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Conservative pundits plead with Republicans for token sign fascist mob cares about ‘life’

This does not mean that the same voices that helped swing conservatism into undemocratic fascism are giving up the soul. No, this weekend’s conservative punditry is peppered with very polite suggestions to Republicans that the party please, please, please make a token effort to show that Republicanism cares actually children after birth or their mothers. The old shepherds of conservatism beg the performatively cruel base to show even a single shred of feigned compassion, even though everyone involved knows there’s no chance of that happening.

In The New York Times, we have Ross Douthat begging. It would be comical if the subject was not should we care if poor americans live or die.

The Deep South states will do none of this. The northern Republican states will do none of that. Imagine a group of Republican senators pushing for such policies; now imagine what the Republican base would do to them, if those senators tried. It’s fiction.

The Republicans in charge waste no time in assuring the public that no, they will absolutely not diminish the party’s institutional cruelties. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, a presidential aspirant, responded to the public memo that anti-abortion Republican states are the cruelest to new mothers and children with the usual fountain of predefined talking points. Not only does the movement not intend to lift a finger to promote real “life”, it does not consider the issue important enough to even bother with new rhetoric.


A movement that has spent five decades demanding that American families receive nothing and like that will not change now, and any pundit who claims otherwise is foolish. Simply stupid.

South Dakotans are more likely to end up in handcuffs than end up with an extra ten bucks for their children’s food, because Noem does not rule out lawsuits for residents of South Dakota traveling to other states for an abortion. The federal government can guarantee your right to travel between states, but it can’t stop Republicans from passing laws jailing people when they return.

Pundit Jonah Goldberg has long done his part to champion the slide from conservatism to far-right extremism with the usual two sides positing that, in fact, it is liberalism that should be seen as the refuge of fascism . His career grew out of the sub-movement that focused on demonizing the enemies of conservatism against any real political prescription, sharing rhetorical space with the Coulters and Malkins of the movement. He too now claims that there is a slight possibility, within the vicious movement, of perhaps at least to claim worry about the social consequences of victory.

This will go nowhere, because anti-abortion Republicans have had half a century to implement non-punitive measures to reduce abortions and alleviate maternal poverty and have not only done none of this, but rallied tirelessly to ensure that each of these other protections was cut into ribbons.


There is no Republican basis for this premise. None. It exists only in the heads of covert pundits who have seen their own advocacy embolden increasingly vicious versions of their movement, and who even today seek justifications for remaining committed to the resulting movement even as ‘he embraces sedition, the erasure of elections, the reform of American laws to enforce sectarian religious beliefs and criminal corruption. The idea that Republican lawmakers would push, or even toleratehelping the poor or the sick is such a buffoonery matter that publishers should require their experts to pass a field sobriety test before saying so.

Republicans who remain in the movement remain there despite the fact that a majority of Republican lawmakers voted both to overturn the results of a presidential election based on fraudulent hoaxes and to protect the plotters from an actual coup attempt. of consequences. What moderation is there among the supporters of this? What happened to convince supporters of this that they have to moderate their positions to be considered slightly less cruel?

Pundit Peggy Noonan remains an absolute disgrace, after a career as a cover for the party as it descended deeper and deeper into fascist rhetoric. His own Sunday plea to the grassroots to give at least a symbolic nod in the direction of “life” was met with laughter.


Noonan doesn’t necessarily care whether republicanism significantly improves the lives of American families; Republicanism explicitly opposes the very idea. She only asks for a fig leaf from her fellow supporters to affirm that the party has not become a party of irremediable wickedness. She won’t have it. Republicanism is about destruction, not construction. It’s about opposing things, not providing them. It is a question of reducing rights, not of adopting new ones.

The movement that couldn’t stand to save another person’s life by wearing a simple mask to curb the spread of the pandemic won’t care whether an ectopic pregnancy kills its neighbor or a child a mile away. his own home suffers from constant hunger. There is no clamor for non-cruelty. There is no sudden demand for new compassion. It’s a fiction pushed by the few remaining conservatives who can feel shame for what they’ve wrought, but aren’t ashamed enough to deny it now.

At no time in the past decade has the Republican movement turned to the cruellest thing possible, or shied away from insisting that their personal comfort trumps the right of other Americans to live. A movement against masks and disdainful of vaccines, a movement forever aware of migrants invasionsa movement that continues to fight vigorously to protect those who tried to overthrow our government, a movement that labels entire groups of Americans as “pedophiles” while blithely defending the sex traffickers among them, a movement that will insist on the bodies of children than the real the tragedy would be if those contemplating acts of violence could not choose the weapon that would enable them to commit more, more quickly – this is not a movement that will develop new compassion for the poor or the people in medical crisis.

It’s not a movement that feels it even needs to fake such things.