In this morning’s New York Times, Paul Krugman clearly says what needs to be said — the GOP is “A party defined by its lies. At this point, good people can’t be good Republicans.”
The column is well worth the read, especially as it address some of the fallacies we’ve tossed back and forth here about proactively reaching out to GOP voters (which is different from welcoming penitent former Republicans who now acknowledge the depths of the GOP’s depravity). Some highlights (emphasis mine):
… 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.
The lies have come nonstop since Trump’s inauguration address, which conveyed a false vision of “American carnage.” But they have gotten ever more extreme, culminating in the portrayal of a small caravan of refugees still 1,000 miles from the border as an imminent, menacing invasion — somehow full of diseased Middle Eastern terrorists.
And now there’s the added insinuation that sinister Jewish financiers are the real culprits behind this invasion. Because that’s where people doing this kind of thing always end up.
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.
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.
This is not a political “blunder” — Mr. Krugman is not running for office. It is instead an accurate observation of reality by a Nobel prize winning economist.
Whatever happens next Tuesday, I suggest that it is imperative that we see the GOP as what it is. This gang of thugs and liars MUST be stripped of power. The despicable people who still support them MUST be explicitly named as the ugly minority that they are. It is time to make association with the GOP as socially unacceptable as open membership in the KKK or the American Nazi Party (both on the upswing among GOP voters).
America MUST reject the premise that vicious and ugly unmitigated greed, lies, bigotry, ignorance, and misogyny make America “great”. We must collectively pour salt on every slug that slithers out from under the rocks.