Where did the GOP go?

With our national election looming, someone should put up “lost dog” signs in every neighborhood saying, “Missing: Republican Party Platform.”

Voters won’t find one though, for this so-called major political party has decided not to produce a specific statement of what it stands for this year, nor will it offer voters an itemized set of policies its public officials would try to enact if elected. Indeed, the GOP hierarchy is so disdainful of the electorate that it says the party will not present a platform until 2024. Yes, four years after the election!

Instead of a political party, the GOP of 2020 has become a pathetic puppet show of weakling officials and sycophantic subordinates being jerked around by the maniacal whims of a bloated ego with despotic fantasies. Thus, the once-respectable Republican National Committee meekly ceded its authority, duty, respect and relevance to a single unhinged authoritarian. In essence, they’re saying that the platform — and the party itself — is one word: Trump.

Whatever poppycock The Glorious Leader utters today, whomever he attacks tomorrow, whichever fantastical conspiracy he embraces next week — the GOP will applaud, bow, and in unison reply “Amen.” Sad. Republican senators, governors, captains of industry, elders and others who once had power, prominence, some prestige, and maybe even a little pride now meekly wear Trump’s collar and kowtow to his conceits, leaving an entire party with a sole operating principle: “What he said” (even when they can’t figure out what he’s actually saying… or why... or what it means to the United States of America and our people).

Perhaps, like me, you would have expected the 2020 GOP platform to be a mishmash of Trumpian miasma, laissezfairyland corporate economics, QAnon lunacy, police state authoritarianism, and all the other wackiness that today’s Republican Party has been embracing.

It represents a stunning about-face for the GOP that produced an 18-page policy statement in 1956 that would have flat-out rejected the elitism, knownothingism and nutballism coming out of the White House and out of the mouths of nearly every Republican Congress critter in 2020.

That year, the Republican platform proclaimed “America does not prosper unless all Americans prosper.”

“The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the [Party].” And “Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in the country — they are America.”

The GOP of 2020 is no longer a party, it’s a national embarrassment.