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Steve Schmidt: "Where are Susan Collins and Mitt Romney?"

This morning, Steve Schmidt was on Jonathon Capehart's show and he asked why a couple of (supposedly sane) Republicans won't join with Democratic senators to stop the fascism that is taking over America.

Yesterday, I did a post about Schmidt and Rachel Maddow discussing the imminent fascist/Nazi threat to democracy. Link: https://democraticunderground.com/100215893960

Today, Schmidt stated the perfect question regarding people like Collins and Romney. To paraphrase him, "What the Fuck is wrong with these people?"

Millions of Americans also "get it." Why is it that the only answer we can come up with is "Get Out The Vote." Getting out the vote doesn't mean shit when red states are passing laws where the Republican legislature decides which candidate "won." And it's exactly laws like that which are being passed in red states. (Georgia has already done it.)

So even though supposed Dems like Manchin and Sinema won't do the right thing, let's go back to Schmidt's question of "Where are Collins and Romney?" Are they total captives of their party's insanity? Do they fear the consequences? Where are their values? Where are their consciences? Where is their dedication to democracy?

I guess we could ask Manchin and Sinema these same questions, but their owners (Koch, big oil, big pharma, etc.) wouldn't allow them to reply

Rachel Maddow and Steve Schmidt

Last night, Rachel Maddow had a conversation with Steve Schmidt. These are two people who grasp current events better than most and are brilliant at shining a glaring light on reality.

Watching it, I couldn't help but see, (some of you will strongly object to this), America becoming a 21st century version of Nazi Germany within the next three or four years.

They didn't use the word "Nazi," but they didn't need to. In listening to them, I could see the likes of Trump and his followers, both in and out of elected office, drawing up plans for what they might label "Reeducation Camps" as a starter, and then far, far worse. Do I need to draw a picture?

They are a crazed, evil minority of Americans. But, as history has shown us time and again, numbers don't matter.

I'm literally living my life like it's my last few years as a free person. And if you think I'm overreacting, or have gone over the edge, take a look at, or read about, Germany in the early 1930s.


Why are Republicans such pricks?

I've asked this here previously, but no one really knows the answer.

It seems to me that many Republican voters are mentally challenged. And while some of their elected officials are dumber than dirt, others know better, are playing along in order to cling to power, and they have a "fuck the consequences" attitude.

All too often, the answer to my OP question is: "Trump." Yeah, perhaps among some of those voters "Trump" may be the answer. But the Republican Party was an established collection of world class pricks long before the orange mound of shit rode down his golden escalator.

I often wonder if Republicans are the same species as the rest of us. Are they missing some gene that is standard in normal, sane human beings? Beats me.

But what I do know is that, next to climate change and Covid-19, the Republican Party and their voters are malicious, uncaring people and they are a deadly danger to all of us.

And they're not going away.

Dark thoughts

I'm having trouble distinguishing Germany 1933 from America 2021. The countless similarities should come as no surprise to anyone who knows what happened in Germany in that era, and has been paying attention to our plunge into hell in recent years.

I'm almost convinced that American democracy is on its death bed. And it may be a drawn out death that will take place during and after the next two elections. The Democrats, who seemingly hold all the levers of power, appear to be incapable of preventing it. -- Not because of incompetence, but because of the viciousness of the Republican onslaught, and the fact that not enough people are fully aware of the peril.

I hope I'm wrong about this and some kind of "salvation" is at hand. But if it is, I'm damned if I can see it.
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