Here comes the Maggot Republican Party

MAGA Maggot Host

Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, has welcomed his acquittal in a second impeachment trial, saying his political movement “to Make America Great Again has only just begun”.

The US Senate voted 57-43 in favour of convicting the former president on Saturday, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict him on a charge of inciting the mob that attacked the US Capitol on January 6, during the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s election win…

“Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun,” he said.

“In the months ahead, I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people,” he added.

And so, Trump sets out to split the Grand Old Party in two. He knew he never had the skill, smarts and talent, either alone or bought in the open market to build his own Fascist Party. He set out, successfully, to takeover the Republican Party. Boring scholars will dissect the history of how he did this.

What happens next, though, I find especially interesting. There is sufficient Republican talent, experience, and commitment to traditional American values (at least those values capable of getting up-to-date). They may try to regain the name “Republican Party” or build anew. The sort of simple minds that joined the Trump parade really require total continuity. They’re easily confused by name changes.

But, everything else that matters has over 120 traditional activists. Experienced, with access to a significant chunk of change, hopefully enough to bankroll a battle that would take four or five years, perhaps, eight or ten, to return the GOP to a semblance of something less racist, bigoted, insular and obedient.

The several factions within the Democrats should profit from the split and the battle to follow. Whether they learn enough in the process to move to unite around real progressive policy-making is the only part of this shitstorm I find interesting.

“[Election] fraud has become the Loch Ness Monster of the Republican Party”

Republican Benjamin L. Ginsberg
GOP election lawyer for 38 years

President Trump has failed the test of leadership,” Ginsberg declares in his op-ed. “His bid for reelection is foundering. And his only solution has been to launch an all-out, multimillion-dollar effort to disenfranchise voters — first by seeking to block state laws to ease voting during the pandemic, and now, in the final stages of the campaign, by challenging the ballots of individual voters unlikely to support him. This is as un-American as it gets. It returns the Republican Party to the bad old days of ‘voter suppression’ that landed it under a court order to stop such tactics — an order lifted before this election.”

“The truth is that over all those years, Republicans found only isolated incidents of fraud,” Ginsberg explains. “Proof of systematic fraud has become the Loch Ness Monster of the Republican Party. People have spent a lot of time looking for it, but it doesn’t exist. As he confronts losing, Trump has devoted his campaign and the Republican Party to this myth of voter fraud.”

A Republican, an honorable man, the keeper of most of the political virtues associated with the GOP for decades. Thrown into the garbage can by a fascist-minded populist pimp.

We’re reaching the tipping point into fascism


Alex Brandon/AP/REX

In the final week of August, the United States saw its biggest deterioration in societal norms and steps toward outright fascism since President Donald Trump came to office four years ago under a mantle of barely veiled authoritarianism. The troubling developments of the past week are almost too many to count.

On Tuesday, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly crossed state lines with his automatic rifle and murdered two demonstrators at a protest of another horrific police shooting of a Black man. Police did nothing…

It was also the week of the Republican National Convention, which culminated with a grand and illegal presidential acceptance speech with the backdrop of the taxpayer-funded White House decked out in Trump-Pence 2020 propaganda…Congress did nothing

…The president is enabling and encouraging the formation of armed forces, outside the control of the state, with his uniforms and loyalty only to him. He’s further pushing loyal state forces to either acquiesce to the vigilante demands or outright support them. Amenable law enforcement—from Kenosha to Portland—have proven eager to abide.

As senior Holocaust historian Christopher Browning put it in 2018:

If people do not accept the ground rules by which democracy operates and winning at all costs and incivility become the norm, then things fall apart. … We see that falling apart with political polarization now. And that was true in the 1930s with the rise of authoritarianism and fascism in Europe and elsewhere.

Trump’s call for 12 more years in office is more than Mussolini or Hitler ever publicly asked for…at the beginning of their takeover of democratic governments. If you think he’s kidding around, if you think the least-knowledgeable voters in this Brave New World will come to their senses on their own…I presume you’re spending lots of time, now, on your knees praying for divine intervention. You’ll be spending even longer in the same position, silent and obedient, sometime down the road.