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At the end, you narrowed it down to what I was thinking: it's the quality of the Republicanism that changes the whole complexion of the thing and keeps me awake at night.


The way the lame duck Republican legislature is working to strip powers from Democratic winners is a pretty strong sign that what's wrong with the Republican Party doesn't begin or end with Trump.

Henry Salvia

I recall reading articles and sci-fi stories as a sprout in the mid-20th centry about how people would have problems with the ever-increasing rate of change, mostly technology driven but social pressure as well. And I wonder how much of Republican support is just for someone willing to stand athwart history yelling "Stop!". Recall that the olds most supportive of this are the most reliable voters, and its not like the Democratic party advice of "go to community college and learn to be a nurses' aide" is a compelling option for the rest of the voters. It may simply be that a bad idea is preferable to an idea you know won't work for you.

Finally (sheesh) it might help to recall we have PEOTUS Trump by razor-thin margins in the holy trinity of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The US basically chose a bad idea by coin flip, thanks to the Wisdom of the Founders.

Lance Mannion

Henry, I recently re-read God Bless You, Mr Rosewater, and what you describe as the theme of those articles and stories is very much one of Vonnegut's themes in that one and Player Piano.

I think you're right about the role that Bill Buckley idea of conservatism played. Also, and this you might already know about me, I admire both Clintons, but not uncritically, and one of my longstanding criticisms (dating back to the earliest days of Bill's presidency) has been that they both place too much faith in continuing education as the cure for what ails us. I think most people hear "Go back to school" as the liberal version of "Get a job!"

Sherri and JD, I agree. I think not just the media but Democrats and even many Republicans themselves don't realize just what happened to the GOP and how long ago it happened.

Lance Mannion

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