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.