NYT Columnist: Let's Face It, All Republicans Are Just Bad People

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Posted: Nov 05, 2018 2:20 PM
NYT Columnist: Let's Face It, All Republicans Are Just Bad People

So, after all this talk about dialing down the rhetoric, let’s be clear about something: that’s never, ever going to happen. As long as there is a Democratic Party, it won’t happen. You cannot reason with these people. We said the same thing after the assassination attempt of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ). It didn’t take. Why? It’s because Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, red states and blue states are different. We have different cultural attitudes, different views on patriotism (Democrats hate outward displays of national pride), and DEEP differences on how government should run the country. We disagree on abortion, gun rights, immigration, taxes, and Halloween costumes. 

One only has to look at the op-ed pages of America’s newspapers to see how the liberal elite hates people who aren’t like them. Take one of the most insufferable writers atThe New York Times, Paul Krugman, who pretty much said that we’re all bad people:

…At this point the G.O.P.’s campaign message consists of nothing but lies; it’s hard to think of a single true thing Republicans are running on.

And yes, it’s a Republican problem (and it’s not just Donald Trump). Democrats aren’t saints, but they campaign mostly on real issues, and generally do, in fact, stand for more or less what they claim to stand for. Republicans don’t. And the total dishonesty of Republican electioneering should itself be a decisive political issue, because at this point it defines the party’s character.

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The crucial thing to realize is that these aren’t just ugly, destructive lies. Beyond that, they shape the G.O.P.’s nature. It is now impossible to have intellectual integrity and a conscience while remaining a Republican in good standing. Some conservatives have these qualities; almost all of them have left the party, or are on the edge of excommunication.

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That’s why a Republican campaign built entirely on lies should itself be a political issue — a reason to vote Democratic even if you want tax cuts. For we’re not just talking about a party selling bad ideas on false pretenses. The addiction to lies has also — let’s be blunt — turned it into a party of bad people.

Yeah, Democrats don’t lie. That’s rich, given that Obama lied to sell Obamacare to the masses as a cost-saving measure that will allow Americans to keep their health care plans if they liked them. Wrong—and so goes the theme of any universal health care program run by the government: Your private insurance, which you like, must be cannibalized for the common good. Oh, and get total crap care while you’re at it. Let’s have another honest moment: politicians are liars. Everyone lies. It’s been this way since Cain killed Abel. That’s why you shouldn’t fall in love with candidates; they’ll only disappoint you. 

But to condemn all of us all as “bad people” because you disagree with us on policy is just another sign that things aren’t going to get better regarding the so-called charged rhetoric. Now, on the flip side, I’m 100 percent okay with this. I like knowing who my enemy is and where they stand. Partisanship cuts through the BS. It allows both sides to unite their bases and weed out the cancers that still yearn for this ‘let’s come together, kumbaya’ return to politics. It’s dead. Gone. And it’s never coming back. It’s also an election year. Take kumbaya and shove it. It’s about winning. It’s always been about winning. 

Krugman’s comments should be used to light a fire among Republicans. Shut these people down by voting. Vote for who you feel will provide us with continued economic growth. Vote for the candidate who will be a cheerleader for America. Vote for the candidate who has brought small business and consumer confidence to decades-long highs, and unemployment to 3.7 percent. Those people would be called Republicans. Also known as the side that doesn't have to throw chocolate milk on people because they disagree with them.