The Asymmetry Of Republican Resistance

Recently, I noted that calls for compromise and unity in opposition to Trump were inherently unequal and disadvantageous to the left. Well, E.J. Dionne, who unlike this asshole with a blog, is quite milquetoast in his criticism, agrees (boldface mine):

As a liberal, I salute the anti-Trump conservatives (many of them writers) who understand the threat the president poses and have spoken out unequivocally and bravely.

But here’s what also needs to be recognized: At the moment, political power in our elected branches (and, in effect, in the Supreme Court) is held by Republicans and conservatives. They are using Trump to push through outlandish policies on taxes and health care. They are lauding Trump’s executive orders that scuttle regulations safeguarding consumers, workers and the environment. They are ecstatic about his filling the judiciary with his, and their, allies. Progressives cannot be asked to pretend this isn’t happening. We’re a long way from a “truce.”

It is an unfortunate fact that the corruption Trump exemplifies has seeped deeply into the Republican Party and substantial segments of the conservative movement. The burden is on the responsible right to dismantle the permission structures that are allowing Trump to wreck our democracy, despoil our values and endanger our standing in the world. Otherwise, the people will have to do it themselves by voting his Republican enablers out of office.

I leave to it the readers as an exercise to determine the extent to which “the permission structures that are allowing Trump to wreck our democracy, despoil our values and endanger our standing in the world” are baked into the Republican cake and could, in fact, be dismantled.

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3 Responses to The Asymmetry Of Republican Resistance

  1. Dionne’s use of the phrase “permission structures” is a good example of a Newtonian metaphor used to (mis-)understand a Darwinian process.

    The word structure here is essentially a materials science metaphor. Permission as a carbon bond, or government as a crystal, or whatever.

    But a much better metaphor for human political behavior would be an ecosystem. Dionne is too old to change, but maybe future pundits will be more Jane Goodall and less Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Lord knows I’m much more like a chimp than I am like a planet.

  2. “It is an unfortunate fact that the corruption Trump exemplifies has seeped deeply into the Republican Party and substantial segments of the conservative movement.”

    The corruption was already there, Trumputin just exploited it. After all, based on his past statements, it is arguable that Trump has been more closely aligned with the Democrats on policy issues than with the Republicans, but he chose (was directed by his СВР РФ handler) to run as an (R) for a reason.

  3. sglover says:

    Trumputin….was directed by his СВР РФ handler….

    Oh how very very clever!!!! You idiot liberals keep playing this stupid Russia tangent, and while you’re distracted the oligarchs are looting everything in sight.

    Dems **refuse** to do politics. Instead they believe they’ll ride to victory because Trump isn’t housebroken, and RussiaPutinRussiaPutin!!!! (You wanna talk **real** “foreign influence”, get back to me when Trump moves the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. It’s supposed to happen this week.) It’s the same thinking that annointed that epic incompetent Clinton to Dem “leadership”. She was the ONLY person who could have lost to a fraud like Trump — and she did! Another glass ceiling broken!

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