Say what? What is anachronistic abuse? Believe it or not, it's an apt description of the GOP party today. Bear with me - this one goes deep.
A 2020 Republican candidate wrote to me regarding the GOP:
I feel like they are so behind the times they are almost irrelevant. They have shown they don't support their candidates from local all the way to the Presidency. They are like timid possums: they make noise when they see something is wrong but when it comes time to act they lay there limp and just accept whatever the left does. I'm tired of it.
Interestingly, opossums don’t actually play dead when they’re threatened. Instead, they involuntarily enter a catatonic state. “Playing possum” isn’t an act; it’s an involuntary reaction to a threat. Most predators will give up on prey that plays possum because carnivores will normally avoid diseased or dead food. (Ripley's)
This insight into possums may truly give us an insight into the GOP. It has been observed by some that GOP politicians suffer from a form of battered housewife syndrome because they acquiesce and capitulate to every insane and oppressive act of the left. "Gray rock," a form of "playing possum" and trying to be the most uninteresting object in the room, is a valid strategy in responding to psychopathic abusers - perhaps the GOP politicians are only responding to the abuse they've received. But this is hardly a valid strategy for developing laws and policies for the good of the state and nation.
There is another aspect of abusive relationships that applies. Counselors, especially pastors, deacons and church officials, far too often tell an abused housewife to just go home and try harder to submit to and please their abusive husbands. Many take this advice only to find the abuse worsens. The advice rarely changes and women have ended up enduring years of "submission" to an evil man.
When one speaks up against the evils in the GOP system, one is often dismissed with taunts of "Get involved before you complain." Or "Let's see how you can do better!" Since the GOP system is rigged to keep the power mongers in control, it truly is just one more version of "Try harder."
But why call this abuse anachronistic? Because it has been going on for so long it has become a time-honored tradition.
Anachronistic - belonging to a period other than that being portrayed. belonging or appropriate to an earlier period, especially so as to seem conspicuously old-fashioned. "She is rebelling against the anachronistic morality of her parents." (Oxford) Synonyms: antiquated. archaic. out-of-date. outmoded. ancient. dinosaurs.
The movie "The Wild Bunch" is an interesting exploration of the concept of anachronistic. Yes, it's a bloody spaghetti-Western style movie with lots of grandiose Hollywood stunts. In the end, it's just a movie but it is nonetheless a good picture into anachronisms.
Most of the "depth" of this movie can be found at 34:00. (Yes, I'll spare you having to watch the entire two hour movie for this one nugget!) The two main characters Pike (William Holden) and Dutch (Ernest Borgnine) are train robbers who have just experienced an ambush during their last robbery. Their conversation turns to the topic of pride:
Pike: "There are a lot of people that just can't stand to be wrong."
Pike: "And they can't forget it - that pride, being wrong, or learn by it."
Dutch: "How about us, Pike? You reckon we learned being wrong today?"
Pike: "I sure hope to God we did."
The 2020 election for most conservatives was an ambush. Trump poured millions of dollars into various state campaigns and the declared voting results were basically the same as years before. We now know the Democrat/Republican uniparty has the voting system rigged. But do the Republicans intend to do anything about the Dominion voting machines? No. Instead and already some county party chairs are calling for us to organize and elect yet more Republican candidates. GOP, the parts that aren't complicit, learned nothing from the ambush they received and are headed directly into a similar ambush in less than 2 years.
Pike was aging.
Pike: "This was going to be my last. Ain't getting around any better. I'd like to make one good score and back off."
Dutch: "Back off to what?"
Many Republicans running the party are now aged. They have served many long years in the GOP and are heavily invested. They are so invested that they cannot see the flaws that an outside observer sees. Even when told, they retreat into denial rather than face truths about themselves, their party and their misguided efforts.
There are flaws in the rules that enables clever and manipulative tyrants to wield power in the party. If the party was truly grounded in the wishes of the people they could never get away with some of their actions. The unabashed flow of money toward party preferred candidates continues as the ordinary Republican is astonished that their really good candidate with really good ideas did not win.
In the end of "The Wild Bunch" the remaining four gang members deliberately walk into a fight they know they cannot survive. At the least, the Mexican General who is more lawless and evil than themselves dies with them. The GOP doesn't even get this kind of compensation - they just keep getting voted into a losing position because the powers that be have rigged the system and people controlling the Republican party have agreed to be the controlled opposition. So long as the faithful Republicans remain within the party, this sick symbiotic relationship will remain and our constitutional republic will continue to bleed out and die.
