The Party of Brownshirts
Look at the evidence. While real patriots flee the
party, the remaining supporters cling to power by
asserting dictatorial dominance for President Bush. The
Republican Attorney General
denies that the US Constitution provides
habeas corpus protection to American citizens.
Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, Republican candidates for
the 2008 presidential campaign, believe the president
has the power to imprison US citizens indefinitely
without warrants or trials. The "conservative"
Federalist Society favors
concentrating more power in the executive.
Neoconservative ideologues claim the right to impose
American hegemony over all others—especially over
All of these Republican tyrants and budding tyrants
claim to be protecting liberty and democracy.
Polls show that the percentage of Americans who tilt
Republican has declined to 35 percent. Republican
recruits are refusing to run for Congress.
Ken Mehlman, until recently the party`s chairman,
says many voters have lost confidence in Republicans. To
win back people`s confidence, Mehlman says the party
will have to become
less reliant on white males and
expand its support among
Decency and intelligence have departed Republican ranks.
The party`s shrunken base consists of ignorant and
fearful people who believe Muslim jihadists are going to
murder them in their beds, rapture evangelicals who
believe that war in the Middle East is the prelude to
their being wafted up to heaven, the military-security
complex reveling in power and fortune, and resentful and
frustrated people who can freely vent their anger and
hate on "terrorists."
This collection of fear, delusion, greed, and resentment
comprises the 30 percent of Americans who constitute
Bush`s base. The Republican Party has made itself so
unattractive that Democrats believe that it is now
possible for a
woman or a
black to win the presidency.
The Republican Party lost its majority for the following
Greedy transnational corporations
offshored US manufacturing jobs and destroyed the
hopes and livelihoods of
blue-collar Reagan Democrats. The gains from
offshoring are diffused, but the costs are concentrated.
The same greedy and short-sighted corporations have
spent the first years of the 21st century destroying the
American middle class university graduates by
offshoring jobs in professional services and by
importing foreigners on work visas who work for less.
Neoconservatives captured conservative philanthropies,
cut off funding to true conservatives, and used the
captured conservative foundations to entrench themselves
as advisors to the Republican party. The same
neoconservatives that Reagan fired as a result of the
Iran-Contra scandal occupy
important policy positions in the Bush
administration and dominate the National Security
Republican "law and order" apathy to civil
liberties easily transferred to the "war on terror."
Republicans regard civil liberties as protective devices
for criminals and terrorists. Republicans mistakenly
believe that the law can be cut down selectively so that
only certain despised groups are deprived of its
The Bush administration lied to the American people and
invaded two countries on false pretenses for
indefensible reasons that the administration has never
acknowledged. The war has had catastrophic consequences
that are now apparent to a majority of Americans, but
the Republican Party still supports the continuation of
The Bush administration has destroyed American prestige
and moral aura with torture scandals and disregard for
Iraqi, Afghani, Palestinian and Lebanese civilian lives.
The Bush administration`s budget and trade deficits have
undermined the dollar. The Bush administration is
calling for currency realignments that will lower the
real incomes of import-dependent Americans.
The Bush administration`s determination to exercise
American hegemony through warfare, and its assaults on
civil liberties, the separation of powers, American
prestige and on good American jobs and the value of the
dollar have destroyed the party`s support.
America`s virtue is its Constitution. An administration
that attacks the Constitution attacks America`s virtue.
The true dangers that Americans face come from George W.
Bush and Richard Cheney and their neoconservative
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Paul Craig Roberts
him] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of
Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington;
and the Soviet Economy and
Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy,
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice. Click
here for Peter
Brimelow`s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.