What happened to the GOP?
One thing most combat veterans learn is that wishful thinking and self-delusion can be fatal in times of danger. Anyone who bothers to look can see that America is deep into a global pandemic where over 120,000 Americans have already died. The crisis is real — it is killing people and wrecking our economy — but our national response has been more reality show than reality-based. I blame that insanity on the enabling of Donald Trump’s incompetence through the Republican Party’s aversion to dealing with inconvenient truths. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I voted Republican in every national election since 1968 — stopping only upon Trump’s nomination in 2016. I wrote a Medium story on Why I Could Not Vote for Trump explaining my reasons.
By my standards the GOP used to be the party that defended the Constitution and filled the role of the adults in the room. That Republican Party is gone. It was gradually eviscerated by its reactionary elements who focused on controlling state party apparatus and state legislatures — enabling them to control party nominations, redistricting, and state courts — in order to Gerrymander electoral districts, to eliminate real conservative and moderate GOP candidates, and to suppress opposition voting. The current Republican Party is solely motivated by greed and ideology, regardless of facts, logic, and consequences. They are willfully blind to the realities around us and totally unable to govern. We are all paying the price for that.