Ever since Ronald Reagan declared that “government is the problem,” the Republican Party has been hard at work to make it so. The attempted coup on Jan. 6, 2021, and last week’s fiasco in the House of Representatives are but two glaring illustrations of their determination to undermine and, eventually, destroy our democracy.
The conspiracy theories and accusations that Democrats are “the enemy” and not so subtle urging to their fringiest members to take action inserts a whole new level of creepy to their cause. They embrace white supremacists, nationalists and anarchists as tools to wield against the government and blatantly idolize dictators the likes of Hitler, Putin, Erdogan and Pinochet. It appears the goal is to become exactly that.
The incoming legislators — if they can ever agree on a leader — have only one agenda: to investigate the Biden family, the Jan. 6 committee members and anyone else they can scapegoat while doing nothing to improve the lives of Americans. Plans to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, public schools and all social safety nets are the next targets.
The Republican Party may not be dead yet, but it certainly seems to be breathing its last breaths.