The Republican Party wants to usher in a new Dark Age in America.
For starters, its leaders want to roll the calendar back 50 years and more, to a time when pregnant women’s medical decisions were made by the government.
Other human and civil rights, especially for the LGBTQ community and people of color, would inevitably be next.
They want to wipe away decades of slow, painstaking progress toward becoming a more inclusive, tolerant and humane society.
They consistently use lies and conspiracy theories to mislead the public and the press. They thrive on disinformation and misinformation. They have their own propaganda outlets to incite hatred and division. They want to use the power of government to punish people and corporations who speak out against them or teach their children the truth.
Their public support relies on tribal loyalty, ignorance, and gullibility – often compounded by racism, misogyny, homophobia, religious intolerance, and generalized grievance. That’s adds up to a lot of Americans, but it’s not a majority.
So they want to count only the votes in their favor, and they want only the votes in their favor to count.
They have no governing agenda beyond wanting to punish and rebuke and marginalize and demonize.
They have no proposed solutions for climate change, wealth inequality, racial injustice, or inadequate access to healthcare — if they see them as problems at all.
Thoughtful, conservative Republicanism is in eclipse. Today’s GOP is a party of radical reactionaries.
And yet the daily political coverage reflects essentially none of that.
Instead, the elite media reports glibly about Republicans taking over Congress in this year’s elections, and possibly taking the White House in 2024, as if it is just normal.
Like it’s nothing to be alarmed about.
But it is.