Views and comments about the New York Times printing the anonymous Op-Ed piece:
New York Times: September 5, 2018.
Let me share with you excerpts from the piece followed by my analysis. These excerpts rang my bell.
Background: The Republican Party increasingly represents the political and economic interests of the oligarch (the super rich) class in the United States. Congress members are nothing but Uber drivers who have been purchased to drive the rich anywhere they want.
NYT: “Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people.”
The author failed to add:
Corporate interests rule over the considerations and interest of the average citizen.
Corporate power injected into the United States political process to affirm that group’s interests is ongoing and unrelenting. The Republican Party is the corner stone of that movement.
Supporting the United States political system to move into an authoritarian form of government and pretend that this nation is a democracy is becoming a slow and growing threat.
Free minds? How free is trying to diminish the “free” press? Putting in place an education secretary, Betsy DeVos, with almost no pubic education experience and who supports private colleges who have had a record of product deficiencies. She also works to cut public education funding. She seems to fit right in with the Republican Party’s agenda to make everything private and not public, resulting in screwing the average American citizen.
Free markets to a Republican means no government oversight, no restrictions, screwing the customer is ok.
Free people? Forced separation of children from parents when a parent comes over the US border? The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any nation. Another hypocrisy claim.
NYT: “There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.”
“Effective deregulation” that allows for less oversight, more pollution, resulting in probable hurtful results for the whole nation.
“Historic tax reform” that reduces taxes upon corporations and makes for higher taxes upon the middle class and lower class. The erroneous claim is the good fortunes of corporations will trickle down to the workers which, history has proven, is pure bull shit.
“More robust military”? Why? “The United States spends more on national defense than China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, France, United Kingdom, and Japan combined.” This looks like providing even more profit to the weapons manufacturing segment of our economy.
NYT “The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.”
History points a finger at the Republican Party, starting with Newt Gingrich using hard nose division to make political gains which helped launch tribalism. The Republican Party is way more successful at manipulating the political process for a number of reasons and I contend that being more divisive and lowering the level of honest discourse is in their tool kit. But, lets view the most important factors first:
One is criminal. More Republican presidents than Democrat have been linked to crimes which seems to be an empirical indicator of political force:
Warren G. Harding = Teapot Dome Scandal.
Ronald Regan = 16 criminal convictions.
George W Bush = 16 criminal convictions.
George H. W. Bush = 1 criminal conviction.
Gerald Ford = 1 criminal conviction.
Richard Nixon = 15 criminal convictions.
Donald Trump = 12 criminal indictments for two individuals and one criminal conviction — and that’s just the beginning.
Quora response from Mr. John Selcanin:
A few reasons why Republicans are winning over Democrats in State Legislatures:
#1 – Most of the Republican candidates have “charisma” compared to their Democrat rivals.
#2 – Most Republicans are AGGRESSIVE towards their agenda, Democrats are less aggressive.
#3 – Most Republican voters go and VOTE; Democratic voters vote least.
#4 – Independent voters have voted more towards Republicans than Democrats.
#5 – Most Republicans are NOT politically correct. Most Democrats ARE.
#6 – Most Republicans run their campaigns BETTER then their Democratic rivals.
#7 – Most Big and Small Businesses have VOTED Republican over Democrat.