Why the Fate and Future of America Hangs on Marjorie Taylor Greene

The GOP is at a crossroads & their crisis threatens the American experiment

Thom Hartmann

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1956 GOP Labor Day poster

Ever since Nixon took over the Republican Party in the 1960s, they’ve had to add fringe group after fringe group to get enough voters to win elections. Today, their Marjorie Taylor Green dilemma shows the severity of Nixon’s party’s crisis.

The direction they choose to go heading forward — embracing or rejecting treason, violence, conspiracy theories and open racism and antisemitism — may well determine the fate of the American experiment.

The “cloth coat Republicans” who put Dwight Eisenhower into the White House twice (1952 and 1956) were pro-business but still supported labor unions, Social Security and a strong middle class.

Reagan’s evangelicals and gun nuts & Nixon’s racists

By 1968, however, Richard Nixon saw labor unions as his enemy and worried there weren’t enough voters concerned about the fate of business or rich people to win elections, so he invited into the Party the Southern racists who were upset with Democrats because of the Civil Rights laws LBJ passed in the 1960s. History records it as Nixon’s “Southern Strategy.”

When Reagan’s turn came to run in 1980, the GOP was still the party of fat cats but now they had the added faction of the millions of white racists Nixon had brought in.

But that still wasn’t enough to win national elections, so Reagan invited into the Party a new generation of Christian hustler TV evangelists (an exploding phenomena in the 1980s) and the misogynist antiabortion freaks they were cranking into a frothing fury. He also reached out to a newly-reinvented NRA and the generation of gun nuts they were cultivating.

Reagan even commissioned a young lawyer in his Department of Justice, a fellow by the name of John Roberts, to figure out how his administration could overturn the Brown v Board and Roe v Wade Supreme Court decisions to suck up to these racists and antiabortion freaks. (I wrote about Roberts’ suggestions to Reagan at some length in my book The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America.)

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Thom Hartmann

America’s #1 progressive talk show host & NY Times bestselling author. Thom’s writings also appear at HartmannReport.com.