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(48,067 posts)
Thu Dec 10, 2020, 06:53 PM Dec 2020

I know it is naive and yet - all these guardians of the Republic

calling themselves Republicans, how can they tolerate their leader behaving like an absolute monarch?

Yes, this is how he ran his cabinet all this time. No input, no debate, "I know everything and each of you is an idiot."

But to tell governors of states what to do? What happened to the cherished "States' rights?"

Is keeping your seat more important than guarding the Republic?

Yes, I know. Dream on.

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(47,822 posts)
1. Money.
Thu Dec 10, 2020, 06:56 PM
Dec 2020

Whenever you’re not sure why people who you think are people of conscience let something happen that you think no person of conscience would ever let happen, the answer is probably Money.


(5,121 posts)
2. Perhaps it is a case of compartmentalization.
Thu Dec 10, 2020, 06:57 PM
Dec 2020

Compartmentalization is a subconscious psychological defense mechanism used to avoid cognitive dissonance, or the mental discomfort and anxiety caused by a person's having conflicting values, cognitions, emotions, beliefs, etc. within themselves.

Compartmentalization allows these conflicting ideas to co-exist by inhibiting direct or explicit acknowledgement and interaction between separate compartmentalized self-states.



(9,287 posts)
4. I concur. We know what the Republican Party has become
Thu Dec 10, 2020, 06:58 PM
Dec 2020

but there’s still a part of me that expects better of them.

Today’s Republican Party is little better than a Banana republic oligarchical power, a party lacking honor, ethics, scruples, and common decency

Mike 03

(16,616 posts)
6. I think what we don't get about the Republican Party is that it's not really
Thu Dec 10, 2020, 07:00 PM
Dec 2020

anything like the Democratic Party. We are a coalition of coalitions who unite around policies.

The Republican Party is like an identity group (or maybe it's identitarian?). They unite around the idea of being in the same group, and opposing liberalism at any cost. And they were conditioned to do that by a RW media designed just for that purpose, not to be serious journalism but to become a sphere where they teach eachother what to think and what to say. You'll notice, it's only a language of opposing things. It is not constructive. It is only a language of tearing down and destroying.

Other than a few figleaf policies, like Immigration and Abortion, they do not care about policies. I don't care what they say, they don't care about deficits or budgets. Not one fucking bit.

I was just reading about a study where they cut up a bunch of things Trump said that were totally contradictory, and Republicans agreed with them no matter how liberal if they knew Trump had said it.

Masha Gessen says something in her new book, that we need to get off of policies and find a more aspiration language to talk about politics. For our own survival.


(22,955 posts)
9. I think that we need to face up to the reality that a lot of people aren't like us by a long shot.
Thu Dec 10, 2020, 07:02 PM
Dec 2020

Lots of people just don't like democracy. With some, it's brain laziness. They don't want to learn from credible news sources. They want their biases confirmed. They want a strong leader, not thinking about what dark consequences that can lead to. But as a party, the gop harbors subversive elements... not lazy, but authoritarian.

Thomas Hurt

(13,903 posts)
10. conservatives are not interested in anything but individual rule and domination.
Thu Dec 10, 2020, 07:06 PM
Dec 2020

they just hide behind freedom and republic.

The USSR had a constitution the totalitarians largely ignored it.

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