Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton Administration, made a bold statement on his Facebook recently, in which he declared fully and completely that the Republican Party has officially “died.”
Donning a picture of a visibly fatigued patriotic elephant, Reich’s three paragraph post perfectly summed up the demise of the GOP at the hands of extremism, anti-intellectualism and bigotry. Starting off with, “I’m writing to you today to announce the death of the Republican Party,” Reich continues:
It is no longer a living, vital, animate organization. It has been replaced by warring tribes of rightwing zealots – evangelicals opposed to abortion, gay marriage, and science; libertarians opposed to any government constraint on private behavior; market fundamentalists convinced the “free market” can do no wrong; corporate and Wall Street titans seeking bailouts, corporate welfare, tax cuts, and deregulation; right-wing billionaires wanting more of the nation’s wealth than they own already; and white working-class Trumpoids who love Donald and hate Muslims, blacks, and Mexicans.
Reich is correct that Trump’s extremist rhetoric is tearing the GOP apart at the seams, as establishment Republicans have pushed back heavily against the idea of a Trump candidacy, including most recently The National Journal. The party of sane rationale, at the hands of great Republican presidents like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and even Ronald Reagan (for today’s standards), is no more. That party died long ago, around August 2008 when Sarah Palin emerged on the national stage. Reich tied up these facts and sentiments in a nut shell:
Each tribe has its own organization, its own sources of campaign funding, its own ideology, and its own candidates. What’s left is a lifeless shell called the Republican Party, but the Grand Old Party inside the shell is no more. I, for one, regret its passing. Our nation needs political parties to connect up different groups of Americans and to sift through prospective candidates. Without a Republican Party, nothing stands between us and a bunch of liars, bigots, egomaniacs and creeps who decide on their own to seek the Republican nomination for president.
Thank you, Robert Reich, for you eloquent eulogy of he Grand Old Party, although I must say that I don’t regret this passing. The Republican party has consistently been on the wrong side of history — wars, wars and more wars, tax breaks for the rich, denying civil rights and voting rights to their fellow Americans.
Robert Reich is supporting Bernie Sanders for presidential 2016, and has done quite a good job of assailing the clown-car that is the Republican Party.
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