Trump’s Death Cult in complete charge of the Republican Party

It is now long past time to cast off highfalutin’ Latinisms and simply call the Republicans and their religious and secular conservative allies what they are, and in unadorned English: a death cult. As the country reels from the coronavirus pandemic, our national government might just as well be run by the infamous People’s Temple of Jonestown.

By now we are benumbed by the all-pervasive arguments over relaxing workplace shutdowns and stay-at-home orders due to coronavirus. In any sane society, the issue would be how to institute the most efficient measures to defeat the pandemic in the shortest time and with the lowest loss of life. Instead, Trump and his merry band of lunatics have hijacked the national debate into a faux-serious discussion of when, oh, please, how soon, can we “reopen the economy?”…

…Congressman Trey Hollingsworth of Indiana…put a patriotic gloss on his Malthusianism, decreeing that “it is always the American government’s position to say, in the choice between the loss of our way of life as Americans and the loss of life, of American lives, we have to always choose the latter.”…

Firearms fetishism and a fascination with violence, war, and armed insurrection are also mainstays of right-wing ideology, hardly distinguishable from Jerry Falwell Sr.’s, proclamation that God is Pro-War. And how about the Ultimate Fighting Jesus? The NRA neatly intersects with “muscular Christianity,” revealing both ideological kinship and some very embarrassing gender insecurities that frequently irrupt in misogyny and homosexual panic…

“¡Viva la Muerte!”

“Long live death!” That was the defiant cry of José Millán-Astray y Terreros, a general in Francisco Franco’s fascist army during the Spanish civil war. It could just as well suit Trump’s foot soldiers.

RTFA. I’ve trimmed it to blog size. Mike Lofgren served the nation well as congressional staff member. Reading the complete article feeds the heart of those who believe in carrying forward our democratic history. His analysis is well-grounded and well-founded.

4 thoughts on “Trump’s Death Cult in complete charge of the Republican Party

  1. Midsommar says:

    Big-government conservatives mount takeover of GOP https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/27/republicans-big-government-conservatives-takeover-210512

    Meanwhile Trump’s Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the novel coronavirus spreads throughout the United States. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/21/doj-coronavirus-emergency-powers-140023

    • Seismologist says:

      Trump campaign lashes out over ‘Don’t defend Trump’ memo : A strategy memo on coronavirus distributed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee infuriated Trump aides. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/27/trump-campaign-china-strategy-memo-213958
      The 57-page memo, which was authored by a top GOP strategist, was perceived by Trump aides as giving candidates leeway to avoid backing the president on what could be the defining issue of the 2020 campaign. And they held a series of conversations on Friday and over the weekend figuring out how to respond.
      The memo urged GOP Senate candidates to stay relentlessly on message with attacks against China, where the coronavirus originated, when pressed about the pandemic on the campaign trail. When asked about Trump’s response to the pandemic, the document advised candidates to pivot to an attack on the authoritarian country rather than offer an explicit defense of Trump’s response.

      The memo: https://static.politico.com/80/54/2f3219384e01833b0a0ddf95181c/corona-virus-big-book-4.17.20.pdf

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