Friday, March 4, 2016


In case you're wondering, the GOP decline began long before Donald Trump arrived on the scene and decided that assuring Americans about the size of his manhood on a debate stage was presidential. In fact, the decline of the GOP has been going for some time now.

If you don't believe me consider this: There was a time when the GOP's presidential candidates spoke as if they cared about other people - and, yes, this includes Mexicans.

Take a look at the clip below. It shows how GOP candidates Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush handled the issue of immigration from Mexico during the 1980 presidential campaign ...

Now fast forward 36 years. We have Donald Trump making disparaging remarks about Mexicans, and then doubling down on his comments in an effort to score points with a Republican base that is incredibly angry and ignorant of the things they fear ...

While we can debate whether pandering to an ugly mob will win Trump more converts one thing is clear: It's not conducive to building a healthy and inclusive democracy, which is why this clip on Trump's band of thugs is so instructive.

So, no, Donald Trump's discussion of his manhood is not what the GOP is all about. Nor does it seal their future. Candidates Reagan and Bush proved this. But it certainly shows how far the GOP has fallen.

- Mark 

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