Reposting: Why Has the GOP Become the Party of Ignorance, Anti-science, Denial, and Hatred? This Audio is Essential Listening.

August 16, 2017

This might seem off-topic, but it’s really not, because it gets to the roots of the cultural division we have in the US, a division that wasn’t created by the Republican party, but which, since the 1960s, has been consciously targeted, amplified, and exploited for electoral gain. (strong caution: frequent use of the N word)

UPDATE:

(for more: See Wiki.)

Lee Atwater, the Godfather of Below the Belt Dogwhistle politics, gives above an unguarded description of how he aims at exploiting racial tension and fear to further his goals.  This is the tap root of talk radio, Fox News, and the divisions of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion and race that we saw so fully developed in the past decade, and which have finally driven a once-great party into its current, extreme, salivating, anti-science, unelectable frenzy.  The specificity with which Atwater lays it out is stunning.

A few leading republicans are starting to recognize this and call it what it is.  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl has now stepped forward to call out what his party has become.  The Stupid Party.

Politico:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and make a concerted effort to reach a broader swath of voters with an inclusive economic message that pre-empts efforts to caricature the GOP as the party of the rich.

In his first interview since his party’s electoral thumping last week, Jindal urged Republicans to both reject anti-intellectualism and embrace a populist-tinged reform approach that he said would mitigate what exit polls show was one of President Barack Obama’s most effective lines of attack against Mitt Romney.

He was just as blunt on how the GOP should speak to voters, criticizing his party for offending and speaking down to much of the electorate.

“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal said. “It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”

Another popcorn moment. Better lay in a good supply.

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5 Responses to “Reposting: Why Has the GOP Become the Party of Ignorance, Anti-science, Denial, and Hatred? This Audio is Essential Listening.”

  1. andrewfez Says:

    The Republicans couldn’t win on economic issues. FDR’s socialist democracy model that started to correct the free market driven impoverishment of the common man was just too popular. So they sought topics to divide the country: racial issues, gun issues, abortion issues, &c. in order to get people to vote against their own economic interests.

  2. Tom Bates Says:

    I see the posters are busy rewriting history again. The democrats were the party of slavery oppression of blacks both before the Civil War and after in reconstruction.
    In more modern times they run cities like Chicago, Detroit and Flint where you have destruction, health failures and unemployment. NYC had high crime rates, elected a republican, the rates went down , elected a democrat and the rates went up. Nixon invented the EPA to help fix the environment. Bush’s tried to respond to a foreign group who want us dead unlike say Clinton who thought a single bombing run would fix things. Obama response to racial tensions was to make more racial tensions same with environmental disagreements. Democrats win elections not based on policy but on hate and division and have done so for decades.


  3. and which have finally driven a once-great party into its current, extreme, salivating, anti-science, unelectable frenzy.

    “unelectable”? Then why is the POTUS, 240 House Representatives out of 435 members, and 34 governors out of 50 members of the GOP?


    • and 32 state legislatures? (sorry, forgot)

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Read “Dark Money”. Look at Citizens United and the gerrymandering cases in the courts. The rich on the far right have been slowly using their money to buy (steal) the country for 40 years. And to their great shame, the Democrats have joined the Repugnants or at least stood by as it happened.

      I too wonder about “unelectable”—things may have gone so far that it may be too late to turn it around—especially if Trump manages to appoint more RWNJ judges.


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