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This opinion while from a Republican is not limited to Republicans but crosses the line between the Major parties and several subsets of those parties, we should not be lulled into a false narrative by either party as to their uprightness or honesty. MA

Daniel Drezner 4 hrs ago
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I was a Republican in my youth. Back in the 1980s that seemed a pretty easy call. Republicans under Ronald Reagan were optimistic. They believed in the power of the free market compared with the power of the federal government. They were confident that America’s technological dynamism would outlast the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. They believed in America as a land of opportunity for immigrants across the world. And despite the GOP’s complicated history with racism, Reagan adhered to official rhetoric that depicted the Grand Old Party as an inclusive tent.
I am now well into my middle age, and to put it bluntly, the modern GOP looks a bit different. What does the GOP stand for in the Age of Trump?
Donald Trump has proffered his answer to that question. On Monday he made an effort to follow up on his racist tweetstorm, in which he told four members of Congress, three of whom were born in the United States, that they should “go back” to their countries of origin. The president made it pretty clear he thinks that he has found a winning message:
The Associated Press’s Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire offer additional color, making it clear that Trump’s statement was not accidental: “The president has told aides that he was giving voice what many of his supporters believe — that they are tired of people, including immigrants, disrespecting their country, according to three Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.” Or, as Trump put it, “if you’re complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave.”
That last sentence is breathtaking if you think about it for any length of time. First of all, Trump does nothing but complain. Just scanning his tweets in the past week, Trump has complained about 2020 polling, congressional Democrats, the Mueller probe, Paul Ryan, Andrew McCabe, CNN, bitcoin, Facebook and the Supreme Court. Trump is the first president to constantly carp about his victory. Seriously, if Trump went into exile, the aggregate amount of complaining in the United States would fall by an appreciable amount.
Second, Trump fails to understand how democracy works. The opposition party’s job is to criticize the president for policy and political shortcomings. That’s how the system works — politicians complain. The GOP did nothing but complain during the Obama years — Trump included. Imagine the GOP’s reaction if Barack Obama had suggested that complaining Republicans should just leave the country. Trump cannot abide the notion that the members of Congress he disparaged were elected to check his power. Trump’s inability to understand the loyal opposition is part of a continuing series of Trump failing to understand the building block of the American creed. Last week, at his social media summit, the president offered up his definition of free speech: “To me free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposefully write bad,” Trump said. “To me that’s very dangerous speech and you become angry at it. But that’s not free speech.” Needless to say, this is not what free speech means.
Trump has increasingly relied upon Fox News’s Tucker Carlson as his go-to political pundit. This is interesting — not because of Carlson’s nativism but because of the other views he recently espoused. Speaking Monday at the National Conservatism Conference, Carlson told the audience that the principal threat to their individual freedoms “comes not from the government but from the private sector.” This sounds rather different from the GOP rhetoric of my youth.
Political parties have to change with the times. Inevitably the GOP would need to find new ideas beyond Reagan. Still, an aversion to democratic debate, an illiberal definition of free speech and a hostility to free enterprise sound — how to put this — un-American. Or a corporatist, white nationalist America that is a century out of date.
Some GOP members of Congress have begun to criticize the president for his remarks. Still, what is disturbing is just how little pushback there has been from the GOP political class compared to his Charlottesville comments from two years ago. As my Post colleague Toluse Olorunnipa notes, Trump “has learned over the past three years that there is little consequence within his party or from aligned corporate and religious leaders for embracing incendiary rhetoric and pugilistic attacks.” Similarly, the New York Times’s Annie Karni writes, “Administration veterans said they had long ago become immune to thinking anything Mr. Trump said would stick to him for more than one news cycle.”
With the rest of the GOP’s complicity or acquiescence, it seems hard to escape the conclusion that to be a Republican in 2019 is not just to be a racist but rather to be one who is proud of that designation. My colleague Greg Sargent puts it best: “Central to Trump’s racism … is not just the content of the racism itself. It’s also that he’s asserting the right to engage in public displays of racism without it being called out for what it is. A crucial ingredient here is Trump’s declaration of the ability to flaunt his racism with impunity.”
I was a Republican in my youth. But none of the values that attracted me to the party then are present in Trump’s version of the GOP. The party of Reagan is dead. What has emerged in its place is something unspeakable.

