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Sun May 16, 2021, 01:52 PM

Where the GOP got its rage

Opinion by Fareed Zakaria

The Republican rage that now consumes the party is built on betrayal.

It all began when the intellectual Godfather of modern conservatism, William F. Buckley Jr., defined that movement as standing athwart history yelling stop. What Buckley was trying to stop was the New Deal—the expansion of government under Franklin Roosevelt. He was also referring to the growing secularization of society. His first book, "God and Man at Yale," published in 1951, was a diatribe against what he believed were the anti-Christian and anti-capitalist forces at the nation's best universities.

Buckley yelled stop again during the civil-rights movement, writing in 1957 that "the South must prevail" because the more "advanced" white race had an obligation and right to rule over others. He changed his mind during the mid-1960s, but many conservatives remained staunchly opposed to the landmark civil-rights bills of 1964 and 1965.

In other words, the modern Republican Party has its roots in rebellion—rebellion against the main currents of change in modern American society: the growth of the welfare state, the secularization of life and the increasing diversity of American society.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 01:59 PM

1. I never did feel like he was a "great thinker". Just another racist white guy

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Response to PortTack (Reply #1)

Sun May 16, 2021, 02:00 PM

3. Exactly!!!! I also always thought of him of being a self-important pompous jerk. m/t

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 01:59 PM

2. And Rubert Murdoch with Fox News keeps it going. Taking the US down, and FFS called free speech. n/t

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun May 16, 2021, 07:49 PM

4. Buckley was a horse's ass about many things. He'd think the Trump crew was insane.

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