Are Republicans Stupid? Immoral? Or Both?

The poll of roughly 1,000 adults aged 18 and over was conducted June 14-15, shortly after President Trump’s historic summit with the North Korea dictator. According to the results, 19 percent of Republicans indicated they had a favorable view of Kim . . . . That compared slightly better than the perception of Pelosi, who had a 17 percent favorable, 72 percent unfavorable rating among self-identified Republicans. – The Daily Beast

That’s right: Republicans have a more favorable opinion of the dictator who’s tortured and executed his own people for political reasons, and who has held innocent Americans and others against their will (in one case, resulting in the death of an American man), than they do of one of the leaders of the opposition party, Ms. Pelosi. That’s how far it has gone. That’s how stupid or immoral some of these people are.

Now, I’m not suggesting that everyone who identifies him or herself as a Republican is stupid or immoral, or both. They aren’t. But many are.

That’s not to say they have a monopoly on stupidity and immorality. They don’t. But the party does seem to be a magnate for both these days.

If it weren’t so, we wouldn’t be separating children from their parents at the border and working to set up detention camps for those kids.

If it weren’t so, we wouldn’t be supporting tax breaks for wealthy people that i) inflate the federal deficit to growth-inhibiting levels, ii) put Social Security (and the people who rely on it) at risk, and iii) create even more wealth disparity and social instability.

If it weren’t so, we wouldn’t be cozying up to tyrants, autocrats, and murderers and alienating ourselves from true and trusted democratic allies.

If it weren’t so, Republicans wouldn’t have nominated and elected a crude, vulgar, corrupt narcissist.

If it weren’t so, people wouldn’t fall for the blatant lies that emanate daily from the White House and the State news network (aka Fox News).

If it weren’t so, our Attorney General (a leader in the Republican Party) wouldn’t be citing the Apostle Paul as support for cruel, inhumane governmental action.

If it weren’t so, our government wouldn’t be ripping babies from the arms of mothers while joking about the cries of the children, “Well, we have an orchestra here. What’s missing is a conductor.”

That doesn’t mean every Republican is stupid. Or immoral. But it does mean that enough of them are to allow all of this to happen.

For the life of me, I can’t understand how so many people think these beliefs and actions are moral and wise. Or acceptable on any grounds. Or why they think it’s going to turn out well.

It won’t.

It can’t.

When a society rips children from the arms of their parents and puts them in cages, its government has lost its moral authority. And its right to exist.

It can happen only . . .  when people who think they’re good allow it to happen. And reveal their true nature.

In the book of Amos we read, “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

Let’s hope.

P.S. Josh Brown, a CNBC regular and Wall Streeter, tweeted this on Monday:

“Funny how people can spend their whole lives practicing religion and attending services, and then the Devil himself arrives and they throw themselves at his feet.”

Indeed.

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