We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.
The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.
When one party moves this far from the mainstream, it makes it nearly impossible for the political system to deal constructively with the country’s challenges.
If this is true, and I think it is, the whole world should be worried. The American Empire has by far the biggest military on the planet; and the Republicans are war-happy and conscience-light. They are immune to reason, science or ethics, and they preach hatred to their followers, hatred of citizens and non-citizens outside of the 'white' male mentality that makes up the majority of the party.
it is an uneducated, angry selfish mentality, for sure, worsened by the major economic depression that has been going on since 2008. The Empire is already particularly cruel to its citizens and amazingly corrupt. For instance, the USA already pays more per capita for healthcare than any other country--and despite this vast sum, 50 million Americans cannot afford health insurance, and without health insurance, it is impossible to afford a doctor.
I'm very scared for the future of my country, especially if the Republicans gain in might. If they gain control of the US Government in November, I truly tremble for the fate of civilization. The citizens are miserable and angry, and the Republicans, in particular, are infuriated in the manner of unthinking beasts.