The GOP is the party of vested interests, political shills of the fossil fuel industry and a host of other big money interests. But the connection to these folks it represents hardly gets analyized by the media. The GOP is treated like some sort of stand alone political entity. The fact that it uses crude emotional tactics among lower middle class whites to gain political advantage on behave of its fat cat benefactors seems to obscure the fact of its tightly bonded relationship to its big money supporters.

In other words the GOP is not a political party in the same sense as the Democratic Party. Sure the Democrats, too, have their own billionaires sprinkled among their ranks. But these billionaires don’t operated like a cartel fronted by the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party acts more like a real party of governance, rather than a locked step lobbyist organization for the old guard.

What say you, Mike?

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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