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Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Astounding Ignorance of the GOP

Robert Reich. (photo: Richard Morgenstein)
Robert Reich. (photo: Richard Morgenstein)

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page
09 October 15
 
ot a day goes by that a leading Republican presidential hopeful doesn’t reveal a level of ignorance and prejudice unprecedented in modern American politics. Today, Ben Carson, who is now running second to Donald Trump, said that Adolf Hitler’s mass murder of Jews “would have been greatly diminished” had Germans been allowed to carry guns.

What?

Whether it’s Carson on guns or Muslims; Trump on Mexicans, “anchor babies,” or Obama’s citizenship; or almost any of the Republican candidates on abortion, gay marriage, or climate change -- the leading GOP presidential candidates are reaching ever higher into loony land.

House Republicans, meanwhile, are in chaos – unable to elect a Speaker because of the right-wing know-nothings among them who want to shut down the government over the funding of Planned Parenthood and the looming debt limit.

We must face the discomforting fact that one of America's two major parties has lost its mind. How did this come about? Perhaps it's the inevitable culmination of decades of toxic bigotry and ideological paranoia spread by Rush Limbaugh and his imitators, Fox News, and right-wing hate groups -- fueled and funded by the Koch brothers and other oligarchs -- combined with blind rage that a black man became president -- that has finally eaten away enough of the gray matter of an increasingly angry, mostly white, mostly rural, mostly male Republican base to leave us with a zombie GOP.
What do you think?

Comments

+89 # Blackjack 2015-10-09 17:25
Let's not forget those many times that there was silence from those who knew better (Dems, too)every time one of the loony ideas was thrown out. Silence translates into acceptance.
 
+50 # reiverpacific 2015-10-09 17:54
Quoting Blackjack:
Let's not forget those many times that there was silence from those who knew better (Dems, too)every time one of the loony ideas was thrown out. Silence translates into acceptance.
You mean the "Swing-Voters", or what I call "every two or four year activists and seasonable know-it-alls"?
THEY'RE the ones that are finger-in-the-a ir, short-sighted and generally disengaged changelings who can be persuaded to elect the most egregious ignoramuses, to the gobsmacked incredulity of the rest of the world. the Dimwits administration and it's toxic legacy is the best recent example of what I mean -carried on in the same spirit of hubristic disregard for the "Little People" by his megalomania bro'.
I mean for example, I detest Cameron and Canada's Harper but they're well-educated, worldly and certainly not stupid (obviously , a brain surgeon does not a smart person make).
This is why the lawmakers and power-shakers don't want an educated populace who might JUST ask awkward questions and push back, preferring a scared, suspicious of "the other" and preoccupied with survival middle and working class, so many of which are one paycheck or less away from bankruptcy and/or homelessness.
 
+72 # pagrad 2015-10-09 18:37
No Republican Political Party candidate ever understood Economics.
If they did, they would not be Republican!

All three economic Depressions were caused by Republicans; 1873, 1929, 2007. They do not understand American History, either.
 
+4 # MidwestTom 2015-10-09 21:02
reiverpacific, for once I totally agree with you because what you are saying in effect is that giving the vote to every uninformed person is what got us in the mess we are in; yet many of the contributors to this blog firmly believe that if you can breath, you can vote; no matter how ignorant you are or how little you know. You are right, when you consider that Trump leads the Rep. polls.
 
People don't care, I do not know what the percentage is, but I have no respect for people who honestly believe that one party has all of the best candidates for each spot, whether for Town Council, Surveyor, or Senator. Many times I find myself skipping an office if I think that no candidate is qualified. In my opinion people who vote a straight ticket are the truly uninformed voters.
 
+18 # Texas Aggie 2015-10-09 21:26
It's a nice theory, but there happens to be an ugly fact that threatens its very existence. That fact is that when there are large numbers of voters, the results are generally superior to when there is only a small coterie of voters. Witness what happens in the republican primaries vs. what happens in general elections with many more voters.

In addition, how do you select the voters who should vote and those who shouldn't? Give them one of the tests that Fox viewers routinely flunk? Only let NPR supporters vote? Limit the vote to white, land owning males? Limit the vote to university graduates? Limit the vote to graduates from the top ten colleges and universities in the country? I'll go with E.
 
+19 # babalu 2015-10-10 02:36
The problem lies not in the people who are ignorant, but in those who sling the lying propaganda - over and over through the echo chambers, starting with the Stink Tanks, going to Rush, the rightwing hate radio, and not the least Fox Noise.

That's why every poll is now suspect - it queries people who have been fed a diet of lies. The polls PROVE it.
 
+25 # mh1224jst 2015-10-09 21:21
Alas, "neoclassical" economics, the economics of the rich, has been in control since the 1960s. It's basically supply-side, trickle-down nonsense. Real-life economics is an unfinished story which few understand. Reich is among those that do. Even most progressive Dems mostly don't get, as yet, the deep trouble we're in because of income and wealth inequality.
 
+14 # babalu 2015-10-10 02:39
Right! Lowering income for the great majority DECREASES funds available to support our CONSUMER markets. With each market manipulation and crash, fewer funds are available to purchase the goods that keep the economy running. Hence the ACTUAL JOBS CREATORS can no longer create new jobs - or even profits.

Stupid greedy oligarchs!
 
+9 # geohorse 2015-10-10 06:45
Quoting pagrad:
No Republican Political Party candidate ever understood Economics.
If they did, they would not be Republican!

All three economic Depressions were caused by Republicans; 1873, 1929, 2007. They do not understand American History, either.
Let's not forget that they are paid not to understand economics. After all, Bush 1 coined the best summary of it being "voodoo economics'
 
+23 # MainStreetMentor 2015-10-09 21:06
What Mr. Reich states, is true. Unfortunately it is NOT “issues” the Republicans and the Tea Partiers care about. Their supporters care about hate, distrust, prejudice (in ALL its forms) and disruption of anything that is not radically conservative – so ANY candidate who spews forth such trash is/are their hero/es. It is within the supporters who identify with, and believe, the propaganda delivered by Faux News where the problem(s) lay. The divide and conquer strategies and tactics which commenced with the GW Bush campaigns, based on twisted, propaganda is not only alive and well … it is growing, and the GOP/T-Party supporters lap it up faster than a starving mongrel dog. Joseph Goebbels, of Hitler’s Third Reich, perfected the cancerous propaganda machine, and the concepts and tactics he developed are being successfully wielded by the current batch of ill-qualified GOP candidates and their staffers. Until the propaganda machine(s) is/are legally subdued and rendered silent, the cancer of ignorance will grow.
 
+7 # babalu 2015-10-10 02:43
Look, when there is only one book in the library and it is trash, people will read it in hopes of learning something. Alas, Mainstream media, including hate radio, Fox, etc. only feed their listeners trash. And like good con men, media tell their listeners they are getting the "real" thing. That is believable to many because they used to get real news.
Happily young people are looking at different news sources via their smart phones.
 

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