A Congressional candidate body-slams a reporter for asking a reasonable question. The next day, a governor threatens to shoot reporters while at a gun range to sign a bill lowering the cost of handgun licenses. A House Republican states violence is justified when reporters deserve it. Our illustrious “president” shoves the Montenegrin prime minister out of the way so he can preen and gloat before cameras. That same man has called the media “scum,” “dishonest,” “not good people,” “sleazy,” “fake news,” and “among the worst human beings” he has ever met.
Couple these with the massive tax break to the richest 1 percent disguised as a “healthcare” bill, a budget proposal that imposes sadistic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps, WIC, the EPA, public education, HUD, labor, and others. Add to that the deification of anything that fires projectiles at other human beings, and we’ve got a mafia-style bush league posing as a legitimate political party.
The Grand Old Party–the party of former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower–has officially become the party of thugs and thieves.
Last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced in a report on domestic extremism that the Republican Party has become America’s foremost advocate for right-wing hate, and that its rhetoric is fueling an increase in hate groups.
Right-wing hate groups increased after President Barack Obama’s election. However, their numbers were declining recently until demagogic fear-mongering racists like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz took center stage to encourage their base to lash out at convenient scapegoats like Muslims and Mexicans.
SPLC President Mark Potok said:
“We have real enablers in the political mainstream who are helping the ideas of the radical right grow. We are living in an era of incredible political irresponsibility.”
“It should be a bigger deal that Republicans, in this case Montana GOP/Greg Gianforte, use label ‘liberal’ as an excuse to assault people. This should trouble people. When a group of people are singled out and targeted for violence, it should raise alarm bells. It should be even more alarming that so many conservatives justified the, as described by one of the local Fox News reporters who witnessed it, brutal assault.”
“This is the Republican Party, party of ‘law and order,’ perp edition. They are on the side of the perpetrators, not the law.”
Republicans used to be associated with and are often still called “conservative.” “Conservative” means:
“Marked by moderation or caution; marked by or relating to traditional norms of taste, elegance, style, or manners.”
Attacking a reporter, promulgating aggression toward our fourth estate, is not conservative. It’s radical, and this Republican Party has strayed miles from its conservative ideology.