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Mon Nov 6, 2017, 07:49 PM

What is your opinion of the present Republican Party?

Have they sold out to Trump and the Russians, in their attempt to ignore everything, and to concentrate on a tax cut for the wealthy?

Is this the lowest depths that they have gone since the Great Depression?

How many are actually putting their country over Party?

They made their bed and now they will have to sleep in it?

Can someone tell us one good thing the Republicans have done for the people?

They cannot be trusted?

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Reply What is your opinion of the present Republican Party? (Original post)
kentuck Nov 2017 OP
Iggo Nov 2017 #1
ProudMNDemocrat Nov 2017 #2
PJMcK Nov 2017 #28
50 Shades Of Blue Nov 2017 #3
yortsed snacilbuper Nov 2017 #4
Voltaire2 Nov 2017 #5
ornotna Nov 2017 #6
Twitler Nov 2017 #7
kerry-is-my-prez Nov 2017 #8
J_William_Ryan Nov 2017 #9
DonViejo Nov 2017 #10
yortsed snacilbuper Nov 2017 #11
C_U_L8R Nov 2017 #12
chaking53 Nov 2017 #13
malaise Nov 2017 #14
rzemanfl Nov 2017 #15
Matthew28 Nov 2017 #16
democratisphere Nov 2017 #17
Skittles Nov 2017 #18
Wounded Bear Nov 2017 #19
Stuart G Nov 2017 #20
MatthewG. Nov 2017 #21
Initech Nov 2017 #22
Vogon_Glory Nov 2017 #23
gopiscrap Nov 2017 #24
DFW Nov 2017 #25
doc03 Nov 2017 #26
Break time Nov 2017 #27
Gothmog Nov 2017 #29
quartz007 Nov 2017 #30
onecaliberal Nov 2017 #31
delisen Nov 2017 #32
LBM20 Nov 2017 #33
Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2017 #34
nini Nov 2017 #35
3catwoman3 Nov 2017 #36
GeorgeGist Nov 2017 #37
Awsi Dooger Nov 2017 #38
McCamy Taylor Nov 2017 #39
SamKnause Nov 2017 #40

Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 07:52 PM

1. Office-holders or Voters?

The office-holders are thieves and liars.

The voters are idiots and assholes.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 07:52 PM

2. The Republicans are Sellouts.......


Republicans have sold their souls .......

to their Corporate Masters.

to the NRA

to the Rich

to the Russians

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:23 PM

28. AGREED

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 07:53 PM

3. Scum of the earth.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 07:55 PM

4. A mixture of KKK and Nazi.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 07:56 PM

5. corrupt party of oligarchs, fascist nutjobs, evangeloons, and dim-witted libertarians.

The surprising development is that the dominant faction is now "fascist nutjobs". I didn't see that coming.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 07:56 PM

6. cowards who sold their souls for monetary gains. n/t

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 07:57 PM

7. They did do one good thing

 

they took off their masks and allowed us to see who they really are. So, now we can counter them. It is obvious that they have zero ideas and can't govern. Tax cuts, deregulation, removing civil liberties and gutting the social safety net are not ideas. All they stand for is saying no to progress/democrats and undoing everything that democrats do to push the nation forward. They have total control and have had decades to come up with proposals, yet they are hastily throwing together bills that have no chance to pass because they hurt the American people.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 07:58 PM

8. To be one you have to be 1) ignorant 2) bigoted 3) greedy

One or two of the above or all three.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:00 PM

9. The GOP is

comprised mostly of conservative ideologues who continue to adhere blindly to their failed, wrongheaded economic policies, religious extremists hostile to the privacy rights of women and the equal protection rights of gay Americans, and reactionary libertarian loons working to drag America back to an idealized past that never actually existed to begin with.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:00 PM

10. Immoral, authoritarian, untrustworthy, liars, hypocrites,

the blind leading the blinder, duplicitous, traitors, totally lacking leadership skills and they don't give a damn.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:00 PM

11. If they love putin so much,

why don't they move to Russia?

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:08 PM

12. Oh where to start...

Compulsive Liars. Up is down.
Fiscally Irresponsible. They sink the economy and run up the debt, every time.
Unsound on National Security (more wars anyone?)
Phony Christians (the sanctimony just stinks)
Not Very Intelligent. Hey, they actually read Ayn Rand. Say no more.
Greedy and Self-Absorbed. Narcissistic.
Heartless (from gun control to healthcare to immigration)
Racist, bigoted, misogynist, spiteful, totally despicable.
Bumbling (well thank goodness they can't get anything done without tripping over themselves)



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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:16 PM

13. the same selfish elitists they have ALWAYS been!!!

