aside GOP Guilty For Rise And Triumph of President Donald J. Trump And Events In Charlottesville

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Note: This is a reblog of a previous post.

After 30 years of being a registered republican I, as an older Italian American became an independent voter in 2016, because I felt that the republican party had lost its soul, its moral compass, the knowledge of what is right and wrong, a sense of decency and decorum. And too many, FOR TOO MANY YEARS, in my former party have been party to catering to the alt-right/ racist and all hate groups.

In my case, I had been awoken to a strain of racism that had permeated the republican party to where I could no longer remain. It started with the Trayvon Martin case. There were too many in my former party (2012-2013) who were propping up George Zimmerman as a hero when any sensible person could see he was a bum. Then there was the demonizing of Trayvon Martin as a pot smoking thug when he was just a kid walking home from a store. Incidentally a lot of my White neighbors’ children have smoked pot. How would they like their children being treated likewise?

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GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

There are lots of other examples…

When I saw all the FOX TV hosts painting the “Black Lives Matter” movement as a hate group instead of a community trying to garner attention to wrongs being done in their towns, I realized that they had obtained their marching orders to signal a form of racism to their audience. They never considered that the protesters were simply raising the consciousness of injustices being ignored in their neighborhoods which had nothing to do with the promotion of violence against police and/ or  that many have police as family members.

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Then along came the democrat President Barack Obama. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to push back on fellow republicans when they would spout their talking points, like how he was a Muslim, born in Kenya and not really an American. With rare occasions, did “we the people” hear FOX TV folks, and/ or republican leaders/  lawmakers out-rightly and firmly denouncing this talk? NO!

And who was the number one marketer-in-chief of the myth that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and not in Hawaii? How many republicans did “we the people” hear denouncing this talk? The silence was deafening.

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And let me be clear. Anyone who has continued to accept this myth, he/ or she is infected with a form of racism. This is one of the major symptoms.

A majority in the republican party would like to say that racism no longer exists but this is NOT TRUE. It is such a virulent, insidious disease that has been spreading its ugly tentacles throughout the party. This ugliness has been allowed to flourish because republicans can’t deal with the reality of racism in their party that they have allowed to flourish, unchecked.

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS LOST ITS MORAL COMPASS WHICH IN TURN CREATED THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR A PRESIDENT TRUMP TO EMERGE TRIUMPHANT.

Image result for PHOTOS OF BARACK OBAMAHere’s the rest of the story…

July 14, 2017, Jennifer Rubin of Washington Post penned the following op-ed, “The GOP’s moral rot is the problem, not Donald Trump Jr.”

The key insight from a week of gobsmacking revelations is not that the Russia scandal may finally have an underlying crime but that, as David Brooks suggests, “over the past few generations the Trump family built an enveloping culture that is beyond good and evil.” (Remember when the media collectively oohed and ahhed that, “Say what you will about Donald Trump, but his kids are great!”? Add that to the heap of inane media narratives that helped normalize Trump to the voters.) We now see that, sure enough, the Trump legal team (the fastest-growing segment of the economy) has trouble restraining its clients, explaining away initial, false explanations and preventing self-incriminating statements. (The biggest trouble, of course, is that the president lied that this is all “fake news” and arguably committed obstruction of justice to hide his campaign team’s misdeeds.)”

Image result for BLACK LIVES PROTESTS“Let me suggest the real problem is not the Trump family, but the GOP. To paraphrase Brooks, “It takes generations to hammer ethical considerations out of a (party’s) mind and to replace them entirely with the ruthless logic of winning and losing.” Again, to borrow from Brooks, beyond partisanship the GOP evidences “no attachment to any external moral truth or ethical code.”

“Let’s dispense with the “Democrats are just as bad” defense. First, I don’t much care; we collectively face a party in charge of virtually the entire federal government and the vast majority of statehouses and governorships. It’s that party’s inner moral rot that must concern us for now. Second, it’s simply not true, and saying so reveals the origin of the problem — a “woe is me” sense of victim-hood that grossly exaggerates the opposition’s ills and in turn justifies its own egregious political judgments and rhetoric. If the GOP had not become unhinged about the Clintons, would it have rationalized Trump as the lesser of two evils? Only in the crazed bubble of right-wing hysteria does an ethically challenged, moderate Democrat become a threat to Western civilization and Trump the salvation of America.”

