Fake-Christian death cults tend to do this sort of thing — for the good of the people, of course.
Remember when I rapped about the Republican Party’s transformation to a fake-Christian death cult?
Meet the party’s triple-down commitment on that bet: There will be no GOP platform this year.
Instead, and with no hint of humor, they’ve resolved to continue supporting President Donald Trump’s “America first” policy.
Remember when I mentioned the 2016 GOP platform had 17 mentions of “God” and eight references to Christianity?
There’s no pretending in 2020: no mention of God nor Christianity in the resolution they published to tell the world there will be no platform this year.
Sure, they can roll deeper with the cult persona and say their religious faith is consistent with Trump’s belief in God.
Except Trump has consistently proved how God and the Bible have no central role in his life — except for the evening his team attacked peaceful protesters so that Trump could have time alone with this Good Book in front of a church and cameras.
I see flimsy reasons for the Party of No Brains abandoning the platform idea and to follow whatever the hell Trump says as a substitute for ideology.
The resolution says, as one reason for ditching the platform this year:
WHEREAS, The Republican National Committee (RNC) has significantly scaled back the size and scope of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte due to strict restrictions on gatherings and meetings, and out of concern for the safety of convention attendees and our hosts;2020 GOP Resolution regarding party platform
Er, Zoom didn’t tell Republicans that virtually getting together to discuss a platform is a stupid idea! If these democracy lovers didn’t dig Zoom, there’s always WebEx. Or Google Meetings. Or …
WHEREAS, The RNC has unanimously voted to forego the Convention Committee on Platform, in appreciation of the fact that it did not want a small contingent of delegates formulating a new platform without the breadth of perspectives within the ever-growing Republican movement;2020 GOP Resolution regarding party platform
I’m going to mention Zoom often in this piece. But I thought the attempt at inclusive language was cute.
But there’s one problem with that FOS statement: to avoid having a “small contingent of delegates formulating a new platform”, the GOP deployed a small contingent to scrap the platform idea. And then issue a proclamation about it …
WHEREAS, All platforms are snapshots of the historical contexts in which they are born, and parties abide by their policy priorities, rather than their political rhetoric;2020 GOP Resolution regarding party platform
I think they just philosophically ditched the entire concept of publishing solid commitments. Cults do that sort of thing. Also, with less digital bullshit — that is, their platform — to release for global consumption, there are fewer chances they will get caught for hypocrisy.
WHEREAS, The RNC, had the Platform Committee been able to convene in 2020,would have undoubtedly unanimously agreed to reassert the Party’s strong support for President Donald Trump and his Administration;2020 GOP Resolution regarding party platform
A huge hint — if you don’t get it by now — that Trumpism has taken over this party’s capacity to think of an idea independently from the President. That’s another mark in the cult column.
WHEREAS, The media has outrageously misrepresented the implications of the RNC not adopting a new platform in 2020 and continues to engage in misleading advocacy for the failed policies of the Obama-Biden Administration, rather than providing the public with unbiased reporting of facts; [ … ]2020 GOP Resolution regarding party platform
I’ll remind you — this resolution’s concluding statement is that the GOP will not forge a party platform this year. I don’t see any logical connection between the misleading media and not creating a platform, or the 2008-2016 Obama-Biden policies and not creating a platform.
WHEREAS, The RNC enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration, as well as those espoused by the Democratic National Committee today; therefore, [ … ]2020 GOP Resolution regarding party platform
This cult is trying too hard to convince audiences that it’s not a cult. But the resolutions that follow are not ambiguous:
RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda;
RESOVLVED [sic], That the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention;
RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention calls on the media to engage in accurate and unbiased reporting, especially as it relates to the strong support of the RNC for President Trump and his Administration; and
RESOLVED, That any motion to amend the 2016 Platform or to adopt a new platform, including any motion to suspend the procedures that will allow doing so, will be ruled out of order.2020 GOP Resolution regarding party platform
God isn’t even an afterthought. The new mission: go whole-cult and follow whatever Trump says and does.
I’m not surprised by any of this — and not because President Trump is a sociopathic narcissist.
We received the heads-up from Axios in May of this year that a small committee — not surprisingly under the do-it-all leadership of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner — has been working since last fall to revamp the party platform. The aspirational end product would be small enough to fit on a card.
(Laughing) Taking nine months to create a document that says the party should follow whatever the hell Trump decides is not the benchmark for prime creativity.
It’s what I call peak political party.
Trump and his team had every intention of hijacking the GOP platform. This pandemic made the task easier for them to pull off.
And if this kookiness continues, we’ll be staring at an acute symptom of peak America …
song currently stuck in my head: “bustin’ out of doors” stark reality