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A Grand Old Meltdown

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Earlier this month, while speaking via Zoom to a promising group of politically inclined high school students, I was met with an abrupt line of inquiry. “I’m sorry, but I still don’t understand,” said one young man, his pitch a blend of curiosity and exasperation. “What do Republicans believe? What does it mean to be a Republican?”

You could forgive a 17-year-old, who has come of age during Donald Trump’s reign, for failing to recognize a cohesive doctrine that guides the president’s party. The supposed canons of GOP orthodoxy—limited government, free enterprise, institutional conservation, moral rectitude, fiscal restraint, global leadership—have in recent years gone from elastic to expendable. Identifying this intellectual vacuum is easy enough. Far more difficult is answering the question of what, quite specifically, has filled it.
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I decided to call Frank Luntz. Perhaps no person alive has spent more time polling Republican voters and counseling Republican politicians than Luntz, the 58-year-old focus group guru. His research on policy and messaging has informed a generation of GOP lawmakers. His ability to translate between D.C. and the provinces—connecting the concerns of everyday people to their representatives in power—has been unsurpassed. If anyone had an answer, it would be Luntz.

“You know, I don’t have a history of dodging questions. But I don’t know how to answer that. There is no consistent philosophy,” Luntz responded. “You can’t say it’s about making America great again at a time of Covid and economic distress and social unrest. It’s just not credible.”

Luntz thought for a moment. “I think it’s about promoting—” he stopped suddenly. “But I can’t, I don’t—” he took a pause. “That’s the best I can do.”

When I pressed, Luntz sounded as exasperated as the student whose question I was relaying. . . . “I’ve tried to give you an answer and I can’t do it. You can ask it any different way. But I don’t know the answer. For the first time in my life, I don’t know the answer.”

Has the GOP become a party focused on the personality and behaviour of the President more than one that promotes specific goals? A party without a vision for the future.

“Healthy parties need to build coalitions around a shared vision that speaks to all Americans,” [Senator Ben Sasse [R-NE] told me. “Our current course is unsustainable. We’ve got a hell of a rebuilding ahead of us, whatever happens in November.”
 

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The 2020 Republican policy platform.....

RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the
President’s America-first agenda;
RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a
new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention;

RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention calls on the media to engage in
accurate and unbiased reporting, especially as it relates to the strong support of the RNC for
President Trump and his Administration; and
RESOLVED, That any motion to amend the 2016 Platform or to adopt a new platform, including
any motion to suspend the procedures that will allow doing so, will be ruled out of order.

Basically it is the 2016 platform, or whatever Trump says it is going forward.

This is how authoritarian governments operate. The agenda will be decided on a day-to-day basis by the leader.
 

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Has the GOP become a party focused on the personality and behaviour of the President more than one that promotes specific goals? A party without a vision for the future.

Luntz is worthy of further investigation. Interesting field he is in. Kinda evil. Modern Bernays.
 

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Has the GOP become a party focused on the personality and behaviour of the President more than one that promotes specific goals? A party without a vision for the future.

Their whole existence is to own the libs whatever the heck that means to them? Every institution has become the deep state, the press is the enemy of the people, folks who do not support trump are the enemy and covid is running wild and the economy is shot to hell. Is this 'owning the libs?'
 

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ZERO Republicans voted to impeach Donald Trump.
ONE Republican voted to convict Donald Trump.

Enough said. All they care about is promoting corruption by both their words and actions. I could go on forever, but nothing screams louder about their desires to make America horrible again than their behavior after September.
 
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OP Link said:
“We have an amazing ability to forget the past and to renew politically. And part of the reason is because we just love to kick out the losers,” said Arthur Brooks, the longtime American Enterprise Institute president who now teaches classes on leadership, business and happiness at Harvard. “So, if Trump loses, a lot of the people who were like, ‘We love Trump!’ are now like, “I never really liked them.’ And that’s just who we really are—political shape-shifters.”

Little glimpse of the future, one hopes, and exactly what Trump deserves: To be rapidly marginalized, ignored, and forgotten like a fart in the wind.

It should have happened in the 90s, but it's never too late to do the right thing.
 

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Republicans are rather boring but then along comes Jerry Falwell, Jr.. Wow.

Anyway, most folks are a neither. There will be a day of reckoning when the neithers outnumber both parties combined. Until then, vote for Howie!!!
 
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