The triumph of viscera-driven politics is a party-wide problem and is hard to decouple from the larger sway of authoritarianism that is now a dominant component of the GOP.
The GOP's racist, sexist, xenophobic platform of religious extremism has created a climate in which the public rhetoric and apparatus of state violence are in perfect alignment.
Fiction is often dismissed as a cheap form of escapism, but the GOP's almost universal disdain for factual information has created an environment where writers of fiction can entertain and educate at the same time.
Ted Cruz is an outsider in insider's clothing, and voters uneasy with the weirdness of Trumson are starting to move in his direction. And there may not be enough other Republicans to beat a candidate who captures the bulk of the raging outsider vote.
Donald Trump now shouts about Mexican rapists coming across our Southern border, tweets absolutely false numbers about blacks murdering whites--numbers generated by a neo-Nazi website for crying out loud--and expresses approval when his white supporters assault a Black Lives Matter protester at one of his rallies. Sounds a hell of a lot like 1954 to me.
"Americans will hopefully also speak out if they agree with me the words 'we are better than that' apply to the hateful words and policies Republican candidates for president and other current Republican office holders are spewing.
Last week's attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs will not be the last episode of anti-clinic violence in America. It was far from the first.
Handwringing has never been so vigorous in American politics. Call them vanity candidates, protest candidates or, heck, qualified candidates -- the likes of Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are not supposed to happen in presidential contests.
It would be great to hope for that kind of rational self-awareness. But it would be naïve. Emotions almost always trump reason, and there is no more powerful emotion than fear. We have done this before, and we will do it again, and again.
Ted Cruz is so thrilled that someone who wants abortion providers to be killed is supporting him that he actually sent out a press release to celebrate the endorsement. Is that what this Republican primary has come to? No one should tolerate calls to put someone to death because of his or her legal profession.
According to Wikipedia: "First they came ... is a famous statement and provocative poem written by Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) about the cow...
After the Paris attacks happened, Carson wrote an editorial on what to do about the Islamic State for the Washington Post which was borderline incoherent. Now it looks like this floundering on foreign policy is beginning to hurt his standing in the polls.
I have devoted much of my time and passion to the world we live in. What I find especially disappointing is that climate change doesn't appear to be a concern of yours -- and on behalf of my generation, I am writing you this letter to ask why and urge you to reconsider.
What's in a name? That which we call Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh by any other name would be as evil. Radical extremism is the enemy, and those eager to fight it abroad must name and confront it here at home.
Mr. Paul asked the Florida Senator -- who is becoming the candidate of the GOP establishment -- "How is that conservative?" Senator Paul's question has relevance for many of the candidates in this race.
While Mr. Trump and others say "We have to be strong," they call for cowardice and giving ISIS exactly what its crazed adherents want: Americans abandoning our basic principles fundamentally changing our way of life.