The rise of authoritarianism around the world, and the solidarity shown between authoritarian leaders, have many supporters of democracy worried.
Cha Sa-soon, an elderly woman who failed the South Korean driver’s test 960 times and spent over $10,000 taking and retaking the test, now holds the world’s record for most failed attempts. But she has nothing on the Republican Party, which keeps failing simple tests of decency.
If, as is entirely likely, Trump wins the GOP nomination in 2024, Republicans will line up obediently behind him, ready to go down in flames again as a sacrifice to their angry god.
Younger people may have been the deciding factor in many races, and while this fact has humbled the Republican Party, the Republicans will not change because they cannot alienate angry old people, who are the only Americans who reliably support the GOP.
In a country as politically divided as the United States, the indecisive and easily swayed “swing voters”—many of whom are closeted right-wing conservatives to begin with—will always overrule more principled and well-informed voters.
Republicans have railed against Obamacare, the changing of the names of D.C.’s football team and Cleveland’s baseball team, and, most recently, the so-called stolen election of 2020 — all of which turned out to be a whole lot of nothing. What will they rage against next?
No matter what happens in the midterms, or in the next presidential election, we will be living with the grotesque consequences of a right-wing judiciary for decades.
My grandma votes Republican because she believes in three things: money, strength, and the rule of law. Whether the Republican Party stands for any of those things is beside the point because, to her, and to a lot of other people still, the Republicans represent those values more than the Democrats.