There is growing consensus that the Republican Party has devolved into a cult that worships at the bone-spurred feet of the twice-impeached, former reality TV game show host, and failed pseudo-businessman, Donald Trump. Even longtime GOP stalwarts are conceding that Trump is guilty of numerous crimes related to the January 6th insurrection that he incited.
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Joining the company of Trump critics this weekend was Republican senator – and the 2012 GOP nominee for president – Mitt Romney. He published an op-ed in “The Atlantic” entitled “America Is in Denial,” that addressed, among other things, the toxic division that is polluting the American political environment. Romney’s key point was that the nation is too possessed by partisanship to solve any of its problems. He complained that…
“The left thinks the right is at fault for ignoring climate change and the attacks on our political system. The right thinks the left is the problem for ignoring illegal immigration and the national debt.”
There is, however, a glaring flaw in Romney’s logic. The left is telling the truth when they note that the the right ignores climate change and attacks the political system. In fact, many on the right believe that climate change is a hoax, and Trump leads those who demean our institutions and the Constitution.
Meanwhile, the right is lying when they assert the the left ignores immigration and the national debt. In fact, more immigrants are being apprehended now than at any time during the Trump administration. And Biden has reduced the deficit by more than a trillion dollars. And those are just a couple of the accomplishments that Romney and the GOP strive so vigorously to suppress.
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Romney went on to demonstrate a bit of the non-partisan cordiality that has made him a pariah among his own Republican colleagues. He said that…
“President Joe Biden is a genuinely good man, but he has yet been unable to break through our national malady of denial, deceit, and distrust. A return of Donald Trump would feed the sickness, probably rendering it incurable. Congress is particularly disappointing: Our elected officials put a finger in the wind more frequently than they show backbone against it.”
Indeed, Trump is an infectious agent who spreads deceit and distrust. And Republicans in Congress have proven that they are mostly useless due to their cowardice and/or complicity with Trump’s anti-American crusade to MAGA (Make America Go Authoritarian).
More to the point, Romney is absurd in the extreme when he asserts that the these problems are President Biden’s fault. It is preposterous to blame Biden for the fact that Republicans have adopted a knee-jerk opposition to anything that emanates from Biden, his administration, or his party. The GOP is wholly responsible for their own pigheadedness.
It is the stubborn obstructionism of the GOP that is the cause of America’s “national malady.” Without that burden the nation could have already passed legislation improving the economy and mitigating inflation. They could have avoided the reversal in constitutional liberties imposed by the radical rightists on the Supreme Court. They could have implemented gun reforms that would save lives. They could have codified voting rights and measures to insure fair elections.
It is not Biden’s fault that Republicans would rather suck up to Trump than to do the people’s business and pursue the people’s interests. And Republicans have an ally in their sabotage of the public good. That, of course, is the right-wing media, led by Fox News, where hate mongering and the brainwashing of their audience is the primary editorial mission.
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Romney closed by saying “I hope for a president who can rise above the din to unite us behind the truth.” Which is exactly what Biden has been doing. The only reason it hasn’t caught on with other Republicans and red state dwellers is because phonies like Romney – and his Fox News enablers – insist on denying reality, embracing partisanship, and purposefully propagating lies.
When people like Romney can tell the truth – that American is not in denial, Republicans are – we might actually begin to see some real progress. In the meantime, we need to elect more Democrats to counteract the serious sickness that Romney nibbled at the edges of in his self-serving editorial.
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