You reap what you sow, and GOP is reaping Trump

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Erick Erickson, last seen barring Donald Trump from the RedState convention as punishment for intemperate rhetoric, offers some thoughts about Republican leadership and its reluctance to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood:

“If Republicans and the Washington Pro-Life movement, when confronted by the evil documented on unedited tape, are not willing to defund Planned Parenthood, we should destroy them all, level their organizations to the ground, and spread salt on the remains (metaphorically speaking, of course)….

If Republicans in Washington will not stop this and defund Planned Parenthood, Republican voters should take any and all action to destroy the party at the ballot box. If this party will not fight this evil, it will fight no evil and should itself die.”

Alrighty then! It’s Samson time!! Pull down the Temple!

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But seriously, if Republicans want to know what they have done to deserve an affliction like Donald Trump, it’s all right there in Erickson’s screed.

For example, political rhetoric on the right has become so operatic and apocalyptic over the last few years that Trump’s over-the-top outrageousness no longer seems so outrageous. The audience has been conditioned not just to accept it but to expect it. And in such an environment, how could the likes of Jeb Bush comes across as anything but meek and weak in comparison? Even when Jeb tries to butch it up — “anchor babies”? — he sounds as awkward as if he were trying to street rap. It is not his native tongue, but it certainly is Trump’s:

As we’ve also witnessed, conservative narratives of the past few years have rejected the idea of politics as a means of working out our differences. Instead, they portray politics as a Manichean, end-of-days, destroy-or-be-destroyed struggle between the forces of virtue on the right and the forces of pure evil on the left, to the degree that much of the conservative audience has lost its willingness to think in other terms.

But once you have accepted and internalized those premises, a series of questions become inevitable: If the other side is evil, as you have told us for so long, how can you now ask us to compromise with that evil? If the other side is plotting the destruction of the Republic, the repression of Christianity, the toppling of capitalism, marriage, family, gender and all that is good and decent, as we have been told repeatedly, how can we NOT do everything possible to stop them?

There is no good answer, which brings us to the theme that permeates not just the Erickson post but much of the conservative conversation: Betrayal.

Betrayal by unknown forces has long been a handy excuse to explain away all sorts of otherwise inexplicable failure. These days, though, it is no longer an accusation directed largely at President Obama, the media and other enemy elements allegedly out to undermine America. It has gotten to the point that if the Republican establishment is refusing to confront the traitors, then they are guilty of collaborating  with the enemy. They too must be traitors.

So it’s going to get interesting. Congress is going to have to fund the government this fall, and Planned Parenthood funding will inevitably be part of it. By late November or early December, the Republican House and Republican Senate will also have to vote to raise the debt ceiling, another immense source of conservative angst.  The nuclear deal with Iran, another supposedly existential issue for the United States and Israel, is about to be fully implemented thanks to an arrangement in which the Republican congressional leadership agreed in effect to geld itself, so it would not have the power to do what the base demands.

And the frustrations and sense of betrayal within the GOP base will grow.

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hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

"I heard many men lying, I saw many more dying, but I ain't marching anymore..."

How long? 1980 was so long ago. Yet, still the guy at the next pump pastes hateful stickers on his truck and, of course, the Obama sticker with universal "no" symbol. He wants the "fair" tax, a plan that would raise his own taxes significantly at the expense of those more fortunate. Unless he's an actor, it's clear he hasn't made a decent wage in a long time. He's mad, but believes the noisiest talking heads, unaware that everything they stand for is against his own interests.

JoelEdge
JoelEdge

"...have rejected the idea of politics as a means of working out our differences."

When you're dealing with the Democrat party and people like you, Bookman, there is no chance of chance of compromise. If a party won't fight for what's right, what is its purpose? I know the Democrat Party's purpose; divide the country, increase the size of government, tax, spend, limit personal freedom. The GOP has abandoned its role as an opposition party and wants to be Dem-lite.

Citizen-of-the-World
Citizen-of-the-World

All this black and white, over the top, us against them, take no prisoners rhetoric on the right is your basic Brainwashing 101. It has worked so well on so many that the Republican party is, indeed, reaping what they've sown with the black and white, over the top, us against them, take no prisoners Donald Trump. 

Corey
Corey

Watching gay porn again, Penses? Maybe visiting rest stops in Republican country and peeking over the stalls at Haggard and Mr. Wide stance?

