Less than an hour ago, my stomach turned to ice. Joy Ann Reid of MSNBC was interviewing long time GOP strategist Rick Wilson, one of the founders of The Lincoln Project, on her show, The Reid Out. And Wilson dropped a bombshell, and one that floored me.
Wilson said that he had been at the capitol earlier today, and had talked to at least two sitting GOP Representatives, neither of whom voted to impeach Trump. And in talking to them, they both told him privately that the reason that they voted against impeachment wasn’t that they were uber Trombies or anything, but that both of them were literally terrified that if they voted to impeach, Trump’s crazies would come after them or their families, and kill them!
Which led Wilson to continue, Look, the whole point of domestic terrorism is to inspire terror. And by that matrix, the storming of the US Capitol was a wild success, Mission Accomplished. People who are not Trump loyalists are now living in mortal terror.
I must admit, my initial response was much less charitable than it should from an Irish Roman Catholic. Basically, it came down to, Oh well, you lie down with wolves, and you wake up with tooth marks. These same people have spent the last 4 years, if not slavishly devoted to Trump, then meekly standing by and voting in lock step with him while the atrocities piled up. And now they find themselves at the mercy of an insane mob.
Which puts an exclamation point on something I just said on this site yesterday. I wrote that in encouraging and courting these violent extremists, Trump had finally let the genie out of the bottle, and good luck in stuffing it back. These groups weren’t looking for leadership, they already had that. What they were looking for was permission. And once Trump gave them that, he immediately became irrelevant. Let me put it this way, a pit bull doesn’t really need his owner once he’s off of the leash, does he?
But it also puts an exclamation point on something that I’ve been saying for months now. And that is that the Republican party, in it’s current iteration, must die. For a long time now, there has been an active and thriving discussion on the mainstream media about the impending mortal warfare for the soul of the Republican party once Trump is out of power. And there are any number of honest, well meaning, traditional conservatives out there, from Mitt Romney to Jeff Flake, to Ben Sasse that want to purge the party of the influence of Trump once he’s gone, and resurrect the party to it’s previous glory. But that is a moot point now. The RNC literally capitulated to trump during the primaries, when he threatened to bolt and form a 3rd party that would have crippled the GOP. How far are these people going to get when they start getting visits at home from camo clad morons toting AR-15’s show up?
There is a perfectly good reason why there has never been a successful third party in this country The Founding Fathers set it up that way. They set our democracy up as a two party system to avoid the nightmares of parliamentary rule, with it’s constantly changing power structures and shaky alliances in order to govern. But both Death of a Salesman, as well as Glengarry Glen Ross graphically depict what happens when a man becomes totally subservient to his master. And the master of the GOP is now Trump, and his terrorist army. The sooner true conservatives begin constructing a new party, the better for all of us.
If you enjoyed this article, you might also like to check out President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange . They comprise a pretty much daily report from the front of the 2016 GOP primaries, as well as the general election
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