The dinosaurs are running the Republican Party in the 21st century | Marc Cooper

Yes, we have a Trump presidency and Republican House majority and a Republican Senate, but thanks to the angry left, Democrats seem like dinosaurs The dinosaurs are running the Republican Party in the 21st…

The dinosaurs are running the Republican Party in the 21st century | Marc Cooper

Yes, we have a Trump presidency and Republican House majority and a Republican Senate, but thanks to the angry left, Democrats seem like dinosaurs

The dinosaurs are running the Republican Party in the 21st century. This is how I describe the approaching challenge of the new GOP, which has seized the government and inspired a fervent and frightened base to turn in ever higher levels of votes.

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Enter the Republican leadership’s obsession with dragging down our Democratic party’s disoriented and weak stature in our society. No one should assume that this radical correction is nearly finished. There is much more to go – until the Republicans and Trump flatten the Democrats to such a small size they look like Predators, like shrieking screamers stalking the forest.

Michael Moore is right when he describes the Republicans as primarily two tribes: the loud conservatives and the tolerant moderates. Some polite Republicans may wonder how the loud ones can behave the way they do, but only from despair. They are doing a terrible job of it.

We saw how this came about in the 2016 election when Democrats – in complete denial and unable to understand that they had been run over by a wave of strong and hard-charging populists, even though they actually knew what was going on inside their own party – sent the strongest lead boat to take on the strongest waves of the campaign.

Trump won the votes of 95% of voters who took a coherent view of where our country was heading. The most important issue was immigration. Over 30% of Republicans and 57% of voters overall rejected the Democrats’ immigration populism. To get out from under it, they nominated a television celebrity and reality show host who is a singular force of chaos and uncertainty about our long-term future. The Democrats were unable to acknowledge how deeply they had been killed by the noise from the loud conservatives; they should have seen it coming months earlier.

This week we saw further proof of the Republican Party’s plan for uprooting the Democrats. Congressional Democrats floundered in the face of Trump’s choice of which 25 of the nation’s best young scientists to send to Mars. The Democrats played the hand they were dealt by putting forth physicist and inventor-in-chief Jeff Bezos, who boasts that he is “a force of nature on the technology side of the universe”.

I’m a scientist, and for the most part I think Jeff is a force of nature, but I would have preferred an experience scientist, or a space traveller who would ideally have some DNA in their bowels to help them out in space. The Republicans were mad enough to attack Jeff Bezos, but not mad enough to name a Democrat.

It is this brand of blind faith in Republican leadership that has so bankrupted our Democratic party. Reporters talk to Democratic insiders as if it were OK to talk to other Democrats, and ignore the fear and anger felt by millions of Democrats about this Trump takeover. As our planet burns around us, and Trump inflicts these large-scale damage in our lives and our loved ones, this indifference is deafening.

The outrageous spectacle of a House of Representatives choosing up congressmen to represent millions of people of color and non-English speakers before a conservative, evangelical Republican audience makes one wonder if there is any rhyme or reason to our tribal politics. It seems like our days are numbered, as dinosaurs.

It is hard to imagine how Trump and his party can manage to whip the Democrats into submission. Nothing about their political strategy seems to work – except the outraged clapping. It doesn’t have to work, but it has to work. They have to keep resorting to their noisiest attacks to scare and dominate their opponents in every way possible.

The only way our country can get through this dark day is if we all get to know each other, and work together to accomplish the things we all love. That means Republicans and Democrats working together for our mutual good. To which end, we must get the Democrats to recognize they are being kicked back into their dinosaur cage by the squelching noise from the loud conservatives. They need to lumber away.

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