What Is Up With The GOP? Part One

This seems to be the question asked by many people……some suggest that they are having an internal battle for control……others think they are simply in self-destruct mode……..and then there are those, like myself that feel this was inevitable, a civil war that has been brewing since the mid 1990’s……

The GOP’s biggest problem is…..REALITY!

Republicans are hitting a wall in the House: the wall between ideology and reality, writes Paul Krugman in the New York Times. They’re happy to vote for a bill that calls for enormous spending cuts, but when it comes to selecting actual programs to slash, the party can’t get the votes. Last week, for instance, Republicans had to drop a vote on a cost-cutting transportation measure due to lack of support—even though they recently approved an “extreme austerity” budget. Shortly afterward, they voted to repeal ObamaCare for the 40th time, Krugman writes, “apparently just to make themselves feel better.” Then it was recess. “In other words, Republicans, confronted with the responsibilities of governing, essentially threw a tantrum, then ran off to sulk,” Krugman writes. A central problem is Paul Ryan’s budget moves. He’s “a magic-asterisk kind of guy—someone who makes big claims about having a plan to slash deficits but refuses to spell out any of the all-important details.” But turning the “big talk into actual legislation” isn’t feasible. “Yet Republicans aren’t willing to face up to that reality. Instead, they’re just running away.” Click for Krugman’s full column

To me it looks a lot like ….nihilism…….so that you do not have to trouble yourself with Google…..I will help…….

Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. It is often associated with extreme pessimism and a radical skepticism that condemns existence. A true nihilist would believe in nothing, have no loyalties, and no purpose other than, perhaps, an impulse to destroy. While few philosophers would claim to be nihilists, nihilism is most often associated with Friedrich Nietzsche who argued that its corrosive effects would eventually destroy all moral, religious, and metaphysical convictions and precipitate the greatest crisis in human history. In the 20th century, nihilistic themes–epistemological failure, value destruction, and cosmic purposelessness–have preoccupied artists, social critics, and philosophers. Mid-century, for example, the existentialists helped popularize tenets of nihilism in their attempts to blunt its destructive potential. By the end of the century, existential despair as a response to nihilism gave way to an attitude of indifference, often associated with antifoundationalism.

Basically and simply put………The belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement.  The reality as I see it is……the Tea Party or those clowns we elect and label them as Tea Party, are doing their best to rid the GOP of anything positive and anyone……these people are displaying classical nihilism.


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