Republicans Make Clear Their Contempt for Democracy and Civil Debate
Columnist E.J. Dionne on December 27 wrote a commentary “The Real Threat to Democracy This Year.” Excerpts:
“Here on earth,” as John F. Kennedy said, “God’s work must truly be our own.” (Zounds. A liberal quoting the Bible!)
A devotion to democracy thus ought to affect how we treat others.
…the distributions of virtue, compassion and judgment are not correlated with the distributions of power and wealth.
Democracy imposes a discipline. It demands that no fortunate group should ever claim, by virtue of its position or its educational attainments, the unchallenged right to impose its will on others.
The conservative writer William F. Buckley Jr. once said that he would rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston phone book than by the Harvard faculty.
Not surprisingly, Republicans/Trumpists found much fault with an article based on the above sentiments and expressed it in the comment section. My own initial response:
I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Boston phone book than by the people in Donald Trump’s cabinet. You can throw in Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch, and Nikki Haley. To the list of which I now add Johnny Isakson, David Perdue, Barry Loudermilk, and Karen Handel.
The Republicans, in short, who have shown us the same mentality as Joseph McCarthy, the Watergate thugs and criminals, and Spiro Agnew.
But one particularly snarky critic, gilmas8, had this to say:
“What a load of sanctimonious tripe….The election of Donald Trump has demonstrated that Americans refuse to be gagged by the liberal elites in Washington. Trump…has challenged the rights and prerogatives of the liberal elites to impose their will on the American people.”
To which I could only reply:
So it all comes down to Trump, on the one hand, and liberals, on the other. Well, thank you, gilmas8, for making the solid case for what liberals stand for! Here is what you Trumpists are for and what liberals are against:
–Being a congenital liar
–Using the fascist tactic of undermining democracy itself by lying about illegal voters
–Calling women bimbos and bragging about sexually assaulting them
–Demeaning the military service of John McCain
–Mocking the handicapped
–Demeaning the mother of a martyred Muslim-American soldier
–Using ethnic and religious slurs (“the Mexican” federal judge incapable of objective judgments)
–Inciting his followers to violence
–Supporting a child molester for U.S. Senate
–Engaging in financial conflicts of interest and nepotism
–Supporting a health care law that deprives millions, including children, of basic care
–Praising the thug Vladimir Putin
–Ignoring warnings and appointing criminals like Flynn to high-level offices
I admire your honesty, gilmas8, for admitting the depths of you Trumpists’ moral and intellectual corruption. And, yes, we liberals are the antithesis of all the above.