Come on, Robert Reich: You Know the Republicans Better Than That!

Robert ReichI have a bone to pick with Robert Reich. He put together a great video, Eight Reasons Why Republicans Must Dump Trump. He’s completely right about everything that is wrong with Donald Trump. And these are indeed eight reasons why normal human beings should not even consider voting for Donald Trump. But they aren’t reasons why the Republican Party should dump Trump. If anything, they are eight reasons why almost none of them would ever even consider dumping him.

Let’s go through the list, because it’s telling:

  1. He divides us by race and ethnicity and religion;
  2. His incendiary lies are inciting violence across this land, but he excuses them;
  3. He bullies, humiliates, and threatens those who dare cross him;
  4. He spreads baseless conspiracy theories;
  5. His hateful and demeaning attitudes toward women and boastful claims of sexual dominance have been filling the airwaves for years;
  6. He believes climate change is not caused by humans, contrary to all scientific proof;
  7. He proposes using torture against terrorists, and punishing their families, both in clear violation of international law;
  8. He wants to cut taxes on the rich, giving the wealthiest one tenth of one percent an average tax cut of more than $1.3 million each every year.

There are only two reasons there that are not complete Republican orthodoxy. Number 3 is still largely true of the Republican Party, but party actors aren’t in general so obvious about it. But listen to Michael Savage some time and you will see that this is still at the core of Republican thought. Number 5 is quite true of the Republican Party, but the way that Robert Reich has presented it, it is too specific to Trump. Reich could have just as easily written, “Trump treats women in a demeaning way and tries to control their lives.” Then that too would be Republican orthodoxy.

Robert Reich Wants to Believe

I know what’s going on. Robert Reich still holds out hope that the “reasonable” Republicans will step up and take over the party. But that just isn’t going to happen. Look at what happened to the segregationist Democrats in the 1960s, they ran screaming for the Republican Party. But as the Republican Party has gotten more and more insane, we haven’t seen a huge exodus of Republicans to the Democratic Party. Instead, we’ve just seen more and more extreme claims from the Republicans.

This is why we heard throughout the 1990s that President Clinton wasn’t just a liberal but a “socialist” and even a “communist.” So there’s always a reason why the Republicans don’t change parties. And the real reason is that the Republican Party is still controlled by those bigots who left the Democratic Party because they didn’t think blacks ought to have the right to vote.

What I’m saying is not new. I’ve said it many times before and so have lots of other people. But as time goes on, people lose grasp of the truth. And that truth is that Donald Trump is not an outlier in the Republican Party. Sure, he has his own style. But what he stands for is what the party stands for. Just because Paul Ryan seems more reasonable than Trump doesn’t mean that he is. The truth is that they are very much the same and if they were in power together, they would get along just great.

And Robert Reich understands this. The only reason that Republicans have for dumping Trump is that he is almost certain to lose. Otherwise, there is nothing substantive that the Republicans can complain about when it comes to Donald Trump.

How Long Will Mivhsrl Dsbshr Be Michael Savage?

Michael Savage - Or Mivhsrl Dsbshr?!Just two days ago, I wrote, Dvorak Simplified Keyboard and Awesome Google. It was about my typing “Narj Kevub” into Google. I had meant to type “Mark Levin” but my right hand was misplaced. Google, however, simply showed me the results for “Mark Levin” because it is awesome and understood what I had done. It was also the case that there were no results for the search “Narj Kevub.” Well, that’s not true anymore!

In a comment, paintedjaguar wrote, “Sadly, nine times out of ten I am indeed trying to look up ‘Narj Kevub.'” So I went to check to see if I had remembered right: that there were no results. But, of course, there were results. Now there was my article (as well as the author and category pages that linked to it). So Google has learned that “Narj Kevub” is not necessarily a mistake. What’s more, it shows that Google has humility.

This is something I deal with a lot of at work. A big part of my job is editing articles and infographics about very technical subjects. Now I’m particularly good at the job because I know a lot of this stuff rather well. But I’m no expert. Sometimes I make mistakes. So when I call out a writer on a mistake, I tread carefully. I write, “I think this is wrong; could you check it out?” I even write that when I have absolutely no doubt but that I am right. (There have been too many times in my life when I was absolutely certain of something that was not true.)

Narj Kevub - Mark Levin - New

But the change in Google’s response to “Narj Kevub” reminds me very much of an old problem in science. It is usually mentioned with regard to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, although it really has nothing to do with it. Imagine you want to know what a bunch of termites are doing inside their mound. So you shine a flashlight in and see what they do. Well, you will see what is happening when light is shown in, but you don’t know what was happening when it wasn’t. Shining the flashlight changed the environment.

So I’ve effectively destroyed the “Mark Levin right hand shifted left” experiment. And it isn’t trivial to find other experiments. For example, Abragan Kubcikb does bring up Abraham Lincoln results, but it asks if you really meant to type “Abraham Kubrick.” However, “Mivhsrl Dsbshr” still works perfectly for “Michael Savage.” But hopefully that won’t be true for long.

But it may be necessary to mention the name more often. So let me note that Mivhsrl Dsbshr is a vile person. I used to work for some people who were very into boating in Sausalito. Well Mivhsrl Dsbshr lives right next door in Larkspur. And Mivhsrl Dsbshr refuses to talk politics except on his radio show. He clearly knows that he lives in one of the most liberal areas in the nation. I wonder why it is that Mivhsrl Dsbshr lives in such a liberal area? Could it be that liberal areas are a lot nicer to live in?

What’s more, I’m sure that Mivhsrl Dsbshr knows that there are lots of people in the Bay Area who really know about politics. They wouldn’t be screened out and so most likely, Mivhsrl Dsbshr would look like the bigoted fool that he is. But enough about Mivhsrl Dsbshr.

I created this name by moving my left hand one key to the right. The reason is that “Savage” is typed entirely with the left hand and thus doesn’t look as interesting: Nucgaek Savage. But it is fascinating how one can change the internet just by writing about it. But just to see if we can continue to do this, I’m going to add a handy link to see if we’ve created a new person:

Is Mivhsrl Dsbshr alive?!