November 25, 2022

GOP goes from political party to biggest threat to humanity in 50 years

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Throughout our history, there have always been groups of people who have posed a threat to other humans or even to humanity itself. For example, at one time the greatest threat to others was probably the Mongol hordes, which were then replaced for a few centuries by European settlers who wreaked havoc across the world.

The underlying motives of colonialism – money, religion and power – have generally played a role in who took the top spot as the “greatest threat to humanity”. And all three bring us to the group that currently poses the greatest danger to all of us: Republicans.

That doesn’t mean the GOP is the worst party on the planet, or that every one of its members is a terrible human being (although it does take some degree of moral bankruptcy to support many Republican candidates).

There are also probably more despicable organizations in the world, for example, those supporting pedophilia or kicking kittens.

However, the title of “greatest threat to humanity” is not only a reflection of the vileness of a group. Instead, it’s a combination of the group’s power, its potential to harm large numbers of people, and its revolt (no pun intended, although January 6 and various polls have shown that the Republicans clearly have an appetite for revolt).

Of course, the Founding Fathers did not want to protect the rights of genuine minorities; they just wanted to make sure that the group of white men in power couldn’t be too mean to the group of white men who weren’t.

Here, the modern GOP ticks all the boxes. To be fair, it’s not as clear cut as when the Nazis were in the lead in the 1930s and 1940s.

Nowadays, there is much more competition. We have Vladimir Putin’s Russia, which is trying to destabilize any functioning democracy and has just started a war; China, which seeks to dominate the world; and organized religion, which for centuries has been in the mix of “the most destructive force.”

For now, however, Republicans deserve the title the most. They wield incredible (and undeserved) power, their actions affect all living beings on the planet (most negatively), and those actions range from simple despicable to absolute evil.

Let’s first see how a party that has long since given up on winning elections fairly, and can’t get a majority of voters nationwide to back its platform (we’ll get to that in a minute), has been able to amass that kind of power.

It’s simple, really. All Republicans had to do was exploit every glitch and loophole in a political system designed to protect minority rights. Of course, the Founding Fathers did not want to protect the rights of genuine minorities; they just wanted to make sure that the group of white men in power couldn’t be too mean to the group of white men who weren’t.

In doing so, the GOP used the laudable idea of ​​not allowing the winners of an election to oppress the losers to create a tyranny of the minority.

And that allowed the Republicans to pursue their agenda, which is… nothing, really. The only thing the GOP is for… being against things. In fact, it’s a bit unfair. They are not against everything – just fairness, equality, justice, opportunity for all, environment, peace and minorities, which in this case actually means minorities (anyone who is not a “ Christian” white, straight and conservative).

Yet that in itself would not make Republicans the greatest threat to humanity. Because while it may suck for a 13-year-old girl raped by her father to be forced to carry a dead fetus to term that will probably kill her – just because she lives in a red state – it doesn’t. not really a problem for the rest of the world.

Nor is it that millions of Americans do not have health care or are unable to enjoy many of the rights that people in peer countries take for granted.

What Is to make Republicans the most destructive force is that they are preventing the most powerful country on the planet from making meaningful progress in addressing the most pressing issues of our time.

First and foremost, they have blocked action on climate change – both in the United States and abroad – while supporting policies that make the problem worse.

The GOP’s anti-science, pro-religious fundamentalist approach has not only harmed the environment, but has also stifled progress in the medical sector and a variety of other fields.

Furthermore, his pro-military policies (which, in fairness, many Democrats share) have contributed to conflicts around the world in recent decades, including two major wars started by the United States that helped destabilize entire regions.

Together, this new axis of evil seems poised to convince enough uninformed Americans that it would be in their best interest to hand over the keys of the country to the GOP again. We know how it ends: with America in a ditch.

Finally, one should not underestimate how harmful the GOP’s efforts to undermine American democracy are, not only at home but also abroad. Especially recently, the rise of Donald Trump has helped similar “leaders” come to power in places like Brazil, which has only just ended its own neo-fascist nightmare. And it has emboldened similar “leaders” in countries from Hungary to the Philippines.

However, it should be noted that Trump is not to blame in this matter. He only showed the world what the GOP has become.

What is most tragic is that it did not have to be so. Fifty years ago, the GOP would never have been close to “the most destructive force in the world.” At the time, it was, in many ways, a fairly moderate party before swinging drastically to the right, while American peers generally embraced more progressive ideals.

It may not be a coincidence that the United States still had a vibrant middle class back then. It now has a tiny minority of millionaires and billionaires (who primarily fund Republican candidates), a “middle class” made up mostly of people who hope to never have a major medical emergency, young people burdened with crushing student debt, a bunch of poor white people who think they belong to the middle class (and therefore vote Republican), and poor people who know they are poor.

You can thank the GOP for that.

But it would be unfair to blame only the Republicans…because they had a lot of help. On the one hand white evangelical leaders, who are a destructive force in their own right.

On the other hand, the GOP is supported by the who-is-who of the “worst companies in the world”. You have oil companies, throwing money at Republicans so they can continue to position humanity closer to climate catastrophe in exchange for a few more years of obscene profits.

Then there are the social media giants who would rather kill by stoking division and allow the unfettered spread of misinformation and lies than be a force for good. This helps Republicans because their supporters are much more likely to believe “fake news.”

And, finally, there is Fox “News”, probably the worst of all. This time around, the propaganda network has once again pulled out all the stops to get Republicans elected through a relentless torrent of deceit and lies.

Together, this new axis of evil seems poised to convince enough uninformed Americans that it would be in their best interest to hand over the keys of the country to the GOP again. We know how it ends: with America in a ditch.

To be clear, this op-ed is not an endorsement of any Democratic candidate. Instead, it is simply a repudiation of a GOP that is morally bankrupt, revels in wickedness, and seems determined to make the planet uninhabitable.

You have a few days left to prevent this from happening, so vote accordingly!


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  • Klaus Marre is a writer, editor and former congressional reporter. Follow him on Twitter @KlausMarre.

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