Why the Republicans Will Only Talk About “Big Lies” & Culture Wars

More & more Americans are figuring out their feigned-outrage 4o-year scam

Thom Hartmann
7 min readMar 7, 2021
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Now that “conservative ideas” have been so badly discredited, Republicans are resorting back to Big Lie and faux outrage techniques to try to hold their base together.

Back in 1981, when Republican strategist Lee Atwater was advising Reagan, he pointed out that using the N-word post-1965 was counterproductive.

But, he told a group of GOP activists, “Now you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, Blacks get hurt worse than whites… ‘We want to cut this’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing and a hell of a lot more abstract than” the N-word.

At least, in their shout-outs to their white racist base, the Republican Party pretended to be advancing ideas that they said would help America.

They solemnly swore to us that cutting social safety net programs would “encourage” otherwise “lazy” (their favorite word for Black) people to find a good job and go to work every day.

They insisted that cutting taxes on rich people would raise the income of ordinary working people and cause those “job…



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