If Republicans Don’t Police Republicans — The Rest of America Will Have To Do It For You

If Republicans Don’t Police Republicans — The Rest of America Will Have To Do It For You


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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The Republican Party — at least as it’s constituted in the US Congress — hardly resembles a political party anymore.

The GOP’s previous embrace of such legitimate political principles as limited government, fiscal restraint, free trade and the like, have all been thrown out the window and been replaced.

Today, Republicans appear to swear fealty to white supremacy, Islamophobia, and a noxious stew of well-debunked conspiracy theories in which membership is determined by unquestioned loyalty to one man — and one man — alone: Donald Trump.

The congressional Republicans resemble nothing so much as nothing political at all — but rather, a zealous religious cult.

Even the new Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell — who just weeks ago was rightly placing blame for the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol building on then-President Donald Trump — now appears weirdly to be backing away from that position and appears to want to shut down Trump’s Senate trial altogether.

Well, which is it, Senator McConnell?

Meanwhile, things are exponentially worse — and more bizarre — over on the House side.

Where a conspiracy-mongering congresswoman literally is roaming the hallways of Congress, looking for her Muslim colleagues so she can force them to swear their oaths of office using bibles instead of the Qur’an.

This same congresswoman, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, is holding maskless town hall meetings back in her Georgia district.

And then you have other Republicans, like Reps Lauren Boebert of Colorado, and Andy Harris of Maryland, who have brought weapons into Congress.

The fact that post-January 6, the party is hemorrhaging voters doesn’t seem to matter to the Republicans.

And every day, Senate Republicans seem less and less likely to do what is plainly the right thing — as plain as the noses on their faces — and vote to convict Donald Trump for incitement of sedition and insurrection.

And, every day — even while President Biden says that the country needs a “strong and principled” Republican Party — it looks like nothing so much as the inmates running the asylum.

But if Republicans are unwilling — or for whatever reasons, unable — to police their own membership such that their ranks begin to go back to resembling a legitimate political party and not an outfit that you’d expect David Koresh to be heading up, then Americans will have to take it upon themselves to reform the GOP at the ballot box.

This means voting out the crazies, from top to bottom.

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    This article is hardly bipartisan, but it’s definitely biased.