Image result for protests of dreamers“Indeed, for decades now, demonization — of gays, immigrants, Democrats, the media, feminists, etc. — has been the animating spirit behind much of the right. It has distorted its assessment of reality, giving us anti-immigrant hysteria, promulgating disrespect for the law (how many “respectable” conservatives suggested disregarding the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage?), elevating Fox News hosts’ blatantly false propaganda as the counterweight to liberal media bias and preventing serious policy debate. For seven years, the party vilified Obamacare without an accurate assessment of its faults and feasible alternative plans. “Obama bad” or “Clinton bad” became the only credo — leaving the party, as Brooks said of the Trump clan, with “no attachment to any external moral truth or ethical code” — and no coherent policies for governing.”

“We have always had in our political culture narcissists, ideologues and flimflammers, but it took the 21st-century GOP to put one in the White House. It took elected leaders such as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Republican National Committee (not to mention its donors and activists) to wave off Trump’s racists attacks on a federal judge, blatant lies about everything from 9/11 to his own involvement in birtherism, replete evidence of disloyalty to America (i.e. Trump’s “Russia first” policies), misogyny, Islamophobia, ongoing potential violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause (along with a mass of conflicts of interests), firing of an FBI director, and now, evidence that the campaign was willing to enlist a foreign power to defeat Clinton in the presidential election.”

“Out of its collective sense of victim-hood came the GOP’s disdain for not just intellectuals but also intellectualism, science, Economics 101, history and constitutional fidelity. If the Trump children became slaves to money and to their father’s unbridled ego, then the GOP became slaves to its own demons and false narratives. A party that has to deny climate change and insist illegal immigrants are creating a crime wave — because that is what “conservatives” must believe, since liberals do not — is a party that will deny Trump’s complicity in gross misconduct. It’s a party as unfit to govern as Trump is unfit to occupy the White House. It’s not by accident that Trump chose to inhabit the party that has defined itself in opposition to reality and to any “external moral truth or ethical code.”

32 comments

  1. The GOP adopted a cynical creed: “The ends justified the means.” Apparently ‘winning’ is more important that anything including our national security. The only other people I’ve met who share the GOP’s astonishing lack of ethics are con-men. So, what does that make the GOP? Thank you for en excellent post Gronda!

    • Dear Rob,

      There is no other explanation for what is going on today. I would never have believed that we would wake up each morning to discover a US President in the WH who is a racist, misogynist, Islamophobic, while being a climate change denier, a denier of truth, SCIENCE and facts. BUT HERE WE ARE, THANKS TO THE GOP.
      Thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear David Prosser,

      It has become a very ugly truth but it is my assessment. Everything that those in this party accuse others of, they should take that same mirror, and take a good, hard, long look at themselves.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Gronda … this is such a GREAT post!!! As I’m sure you are aware, racism is perhaps my biggest pet peeve, and the increase of racist hate crimes that go unpunished is heartbreaking! This administration has given the proverbial ‘green light’ to hate others based on the most idiotic things, such as skin colour, religion, ethnicity, cultural background. Thank you for this post, and for having the courage to put the blame where it belongs! I shall re-blog this one tomorrow!
    Many hugs!

    • Dear Jill,

      I couldn’t agree more. Every time I see police or anyone else not pay a consequence for causing a fatality of a person of color or someone who is different which was totally unwarranted, I can see this ugliness of racism and all the other xxxisms having permeated to infect too many folks in this country. There was the US Supreme Court which did away with the voting rights act because some justices didn’t think racism is alive and well today, There were learned men and yet,they were absolutely clueless.

      Another case that the press, the DOJ, the majority of peoples got wrong was the Michael Brown case. It was obvious that all these peoples were not willing to wade through all the 5000 plus pages of testimony and documents but guess who did? I can say with absolutely certainty, that they got the story wrong.

      The crowning of the republican President Donald Trump is just another symptom.

      Thanks a million for your great introduction, for all your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that my biggest pet peeve is bigotry in any form. I have written about Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and so many more, and each one brings tears as I write, wrenches my heart, and sometimes causes me to despise much of mankind. My writer-blogger-friend Gronda has the courage to put the monkey on the proper back, to place the blame for the increase in racially-based hate crimes right where it belongs. Please, if you read no other post today, read Gronda’s top-notch piece. Many, many thanks, Gronda!

    • Dear Horty,

      This state of affairs is not just sad, it is terrifying to too many peoples. So many are living in fear. This is in no way normal.

      As always, thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • You are most welcome, my dear friend!! Any time … it’s like we are all living on needles and pins and walking on eggshells!! Peace …. many hugs!!

  4. Dear Mz. Gronda,
    How dare you! Yes, how dare you actually put truth into words! It is actually amazing to see that someone finally has enough intestinal fortitude to put into words what the MSM fake news outlets are too frightened to allow to grace their pages! Well done and IMO perhaps it is time to start a “Gronda For President 2020” movement!