 

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:18 PM

14. THUGS, ReTHUGs

ReTHUGs (from top to bottom)

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:26 PM

15. Same opinion I have held since 2000, I would not piss on one if they were on fire. n/t

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:26 PM

16. Bad

They want to turn us into a fascist religious state where the rich have all the resources.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:29 PM

17. Office holders: guardians of the wealthiest.

Voters: a bunch of angry lost lemmings.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:39 PM

18. treasonous bastards

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Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:41 PM

19. Someone I can't vote for...

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Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:42 PM

20. Most Selfish Ass**les.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:44 PM

21. The Worst Political Institution in the Western World

What do I think of today’s Republicans?

Today’s Republican Party is, at the national level anyway, the source of all of America’s political problems. Honest conservatives not in hock to the GOP’s institutions, like Norm Ornstein (of the American Enterprise Institute), will often admit this.

Reminiscent of Communist Parties of old, today’s Republicans common blind, unswerving adherence to an ideology - movement conservatism - with reckless indifference to the truth. Since Party dogma holds that Conservatism cannot fail, it can only be failed, truth is usually the first casualty when Republican malefeasance or misdoing comes up. There’s probably about two hundred examples of this I could give, but the one which personally galls me the most is the bit of Republican rhetorical wizardry by which the Democratic Party is blamed for all America’s racial problems ; this is based in a partial historical truth (Southern Democrats indeed supported Jim Crow) and a willful, perverse blindness to the realities of Nixon’s Southern Strategy, the support for Civil Rights given by every liberal intellectual and institution of that era, and modern conservatism’s deliberate exploitation of White racial fears for the last several decades. Much like Communist propaganda which claimed Soviet efficiency led to prosperity, no one seriously believes that today’s Republican Party is the heir to the Civil Rights movement - everyone understands that the exact opposite is true, that they are the heirs of Bull Connor and his dogs - but the official propaganda line is touted at every opportunity. It’s utterly perverse and wicked - and simply accepted as normal Republican Party discourse. (Incidentally, as the LGBT community continues to move into the mainstream, expect future generations of American conservative hacks to claim that the Republican Party was always the party that supported same-sex marriage rights. “We were the party of personal freedom in the 1990’s”, the line will go, “with Republican leaders like Dick Cheney supporting same-sex marriage before Democratic leaders like Barack Obama.”)

Corrupt to the core - compare net indictments of Republican Presidents and Presidential appointees in the last 50 years to those of Democrats - the GOP holds power not through competent governance but by appealing to the basest White ethnic and religious fears. (In this, I am slightly thankful for Trump, who has fully exposed this game to any sentient observer.) Contemptuous of their own base, their primary policy concern, beyond gerrymandering districts to ensure their own power, is keeping the tax burden on their donor class as low as possible. Offering no economic or policy strategy beyond tax cuts, the GOP is incapable of improving the lives of their own supporters in any meaningful way.


One could reasonably argue that liberals - today’s liberals, anyway - hate conservatives, but they don’t generally view that rancor as a policy concern. Liberals want better health care for poor people, cleaner air and water, and fewer wars abroad ; not ideals always met in practice, but decent ideals nonetheless. Today’s conservatives see their own hatred of liberals as a core policy concern, perhaps the most important of all policy concerns. This is sadly not an exaggeration - two of my friends recently moved from being wholly apolitical to Trump supporters ; when I asked them why, their response was an endless series of tirades at his liberal critics. All this can be laid squarely at the feet of the Republican Party, which has aggressively demonized “liberals” for decades, the source of all our present levels of partisan discord. (Individual liberals certainly do hate conservatives, but the Democratic Party’s own institutions and spokespersons haven’t actively demonized “conservatives” or attempted to convince the public that “conservatives” are a subversive fifth column.)

European observers of American politics, even European conservatives, consistently remark upon the ideological rancor and unpleasantness of the Republican Party. No where in the industrialized world can one find anything remotely comparable to it ; a political party which encourages religious fundamentalism as a vehicle for its own political aspirations, a persistent institutional denier of scientific truths accepted by all educated persons in every country in the world, a body in a supposedly democratic country more reliant on a massive propaganda outlet than policy argumentation, and a vehicle for every conceivable form of bigotry in the service of nothing more than debt-financed tax cuts on the wealthiest citizens.

