Republican schizophrenia

 

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Republican schizophrenia?”

Whoa! that. title. is. tough.

I offer Senator Lindsay Graham (R, S.C.) as exhibit A:

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Yikes! Graham offering mutually-exclusive messages from both Earth I and Earth II—he’s been just as Janus-like with regard to DJT‘s insurrection at the Capitol. Still, there was one point when I agreed with Graham, e.g., when he said DJT would destroy the Republican Party. It’s been a long/winding road, however, GOP destruction is now nigh.

Even David Brooks seemed to capture the schizophrenia of the MAGAGOP in comments Friday on the PBS News Hour:

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“It’s easier to be a Republican now if you’re Marjorie Taylor Greene than if you’re Liz Cheney.” Wait! What!?! 

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Recall, Liz Cheney (daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney), was elected in 2016 as the sole representative to the U.S. congress from Wyoming. Rep. Cheney is well known as a rock-ribbed conservative Republican, and she is the House Republican Conference Chair, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership. Yet SHE is vulnerable as MAGA-schizophrenia dominates Wyoming voters!

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In case Marjorie Taylor Greene is new to you, she’s a recently elected freshman representative to the U.S. Congress from Georgia. Here’s why Greene’s fitness to serve in Congress is questioned: GOP Congresswoman Blamed Wildfires on Secret Jewish Space Laser.

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It gets even worse. Greene has promoted Alex-Jones-level conspiracy theories, like spreading the morally bankrupt claim that the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings were staged political theater to bring pressure on ending 2nd amendment gun rights.

From 24hrs after the Capitol insurrection:

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House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy (cover image) has rewarded her by placing her on committees including the ‘Education and Labor Committee.’ Greene denies school shootings and yet now SHE is on the Education Committee.

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Republican schizophrenia?”

My title is provocative. Admittedly, schizophrenia forms an imaginative analogy here as it requires a ‘Mass psychogenic illness’ [MPI] mash-up to distribute the traditionally individual illness throughout the MAGA body.

We are literally down to a straight-forward binary choice for remaining DJT supporters, e.g., whether to participate in DJT‘s cult, or not.

‘Schizophrenia’ seems appropriate when Kevin McCarthy is calling for the GOP caucus to ‘unify in moving-on,’ while Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz (pictured above) is leading a hatchet rally in Liz Cheney’s home state, and Greene hardly appears ready to “move on.”

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By design

The design of our political system imagines two relatively healthy political parties to create a measured yet melioristic dynamic to move stable governance forward. An apparently fatally wounded GOP is the signal that our system is in perilous territory.

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In our system, “unity” is created in what Senator John McCain called “regular order,” e.g., a collegial collaborative spirit advancing legislation through an ethos of compromise. Before any unity, though, GOP schizophrenia will first require a healing, e.g., something akin to a truth/reconciliation commission. Integrated unity begins with one set of shared facts.

“’I believe there is a huge burden now on Christian leaders, especially those who entertained the conspiracies, to lead the flock back into the truth,’ Kinzinger tweeted on January 12.” —from the article: “Betraying Your Church—And Your Party: How Representative Adam Kinzinger, an evangelical Republican, decided to vote for impeachment—and start calling out his church.
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Voices like Kinzinger’s (e.g., conservative, evangelical Christian, Republican) must declare the truth to reach those in the church who are caught-up in the death cult aspect of MAGA. Hard not to notice that DJT‘s faithful supporters quickly work to discredit, demonize, and cancel truthful voices.

tl;dr

These past three years I’ve been wrestling with myself and my perceptions in an attempt to keep alive the distinctions between the Republicans that I know and what I can see about the death-cult aspects of DJT and many MAGA supporters.
 
You see, I live in a Republican state, and my family and friends—e.g., the people I love—are mostly Republicans, so I have strained to resist the idea that every DJT supporter has gone hook-line-and-sinker for the death-cult aspects of DJT and MAGA. Rather, I’ve said, many are more like “marks,” e.g., victims of a confidence scheme.
 
However, that said, in light of January 6, and the MAGA-terrorist insurrection at the Capitol, it’s plain that DJT‘s MAGA coalition significantly includes domestic terrorists, e.g., militant White Christian nationalists, White Power White supremacists, segregationists, and violent antigovernment seditionists. That’s why YOU—and the tarrying GOP—must decide now, because:
 

It is not possible to be in an innocent alliance with terrorists!

 
I feel we have reached a binary reckoning time for Christians/Americans.

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Bonus

 

Next week: No idea. Come see. 

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