Subject: Re: And Don't Forget A List n' Show For Jerr
On 2/6/2018 4:01 PM, Clave wrote:
> On 2/6/2018 3:30 PM, Dutch wrote:
>> Wouldn't it be great if anyone could have the cops investigated
>> whenever they were investigating you?
> Is anyone else reminded of one of the eleventy-nine Hillary
> investigations, the one based on that "Clinton Cash" fantasy? The FBI
> openly said they were using it as the basis for investigating the
> Clinton Foundation.
> Despite the source being blitheringly partisan, Democrats pretty much
> universally not only didn't try to interfere, but actively *wanted* the
> investigation to run its course, regardless of the outcome.
> Anyone claiming with a straight face any more that Republicans operate
> in good faith (LOFL!) is merely admitting that they're complicit, that
> they're just fine with fascist authoritarianism, and that questions of
> right and wrong are now judged solely on whether they help or hurt their
> From the Atlantic, a 'splainer on why bipartisanship is no longer in
> our country's best interests, by actual real non-partisans who agree
> with many traditional GOP values:
> We have both spent our professional careers strenuously avoiding
> partisanship in our writing and thinking. We have both done work
> that is, in different ways, ideologically eclectic, and that
> has—over a long period of time—cast us as not merely
> nonpartisans but antipartisans. Temperamentally, we agree with
> the late Christopher Hitchens: Partisanship makes you stupid. We
> are the kind of voters who political scientists say barely
> exist—true independents who scour candidates’ records in order
> to base our votes on individual merit, not party brand.
> This, then, is the article we thought we would never write: a
> frank statement that a certain form of partisanship is now a
> moral necessity. The Republican Party, as an institution, has
> become a danger to the rule of law and the integrity of our
> democracy. The problem is not just Donald Trump; it’s the larger
> political apparatus that made a conscious decision to enable
> him. In a two-party system, nonpartisanship works only if both
> parties are consistent democratic actors. If one of them is not
> predictably so, the space for nonpartisans evaporates. We’re
> thus driven to believe that the best hope of defending the
> country from Trump’s Republican enablers, and of saving the
> Republican Party from itself, is to do as Toren Beasley did:
> vote mindlessly and mechanically against Republicans at every
> opportunity, until the party either rights itself or implodes
> (very preferably the former).
That's a great piece. I hope a lot of people are thinking this way.
Donald Trump is a malignancy on American conservatism.