We talk a lot of about Republicans and the right wing, but why? How many progressives truly understand what their ideology is about? I don’t mean reflexively being against them because you’re supposed to be. I’m talking about what the base of the Republican Party actually stands for. This is something that all voters should know, which means we should be letting everyone know every chance we get. It’s probably the key to the progressive movement right now.
Don’t worry if it makes no sense; that just means you’re sane. Let’s be real; it’s how they have been able to run the government into the ground over the last 40 years or so. Their political movement is radical and they are best known as “neoconservatives.” This is why I despise the constant use of “conservative” to describe them. It is both unfair and inaccurate because “neocons” are batshit crazy and they are in no way, shape or form, actually conservative. These are the most radical factions in this country, and they have all been recruited by the GOP to gang up on us to move the country back to the ’50s – and not even the 1950s, but the 1850s. Although, if we’re being honest, the time Republicans seem to envision seems to have never existed. When the history of this generation is written, this is likely to be considered the darkest and dumbest period in American history. We have allowed the current Republican Party to gain outsized influence in government and the results have been enormous stagnation and a decided lack of progress, which would seem to be antithetical to being “progressive,” given the root word of the name we call ourselves. And why would we expect otherwise? We can deal with “conservative” politics; the word “conservative” implies constraint, but there is absolutely none of that in their movement.
The current version of the Republican Party believes in things that are nearly incomprehensible to any sentient human being. Their ideology is wholly irrational and consists of a host of contradictory policy positions. Even those who claim to be strong, loyal adherents to the ideology have a difficult time articulating what it is about. It’s not only because they’re generally really stupid; it’s because their ideology isn’t actually “about” anything. The basic premise of the neocon approach to governance is based on two firm beliefs; that government is some sort of autonomous body acting on its own, without our input; and that government, by its very nature, is incompetent to do much of anything, which means it should have as little responsibility as possible. In neocon parlance, “responsibility” and “power” are synonymous.
A lot of politicians and others claim we can’t trust politicians, but otherwise rational politicians tend to only adopt such a viewpoint rhetorically, so as to get votes from the most cynical people in the system. We saw a little of that with the Bernie Stans and their constant whining about “the status quo” and “the establishment,” but neocons are worse because they view government that way even after they’re sworn in and working on the inside. Republicans who have been in Washington for 30 years or more talk about themselves as “outsiders” because the neocons demand it. Republicans never brag about their accomplishments because they’re not allowed to have any if they want Republican votes. The ideological absolutism of the neocons’ core followers is such that neocon politicians can’t afford to be the least bit pragmatic while in office. This is why they can’t get anything done. Their batshit crazy followers believe so strongly that government is incompetent to do anything, that Republicans who get elected must prove them correct.
The very concept that the government is incompetent is absurd. When the economy crashes, it’s not ExxonMobil or General Motors who bail the government out, it’s the other way around. And there are certain things that should not be subject to market forces, such as public utilities, life-saving drugs and functions like prisons and courts, whichquite literally hold people’s lives in their hands. Yet, the neocon vision, which guides the GOP ideology, believes that markets are golden and should guide everything in our lives. They want to privatize everything because they firmly believe that everything that happens in our society is better handled by for-profit entities. They believe that schools run for the benefit of a handful of shareholders are better than schools run by the people in the community. They think jails and prisons that are operated from the perspective of profit, in which longer stays mean bigger profits are better for… whom, exactly?
If thinking about what these idiots believe has you scratching your head, you’re in good company. They are trying to elect politicians to office who refuse to do anything for the people because they essentially are not allowed to do anything constructive. When people vote for any Republican right now, they are voting for either obstruction or inaction because that’s what matches the neocon perspective.
Obviously, when elected officials have no choice but to prove that the government they are running to work for is incompetent, not much good can happen. The best we can hope for is incompetence. That’s because, if we allow them to implement their extremely radical agenda, it will result in near-complete disaster. We know this because it always does. It’s time for these people to go. It should be easy, since they’re all in one party now. Just advocate against the GOP and we’re home free. The only thing stopping us from completely eradicating them are unicorn progressives, who demand purity and perfection in the Democratic Party. When you have two parties and one is purely evil, your asinine proclamations of “lesser of two evils” voting just brands you as ignorant. Just tell voters what Republicans stand for and we should be able to establish a permanent Democratic majority. While such a majority may not be purely progressive, at least it would be sane.
And wouldn’t sane be a welcome change?