  5. A case could be made that the militarization of our police force is a bi-partisan decision, one created and implemented out of fear and greed. The private, for-profit prison industrial complex is a multi-billion dollar business for the state. Repubs and Dems allowed this to happen under the Obama Administration. Racial crimes, cops murdering civilians has risen exponentially due to policies which foster this environment.
    I don’t believe the GOP are actively promoting racial violence and discrimination, they’re just not doing anything about it, just like the Dems b/c it’s so ridiculously profitable! 😦

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      I respectfully disagree with your premise. The private, for-profit prison industrial complex has been a creation of the right as they want to privatize almost everything. The Dems had taken steps to end this with Federal prisons but republicans, now in the majority have reversed this.

      This has been one of the unintended consequences of the 1994 federal crime bill signed by President Clinton.

      There is no moral equivalency between the republicans and the democrats on this issue. But the Democrats have failed to make this a major campaign issue which I believe is a mistake.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Great points you’ve made, I cannot refute your facts. However Dems have been complicit by their silence as their states stand to benefit greatly from privatization.

        Hell, even Hillary Clinton used prisoners as unpaid laborers when she was the first lady of Arkansas.

        “When we moved in, I was told that using prison labor at the governor’s mansion was a longstanding tradition, which kept down costs,” Clinton wrote. “I was apprehensive, but I agreed to abide by the tradition until I had a chance to see for myself how the inmates behaved around me and my family.”

        Clinton described how many of the laborers were convicted murderers and how they were preferred over those convicted of property crimes. She also noted that many of the prisoners who worked in the governor’s mansion were black.

        “I discovered, as I had been told I would, that we had far fewer disciplinary problems with inmates who were in for murder than those who had committed property crimes,” Clinton wrote. “In fact, over the years we lived there we became friendly with a few of them, African-American men in their thirties who had already served twelve to eighteen years of their sentences.”

        Social media erupted with strong reaction to Clinton’s words. Samuel Sinyangwe, co-founder of Campaign Zero, a group linked to the Black Lives Matter movement, could not believe the news and retweeted people who compared the prison labor to modern day slavery.

        http://freebeacon.com/issues/clinton-using-prison-labor-causes-social-media-erupt/

    • Dear !EarthUnited,

      This is the perfect example to show you the difference between the two parties. I had heard about these details being a part of her book. In the case of Hillary Clinton, if this is not “fake news,” it will be the democrats skewering her for this. She better never run for elected office again. She would NOT BE WELL RECEIVED.

      But the republicans are not holding one of their own accountable in the same manner.

  6. Gronda, like you, I left the GOP in 2006 and cited three reasons. I did get out before the Tea Party and even more extremists joined the party and were catered to with hate filled rhetoric.

    But, to me the GOP demise started with not being very truthful with Americans which was easy to do with the abetting Fox News. My three principal reasons for leaving back in 2006, still hold true today.

    – the stance on climate change – simply if a party cannot address the major threat to our planet, how can I trust with other things?
    – the unhealthy embrace of the NRA and evangelicals. Reasonable people become unreasonable not thinking like parents or Christians for that matter.
    – A tendency to make things up. Someone would say something without data, Fox would repeat, someone else would say it and now it became true. This is the modus operandi for Trump. Both parties embellish the truth, but it is not even close with the GOP making up so many stories.

    The sad thing is each of these reasons still exist eleven years later.
    Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I wonder if there are current studies of how many republicans have become independent voters over the past decade. I bet we aren’t the only ones. As they cater to the alt-right, they are loosing voters like us. Then maybe they don’t want the RINO’s votes which is what the conservative republicans would call me.

      Hugs, Gronda

  7. Several years ago this post would have been classified as either horror or science fiction. “Never in the U.S.,” we would have said. But not now. How much farther can this government fall into a pit of error, lies, and denial. 😦 — Suzanne

  8. I quit the republican party..it denied climate changes, it pushed no gun control at all and used their cronies in the NRA to push the false narrative of Bill and Hillary wanting to destroy the second amendment. good grief, that was a long time ago. You’d think they could come up with a different fear mongering tactic than the same old thing.

    • Dear Suze,

      The republican party has lost its soul for thirty pieces of silver (a few votes). Republicans helped a racist, a Russian asset and a man with no moral compass, to get elected. They have a lot to answer for and I can only hope they are held accountable in future elections.

      Hugs, Gronda

  9. Shades of the Nuremburg trials could be upcoming if Republicans condone the actions he took to excuse the alt right violence in Charlettesville in his insane speech on Tuesday.

    • Dear Usfman,

      This time, republicans can’t hide. They will have to take a stand and they must know, that their answers will be a part of all future campaigns and elections.

      Hugs, Gronda

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