By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Priggish, obscurantist parties like the Republican, with an unapologetic mean-spirited platform of reactionism, can only survive in nations where politics is hopelessly Orwellian.
For years progressives in the United States have been stating the Republicans and their platform simply don’t change over time. That back to the time of Reagan and in certain respects back to Hoover and even before him to McKinley, the GOP has been the party of the rich and the Corporate Power. That since Reagan, their platform, dressed up to be sure, has been focused on tax cuts for the rich, the destruction of the pitiful “safety net” that the US has for its poor, the turning back of the clock on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the repeal of environmental, labor, financial markets and workplace regulation, in more recent times joined by a heavy emphasis on using the government to enforce particular religion-based positions on such matters as abortion rights, who can marry whom, the uses of stem-cell research. And so and so forth.