At best a parasite, at worst a body of third-rate fascists, the modern Republican Party is everything wrong with America. It’s only positive feature is that - in its current manifestation anyway - it is surely doomed by demographics, though we may yet have to endure its yoke for a few more decades at least.


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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:45 PM

22. The hardcore racists have taken over.

And made it about race. They are no longer the party of Lincoln. They are the party of Infowars and Fox News. They are the party of Alex Jones and the religious right. The crazies have taken over.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 08:51 PM

23. I have come to believe that the Republican Party is an amoral party

Dedicated to maintaining its hold on power and serving kleptocracy. The Republican Party has thrown the interests of the average man and woman in the USunder the bus, shamelessly prostitutes itself to the fossil fuel industry and banksters, and has ceased to give a rat’s rump about the long-term interests of the people and the republic of the United States of America. Their professions of patriotism and devotion to the US Constitution are hollowed-out fables and their leadership aspires to service.the oligarchy, not the common man and woman.

The willingness of today’s Republican Party to plot with agents of unfriendly powers shamefully demonstrates that this is not a party devoted to the republic of the USA, but a corrupt, Latin-American-style oligarchical Party. In sum, a banana Republican Party.

I do not say this lightly. I come from a family of older-school Republicans, ones that were genuine patriots and feared the rise of authoritarianism. Nevertheless I believe what I just wrote is true.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:05 PM

24. absolute shit stain, fucked up scum of the earth

needs to crawl under a rock and painfully wither away

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:16 PM

25. They have degenerated and deteriorated to appeal to the basest human instincts

Egged on by Fox Noise and National Hate Radio, they have let themselves be manipulated into a party that despises logic, empathy, knowledge or rationality. They don't completely lack cleverness. They despise poverty, but they don't mock it, as they manage to draw plenty of support from the ignorant poor that their policies have created/maintained.

They are a party of empty, appealing slogans with the short-term gratification and empty calories of Sugar Pops. Trump is not their embarrassment. He is their epitome.

The graver matter is what should be our opinion of ourselves that we, the people of the United States, not only let this happen, but are citizens of a country of which 40% or more of the citizenry finds the situation we are in not to be a predicament, but bliss?

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:19 PM

26. All of the above but they are winning and I don't see the Democratic

party getting their act together.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:21 PM

27. They may have made the bed

But we are the ones who have to sleep in it....

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:25 PM

29. Trump will either destroy the GOP or remake it into his flawed image

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:25 PM

30. Trump will finish the job

 

of destroying the GOP for 3 decades.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:35 PM

31. Traitors.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:39 PM

32. So low now I would like see it wither away.


It has become a collection of the worst elements.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:42 PM

33. LARGELY (not totally) tribal, brainwashed, racist, and uninformed. A sad and pathetic bunch, mostly.

 

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:51 PM

34. I think most party members, in trying to underpin an already dubious conservative philosophy...

...stumbled ass-backwards into a perfect storm of racism, greed, and narcissism which wound up taking over everything, overwhelming any other messages they might have had. With each lurch to the right they gave a political home to more of the country's "deplorables."

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 09:52 PM

35. Evil

Pure freaking evil.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 10:21 PM

36. Soul-sucking...

...dementors.

"Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them... Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself... soulless and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life."

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 10:50 PM

37. Hang 'em high.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 11:15 PM

38. Simplistic scared white males

And catering to them

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Nov 6, 2017, 11:21 PM

39. Most of them are scared shitless that Bannon will force

them out in their own primaries. So they won't say or do anything to draw attention to themselves. A few are on the Russia payroll, but most are just spineless. And greedy. Your average Republican wants a big slice of the Citizens United pie--and then a nice, comfortable industry job once his or her term in office is over. Citizens United will not last forever, so they have to solicit the bribes now if they are to get rich from politics.

Greedy. Spineless. With a handful of actual traitors and Neo-Nazis thrown in to the mix. Yum.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Nov 7, 2017, 04:26 AM

40. Evil liars intentionally destroying this country.

They represent the rich and connected.

They always put party over country.

They intentionally ignore facts to push their destructive agenda.

They want the U.S. to become a Christian Theocracy controlled by unregulated corporations.

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