pjbogart wrote:Call me a radical, invoke Godwin's Law, chastise me for hyperbole... I think that the difference between Nazis and Republicans is simply power. If the extreme right-wing that currently dominates Republican politics ever gained complete control of our political system, I think we'd be shocked by what they were willing to do with that power. The currency of Republican politics is not conversation over disagreements, it's a seething hatred for liberalism, a term that few of them even seem to grasp in even the most rudimentary understanding. They're driven by emotion, fear and a systematic scapegoating of minorities and political adversaries.
Republicans, and I distinguish them from Libertarians, are not simply wrong, they're dangerous.
The fascist wing of the Republican Party is dangerous, but what you see with them is a constant need to have enemies. In Republican one-party states the fascist wing starts attacking more rational Republicans as "Republicans In Name Only." They knock off rational Republicans in primaries and end up either losing general elections or electing complete fools who have no credibility or leadership capacity because they are so far out there no one pays attention to them.
Still, they end up passing stupid legislation that takes years to undo through the courts or the political system. We've seen that in Wisconsin.