At this inaugural moment, Republicans should consider Lao Tzu’s warning: conduct your victory as a funeral. Your gloat of power could turn on you. For the next four years, or forty, or four hundred, you could be making America groan again.
After eight years of disloyal, insulting, relentless ridicule and obstruction of our decent president, after blatant racism and bully threats, after gerrymandering of congressional districts and voter suppression, after stoking the worst in us, after flippantly ignoring and excusing blatant Russian and FBI manipulation of our civic process – they are utterly in power. Republicans have systematically taken-over all levels of our government ─ from the presidency to the counties.
It must be hard for them to get Noam Chomsky’s assessment: Republicans are the most destructive force on the planet today.
Overstated? Trump’s choices for Secretary of State, EPA head, and Attorney General show his enabling the Republican addiction to sicken our environment with old fossil fuels (no matter what they’re doing to us and future generations) and to their toxic tactic to cynically insult, obstruct, defund, attack and ruin our government.
Whereas Democrats were the party of Social Security, the Republicans have become the party of Antisocial Insecurity.
Yet, paradoxically, I’ve never known a Republican I didn’t also like. My dad and uncle were Republicans who valued individual initiative and a balanced budget. But I doubt they’d be proud of this new batch, and I wonder how decent Republicans can be or should.
So, show us what you’ve got, Republicans! But remember, if you break our government, worsen our environment, pit citizens and regions against each other, and foment needless wars – voters will rightfully resent and reject this deplorable Republican Party for generations to come.