Trump in rally mode (Photo by Jonathan Ernst for Reuters)

“A globalist is a person who wants the globe to do well,” said President Trump at a Houston, Texas, rally on October 22, 2018, “frankly, not caring about our country so much.”

A globalist is the enemy of the MAGA cult. The MAGA cult is always horny for star spangled bullshit. See, our country would still do well because it is part of the globe, too.

The twin Republican policy priorities are privatizing public services while deregulating private industry for the benefit of narrow moneyed interests and at the expense of the general welfare — insisting on the greatness of the Constitution while saying it would otherwise be dreaded socialism “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity….”

They always do this. Dumb it down. It’s a regular pattern: if we support gun control policies, it’s “You’re banning guns!”; if we oppose a border wall and harsh asylum policies, it’s “You’re for open borders!”; if we oppose Israeli settlements and occupation of Palestinian territories, it’s “You’re anti-Israel and antisemitic!”; it’s never a policy debate, it’s always reductio ad apocalyptum.

In fact, the only place any real policy debates are happening is in the Democratic Party. There is no policy debate in the GOP beyond how deep to cut corporate tax burdens and how much to limit public oversight of private industry.

The Republican Party has willfully crossed the line into a fascist movement even as they simplistically argue that Hitler was a socialist because the Nazi Party’s name translates as “National Socialist.” With logic like that, Kim Jong Un’s Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a democracy. The twin policy priorities of the GOP are the privatization of public services while deregulating private industry for the sake of narrow moneyed interests and at the expense of the general welfare. And it is worth noting historically that Hitler never nationalized German industries and, in fact, gifted corporations like I.G. Farben, Siemens and BASF with subsidized labor in factories inside the death camps.

The 70s were a great time to grow up in America. The Vietnam War was over, AIDS hadn’t yet struck. Back when the schlocky flow of infotainment and advertising was just a mere trickle of the relentless assault we have today. We had Monty Python and the National Lampoon Radio Hour. My generation made classics out of films like Animal House and Caddyshack. And then we made the likes of Judge Smails and Doug Niedermeyer leaders of the free world.

Before Bonzo went to Bitburg, I remember the rise of Reagan and his “nine most terrifying words in the English language,” namely, “I’m with the government and I’m here to help.” Democrats have since been reduced to compromise for the sake of “common ground” with the insane policy priorities of the GOP. Namely, privatizing public services while deregulating private industry for the sake of narrow moneyed interests and at the expense of the broader general welfare.

Whatever happened to that grand old party from Ripon, Wisconsin, that used to believe in the power of public policies, like expanding the electoral franchise and federal oversight of resources and revenues? From where I sit it’s a damn good thing that Democrats wised up a century ago and adopted those ethics while Republicans got busy privatizing public services and deregulating private industry for the benefit of moneyed interests and at the expense of the general welfare.

Sure, let’s privatize profits and socialize costs — increasing poverty to deal with revenue shortages, federal deficits and national debt. This surely makes sense the more monarchical one’s perspective is.

The revolutionary USA famously expressed a profound faith in an Enlightenment ethic of inalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Notably, there can be no realistic right of happiness but rather the right to pursue it, given a legal and societal landscape of equal opportunity to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” The twin policy priorities of the Republican Party remain privatizing public services while deregulating private industry for the benefit of moneyed interests and at the expense of the general welfare. That bullshit is fundamentally un-American.

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