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    How the GOP’s War on Government Paved the Way for Trump’s Deadly Incompetence


    Donald Trump’s utterly incompetent response to the coronavirus has become readily apparent in recent days. But this disaster is not a solo enterprise. His catastrophic performance as president during the early stages of the crisis is the culmination of decades of right-wing action aimed at subverting the one entity that can protect Americans from the deadly threat at hand: government.

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    As he demonstrated with his Oval Office address on Wednesday night, Trump cannot focus on the critical issues (testing, public health measures) and he cannot be truthful. (The United States is not, as he said, the “most prepared” nation when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus.) His statements over the past few weeks have misinformed the public and likely caused some Americans to take actions that increased the risks they faced. His reluctance to recognize a serious problem on his watch caused the US government to get off to a slow start regarding testing and other measures that could constrain the virus’s transmission. The public impact will be worse because of his missteps. Trump’s inaction and actions will likely lead to the deaths of thousands of Americans who might otherwise have survived this plague.

    That is quite a judgment to hang on one man. But Trump deserves it. And the Republican establishment and conservative movement share the blame. They devoted decades to spreading the anti-government virus. They fought against attempts to create a national health infrastructure that would be better prepared for such a calamity, ceaselessly railing against a “government takeover” of health care. And ever since Trump gained the White House, they have accepted and even championed his brand of know-nothingism and turned a blind eye to his dishonesty, incompetence, bigotry, and troubling behavior. They acted as if it did not matter that the man in the White House was not capable of doing the job.

    The GOPers and the conservatives who have embraced Trump have enabled and protected a president who will bear responsibility for the death of many of our neighbors, friends, and loved ones, and for an economic nightmare. All this has long been in the making—an outcome of the right-wing project to undermine and vilify government. The country did not reach this point by accident. The right got the diminished government it wanted, led by the diminished president it celebrates and supports. And that is now killing us.


    https://www.motherjones.com/politics...-incompetence/

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    Trump is the culmination of the Republican revolution that started under Reagan whose goal was always to tear down the US government and replace it with pure, unadulterated corporatism. They were hoping that a neocon-controlled Dubya could have pulled it off, but not quite. Obama was able to bail us out. With Trump, success is finally within reach. We have a government now that has been so fundamentally broken down that it cannot respond to a crisis, and a president who is a real estate conman and reality TV show host completely lost when confronted by a real problem that can't be solved by just "flooding the zone" with bull****. What do you want to bet that this weekend Trump goes golfing?

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    • #3
      Keep drinking the kool-aid Ro. Congratulations! You and your ilk have turned this sub-forum into a cesspool of liberal garbage and propaganda.

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      • #4
        too ****ing funny. Who gave China all our manufacturing and our drug manufacturing?

        The democrats the last 30 years. Joe ****ing Biden himself.

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        • #5
          I think the Trump Cult is finally starting to wake up and see what they have done by putting this charlatan in the WH.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post
            I think the Trump Cult is finally starting to wake up and see what they have done by putting this charlatan in the WH.
            there is only one poster here who voted for the two parties and thats you.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dr.10-307 View Post
              Keep drinking the kool-aid Ro. Congratulations! You and your ilk have turned this sub-forum into a cesspool of liberal garbage and propaganda.
              C'mon, Doc. You argue history?

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              • #8
                I think it's hilarious how the left thinks that we're going to some day wake up and wish we had voted for Hillary.

                Clueless.

                235 days until we get to re-elect Donald Trump again...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Taco John View Post
                    I think it's hilarious how the left thinks that we're going to some day wake up and wish we had voted for Hillary.

                    Clueless.

                    235 days until we get to re-elect Donald Trump again...
                    The guy who's wrong 90% of the time (admittedly a very rough estimate) calling other people clueless!

                    Hey TJ, post some more graphics showing where the infections are in the U.S.!

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                    • #11
                      The National Review is awake and aware! Good to see!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paladin View Post

                        C'mon, Doc. You argue history?
                        There is no historical equivalence for the situation we find ourselves in at the moment. The virus will run it's course, lives will be lost, and a cure will eventually be developed and deployed. The devastation caused by social media and news outlets knee jerking for headlines is unwarranted. Remove the internet and cable news from the equation and I'd bet my life earnings that we'd be in a completely different situation.

                        Think about it. Most of the folks in this country give more credence to how a statement is interpreted by their favorite talking heads on social media than they do to the actual statement itself. Everything is consumed through political filters...everything. The 24 hour news cycle and social media have turned American brains to mush. This pandemic is exposing the ignorance of the masses.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TonyR View Post

                          Hey TJ, post some more graphics showing where the infections are in the U.S.!
                          No problem:



                          The virus is real. The media's reaction to it is the hoax.

                          But, they're playing into Trump's hands and they don't even know it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Dr.10-307 View Post

                            There is no historical equivalence for the situation we find ourselves in at the moment. The virus will run it's course, lives will be lost, and a cure will eventually be developed and deployed. The devastation caused by social media and news outlets knee jerking for headlines is unwarranted. Remove the internet and cable news from the equation and I'd bet my life earnings that we'd be in a completely different situation.

                            Think about it. Most of the folks in this country give more credence to how a statement is interpreted by their favorite talking heads on social media than they do to the actual statement itself. Everything is consumed through political filters...everything. The 24 hour news cycle and social media have turned American brains to mush. This pandemic is exposing the ignorance of the masses.
                            it is exposing the incompetence of our president !
                            "interpretation"
                            How did the word interpret the potus speech that he spent 2 days to prepare?
                            he crashed world markets !
                            non americans KNOW that trump is an incompetent moron, they can see it every time he speaks !
                            TRUMP 's incompetence is the primary reason for " PANIC " !

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TonyR View Post
                              The National Review is awake and aware! Good to see!

                              see this guy? when he talks 1n 2 hours the market will plummet again !
                              TRUMP is the single greatest threat to our economy and my 401k

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