that do not cover this. By the way, I learned yesterday, that Fox is not just using the Tucker Carlson is an entertainer defense on the Dominion Voting Systems, but they actually used it last year in another defamation trial. In essence, the defense is Carlson should not be taken seriously as he is an entertainer not a news person.

      As for Gerson, Brooks et all, they are very matter of fact. When Brooks said last night on PBS Newshour that you “have to lie to be a Republican leader” that spoke volumes. And, it should matter. Keith

      • I do so hope, my friend. I saw today that Margie Greene and Matt Gaetz are starting an “America First” tour. Those two deserve each other. At their first stop, they asked the crowd who is the president, to which the crowd dutifully replied “Donald Trump”. We are becoming a nation of ignorance. I’m very concerned that more and more people seem not to be able to discern fact from fantasy these days. Deep sigh.

      • Jill, two of the most inane acting legislators that should not be taken seriously. The MAGA crowd is being lied to by the deceitful acting former president. It is an embarrassment to our country, which is what Mitt Romney chastised the booing crowd with. Keith

  6. Note to Readers: I have now posted a variation of this on about ten Republican Senators’ websites. I dropped the link and reference to Jill’s post. Please feel free to use for that purpose. You may want to personalize it to your situation. The Senators included: Burr, Tillis, Rubio, Blackburn, Ernst, Toomey, Romney, Collins, Murkowski, Sasse and Fischer.

  7. Hello Keith. I just heard on Meet The Press that Republicans make up only 25% of the population. If say 80% of them are the tRump loving base, what hope do the Republicans have of growing the party to include independents and right leaning Democrats? It seems to me this deep dive embracing tRump is narrowing the party more than Gerrymandering and voter restrictions can overcome? Hugs

    • Scottie, that seems low, but we also must deal with the Republican leaning independents. However, your point is still valid and actually jives with a point Liz Cheney has been making. Support for the former president has been overrepresented by the RNC to Congressional candidates in many districts. This comment by Lindsey Graham that growth goes with the former president actually should be questioned more. Keith

      • Hello Keith. Yes I agree. I want more than one political party. I also am worried that so few people in the US are interested in or involved in our elections. But Republicans could grow their party if they gave up the racist white supremacist stuff, but then they would lose that vote of their base. So do they win or lose by changing? Hugs

      • Scottie, if Dems vote they will win. This is why Republicans have stepped up their suppression efforts. Keith

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