Chuck Spinney: Scientology for Rednecks — the GOP as Racket

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Chuck Spinney
Chuck Spinney

My good friend Mike Lofgren, a former Republican staffer on the House and Senate Budget Committees, and author of the The Party is Over: How the Republicans Went Crazy, the Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted, is still elaborating on his accurate — and in this case hilarious — diagnosis of the party of Lincoln.  My advice to main line Democrats: resist the temptation of schadenfreude; you are part of the problem, as Mike cogently explains in his important book.

Scientology for Rednecks: What the GOP Has Become

Mike Lofgren

Huffington Post, 02/17/2013

As with many religions, political parties have a tendency to start as a movement, transform into a business, and finally degenerate into a racket designed to fleece the yokels. One organization which has gone out of its way to illustrate this evolution is the Republican Party. And it has done so with a national scope and fundraising apparatus that would have made Jimmy Swaggart or Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker mute with awe.

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