I am reminded of Benjamin Franklin’s reply to the woman who approached him as he was leaving the Constitutional Convention.
She asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
He replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
Our Republic is currently in the gravest danger it has been in since the Civil War, 100% due to the domestic threat posed by the GOP cult, the Right Wing Lie Machine working in its service to brainwash the electorate with lies, and its base of narcissistic sociopaths, white supremacists, and authoritarian goons bent on nihilist power without any principles at all.
Within the GOP cult, the nuts and mobsters are absolutely in charge, just as within the Third Reich the Nazis had an absolute grip on power. And though the recent defeat of Nazi chic enthusiast Madison Cawthorn may appear to the unobservant to be a defeat for the Cult, it is no more evidence for that than the Night of Long Knives and the human sacrifice Hitler made of Ernst Rohm was evidence that the Nazis were losing their grip on power. Cawthorn was destroyed for his failure to be a Company Man. He was made an example pour encourager les autres, not because the MAGA Cult was growing that most alien of things to them: a conscience. It is an irredeemable cult of evil and death. Remedy for it will never be found within it. It must be destroyed, not negotiated with.
The good news is that we can do that. For there are lots and lots of people outside the GOP Cult who still don’t think that means the Cult should have power over the machinery of the United States, just as outside the Third Reich were found the people to smash it to atoms. It is up to us to not just sit on our hands and let these crooks, liars, and nuts win. Crush them in every election, local, state, and federal. Because they mean to destroy our democracy and institute a permanent authoritarian regime.
“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” – Abraham Lincoln