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

Judge Bunning said Ms. Davis would be released once she agreed to comply with his order and issue the marriage licenses.


What's next? Being forced to Gay Marry?


GaBlue
GaBlue

@~moonbat_betty~

Exploiting and demeaning women for money is against my religion. Therefore, I do not choose to work as a p!mp or Fox News producer. See how that works? If the job offends her, she has every right to choose a different profession.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Trump signed the pledge SHEETZ!

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

So Kim Davis gets a paid vacation paid for by the State for as long as she wants? 

I guess she has been converted to liberal.

TicTacs
TicTacs

A trooper told me one time,  the graveyard is full of people who thought they were right.

gotalife
gotalife

One Clinton aide will plead the fifth and one will testify.


Triangulation.

gotalife
gotalife

President Obama may have gotten a little more than he bargained for when wrapping up his visit to The Last Frontier on Wednesday. Toward the end of his trip to Alaska highlighting climate change, Obama examined fish that were caught at Kanakanak Beach when a salmon spawned on his shoes. "I've got to get some gloves so I can handle my fish," Obama said, donning orange rubber gloves and holding up a large silver salmon after getting a lesson in using traditional nets. "Uh-oh. What happened there?" asked Obama, who was standing next to two fisherwomen while examining another fish before it squirted on him. "Did you see that?" "Generally you don't want fish spawning on your feet," said Obama, who wore black hiking boots along with a dark rain jacket and pants. "He said he was happy to see me," Obama joked.  The president also sampled some "really good" salmon jerky partway up the beach.

honested
honested

@Philo_Farnsworth 

Nope, that's the Tundra Tart on her fishing boat.

She is angry that the fish chose the President instead of her.

~moonbat_betty~
~moonbat_betty~

@gotalife

That lady on the far left looks like she is getting ready to give either that fish or Obama a prostate exam.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Penses 

 She's the part of the human anatomy homosexual men find most interesting! 

Speaking from experience, are you?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Kamchak  That poster (and his squared buddies) does seem very concerned with their misogynistic issues about terms, including a reference to children (as they act childish) and the sex (or the sexual orientation) of other posters and just people.  You know they must hate the "girly man" and others while they thump and pump. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@KUTGF 

Probably time for another tickle therapy session

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Penses Oh sweetie, you know I really don't care what you think.  If I wanted to be a "girly man", there is nothing wrong with it. There is no shame in being male, female or having a sexual orientation that differs from heterosexual.  I have no need to explain to you.  Its time you grew up and quit acting like a child.  My bet is that no matter how much you thump, you will fail.  How sad for you. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany Awww look another poster who just thinks about me.  Sorry I am not into you either. 

TomMiddleton
TomMiddleton

The politics of the extreme may be the only way someone like Erick Erickson can make a living in such times as these, but they are ultimately self-defeating as increasingly they're no longer relevant to anything useful and then what does one do?

Well, just wait, Eric, for help is on the way from the other side just for you. For as the saying used to go: “If you're 20 and you're not a Communist, then you have no heart; but if you're 30 and you're still a Communist, then you have no head.” But wait, now there's even more.

If you're a Democrat and are tired of the sanity of President Obama's centrist approach, you know, the one we can all travel together, we can add this: “And if you're 40 and you're still a Communist, then you must be a journalist/political activist for MSNBC.”

See what I mean, Erick? Your favorite playmates are coming back to town this time around after quite a lengthy hiatus. And let's face it, you need them and they need you for the duration if you plan on continuing what you do so well – nothing good!

honested
honested

@TomMiddleton 

As long as there are politically illiterate among us, there will always be pond scum like erickson on talk radio.

gotalife
gotalife

Your media will help Hillary win.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@gotalife well, if you're gonna have it, that's a crime for it i suppose. would be better to just go with life without parole, but hey, the death penalty is what this good christian nation wants. must be written in their good book somewhere . . .

gotalife
gotalife

The cheater brady walks on technicalities.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

Great article! It manages to bash Trump,Erickson,Republican politcians and republican voters all in one fell swoop.  LOL


Now to read the comments since I'm late to the party.(grin)

Cogito Ergo Erras
Cogito Ergo Erras

@SFM_Scootter 


And quote both Jesus and Jim Carey in the same breath! You're getting your money's worth here, friend! Oh...wait...you didn't pay anything... ;-)