We have problems that need solving. In general, the Democratic Party tries to squeeze out laws and policies that might work — more or less, depending on the Democrat. I think the solutions they attempt to enact are flawed and inadequate most of the time. Yet, at least they are trying. And, if you follow the news, it is hardly easy for them to get any of it through the gauntlet of Republican objections and "no" votes.
Yet, it is not like Republicans oppose based on their own solutions' agenda. They have not an agenda. Well, not exactly. They do have an agenda. Their agenda is to stop any laws and policies of Democrats. Is it really any surprise that the Republican Trump nominating convention did not have a platform?
Oh, yes, "MAGA" their hats scream in defiance of reason and understanding of what that stands for. And what does it stand for except, maybe for not believing the USA has any problems that need Democratic Party solutions and, therefore, all we all need to do forthwith is salute the flag at every opportunity and put America "#1" — in front of everyone else in the world? And we will be sure not to let those murderous criminal dark Islamic and south of the border illegal immigrants who are not USA us and we will bring back wealth and jobs by putting ourselves "$1" in all trade agreements.
Climate change? Well, we do not need a policy or solutions because it does not exist, just a little change in weather as is normal. Fires in California, destroying vast acres and houses and people? Well, well, just do a bit of clean-up of the forest floor and everything will solve itself.
Pandemic? Policy? Effort? Well, yes, I, the Great Trump, told the drug companies to come up with a vaccine. There was light at the end of the tunnel way back at the beginning of the pandemic tunnel and why should anyone really have worn a mask or done anything else but go to work and school and die?
So, in the end and even at the beginning the Retrumplicans are all for rah rah sis boom bah America and what else do we need anyway? It is not that they do not want change, but it is backward change. MAGA is: Make America Great AGAIN. That is, before the Democrats enacted all that crazy stuff like minimum wage or Social Security or trade agreements with China or NATO or the EPA or an agency group to plan for pandemics or a civil rights voting act or .... It is a kind of anarchist agenda, except all the freedom it spouts gleefully bestows power on white male rich Republicans with a rhetorical bone thrown to white male middle and working class Republicans and all the rest of you lesser lazy good for nothings, go back to your shit holes.
Rather nasty, racist and retro I think. And I do not think it all a function of Trumpism and the narcissist nincompoop Donald the Quacking Duck Trump. With more polite personalities sometimes and sometimes not, the Republican Party has been heading in this direction a very long time, right back to the silent and do nothing Calvin Coolidge and dumb corrupt Warren Harding. Why be mildly Progressive like Wilson or Teddy Roosevelt when America is just fine in our Gilded Age and we won WW I and are not the 20's just peachy keen? Problems? What problems? And then 1929 and Herbert Hoover and ... then the Progressives had an opening. Drat. But now we are back again, stronger than ever. America is MAGA.
This is all it is, has been, continues to be, will be, an enormous waste of time, when we do not have the time to waste.
A new Georgia voting law that does not let someone pass you water on the voting line? We do not have time for this kind of nonsense. We need a democracy where majority rules with minority rights protected. We are only a semi-democracy as is. And now Republicans all over the country want to adjust the voting mechanisms so they can retain and enhance their powers in states and the federal government. And we must spend time dealing with this nonsense instead of dealing with reality.
If you want to know what Republicans are really for, what their agenda really is, it is simple: power and prestige — and, of course, the money that power and fame brings.
Obstruct fossil fuel regulation? Trump managed it. Obstruct pandemic relief? They came close. Obstruct regulation? Obstruct infrastructure relief? Obstruct equal justice under the law? And on and on. We do not have time for this! The problems are serious and immediate. The solutions of the Democrats are not bad, but neither are they good enough; and, the Republicans are going to block as best they can even this.
Empires come and empires go. Egypt. Greece. Rome. All those in Mesopotamia. One Chinese empire after another. Ones in Africa, the Americas. The British. The French. The Dutch. On and on and on... They all grow and they all fall down. Either the USA gets on the business of correcting things or we will be repeating and bemoaning the phrase: "the bigger they are, the harder they all." One and all and us. There is no time left. The seas are rising. The animals are leaving. The terrorists are no longer foreigners. Even the police are needlessly killing citizens with their knees.
What to do? Of course, read my essays in: rebooting-america.com. But also, let's hear from you about what to do