Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Robert Reich on the regressives

In this FB post he aptly describes the modern Republican Party. He's right that they are not so much 'right' on a liberal/conservative spectrum. They are regressive.

"What do the multitudinous Republican aspirants for the presidency really stand for? They differ from one another, but only in minor ways. Together they constitute the whacky detritus that has become the modern Republican Party.

"Mix the fears of working class whites whose living standards are falling and whose social status is sliding, with the relentless daily drip poison of Fox News, the radio rants of Rush Limbaugh and his imitators, and the fulminations of religious fanatics, racists, homophobes, xenophobes, and misogynists. Add in an interminable flow of cash from a handful government-hating billionaires, brainless emanations from the institutes they finance, and mindless obedience to them by elected officials who are contemptuous both of scientific truth and of the public good. And you have the modern Republican Party.

"To say the Party has moved to the extreme right is to suggest some set of coherent values or core beliefs, some place on a continuum of responsible and intelligible positions – with which respectable people may disagree, or debate, or take issue. But that is not what has happened. Today’s Republican Party is animated by hate and fear, not by principle."

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