'He was sent to us': at church rally, evangelicals worship God and Trump
Richard Luscombe in Miami
https: //www. theguardian. com/us-news/2020/jan/03/trump-florida-evangelical-rally-king-jesus
<blockquote>Opinion: The GOP is now just the party of white grievance
Michael Gerson. Columnist
March 1, 2021
https: //www .washingtonpost .com/opinions/the-gop-is-now-just-the-party-of-white-grievance/2021/03/01/67679480-7ab9-11eb-85cd-9b7fa90c8873_story . html
One of the poisonous legacies of Donald Trump’s presidency has been to expand the boundaries of expressible prejudice. Through the explicit practice of White-identity politics, Trump has obviated the need for code words and dog whistles. Thus his strongest supporters during the Jan. 6 riot felt free to carry Confederate battle flags and wear “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirts without fear of reproof from their political allies. Many in the crowd surely didn’t consider themselves racists, but they were perfectly willing to make common cause with racists. In social effect, it is a distinction without a difference.
The result has been an illuminating but horrifying clarity. A periodical called American Greatness — the closest Trumpism gets to an intellectual house organ — recently published an article by Alexander Zubatov that provided a night tour of New York City. Addicts he encountered lay in “piles of rags and filth and the stench of their own excrement.” Some “brown bums” were “like ungainly insects going through the motion of a mating ritual.” The city and nation, he explains, are filled with “a growing mass of fat, lazy leeches, slugs, thugs, gangbangers, rule-breakers, whiners and perpetual ne’er-do-wells.” ...
... No one could possibly accuse White evangelicals of consistently defending this view of humanity in the Republican coalition. There have been only scattered peeps of protest as an agenda of dehumanization has advanced. The complete lack of a debate on these matters is an indictment. At some point, the issue ceases to be hypocrisy, because hypocrisy requires the existence of a standard.</blockquote>
<blockquote>The G.O.P. Isn’t Going to Split Apart Anytime Soon
But is the party in danger of fracturing over its wavering commitment to democracy?
By Jamelle Bouie
www .nytimes .com/2021/03/09/opinion/republican-party-trump-split . html
There is no rule that says American political parties can’t die, and there was a time when it was quite common.
And not just in the 19th century either. The first decades of the 20th century, for example, saw the rise and fall of the Socialist Party, with Eugene V. Debs at its head. The short-lived Progressive Party came to life as a platform for the revived presidential ambitions of Theodore Roosevelt, and the Populist Party swept through much of America in the last years of the 19th century as a vehicle for the interests of farmers and laborers.
The long list of now-defunct American political parties includes ...
... As much as you can see some of these dynamics within today’s Republican Party, there’s also nothing comparable to the division and factionalism that tore the Whigs apart. A rump faction of the discontented notwithstanding, the official Republican Party is united behind Donald Trump and his anti-voting agenda. ...</blockquote>
It's another good read, the ending caught me off guard. Well, done. It's sort of a cold slap that rattled this casual reader out of his complacency and forced me to review his story and history and think it through in a way I probably wouldn't have without the author's skill.