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GOP-led state houses pursuing hard-right agenda

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by Stevicus, May 7, 2021.

  1. Stevicus

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    Analysis: Out of power in Washington, Republicans pursue hard-right agenda | Reuters

    Republicans have a majority in 30 state legislatures, and 23 states have Republican governors.

    There's talk of Gov. DeSantis possibly running for president in 2024.

    It doesn't appear the moderate Republicans will be able to make a dent against this kind of zeal. It could be good for Democrats at the national level, since a fractured GOP won't be able to compete very well. But some districts and states could be led by some rather hardnosed right-wingers.
     
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    Huray!
    At last...
    Someone is getting backbone to stem the violent terrorist protesters who burns down everything in their path when they feel they are oppressed when offender of the law were shot when not complying to the police's instructions.
    Someone has the guts to impose legislation against the terrorist BLM orginasation to force them to adhere to the law!
    Someone realises that the majority of people in the USA are sick and tired of the violence spread by the Antifa terrorists, and the Defund the police foolish crack heads and drug dealers.

    I see hope for America.
    Bring back Law and Order!
     
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  4. Stevicus

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    It could get messy. I see this as an indication that the political rifts in this country are widening. No one can take a moderate or middle-ground viewpoint without getting caught in the crossfire.
     
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    He would be extraordinarily bad for the USA given his priority to help the GOP attain power at the cost of voting access, and policies that are contrary to where the USA needs to go, like climate change, public health, and immigration reform.

    I don't think we should underestimate republicans. They are very good at lying, along with numerous media sources that disinform their consumers, and a voter base who is not interested in being properly informed, nor understanding policies. The right is going farther to the extreme. They want to cheat out voters, and lie about the 202 presidential election. There are just a few republicans willing to tell the truth about these matters. It's a very dangerous group. If they succeed I'm not sure what the future of the USA will be.
     
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    I see the "middle" much like no-man's-land of the battlefields of WW1. I'd be happy if republicans just accepted facts and reality, and disavowed FOX and Newsmax. That would indicate a group that can be reasoned with. As it is most republicans won't even admit that trump lost and Biden won. That is all on the GOP and has nothing to do with Democrats.
     
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    We also see the growth of open racism, misogyny, bigotry of all kinds, lying/gaslighting, pandering to the worst instincts of people, attacking voting rights, pandering to terrorists, dictator loving, anti-American actions of all kinds and so forth on the right including so-called "christians" who have chosen mammon over GOd.

    Hurray for antifi, BLM and all those who are opposed to that evil.
     
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    Republicans will soon be synonymous with the Nazi party in another generation.
     
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    If you want to see a disfunctional political landscape, have a look at the UK. And indeed, most of Europe currently.

    It seems that throughout the democratic world, voters are disillusioned with centrist ideas, and in thrall to dangerous concepts like nationalism and identity politics.

    Are things any better in India, the world's largest democracy? Or Australia? Perhaps someone could tell us?
     
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    Letting people carry guns without training, they have shown us they are stark raving mad and most assuredly living in a fantasy world.
    The thing with "identity politics," is that has always been the case. In terms of black rights even before 1788 and continues today. Women's suffrage was a thing, as was women entering the workforce, as today it is women's reproductive rights and equality under the law. LGBT, again, this nothing new with LGBT rights gaining momentum and force during the '60s and the Stonewall Riots. Immigrants and their rights and better treatment has always been a thing. And, of course, there are also the Natives, who have had to fight for their lives and dignity ever since a few European nations started colonizing here.
    "Identity politics" really is a RW barking point to rally the base. And it's so hypocritical it ignores how conservative Republican Christians force their identity (Christian Identity refers to a specific ideology) upon the nation itself, insisting things like "happy holidays," or gay marriage, or no more public prayer in school is a direct attack on their beliefs. Their identity as Christians is so important they want us all reading the Bible, they want us all praying, they even throw a fit when someone suggests we remove "In God We Trust" from our currency. But the RW media won't mention that, because it's only supposed to be Libs and Dems who are into this identity thing. But, rest assured, Reps and Cons love their white identity so much and want to push it that they are eating up Tucker Carlson and loving his show that does promote white nationalism.
     
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    When using the term "identity politics", I absolutely include the way the right appeals to the perceived identity of it's target audience. And I was talking really about Europe, where politics is becoming increasingly tribal and fractured.

    I've heard people in England say that the left should abandon it's traditional blue collar support in the former industrial towns, because those people are mostly lost to right wing populism. This may be true, but I hope not. There is a way to be inclusive, and that means recognising that a lot of white working class people feel left behind and abandoned by all mainstream politicians.

    There is a perception in places like Hartlepool, a Labour stronghold that yesterday returned a Conservative MP for the first time ever, that nobody speaks for them; that the left is happy to talk about race, but almost never talks about class (which is still a real issue in England. Upward social mobility reached it's zenith in the 1970s and has been declining ever since).

    Equal rights and opportunities for every minority should be a given in 21st century politics. But you won't build an alliance between socially disadvantaged groups if you alienate one or any of them. Particularly the largest one.

    As an aside, Christianity and religion generally, is a different phenomenon altogether in Europe, than is the case in the USA. Evangelism is pretty rare over here, unless you go looking for it.
     
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    The GOP, like most political parties, will do whatever wins elections. If their base is mostly white evangelical Christian nativists who vote primarily on social and identity issues, then that's what the party will focus on. They'll only stop doing that when it costs them elections.

    That's the main issue I have with much of the media reporting on the GOP right now. They're acting as if it's the party itself that's the main problem, when in reality it's that there are a rather large number of Republican voters who think they're the "true Americans" and only they are the rightful rulers of the country.

    Trumpism didn't arise in a vacuum.
     
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    I don't vote Republican because I'm in the middle class
     
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