The Dodo Birds I believe must be the new symbol of the Republican Party because it will eventually become extinct. It knows that. We see it in the idea of making America great again which suggest that if you elect a Republican to the nation’s highest office he will take us back to those days when we were great. The pitch is so clear that it tells us the future is something we should fear while the past will offer us the comfort of a mother’s embrace. The Republicans offer the people nothing to look forward to.
The idea of going backwards is mainly Trump’s idea where he leaves open the time when he believes we were great. It is not a call to all Americans because many believe there was little greatness in the past for them. But it is a call to White Americans who were in the ascendancy in the past.
How far do these Whites dream of going to? Is it to the antebellum years just before the Civil Was which were so enjoyed by Scarlet O’Hara; or is it to the days right after the end of Reconstruction when the Southern Whites regained power and cleverly struck most Blacks from the voters roles; or to the 1920s when the KKK regained its strength and the Jim Crow laws prevailed in much of the South and many Black folk were denied their right to vote and be treated equally with Whites in public accommodations; or to the days in the early 1960s when Blacks could be denied the right to sit anywhere they wanted in a bus, public transportation or movie theater, or eat at the counter of a city restaurant or drink from the same public water fountain as Whites, or attend school with White students and those who dared to exercise normal human rights were set upon by White police with their attack dogs and billy clubs? Take your choice but it was going backwards. Those in the Republican Party strongly embraced the idea of going backwards.
Sadly for them, the rest of America, which is in the majority, wants to move forward toward forming a more perfect union where Blacks are treated equally with White as are Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, and every other citizen. Who ever got ahead by going backwards?
The only Republican remedy to this ever increasing diverse America and its eventual destruction is initially through delay. It now is desperately trying to limit the votes mainly to Whites by making it difficult for the other groups to vote. This may work for a time but it is only a temporary solution. Eventually it will be impossible to deny the ever increasing others of their rights to move the country forward.
Knowing their work depriving citizens of their right to vote as they are now doing is only a temporary patch upon the ever increasing rejection of the idea of going back, the Republicans have one last card to play. Dreading the idea that the electorate will soon push them into irrelevance and extinction, they hope to pull out their ace which is to do away with the will of the people. Their plans to do this were thwarted with Trump’s defeat. But as previously explained the majority of them do not accept that. Rather, like Trump himself, who all but said why have an election when I will win no matter what the vote, they hope to do away with all pretenses of democracy.
We could never have anticipated how far these Republicans would take us back to the days when America was great. No its not quite to the time of the Dodo bird. They want us to go back prior to the Revolutionary War when the king ruled America. They almost succeeded once in pushing us there. They’ll try again. After all, what choice do they have.