The Wild Bunch gang had a flawed philosophy. They professed to have an intense loyalty to one another - except when a sacrifice was required. Then they could murder or abandon each other. They were murderers and thieves with a "code of honor," a contradiction in terms.
Pike: "He gave his word"
Dutch: "That don't matter - it's who you give your word to."
This is not too far from the same kind of mentality seen in how GOP decides whom the party will support and whom they won't!
As we recognize how outdated and outmoded the GOP party has become, we must recognize that there is no longer a 2-party system in America. There is only one party with two expressions. Two wings, one bird. One coin, two faces. Consider:
Uniparty or the one-party state - A one-party system is a form of government where the country is ruled by a single political party, meaning only one political party exists and the forming of other political parties is forbidden. ... In this case opposition parties against the dominant ruling party are allowed, but have no real chance of gaining power. (Wikipedia)
In America, other political parties are not forbidden, they are simply kept in place. High dollar campaign practices simply make it nearly impossible for any third party to compete with the two major parties. There is so much corruption and outside control over the elements of the parties that they are virtually interchangeable. Trump's intrusion into the party has exposed much of this corruption and even treason going on in the halls of Congress and our political system.
Many have recognized that the Republican party committed suicide on Jan. 6th when they refused to have the fraudulent votes sent back to the various states for re-certification.
Anyone who says there is no evidence of voter and election fraud is blind or deceptive.
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In the face of this kind of evidence, the Republican response can only be called treason. And all the jicky political actions the Republicans have committed since then only confirm the death of the party.
- Mitch McConnell has called Marjorie Greene a "cancer" in the Republican party because of her support for Trump and 11 Republicans joined with the Democrats to remove Greene from any Congressional Committee assignments.
- Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell have both supported Liz Cheney in spite of widespread voter dissatisfaction - in a secret vote, she was confirmed to keep her leadership role. Now Cheney has even stated that Trump does not have a role as the leader of the GOP going forward!
- Ronna McDaniel, whom Trump reappointed as RNC chair, now regrets Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani's statements about voter and election fraud.
- Even Ted Cruz has turned against Trump, saying Trump's rhetoric, "went way too far over the line," citing lack of evidence as the reason for his 180 degree change.
In order to overcome the abusive relationships that come from the government and both major parties, we must recognize the differences.
"The Left is not interested in differences of opinion and achieve consensus with their political opponents; they seek their definition of unity, which is conformance and acquiescence to leftists’ political objectives – at any price, including the forced reeducation and criminalization of conservative political speech if/when necessary." (Are We on the Road to the End of America?, Stu Cvrk)
The left is the abusive partner whereas the right is the battered housewife attempting to always try harder to placate. So long as we remain in the abusive relationship, we have no hope of ever improving our lot or station in life. It is not the left that will destroy America, it is the right who refuses to rise up and do whatever it takes to break the cycle of abuse.
So what is the real answer? The answer is not found in terms of "win," "lose" or even "draw." Believe it or not, the answer is YOU. The real answer is that you be the best you that you were created to be. Our nation has slipped its grip on our Creator. It was never a perfect grip but this is probably as far as we have drifted from God as a nation in our entire history. The solution is for you to turn to God in sincerity and in honesty and live your life as you best believe He would have you live. When enough of us do this, we will see this catastrophy turned around. But so long as too many live in hypocrisy or selfish pursuits, so long as we cling to the old ways of abusing the people with our political parties and their evil agendas - the real causes of our departure from the ways of God - He is under no obligation to "heal our land."
It is not that the left cannot be defeated. The fall of communist systems everywhere demonstrates that communism is unsustainable. Rather, it is that the right cannot be easily moved toward activism and thus the left routinely wins. Unfortunately, the right is often not right either. The right is an amorphous blob of varying and conflicting standards and moralities that will never be united in the way the left is. The right requires an event of enormous magnitude to get it united. Thus it is susceptible to false flag events.
But to ask the right to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do is an impossible task for the right because "the right thing" differs between individuals and groups. The one person a conservative will almost never look at is himself. "I" and "me" are simply never the real problem. Put in the context of 2 Chronicles 7:14, "I" have no wicked ways to repent of. I'm good.
Time to wake up. America has overslept.
Neil Girrard can be reached for questions or comments at email@example.com or on Telegram @Neil_AFP_NM. His other political articles can be found here.