Republicans are “not fit to govern”

 “Let’s be blunt and acknowl­edge the biggest threat to the world’s biggest econ­omy are the cranks and cra­zies that have taken over a part of the Repub­li­can Party.” Wayne Swan, Aus­tralian Trea­surer, Syd­ney, CommonDreams.org, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2012

Let’s just say it: The Repub­li­cans are the prob­lem By Thomas E. Mann and Nor­man J. Orn­stein, Wash­ing­ton Post, April 27, 2012
….We have been study­ing Wash­ing­ton pol­i­tics and Con­gress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dys­func­tional. In our past writ­ings, we have crit­i­cized both par­ties when we believed it was war­ranted. Today, how­ever, we have no choice but to acknowl­edge that the core of the prob­lem lies with the Repub­li­can Party….The GOP has become an insur­gent out­lier in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics. It is ide­o­log­i­cally extreme; scorn­ful of com­pro­mise; unmoved by con­ven­tional under­stand­ing of facts, evi­dence and sci­ence; and dis­mis­sive of the legit­i­macy of its polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion.
When one party moves this far from the main­stream, it makes it nearly impos­si­ble for the polit­i­cal sys­tem to deal con­struc­tively with the country’s challenges.

The Mother of All No-Brainers by David Brooks, New York Times, July 4, 2011  -      The Repub­li­cans have changed Amer­i­can pol­i­tics…the Repub­li­can Party may no longer be a nor­mal party. Over the past few years, it has been infected by a fac­tion that is more of a psy­cho­log­i­cal protest than a prac­ti­cal, gov­ern­ing alter­na­tive…
The mem­bers of this move­ment do not accept the logic of com­pro­mise, no mat­ter how sweet the terms. The mem­bers of this move­ment do not accept the legit­i­macy of schol­ars and intel­lec­tual author­i­ties…
The mem­bers of this move­ment have no sense of moral decency…if respon­si­ble Repub­li­cans don’t take con­trol, inde­pen­dents will con­clude that Repub­li­can fanati­cism caused this default. They will con­clude that Repub­li­cans are not fit to gov­ern.  And they will be right.

Robert Gates on the GOP’s Breakdown and Failure at “The Basic Functions of Government” By Steve Benen, Wash­ing­ton Monthly, Octo­ber 15, 2011 — Robert Gates, a respected elder states­man of the polit­i­cal estab­lish­ment, recently deliv­ered some provoca­tive remarks on the health, of lack thereof, of the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal sys­tem…
The GOP’s hyper-partisan turn after Barack Obama’s vic­tory in 2008 meant 112th Con­gress was des­tined to test the lim­its of dys­func­tional gov­er­nance. But it also hap­pened to coin­cide with a moment in his­tory when the coun­try needed the gov­ern­ment to do bet­ter than the bare min­i­mum. Instead, it’s done less. And that’s shaken peo­ple who’ve spent their careers steer­ing the ship of state.
“I do believe that we are now in uncharted waters when it comes to the dys­func­tion in our polit­i­cal sys­tem — and it is no longer a jok­ing mat­ter,” for­mer Defense Sec­re­tary Robert Gates told an audi­ence two weeks ago at the Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter in Philadel­phia, where he received the Lib­erty Medal for national ser­vice. “It appears that as a result of sev­eral long-building, polar­iz­ing trends in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics and cul­ture, we have lost the abil­ity to exe­cute even the basic func­tions of gov­ern­ment much less solve the most dif­fi­cult and divi­sive prob­lems fac­ing the coun­try. Thus, I am more con­cerned than I have ever been about the state of Amer­i­can governance.”

Getting to Crazy by PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times, July 14, 2011…A number of commentators seem shocked at how unreasonable Republicans are being. “Has the G.O.P. gone insane?” they ask. Why, yes, it has. But this isn’t something that just happened, it’s the culmination of a process that has been going on for decades. Anyone surprised by the extremism and irresponsibility now on display either hasn’t been paying attention, or has been deliberately turning a blind eye. And may I say to those suddenly agonizing over the mental health of one of our two major parties: People like you bear some responsibility for that party’s current state. …The Republicans have changed American politics since they took control of the House of Representatives. … the Republican Party may no longer be a normal party. Over the past few years, it has been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing alternative…The members of this movement do not accept the logic of compromise, no matter how sweet the terms. The members of this movement do not accept the legitimacy of scholars and intellectual authorities…The members of this movement have no sense of moral decency…The members of this movement have no economic theory worthy of the name.

Conservatives’ Reality Problem

The GOP’s Voter Suppression Strategy

The Fable of the Century by Robert Reich, Common Dreams, April 5, 2012

The G.O.P.’s ‘Pledge’, Editorial, New York Times, September 25, 2010  -  Americans are right to be worried and even angry about the bad economy. And they are right to demand thatWashingtondo a lot more to revive employment now and start to reduce the deficit soon. But these are hard problems built up over eight years of mainly Republican leadership. The pledge takes the country backward — a place no one should want to go.

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