Can’t You See that the Overthrow of the Entire Planet’s “Liberal Order” is their Goal?

Thom Hartmann
8 min readJan 4, 2022

The GOP has a vision for America and the rest of the “liberal” world.

Yes, in 2020 they abandoned altogether even the idea of having a Party platform, and appear about to do the same for 2024, but they do have a vision.

This is an election year and outside of being “against” teaching American history, “against” acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, and “against” voting rights for minorities the Party is still refusing to say what they’re “for.” (Other than the ever-vague “freedom!!!” slogan they love to trot out in opposition to everything from Medicare to masks, and in support of the “tourists” who attacked us on January 6th).

Nonetheless, the GOP does have a vision for America and the world, as does the media aligned with them. If you want to see that vision, look no further than the Eastern European nation of Hungary.

Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s leader right now, just showed us the GOP’s vision in what The Washington Post called “an unusual endorsement.”

“Viktor Orbán of Hungary truly loves his Country and wants safety for his people,” Trump said yesterday. “He is a strong leader and respected by all. He has my Complete support and Endorsement for reelection as Prime Minister!”

Bernie Sanders tweeted the translation yesterday: “Trump wants to do here what Orbán has done in Hungary: weaken democratic institutions, curb press freedom, and rewrite election laws to entrench his own party’s power. The threat to our democracy could not be clearer, and we must act boldly to protect it.”

Orbán considers democracy a weak and ineffective form of government, just as does Trump and the vast majority of elected Republicans across the country.

He has instead embraced the strongman style of grievance oligarchy now being emulated by neofascists in Brazil, India, The Philippines, Poland, and dozens of smaller nations around the world.

This is the vision the GOP has for America and the world, and they’re not embarrassed by it. Tucker Carlson recently did his Fox “News” show from Budapest and had Orbán on as a guest, all but offering him a lap dance on-air. The show was considered a high-water mark for the network by the conservative press, which hailed Orbán as a man with “liberty-oriented values that do’t veer into anarchy, strong principles, and a healthy…

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