It was gross. Chilling. Establishing a legal anti-democratic process. A majority of Democratic votes, but because of the way the district lines were drawn, only Republicans get elected.
And Bill Moyers published this article on the "Dark Age of Unreason." He compares the rise of Trump to the McCarthy era... what did it take to take McCarthy down...
And we can hope there still remain in the Republican Party at least a few brave politicians who will stand up to Trump, as some did McCarthy. This might be a little harder. For every Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham who have announced their opposition to Trump, there is a weaselly Paul Ryan, a cynical Mitch McConnell and a passel of fellow travelers up and down the ballot who claim not to like Trump and who may not wholeheartedly endorse him but will vote for him in the name of party unity.
As this headline in The Huffington Post aptly put it, “Republicans Are Twisting Themselves Into Pretzels To Defend Donald Trump.” Ten GOP senators were interviewed about Trump and his attack on Judge Curiel’s Mexican heritage. Most hemmed and hawed about their presumptive nominee. As Trump “gets to reality on things he’ll change his point of view and be, you know, more responsible.” That was Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. Trump’s comments were “racially toxic” but “don’t give me any pause.” That was Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Republican African-American in the Senate. And Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas? He said Trump’s words were “unfortunate.” Asked if he was offended, Jennifer Bendery writes, the senator “put his fingers to his lips, gestured that he was buttoning them shut, and shuffled away.”
No profiles in courage there. But why should we expect otherwise? Their acquiescence, their years of kowtowing to extremism in the appeasement of their base, have allowed Trump and his nightmarish sideshow to steal into the tent and take over the circus. Alexander Pope once said that party spirit is at best the madness of the many for the gain of a few. A kind of infection, if you will — a virus that spreads through the body politic, contaminating all. Trump and his ilk would sweep the promise of America into the dustbin of history unless they are exposed now to the disinfectant of sunlight, the cleansing torch of truth. Nothing else can save us from the dark age of unreason that would arrive with the triumph of Donald Trump.
This is the shadow face of unity... the dark cloud. Party unity before the good of the nation.
What's even more frightening is that Moyers draws a direct line between McCarthy and trump....
Cohn was chief counsel to McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the same one Welch went up against. Cohn was McCarthy’s henchman, a master of dark deeds and dirty tricks. When McCarthy fell, Cohn bounced back to his hometown of New York and became a prominent Manhattan wheeler-dealer, a fixer representing real estate moguls and mob bosses — anyone with the bankroll to afford him. He worked for Trump’s father, Fred, beating back federal prosecution of the property developer, and several years later would do the same for Donald. “If you need someone to get vicious toward an opponent,” Trump told a magazine reporter in 1979, “you get Roy.” To another writer he said, “Roy was brutal but he was a very loyal guy.”
Cohn introduced Trump to his McCarthy-like methods of strong-arm manipulation and to the political sleazemeister Roger Stone, another dirty trickster and unofficial adviser to Trump who just this week suggested that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was a disloyal American who may be a spy for Saudi Arabia, a “terrorist agent.”
Cohn also introduced Trump to the man who is now his campaign chair, Paul Manafort, the political consultant and lobbyist who without a moral qualm in the world has made a fortune representing dictators — even when their interests flew in the face of human rights or official US policy.
So the ghost of Joseph McCarthy lives on in Donald Trump as he accuses President Obama of treason, slanders women, mocks people with disabilities, and impugns every politician or journalist who dares call him out for the liar and bamboozler he is.
And these are our times.
But, I also stand cautioned in this against a false and dangerous "unity." Unity is what the Republicans have in their unwillingness to call Trump out. And I don't want it.
Just as in McCarthyism, any voice of opposition is considered a voice of dis-unity. Same is true in the Democrats... any voice of opposition against Clinton means you are an ignorant, un-seeing, inexperienced, naive, rebellious idiot who likes to blow up the whole thing and is willing to let Trump be elected.
It ain't necessarily so. And I do not yet know what I will do come November. Just sayin'.
Perhaps it will all be a moot topic any way, if Julian Assange hasn't become unhinged. He claims evidence of email manipulation and use for which the Obama administration has prosecuted and jailed others --most especially de-classifying text in order to email it... and how her actions as Secretary of State led to the emergence of ISIS (which is well documented in other places).
So. In the meantime... I have decided not to be a unity-monger. Some will say, ah! but, unity is a Christian ideal!!! You should at least be interested in unity because of your faith!!!!
Mmmmm.... nope. Unity is not a political coalition. It is not same-ness. The base root of unity is differentiation. Paul uses the idea of the body as an example of unity. We can't all be noses, can't all be ears, he shouts from the page. The foundation of unity is diversity.
It is from a place of faith that I will act. In diversity.
And, I can only say that I will strive to do my best --given what I see as a choice of dual evils in a political field that has already been manipulated with drawn boundaries beyond repair. Beyond a hope of democracy or the voice--the cry of the people actually being heard within the bastions of power and force.
But, thankfully, I am not without hope --I have the Gospel to show me not to rely upon governmental/political or religious authorities; none of those places are where I place my hope.
I place my hope in Christ. I can do no other.
At prayer this morning (from Romans 3)
But if our injustice serves to confirm the justice of God, what should we say? That God is unjust to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) By no means! For then how could God judge the world?
But if through my falsehood God’s truthfulness abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner?
And why not say (as some people slander us by saying that we say), “Let us do evil so that good may come”? Their condemnation is deserved!
Oh Paul, Paul, Paul..... --but, I get it.
And a choice between Clinton and Trump is a false choice....
Please keep the family of 'M' in your prayers. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.