As the GOP Drowns Deeper in Factional Racism & Sexism, America is Sinking, too

Thom Hartmann
5 min readJan 28, 2022

The Republican Party has lost all its legitimacy because, in the past few decades, it has become a white supremacist version of what Father of the Constitution James Madison called a “faction.”

Loosely, a “faction“ is a “special interest”group of people who are willing to damage the interests of other people just to gain their own benefit.

And, as Madison warned us, factions destroy democracies.

Here’s how it’s playing out right now, as a Trump-inspired faction continues to consolidate their control over the larger Republican Party, dragging it deeper and deeper into the swamp of racism and misogyny.

Joy Reid laid out in painful detail — with clips from Republicans like Blackburn, Hawley, and McCarthy — how Dr. Martin Luther King’s hope that people would someday “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” has become a near-mantra for conservatives.

Like most moral assertions by today’s Republicans, this is another example of the hypocrisy of their party, in this case that being their enduring embrace of Nixon’s and Reagan’s appeal to white supremacy to win elections.

Nixon thought he could control the openly racist and misogynist faction he invited into the GOP with that “Southern Strategy.” Instead, that faction is destroying the Party and threatening America.

That tactic of embracing white supremacists and their rhetoric while claiming a neutral and seemingly principled high ground has been used particularly successfully by Reagan and Trump, expanding the size of what was once a relatively small but openly white supremacist and misogynist faction to the point it could take over the entire Republican Party.

Absurdly, today’s “conservatives” use King’s quote to decry affirmative action or any efforts to achieve a racial balance within schools, colleges or the workplace that simply reflects racial proportions in American society.

It’s their way of saying, “We’re in charge and we like things the way they are: you need to stop bringing BIPOC people into the game.”

It was the essence of the decision John Roberts wrote in the Shelby County v Holder decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, paving the way for Red states to purge literally millions of mostly African American citizens from the…



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