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
4 min readFeb 4, 2021
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.”



Thom Hartmann

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