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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Republicans are branded by Trumponianism

McCarthyism, a label coined in 1950, was created in reference to demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents. Soon, Americans will have yet another Republican inspired "ism", labeled Trumponianism.

Senator Joe McCarthy, Republican- 1908-1957

McCarthyism was a label rooted in extremism, led by former Senator Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957), who was an American Republican politician

McCarthy served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Wisconsin from 1947, until his death in 1957. 

Beginning in 1950, McCarthy was the most visible public face of a period in which Cold War tensions between the Western nations and Russia, fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion

McCarthy was noted for making claims about large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere. Ultimately, his tactics and inability to substantiate his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate.

The term McCarthyism, coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist activities. Today the term is used more generally in reference to demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents.,

So, now Americans are confronted with Trumponiasm, a reinvention of right wing McCarthyism.  

Of course, right wing extremism never disappears. Even when Senator McCarthy died, his dangerous movement changed into unwarrented suspicions associated with racism and the anti-immigration movement.  

Not surprisingly, Trumponian paranoia is casting a dark political shadow on the entire Republican party. Instead of the "Grand Old Party", Trumponiainisms are creating a Grotesque Old Party. This branding will serve no purpose except to act like a "wrecking ball" for the entier Republican party, said Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican presidential candidate, when he was telephone- interviewed on the MSNBC- TV, "Morning Joe". 

If Americans embraced Muslim groups, the people currently being unjustly marginalized by Trumponianisms, it's entirely possible the effect would be to assimilate the religious groups in the culture, so they would, possibly, be indistiguishable from other citizens.  

Unfortunately, the Republican establishment allowed the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump to go on for too long.  Most candidates expected the self funded Trump to crash and burn by now. In fact, Jeb Bush made a terrible mistake when he didn't attack Donald Trump for taking such a caustic stand against Mexican immigrants, because his wife is Mexican-American and he met her in Mexico. Bush didn't stand up to Trump, when he made those disparaging ethnic remarks about Mexicans. In my opinion, if "Jeb!" had challenged Trump, the Bush campaign would be competitive, instead of on "life support".  

In some respects, the rise of Trumponianism is the Republican party "reaping what it has sown".  

Now, the Republican establishment has waited too long to put the evil genie back into the political cauldron.  

Therefore, it's time to create another conservative political party, before American voters find an alernative.

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