Lost Virtue: Why Republicans Should Leave Their Party in 2020 and Join Joe Biden’s Democrats

  1. do no harm;
  2. do not lie or cheat to gain advantage;
  3. be loyal to allies and friends;
  4. respect the law and legitimate authority;
  5. hold each other, the democracy sacred, and the environment sacred; and
  6. protect liberty, and keep solidarity against oppressors.
  1. The more than 230,000 deaths from the pandemic, stemming from a dramatic failure of Republican leadership and their bizarre contempt for the simple, patriotic, community-respecting act of mask wearing;
  2. The failure of Republican leaders to provide a second round of economic assistance to America to blunt the economic harm of the pandemic;
  3. The long-term effort to gut Obamacare and deprive 20 million Americans of healthcare; and
  4. The long-term separation of 545 immigrant children from their parents, whose parents cannot be found.
  1. The many jailed Republican campaign operatives, and all the many political appointees who resigned in self-dealing scandals;
  2. All the lying. Depending on what source you consult, Republicans have made between 3,000 and 15,000 false or exaggerated claims in the last four years, building up a false narrative of success, overwhelming all efforts by Democrats at truth-telling and fact checking; and
  3. The egregious tax cuts for the rich, which raised the federal debt and gave the money to America’s billionaire, tax-dodging, “ownership” class. The crony capitalism of Republican leaders on this score — all of whom are separating wealth from work — is a far greater threat to American prosperity than any threat from the “socialists.”
  1. The Republican abandonment of our Kurdish allies in the Syrian War;
  2. The Republican alienation of our allies in Canada and Europe (how on Earth did we alienate Canada?);
  3. The Republican leadership comforting our adversary in North Korea;
  4. The Republican unwillingness to challenge Russia and to defer to Vladimir Putin’s views instead of those of U.S. intelligence agencies, and
  5. Most alarming of all, Republican leadership invitations to Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, and most recently Israeli leaders to interfere in our elections by providing opposition research (looking for dirt) on their opponents. In case you forgot, the Republican President was impeached for this, but protected from removal by the Republican Senate.
  1. Undermining the legitimacy of the Justice Department, the FBI, the U.S. intelligence agencies, the Census Bureau, and even the National Weather Service (it’s startling that Democrats have to defend the FBI and the National Weather Service from political interference by Republicans);
  2. Attacking the service fallen soldiers, insulted Gold Star families, and using military force to clear protestors, undermining the legitimacy of the U.S. military;
  3. Subversively packing the courts with over 50 conservative judges that the American Bar Association considers unqualified. Most famously, Republicans have broken with centuries of American tradition, and with their own promises, to ram through three conservative justices for the Supreme Court.
  1. By declaring that Democrats and the “liberal media” are “enemies of the people.” In doing this, Republican leaders have destroyed the sacred bond that unites us as a free people, which recognizes we can peacefully and vigorously disagree without seeing each other as enemies;
  2. By questioning the validity of mail in ballots, a method of voting that has been used since the 19th century and the preferred and regular voting method of the U.S. military. Republican leaders have also engaged in widespread voter suppression efforts in the name of the phony problem of “voter fraud.” In doing this, Republican leaders have degraded the ballot box, the very instrument of our democracy.
  3. By rejecting the science and climate change and rolling back decades of environmental protection to protect fossil fuel donors, Republican leaders have degraded our land, water, and air, and have failed to slow the runaway train of catastrophic global warming, leaving the West to burn and the Gulf Coast to drown.

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