Every now and then, the craven indecency of Donald Trump pushes some members of the Republican Party to stand up and say that this time, the president has gone too far. These are supposedly the GOP’s respectable men of stature. They may agree with virtually all of Trump’s policies, but they can’t abide his dirty language or disrespect of sacred cows. Whenever one of these so-called “principled Republicans” chides Trump in public, though, Trump just mops the floor with them. Continue reading
In back-to-back weeks, the two major US political parties held their presidential nominating conventions. Intended to be unifying celebrations, the events highlighted the worst aspects of each party. Republicans shed all pretenses and emerged from their 20-year hate cocoon as full-blown, fear-driven neo-fascists, embracing despotic strongman Donald Trump. Democrats revealed the full extent of their corruption, shrugging their shoulders over leaked emails showing that the party operated essentially as an arm of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to undermine progressive populist Bernie Sanders.
Rather than making earnest attempts at unity, establishment Democrats spent their week seemingly doing everything they could to push Sanders supporters away. Perhaps the chief offense came when Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has long held the ire and distrust of Sanders supporters, was rewarded with a position in Clinton’s campaign just after stepping down as DNC chair over the email controversy. In the face of such disrespect, not even Sanders’s own calls for unity could prevent many of his supporters from walking out of the DNC. Continue reading
There’s a popular phrase that’s become a meme. Generally it’s sarcastic. It can be used when the price of gas goes up, when it goes down, when a football team loses, or when terrorists strike: “Thanks, Obama.” But the truth is for all the power of the Democratic presidency, the United States is an overwhelmingly Republican-run country.
Not counting any non-state US territories, Republicans control 35 state senates, 32 state houses, 31 state legislatures in their entirety, and 31 governor’s mansions. In the 114th Congress, there are 54 Republican senators to 44 Democrats and in the House of Representatives 246 Republicans to 188 Democrats. Twenty-three US states have Republican governors and legislatures compared to seven states under total Democratic control. Continue reading