I'm reading lots of tweets and comments these days about how banana-pants crazy some Republicans are these days, and it worries me that Canada is trending in the same direction. Seems to me our politics has usually been about two years behind the US.
Conservatives around the globe have lost their fucking minds.— Andrew (@AndrewCote91) April 6, 2023
When I was drawn to the Republican Party, the enemies were the Soviet Union and totalitarianism. Now it’s beer, bathooms and bedrooms crusades run by the angry and maladjusted who are afraid to drink Budweiser, wear Nikes or go to Disneyland https://t.co/EVwZ2BHZNc— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) April 7, 2023
Kinda hilarious that some of these fragile anti-LGBTQ conservative men think beer and liquor companies marketing to the queer community will somehow result in a loss of revenue.— Charlotte Clymer 🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) April 6, 2023
Do y'all know how much we drink, especially in this moment?
When people wonder what attracted me to the GOP over 40 years ago, I keep saying: Its confidence and optimism in the American future at a dark time. Today, the Republicans are cowardly opportunists elected by terrified fanatics, all of whom have turned against the American idea.— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 7, 2023
Republicans deny elections, try to stop people from voting, think if you disagree you must be evil, call actual insurrections “tourist visits” and peaceful protests insurrections and drag queens are the problem. Right— John Wing (@JohnWing5) April 7, 2023
And then yesterday Tennessee lost its mind:
Republicans want nothing more in the whole world than to look at your kids' genitals, because they're perverted freaks. https://t.co/IcReTcmK4h— Leonid Baezhnev 🔥 (@rev_avocado) April 5, 2023
By expelling two Black members of the “Tennessee Three” instead of taking action to stop school shootings, Republicans just gave the Democratic Party bright young new heroes for the future!— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 7, 2023
Thank you Justin Jones, Justin Pearson and Gloria Johnson! ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/zwOVpvFEVj
Go ahead guys, mobilize Black people, women, and normal people everywhere who are sick and tired of all this gun violence. You are turning guns into an issue like abortion. Fine. Let’s have it out.
Tennessee is giving a more abject lesson in Critical Race Theory than any AP History course possibly could.— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) April 7, 2023
Here's a word from the best president America never had:
Question: Why were those two expelled and you weren't— Acyn (@Acyn) April 7, 2023
Johnson: Well, I think it's pretty clear. I'm a 60 year old white woman and they are two young black men pic.twitter.com/1OwJsrcsng
Today's GOP-led vote in the TN House disenfranchised nearly 150,000 voters whose representatives rightfully pushed to reform TN’s insanely dangerous gun laws after the horrific mass murder at The Covenant School last week. What a historically sad day for democracy in Tennessee.— Al Gore (@algore) April 7, 2023
I know this guy is crap, but the mindset came from somewhere... pic.twitter.com/ktbOGPfEkQ— Mike Morris (@1MikeMorris) April 7, 2023
I love these old Republicans like Nichols and Stevens trying to pretend that 40 years ago their party wasn't racist and anti-gay. They're counting on the old United States of Amnesia, as Gore Vidal described his country's shocking lack of historical awareness.
As for reopening the Canadian constitution, I think that ought to be done every generation or so to avoid being ruled by the dead hand of the past. We already have seven conservative premiers if you include Legault (which you need to do to clear the 7/50 amending formula), so I'm not sure what Bexte is waiting for. But he's wrong to assume they'll all act in lockstep. In the 1980s, the conservative premiers of Ontario and New Brunswick sided with Trudeau. And Mulroney's attempt to change the constitution at Meech Lake got the unanimous support of the premiers, but fell apart when the provinces tried to ratify it. Changing the constitution isn't the slam dunk that Bexte thinks it is.
Thanks for your thoughtful comments too.
There is every chance Alberta will dump the 'cons'.
Problems is that the evangelists both side of the border are better organised and financed than the rank and file.
I hope so, Trailblazer. I gather the key is what happens in Calgary - if they get out the Notley vote, then she has got a chance.
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