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The issue with the GOP

With the ousting of McCarty, I started thinking about the core issue with the GOP that has turned them into this mess.

Republicans, by nature, take a "trust myself before any authority" attitude. The government doesn't know more than them, scientists don't know more than them, and news media does not know more than them. Yet, most people need some kind of guidance in their lives, so they latch on to a church leader or a mostly-uncredentialed "alternative media" personality for such guidance. Democrats tend more to trust those who have more experience, experts, and professionals.

While there is something classically "American" about the "trust myself" attitude, it does not bode well for politics.
The end result is Republicans these days are led by the biggest loudmouths, why really have no expertise, education, or credentials for the offices/jobs they hold. Listen to them talk, on here, or elsewhere. They talk about what alternative media person they trust, they cite only alternative sources, and basically live in bubbles not trusting anyone outside that bubble - about anything. Anything outside the bubble is labeled "the swamp" "deep state" or "mainstream media" to the point they won't even look at it. Why? Because that is what their influencers are telling them.
Theyitis · 36-40, M
It’s not so much “trust myself before any authority” for them, it’s “trust only [i]legitimate[/i] (right wing) authority, and trust them [i]completely[/i]”. What’s truly absurd about right wing politics, and it’s actually always been this way, this is not at all a recent development, is that they really believe that their leaders [i]don’t make mistakes[/i].
Archetype · 26-30
@trollslayer Well politicians who were being hypocritical not wearing masks and only put them on once they were aware they were on air.. Trying to bribe people to get it with fastfood and the eat out to help right after lockdown (they reduced food in restaraunts to half price, meaning hordes of people would flood in), the scandals with politicians having parties, the list goes on... I don't know a single person who died from Covid but I know a few who have been getting weird ass side effects after getting vaccinated.
trollslayer · 46-50, M
@SamInAZ Do you have any judgement towards those that did get the shot, or those that suggested that you get it? I had no issues with the vaccine, nor with those who chose to not get it. I do have issues with those who are spreading lies regarding the vaccine, and those who want it to be mandated.
SamInAZ · 41-45, M
@trollslayer I understand why people took it. I mean, I have judgements as far as I think they shouldn't have, but as far as making moral judgements, no.
I've been trying to think of an animal analog for the Republican/Trumpists and can't quite find one that matches really stupid and vicious carnivorous sheep. They hunt in packs, but also devour their own. Do hyenas do that?

The problem is, I think a real animal analog would go extinct pretty fast and not even leave a fossil record.
whowasthatmaskedman · 70-79, M
While everything you say is correct. Just remember that voters vote republican and as such bear ultimate responsibility. "People do get the government they deserve."😷
trollslayer · 46-50, M
@whowasthatmaskedman My comment was not just about the politicians - it was mostly about the voters.
justanothername · 51-55, M
The base are like a borer infestation in a perfectly good house. They gradually erode the foundations while having no plans for what to do when the house has been destroyed.
trollslayer · 46-50, M
@justanothername I had an ash tree killed by borers within 2-3 years. At the time I thought that if they if they weren't so aggressive, they could have co-existed with the tree rather than killing their larve's food source. I agree with you. They have pretty much destroyed their own party's core values.
RedBaron · M
One man, one word: TRUMP
Zonuss · 41-45, M
If you get rid of the [b]racial[/b] conglomerate within the party, then things will change. But don't hold your breath. 🙂
SamInAZ · 41-45, M
You people have no idea what you are talking about. You rely on the caricatures of conservatives fed to you by the media that just don't match with reality.
SamInAZ · 41-45, M
@BohemianBoo I would never apologize to you, bud.
@SamInAZ You kinda did, though.
SamInAZ · 41-45, M
@BohemianBoo No. You wish.

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