Author: Alan

The GOP is a bunch of rich white guys who want to keep poor people poor and keep women down.

The GOP is a bunch of rich white guys who want to keep poor people poor and keep women down.

Op-Ed: The allure of the Republican Party is baffling. Voters will regret falling for it if they don’t stop and think about why.

After the GOP convention in Cleveland, this is what I think I know about the GOP: a bunch of rich white guys who want to keep poor people poor and keep women down. I have been told in the strongest terms that they don’t care about the poor or black or Latino or even women. I believe that they do.

They don’t want to be judged by the same standard for which they judge others. That is why they have been so hostile to the Affordable Care Act, to gay marriage, to women’s reproductive rights, to immigration reform. They will oppose any measure that gets in their way. And they do not believe in compromise. I think they think they are the people who really “know what’s best for us.”

But let me not confuse them with liberals. They are not liberals. They are not even Republicans.

I was in an elevator on Thursday morning, and I heard a voice say to the person in the elevator immediately above me: “Get the fuck out.” I heard the elevator door open and close, felt the elevator move, and there was a voice that sounded like a loud whisper saying, “Do you believe in God?” The person in the elevator heard it too, and he said, “No.”

I was startled and asked him, “Why?” He said again, “Get the fuck out.”

Now it is obvious you cannot talk to religious conservatives in this way without them becoming aggressive. They do not feel any compunction to explain to you what they believe; they will simply not listen. But that is exactly what they must do to them. They must talk, to them, as though it is the Christian thing to do.

The Republican Party is all about identity politics and about the primacy of ethnicity and culture as a source of identity politics.

There is a reason why the Republican Party was never able to become the conservative party that we had been promised when the Reagan Revolution ended in 1988. The Democratic Party is a party of minorities, and when you have a coalition of white working class men for whom

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