ACF PoMoCon #29: Democracy & Rhetoric

 

So just before the election, we have a conversation on the catastrophes of the Republican Party, which seems to have succumbed to its own corruption. In 2020, patriotism would be quite helpful, since America’s elites are now openly anti-American and want a democracy built on excluding the majority of the American people. The most privileged white liberals talk incessantly about white supremacy and systemic racism–always someone else’s fault–like normal people say hello and goodbye. Yet America turns out not to have a Republican party willing to defend the nation, much less lead, and all this during a presidential election. Pete Spiliakos and I talk about what we learned about politics and rhetoric from Peter Lawler, and we apply it to our times.

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  1. Bill Nelson Member
    Bill Nelson
    @BillNelson

    There is a Republican Party with no leadership, and no platform. What is there to defend or to promote? And which of the elected “elite” can provide this defense? Certainly not the president. The party has tied itself to Trump and is going to suffer the consequences.

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  2. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
    @TitusTechera

    Mr Nelson, let me encourage you to listen to the podcast–the collapse of the party came before Trump, which is indeed how an outsider of no political experience could take it over without much challenge.

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  3. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… Thatcher
    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo…
    @GumbyMark

    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    Mr Nelson, let me encourage you to listen to the podcast–the collapse of the party came before Trump, which is indeed how an outsider of no political experience could take it over without much challenge.

    Yes, the GOP was DOA by 2016. Whatever follows Trump will be closer to him on policy than to the old GOP, or at least closer if it hopes to have any success.

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