Letter: What unites the Republicans

Letter: What unites the Republicans

(Evan Vucci | AP file photo) President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Opa-locka, Fla. Nearly all the 2020 ballots are counted. President Donald J. Trump received 47.7% of the popular vote to Vice President Joe Biden’s 50.6%. Liberals and progressives are staggered with disbelief. Those on the left overlook a very important fact. Republicans are united in their testing of a single hypothesis within the context of America’s ongoing democratic experiment. The Republican Party is a big tent, so it is difficult to ascertain what unites all of the GOP factions — what hypothesis they, as a united polity, are putting to the test. The GOP’s establishment base remains a constant 10-20% of the population: bankers, financiers, CEOs, small business owners, gentlemen farmers and retirees whose chief concern is that their 401k accounts remain ever on an upward trajectory. The GOP’s populist base includes: aggrieved members of the working class, real farmers, Christian fundamentalists, QAnon and other conspiracy theorists, Second Amendment gun-rights devotees, Bundyite sovereign citizens, white supremacists, whites who fear the loss of their majority status due to demographic shifts and members of ultra-right-wing militias such as the Oath Keepers. What unites all these diverse GOP factions? Their opposition to America becoming a “one-person-one-vote” representative democracy provides them with their common cause. Stated positively, Republicans advance a very straightforward hypothesis: Government of, by and for a privileged minority — a minority of people who avidly pursue self-interest […]

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