Episode DCCLXII of the American Political Melodrama: Simon Schama & Nikki Haley battle for the redemtion of the Republican Party, 2016

One marvels at the almost eloquent call for the return to political rationality/civility by Mr. Schama,  with an assist from governor Haley:

‘As the child of Indian Sikhs she warned against conflating whole ethnic and religious communities with criminals or terrorists.’

Yet the governor is still a Republican who subscribes to the current Party Dogmas:

‘By any normal criteria Ms Haley is a rock-ribbed conservative: opposed to abortion, gun control and the Affordable Care Act.’

One can consider Trump as the culmination of  Republican Party mendacity. The beginning of Trumpism can be traced from the ‘Generation of Treason’ Anti-New Deal propaganda offensive of the Nixon/Mundt/McCarthy/McCarren Cold War alliance. And from Goldwater and his allies, who purged the Republican Liberals from the Convention in 1964, the Dixiecrat mass migration to the Republican Party in 1964 and 1965, after the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, to the New Nixon of 68: The Southern Strategy, that even pitchman Reagan embraced in his first speech after his nomination at the Neshoba County Fair in 1980.  And then to the Willy Horton hysterics confected by Lee Atwater & Bush I. And the rise of political capo Karl Rove of Bush II. The key fact of that Dixiecrat migration into the Republican Party in ’64 and ’65, is unmentioned in Mr. Schama’s brief, historically superficial commentary.The root of the Republicans political necromancy of the present is that acceptance of Dixiecrat Feudalism, as politically/economically/morally plausible in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer.
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