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Mourning in America: The GOP Campaign and MoS, 2015

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A memorably scary year in politics

 

Note: This is the third installment of our MoS Best of 2015 

 

2015 brought down the level of discourse in American politics.  A nation in thrall to the sloppy demagoguery of The Donald cannot think clearly.  Police shootings, mass shootings and acts of terror seem to crowd out space for rational discussion.  The year’s tragedies have only encouraged the basest, most myopic opportunism from the entire field of Republican presidential candidates. The GOP has embraced, in style and substance, Trumpism.  With or without Trump, the party plunges blithely into its inevitable 2016 defeat.

 

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Of course, hate and oppression can be defeated, and 2015 will be remembered as much for the Supreme Court’s ruling affirming marriage equality as for the Republicans’ incitements. For a look back or ICYMI, here are some of our responses to the good, the bad and the ugly:

Joseph Bagley, Selma, George Wallace, and the Real Legacy of White Resistance 

 

Joseph Bagley, Gay Marriage Bans, Crass Politics, and the Exploitation of Ignorance and Intolerance 

 

LG, Marco Rubio, Stuck in the Middle with You

 

Alex Sayf Cummings, Marco Rubio: The Eddie Haskell of Republican Politics

 

Lauren Macivor Thompson, She probably doesn’t want my Progressive feminist sympathy, but I’m giving it to her anyway: Thoughts on the Republican Debate, Donald Trump, and Fox’s Megyn Kelly

 

LG, Summer of Trump: A Primer 

 

 

 

 

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