Conservatives will use any shield they can to keep the truth of their intentions hidden, except when they don’t need to anymore. The GOP is now nakedly grabbing more for the rich and willfully harming those less well off. The Republican party is the party of Me, Me, Me.
They act as though taxes and government are designed to deny them their due. Thankfully most people can see through this. Democracy was designed to shield against the rich exploiting the poor. Not the other way around.
In “Inequality and Democratization,” the political scientists Ben W. Ansell and David J. Samuels show that this demand for political inclusion generally isn’t driven by a desire to use the existing institutions to plunder the elites. It’s driven by a desire to keep the elites from continuing to plunder them.
It’s easy to say that everyone ought to have certain rights. Democracy is how we come to get and protect them. Far from endangering property rights by facilitating redistribution, inclusive democratic institutions limit the “organized banditry” of the elite-dominated state by bringing everyone inside the charmed circle of legally enforced rights.
Democracy is fundamentally about protecting the middle and lower classes from redistribution by establishing the equality of basic rights that makes it possible for everyone to be a capitalist. Democracy doesn’t strangle the golden goose of free enterprise through redistributive taxation; it fattens the goose by releasing the talent, ingenuity and effort of otherwise abused and exploited people.
Ultimately, it’s the integrity of democratic institutions and the rule of law that gives ordinary people the power to protect themselves against elite exploitation. But the Republican majority is bulldozing through basic democratic norms as though freedom has everything to do with the tax code and democracy just gets in the way.
The Tax Bill Shows the G.O.P.’s Contempt for Democracy https://nyti.ms/2DcZp72
Conservatives have been lying to their base for so long on so many subjects, and now it finally is coming back to haunt them.
Trapped by Their Own Lies https://nyti.ms/2yne9wR
Republicans are bragging a lot about Gorsuch’s qualifications, which are legitimate. But this debate isn’t really about qualifications. If it were, Gorsuch wouldn’t have been nominated, because Garland would be on the court.
How to End the Politicization of the Courts https://nyti.ms/2nS2GBi
The Republican Party’s greatest flaw is that it does not have an expansive, inclusive platform based on the idea that we need to improve things for all people.
Their platform is formed around the idea that the system should be systemically rigged to keep the Wealthy, Whites, and Wall Street in power.
It’s a party built on racism and the idea that poor of all colors are undeserving of equal opportunities.
Today’s Republican Party is built in part on fear of people who are not white. There’s no other way to say it. The party is committed to reducing voting rights for African-Americans. It has a history of alienating African-Americans that long predates Trump, stretching through Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.
Race, and the G.O.P.’s Future http://nyti.ms/2e2CoYq
Christian Conservatives you’re up…
And you have a lot work to do to prove you’re not all hypocrites.
This is not the time to appeal to minorities and marginalized communities to “come together in unity” with white people right now.That was Hillary Clinton’s message, and even though she had the track record and the experience and the wherewithal to make it happen—you passed on it. Instead you chose the guy who’s entire resume is about supremacy and privilege, whose entire campaign was about the fear of the other (the other in this case, being anyone not white, straight, and Christian). You chose the guy endorsed by the KKK. You did.
You need to understand this.
Oppressed people aren’t obliged to make nice with their oppressors.
The bullied don’t owe anything to the bullies.
Victims don’t have to make their assailants feel better.
Young children of color aren’t responsible to educate racist children—or their parents.
My god! When can we finally have fair voting in this country?
This is straight up racism on the part of Conservatives and in particular the R.N.C.
Of course, the claims of voter fraud are themselves fraudulent; in-person voter fraud essentially never happens, as study after study has confirmed. As the federal court in New Jersey said in 2009, voter intimidation of the type the Trump campaign is now encouraging, and in which the R.N.C. has engaged, “presents an ongoing threat to the participation of minority individuals in the political process, and continues to pose a far greater danger to the integrity of that process than the type of voter fraud the R.N.C. is prevented from addressing by the decree.”
Republicans have long known that their chances of winning go up when the number of voters — and especially minority voters — goes down.
The R.N.C.’s ‘Don’t Get Out the Vote’ Drives http://nyti.ms/2e3Q6bu
The Benghazi investigation has been nothing but a partisan political witch hunt.
When will the Republican party get out of the way of those who want an effective government?
a massive wasted effort that can only be seen as a Republican political vendetta against Hillary Clinton,
the committee investigation lasted longer than congressional inquiries into the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that the Republicans, more interested in manufactured issues than real ones like health care, jobs and education, will agree.
Time to End the Benghazi Witch Hunt http://nyti.ms/294CNLA