Re what Paul Ryan had to say in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia today: if the GOP really wants to seize the high ground on civil liberties, how about defending “one person, one vote” by defending America against partisan gerrymandering? How about defending America against vote suppression? How about defending America against the carnage happening every day by appropriating some real money to reduce opioid addiction and deaths–and pass some laws that regulate the ability of drug companies to push crazy amounts of opiates into little towns all over Appalachia and California and Florida and New Hampshire? How about defending the respect for rule of law that was a big part of what actually made the United States of America as great as it is?
Mr. Ryan and Mr. McConnell: have you read the memoirs of Franz von Papen lately? Do you care at all about defending our liberal democracy (small “l” and small “d”) from illiberal would-be tyrants? Yes you do know exactly what I am talking about. Franz von Papen and his fellow “conservative” aristocrats enabled extreme radicalism in Germany by convincing themselves that they could easily manipulate the vulgar and clownish Hitler. Yes, Nazi analogies are alarmist and hazardous, but you, Ryan and McConnell, know very well what you’re up to, you know you’re enabling Trump when you tolerate and tacitly encourage people like Devin Nunes. You know that when Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, is not allowed to look at the Nunes memo, something rotten is going on. You don’t want to be lumped in with Breitbart and Alex Jones, but that’s where you are now.