I had to laugh at the frustration of a Democratic politician on CNN who complained that she couldn't have a rational conversation with Conservative members. She doesn't seem to realise that the GOP is not a legitimate political entity. How can it be? It's a Faith-based organisation with a Faith-based agenda. Republicans are theocrats.
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This means that there is no Right or Left. If one wishes to examine the underlying classicism of form, one is dealing with the age-old schism between Faith and Reason, not politics.
The Republicans themselves have spelled it out repeatedly: Cruz and Rubio are on the record as stating that they want to remove the separation between church and state. This is the bottom line of why the Republicans don't want Democrats in power, in the White House, Congress, or the Senate.
It's right there in their list of so-called "Republican Values": they want to impose Christian "values" on the United States.
This is why they claim that others cannot have values or a moral compass. The truth, however, is that they themselves have no values whatsoever, because their so-called "values" come from a 2000-year-old book of fairy tales. To have "Christian values" is to have no values whatsoever.
Morality does not come from a 2000-year-old book of fairy tales. It's something that is hard-wired into all sentient living beings, which includes other species on this planet. Humans are not the only animals capable or moral behaviour.
Because the bottom line of Republicanism is religion, they can not be reasoned with- hence my opening remark. The Republicans are not members of a political party. They are members of a theocratic establishment, and as such, have no place in modern North America.
It's past time to suss them out for what they are- a corrupt-minded theocratic movement whose sole purpose is to turn the US into a theocracy- and give them the bum's rush.
They are not the political "Right". There is no political Right in the US. They only make that claim in order to try to lend themselves false legitimacy.
In fact, the two parties are not about politics at all. Both are representatives of an age-old schism whose roots are to be found in ancient Greece. Back then, the schism was referred to as the schism between Hellenism (Greek) and Hebraism (Hebrew), with the Greeks being representative of Logic and Reason, and the Hebrews being representative of Faith. By the 16th Century CE this schism was referred to as the schism between Reason and Faith.
So when the Democrat on CNN is talking about her frustration in trying to have a "reasonable conversation" with her Republican counterparts (specifically on gun controls), what she's really talking about is her frustration, as a Reasoning individual, in trying to have a dialogue with people of Faith, who aren't the least bit interested in having a meaningful dialogue, but instead are focussed solely on having their own way, which is what Faith-borne "reasoning" is all about.
It's like this: when religious people get something into their heads that involves affecting other people socially who may not harbour or agree with their beliefs, and they run into resistance, their sole tactic is to keep the pressure on whilst working over time to interfere with the system so that they can get their little agenda in through the back door. In order to keep things the way they want, they then gerrymander the system so that non-believers will have a difficult if not impossible time undoing the damage. This is the modus operandi of the GOP in a nutshell.
The only way to put a stop to this nonsense is to out the GOP as the subversive theocratic movement they really are, and ban them from the political arena.
They'll whine and shriek and pull their hair and toss ashes all over themselves as a result, but better that than letting them throw sand in the gears of progress.