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While TOTUS or OS Calcaribus (“bone spurs”) has some similarities we have an opportunity to replace TOTUS with the vote, not an assassination or  Impeachment  This Comparison is purely for the rhetorical aspect.MA

Caligula emperor of the Roman Empire
Reign16 March 37 – 24 January 41 AD,(3 years and 10 months)
Predecessor, Tiberius-Successor, Claudius

Born: Gaius Julius Caesar
31 August 12 AD, Antium, Italia
Died: 24 January 41 AD (aged 28), Palatine Hill, Rome
Burial: Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome
Caligula (/kəˈlɪɡjʊlə/;[1] Latin: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; 31 August 12 – 24 January 41 AD) was Roman emperor from 37 to 41 AD. The son of the popular Roman general Germanicus and Augustus’s granddaughter Agrippina the Elder, Caligula was born into the first ruling family of the Roman Empire, conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Germanicus’s uncle and adoptive father, Tiberius, succeeded Augustus as emperor of Rome in 14.
Although he was born Gaius Caesar, after Julius Caesar, he acquired the nickname “Caligula” (meaning “little [soldier’s] boot”, the diminutive form of caliga) from his father’s soldiers during their campaign in Germania. When Germanicus died at Antioch in 19, Agrippina returned with her six children to Rome, where she became entangled in a bitter feud with Tiberius. The conflict eventually led to the destruction of her family, with Caligula as the sole male survivor. Untouched by the deadly intrigues, Caligula accepted an invitation in 31 to join the emperor on the island of Capri, where Tiberius had withdrawn five years earlier. Following the death of Tiberius, Caligula succeeded his adoptive grandfather as emperor in 37.
There are few surviving sources about the reign of Caligula, although he is described as a noble and moderate emperor during the first six months of his rule. After this, the sources focus upon his cruelty, sadism, extravagance, and sexual perversion, presenting him as an insane tyrant. While the reliability of these sources is questionable, it is known that during his brief reign, Caligula worked to increase the unconstrained personal power of the emperor, as opposed to countervailing powers within the principate. He directed much of his attention to ambitious construction projects and luxurious dwellings for himself and initiated the construction of two aqueducts in Rome: the Aqua Claudia and the Anio Novus. During his reign, the empire annexed the client kingdom of Mauretania as a province.
In early 41, Caligula was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy by officers of the Praetorian Guard, senators, and courtiers. The conspirators’ attempt to use the opportunity to restore the Roman Republic was thwarted, however. On the day of the assassination of Caligula, the Praetorians declared Caligula’s uncle, Claudius, the next Roman emperor. Although the Julio-Claudian dynasty continued to rule the empire until the fall of his nephew Nero in 68, Caligula’s death marked the official end of the Julii Caesares in the male line.

 

Donald John Trump-45th President of the United States
Assumed office, January 20, 2017
Preceded by Barack Obama
Personal details
Born Donald John Trump, June 14, 1946 (age 73)
Queens, New York City
Political party
Republican (1987–1999, 2009–2011, 2012–present)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (until 1987, 2001–2009),Reform (1999–2001),Independent (2011–2012

Policies
Economy: tax cuts tariffsChina trade war, Environment: Paris withdrawal, Foreign policy: Iran deal, Jerusalem Golan Hts, Immigration: travel ban, wall, family separation, national emergency. Social issues: cannabis, Space

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) (aka:  OS Calcaribus (“bone spurs”)  is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.
Trump was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens and received an economics degree from the Wharton School. He took charge of his family’s real estate business in 1971, renamed it The Trump Organization, and expanded it from Queens and Brooklyn into Manhattan. The company built or renovated skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. Trump later started various side ventures, mostly by licensing his name. He managed the company until his 2017 inauguration. He co-authored several books, including The Art of the Deal. He owned the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015, and he produced and hosted The Apprentice, a reality television show, from 2003 to 2015. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $3.1 billion.
Trump entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and defeated sixteen candidates in the primaries. Commentators described his political positions as populist, protectionist, and nationalist. He was elected president in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although he lost the popular vote.[b] He became the oldest first-term U.S. president,[c] and the first one without prior military or government service. His election and policies have sparked numerous protests. Trump has made many false or misleading statements during his campaign and presidency. The statements have been documented by fact-checkers, and the media have widely described the phenomenon as unprecedented in American politics. Many of his comments and actions have been characterized as racially charged or racist.
During his presidency, Trump ordered a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, citing security concerns; after legal challenges, the Supreme Court upheld the policy’s third revision. He enacted a tax cut package for individuals and businesses, which also rescinded the individual health insurance mandate and allowed oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge. He appointed Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In foreign policy, Trump pursued his America First agenda, withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the Iran nuclear deal. He recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imposed import tariffs on various goods (triggering a trade war with China), and started negotiations with North Korea seeking denuclearization.

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