The Republican party that mustered the courage to compel Nixon to resign by informing him that he would not have their support in his looming impeachment could not have known that it had already been fatally poisoned by Goldwater’s Southern strategy as well as Nixon’s dirty tricks..
This played out through Bush senior pardoning what history shows was worse than Watergate in the Reagan Iran Contra cover up, on through Bush junior’s war crimes (which we seem to be the only nation that can’t see them as such), to the illogical but inevitable conclusion of corruption and collusion in Trump..
The spectacle of Trump’s 2016 campaign caused the few remaining principled Republicans to transcend the primary process and speak out against Trump’s vile campaign tactics and repugnant behavior.
They were labeled ‘never Trumpers’ and drummed out of the party by a leadership that, from the Southern strategy through the Republican revolution and down the Tea party toilet, had flushed principles in favor of pandering to a rabid base of useful idiots..
They could not comprehend that they had just given the idiot savant of pandering the keys to the kingdom..
The end of Trump’s nightmare reign of reality show vitriol will come, but this will not end the downward spiral of American politics.
Even as the minority party, the Republicans demonstrated throughout Obama’s presidency that they have no compunction about ‘burning down the government’ – and that was when they were still pretending to be principled.
If we somehow manage to elect the most principled and diligent president, they will find that it is much harder than anyone can imagine to govern when one of the two parties that have been governing since the Civil War has thrown out the window all pretense of respect, decorum, civility, responsibility, accountability, reality,…..
We’ve had our Reichstag fire – we just don’t realize it yet.