Is the GOP Inherently Corrupt?

Our friend Jeff over at On the Fence Voters has written a thoughtful, brief analysis of how the GOP went from being “The Party of Lincoln” to being the party of obstruction and conspiracy theories. While we can see how the GOP came to be frequently referred to as the GQP (Goofy QAnon Party), the question now is … will this be the end of the party, or is this only the beginning of a party that prefers fascism over democracy? Thanks, Jeff, for this excellent post!

On The Fence Voters

Inherent — existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute.

No, the disgraced 45th president of the United States was not the cause of the corruption that infects today’s iteration of the GOP. He was merely a cancerous symptom of a deep dive into the throws of corrupt behavior that’s been part of this party for decades now.

If we’re lucky, he’ll be the final nail in the coffin by which the party begins to moderate their views and act like they want to participate in our democracy the way our Founding Fathers expected. If not, we may be looking at an America most of us would never have thought possible — the authoritarian march to fascism. We’re not there yet, but it’s getting pretty damn close.

Again, though, it didn’t start with Trump. This once-proud party, the one that can claim Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower as one of their own…

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22 thoughts on “Is the GOP Inherently Corrupt?

  1. “moderate their views and act like they want to participate in our democracy”. Like wanting to eliminate the filibuster so they don’t have to get even 1 moderate’s vote? Or fleeing their state to prevent the ability to carry out the legislative as prescribed by our Democracy? You mean like that? Yes those evil, inherently corrupt individuals that would do such things.

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    • So … do you see the filibuster as an equalizer, when one party is hellbent and determined to, in their own words, create chaos and obstruct any meaningful legislation? Or do you think that all the voter suppression laws being put forth in the majority of states are in some way fair and equitable? The Republican Party is determined to destroy the last shreds that remain of a democratic foundation … and to you, that’s A-Okay??? Wow.


      • That’s not at all what I wrote. You are demonizing Republicans and opine for them to act as moderates and participate in our democracy and yet the Democrats are actually doing the things you are accusing Republicans of doing. Whatever party isn’t in the White House does the same thing, Democrats wanted nothing to happen when Trump or Bush were in, Republicans want nothing to happen now or when Obama was in.
        As for the filibuster, it was put in specifically to slow down and frustrate the legislative process with the intent being only items with overwhelming support passed, which I think is a good thing. The less intrusion of Government into people’s lives the better. The more stalemate in Washington DC the better.
        As to the voter suppression nonsense, Republicans say they want to ensure one person gets only one vote, Democrats keep putting in policies and procedures that make voting integrity impossible – preferably I’d like to see the Federal Government have such little power it doesn’t really matter who wins.

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  2. Jill, quite simply, when the truth tellers within the party are vilified (and physically threatened) and those who are consistently lying are elevated, that sums it up in nutshell. Just yesterday, the Republican leader in the House vilified a Republican who is remembering an oath to the constitution and feels we should get to the bottom of an in insurrection on the Capitol building. As I have said many times before, it is not a surprise that the leader of this party is untruthful as that is his modus operandi, it does bother me that so many are bending over backwards to rationalize and cover for his untruths. Keith

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    • PS – while we have voting rights issues, civil rights issues, water issues, climate change concerns especially in light of revelations of fossil fuel industry conspiracy activities, infrastructure issues, the key concern of the day in the House Republicans is to invite Brittney Spears to testify. I am sure her issues are of concern, but how about calling fossil fuel CEOs asking why they waged an a significant campaign to disinform Americans on climate change, e.g.

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      • You have got to be kidding!!! I hadn’t heard that one, but I’ve stayed mostly offline today. That … that leaves me (almost) speechless! Britney Spears is just about the furthest thing from my priority list at the moment, as it should be from Congress’! Grrrrrrrrrrrr.


    • You are 100% correct, Keith. The entire party seems to be based on a shaky foundation of lies, and apparently the party leadership is autocratic enough to keep all but a few of them in line. Fortunately, Kevin’s threats to Cheney and Kinzinger went unheeded, but no doubt they will pay a price at the polls next year. This is “Democracy in action”??? I think not!


      • Jill, thanks. Yes, the Brittney invitation is real. And, I believe Matt Gaetz, the person accused of sexual misconduct, is leading the effort to call her in. As for the adrift nature of the Republican party, they are “beyond Gilligan Island’s lost at sea.” Keith


  3. I don’t think corrupt is the appropriate term. The connotation for me is that would involve evil or wrongs associated mostly with money. Inherently evil and authoritarian better describes the GOP since 1972. Nixon began the take over of racist Democrats during 1968-1972 time period. In the ensuing decades following most racist Democrats had switched to being full time GOP voters.

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    • I definitely agree that ‘evil’, ‘racist’, and ‘authoritarian’ describe today’s GOP. I guess I think that ‘corrupt’ can come in varying degrees, and the GOP has taken it to the nth degree. I must be missing a crucial part in my brain, for I simply cannot understand how anybody can hate another simply because of the colour of his/her skin. However, today’s Republicans seem to have perfected the ‘art’. Sigh.

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  4. Dear Jill,

    I shall just repeat here my comment that I submitted to Jeff’s post entitled “Is the GOP Inherently Corrupt?”:

    Dear Jeff,
    Thank you for your taking stock of what the GOP has become. To me, GOP is the acronym for Grotesque Obscurant Parasite!

    Dear Keith,
    “To vote to not seat a committee to investigate this insurrection is [not merely] malfeasance” but also nonfeasance (failure to perform an act that is required by law; the failure to act where action is required, whether wilfully or in neglect) and misfeasance (transgression; the wilful inappropriate action or intentional incorrect action or advice).

    Yours sincerely,

    Happy July to all of you!

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