What has happened to the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt or even Ronald Reagan?

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has some answers and they are terribly disturbing for all of us who are patriotic and not among the very richest Americans.

He shows why Republicans, who for generations claimed to be the party of patriots, now refuse to consider an independent investigation of Trump and Russia despite unrefutable evidence that a foreign power is gleefully tampering with our country.

Krugman’s answer is that the 2017 Republicans are more interested in serving the desires of the rich and powerful who give them huge donations and when they lose their positions,  hire them for wildly over-compensated jobs – instead of doing what is right for all Americans.

“At this point,” writes Krugman, “almost an entire party appears to have decided that potential treason in the cause of tax cuts for the wealthy is no vice. And that’s barely hyperbole.”

Krugman explains that today Republican party is nothing like the institution it was even during the Watergate crisis in the 1970s. “Then Republican members of Congress were citizens first,”‘ writes Krugman, “partisans second. But today’s G.O.P. is more like a radical, anti-democratic insurgency than a conventional political party.”

Where once Republicans opposed Democrats, adds Krugman, today they are dismissive of the legitimacy of the political opposition.

“So it’s naive to expect Republicans to join forces with Democrats to get to the bottom of the Russia scandal – even if that scandal may strike at the very roots of our national security,” writes Krugman. “Today’s Republicans just don’t cooperate with Democrats, period. They’d rather work with Vladimir Putin….In fact, some of them probably did.”

The Dailykos.com puts it bluntly: “Krugman believes that the Republican leadership’s willingness to turn a blind eye to possible treason reflects that Party’s transformation in recent decades into an organization solely dedicated to the lowering of taxes for its multi-millionaire donor base. Trump’s attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) simply provided an irresistible opportunity fo the party to fulfill that prime function.”

“Everything else – including the risk of undermining the integrity of our Constitutional government – has become secondary to that overriding imperative,” adds Dailykos.com.

Krugman drives home the point that this poisonous treason to ensure the rich get richer is not just because Trump was elected by a few electoral college votes; it is part of the transformation of the Republicans into a party that openly and blatantly favors the rich over everyone else.

“It’s time to face up to the scary reality here,” concludes Krugman. “Most people realize, I think, that Donald Trump holds basic American political values in contempt. What we need to realize is that much of his party shares that contempt.”

What this means is that even if Trump were to disappear, the party that nominated and elected him president remains, and their traitorous leadership and cabal of followers will continue to hold power until the American people wake up on election day and renounce their lies, trickery, and deceptions.

Only then will the Republican party be forced to reform itself – and the democratic system can be restored to balance.

American politicians from both sides of the aisle used to fight like hell during elections but then come together to do what is best for America and all its people. We either get back to that, or we all learn to say ‘yes, master Putin” in Russian.

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