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David Brooks    Posted 12-08-2017 at 12:38:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • The GOP is Rotting
  • By David Brooks
    Dec. 7, 2017

    A lot of good, honorable Republicans used to believe there was a safe middle ground. You didnít have to tie yourself hip to hip with Donald Trump, but you didnít have to go all the way to the other extreme and commit political suicide like the dissident Jeff Flake, either. You could sort of float along in the middle, and keep your head down until this whole Trump thing passed.

    Now itís clear that middle ground doesnít exist. Thatís because Donald Trump never stops asking. First, he asked the party to swallow the idea of a narcissistic sexual harasser and a routine liar as its party leader. Then he asked the party to accept his comprehensive ignorance and his politics of racial division. Now he asks the party to give up its reputation for fiscal conservatism. At the same time he asks the party to become the party of Roy Moore, the party of bigotry, alleged sexual harassment and child assault.

    There is no end to what Trump will ask of his party. He is defined by shamelessness, and so there is no bottom. And apparently there is no end to what regular Republicans are willing to give him. Trump may soon ask them to accept his firing of Robert Mueller, and yes, after some sighing, they will accept that, too.

    Thatís the way these corrupt bargains always work. You think youíre only giving your tormentor a little piece of yourself, but he keeps asking and asking, and before long he owns your entire soul.

    The Republican Party is doing harm to every cause it purports to serve. If Republicans accept Roy Moore as a United States senator, they may, for a couple years, have one more vote for a justice or a tax cut, but they will have made their party loathsome for an entire generation. The pro-life cause will be forever associated with moral hypocrisy on an epic scale. The word ďevangelicalĒ is already being discredited for an entire generation. Young people and people of color look at the Trump-Moore G.O.P. and they are repulsed, maybe forever.

    You donít help your cause by wrapping your arms around an alleged sexual predator and a patriarchic bigot. You donít help your cause by putting the pursuit of power above character, by worshiping at the feet of some loutish man or another, by claiming the ends justify any means. You donít successfully rationalize your own tawdriness by claiming your opponents are satanic. You donít save Christianity by betraying its message.

    ďWhat shall it profit a man,Ē Jesus asked, ďif he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?Ē The current Republican Party seems to not understand that question. Donald Trump seems to have made gaining the world at the cost of his soul his entire lifeís motto.

    Itís amazing that there havenít been more Republicans like Mitt Romney who have said: ďEnough is enough! I can go no further!Ē

    The reason, I guess, is that the rot that has brought us to the brink of Senator Roy Moore began long ago. Starting with Sarah Palin and the spread of Fox News, the G.O.P. traded an ethos of excellence for an ethos of hucksterism.

    The Republican Party I grew up with admired excellence. It admired intellectual excellence (Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley), moral excellence (John Paul II, Natan Sharansky) and excellent leaders (James Baker, Jeane Kirkpatrick). Populism abandoned all that ó and had to by its very nature. Excellence is hierarchical. Excellence requires work, time, experience and talent. Populism doesnít believe in hierarchy. Populism doesnít demand the effort required to understand the best that has been thought and said. Populism celebrates the quick slogan, the impulsive slash, the easy ignorant assertion. Populism is blind to mastery and embraces mediocrity.

    Compare the tax cuts of the supply-side era with the tax cuts of today. There were three big cuts in the earlier era: the 1978 capital gains tax cut, the Kemp-Roth tax cut of 1981, and the 1986 tax reform. They were passed with bipartisan support, after a lengthy legislative process. All of them responded to the dominant problem of the moment, which was the stagflation and economic sclerosis. All rested on a body of serious intellectual work.

    Liberals now associate supply-side economics with the Laffer Curve, but that was peripheral. Supply-side was based on Sayís Law, that supply creates its own demand. It was based on the idea that if you rearrange incentives for small entrepreneurs you are more likely to get start-ups and more innovation. Those cuts were embraced by Nobel Prize winners and represented an entire social vision, favoring the dispersed entrepreneurs over the concentrated corporate fat cats.

    Todayís tax cuts have no bipartisan support. They have no intellectual grounding, no body of supporting evidence. They do not respond to the central crisis of our time. They have no vision of the common good, except that Republican donors should get more money and Democratic donors should have less.

    The rot afflicting the G.O.P. is comprehensive ó moral, intellectual, political and reputational. More and more former Republicans wake up every day and realize: ďIím homeless. Iím politically homeless.Ē

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 12-09-2017 at 07:53:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • While the GOP may or may not be rotting, your party has lost over 1,000 local and state level elections over the last 8 years. What does that say about how regular folks feel about you libtards?

    steveVa    Posted 12-10-2017 at 13:37:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I could not agree more.
    Never before have we seen such a bunch of wining cry babies!!!
    All these celebrites, both news media and political, biting the dust; is most encouraging. Maybe he is actually draining the swamp.
    Just goes to show you how much hiprocacy lives in the liberal world.

    Island Mike    Posted 12-09-2017 at 02:27:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I just got chewed out tonight by a lady who pinned me with all the male baddies of late. What I said had nothing to do with any of it. Like her, if you want to rant on, go ahead. Gathering together bits from here and there, and trying to make a cohesive argument, does no more than tell me things are not going well at home for you. Like the others have said, there are folks that can help you with this problem.

    Island Mike

    AL CT    Posted 12-08-2017 at 19:54:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • David Brooks or who ever you are, Your off their medications again. Hurry, go see your doctor at once. Don't drive or operate machinery until your condition improves.

    poderac    Posted 12-08-2017 at 15:15:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Now Mr. Brooks, just lie back on the couch and tell the good doctor what pills you are taking, and which street corner you bought them on. Another few sessions and he can get you back down to earth.

    Dean    Posted 12-08-2017 at 14:18:12 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Could be but the democrats have been rotten for decades.

    Go back under the bridge.


    steveVa    Posted 12-08-2017 at 13:49:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: POLITICS is ROTTEN Period.
  • Too many words, not enough meat. Where's the meat???
    What you fail to mention is that the Clintons are the ones revived the art of Dirty Smear Politics. They attack their opponent while promising a bunch of vague cliches.
    My opponent is a child molester and I will make our schools better! My opponent is a closet rapist and I am going to make the planet cleaner. These are but a few of the basics that the Dems employ. My opponent has been accused of taking bribes (mainly by them), but the news now reads their opponent is accused of bribes!!! But they are going to help the less fortunate.
    No one ever asks them what they have done for the past 4 years???
    Our country has eroded because the Dems never stop any more. They continuously make false accusations that become the news. They continuously draw attention away from the pure money trading graft that they have perfected. That is what has ruined our government.

    SelectOSpeed    Posted 12-08-2017 at 14:48:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I guess this hero forgot about his boy Bill. SoS

    Ed Gooding (VA)\    Posted 12-09-2017 at 09:10:54 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Yeah, but......
  • Slick Willie would never grab a woman by her cigar-holder, right????

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