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The GOP must be defeated so that it cannot rise again for a generation.

This is a quote from an article about Todd Akin’s baseless statements about “legitimate rape”. I skipped the part about Akin specifically since we’ve heard it all before, I am going to post the part that applies more generally to the GOP and the condition of our nation in general. I am also providing the link to the article so if you so desire you can read it for yourselves. It’s excellent.  

"It’s people like Todd Akin who, when I’m tossing and turning at night, keep me awake. They revel in their ignorance, hold it as a badge of honor. They are like the abbess in Dark Age Europe whose only knowledge of hygiene was to wash her fingertips so that she could eat; bathing was the devil’s work, a vestige of the evil pagan past. These people aren’t even medieval in their outlooks; they inhabit some blasted landscape, one where, they think, civilization has collapsed, and the only thing that matters is power and survival. Anything that contradicts that world view is to be anathemized, cast out as heresy. Morality is black and white; there is no gray, and ideology trumps reason every time, because reason, too, is used by the devil.

Let me make myself clear: these are not people with whom one can hold a dialogue. They’re not interested in dialogue; they’re not interested in finding common ground on what can be agreed upon, while, in the spirit of democratic competition, continuing the political fight on other matters. We were at this pass in the years leading up to the Civil War; we are at this pass again, I fear.

Of course, there is a huge difference between the ante-bellum years and today: at heart, the right wing consists of cowards. Their icons are a “billionaire” who continues declaring bankruptcy and whose reality show life is fodder for late night comedians; a blowhard radio host who sinks into further depravity in order to maintain ratings; and a “rock star” who shat his pants in order to get out of serving in Viet Nam. These are not the people to lead a new Civil War. The nation is not lurching towards a time of general bloodshed; those who decry “liberals” the most are both moral and physical cowards, and would go skulking off when confronted with any strength. They hope that their money and their megaphones will lull an apathetic populace to acquiesce to their demands.

This November, it will not be enough to win the White House. It will not be enough to win back the House of Representatives. It will not be enough to maintain a hold on the Senate. This November, the GOP must be defeated to such an extent that it won’t rise again for a generation. This November, the right has to be taught a lesson: it is no longer “your country”, if by that it means one of division and fear and ignorance. They can join in the work of building a  more just society, or stand on the sidelines carping; but they will not hinder the work that needs to be done. The Right has to be eviscerated politically, exposed for the laughingstock that it is, bereft of ideas and moral authority. It has to be beaten into submission such that there’s enough time to undo the damage it has done for the past 40 years.

This is not an election; this is a political war. There’s no time to cavil, no time to hem and haw, no time to bleat about pet requests. There are no neutrals; if you’re undecided, just stay home, because you haven’t taken the bare minimum of time to inform yourself. There are too many Todd Akins to be pure about principle. They will have no compunction about turning this country into a dystopia. This is, quite literally, the fight of our lives. It is, in fact, a fight for life. Any thing less than a full effort and we lose. And if we lose, we won’t find our way back for a long time.” 

The link to the full article/blog post is below.  


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