The Way It Is!

Never before has a U.S. midterm election been so important. The votes cast this November will establish the direction the USA takes for the next few years, and maybe for an era.

Recently the author of “The Destructionists: The Twenty-Five-Year Crack-Up Of The Republican Party, Dana Milbank, appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air radio show. The host, Terry Gross, asked her guest to explain how the Republican Party came to embrace so many denials and conspiracy theories. Milbank pointed out that the dangerous political situations that we are faced with today, like the QAnon Agenda, Trump’s Big Lie and the January 6th Insurrection, actually got their start 25 years ago with the Republican Speaker of the House, NEWT GINGRICH and his Savage Politics.

Gross: “I think part of the point of your book is that – well, you out and out state this – that you think Trump is the symptom, he’s not the cause, that these past 25 years have enabled him to become so powerful. And even if he leaves the stage, what created him is still there.”


Trump and Gingrich speak the same language.

(Gross was referring a certain passage in the introduction of Milbank’s latest book. )

Donald Trump didn’t create this noxious environment. He isn’t some hideous orange Venus emerging from the shell. Rather, he is a monster the Republicans created over a quarter century. He is a symptom of their illness, not the cause. Whatever else he is, Trump is a brillaint opportunist; he saw the direction the Republican Party was heading in, and the former pro-choice advocate of universal health care reinvented himself to give Republicans what they wanted. Sadly, because Trump is merely a reflection of the sickness in the GOP, the problem won’t go away when- if he does.” ~ The Destructionists

MILBANK: OK, I mean, we’ve been in a dangerous period of time for some time now. But, you know, the people who track the pro-Trump social media – are saying this is really the most ominous time since right before the Jan. 6th insurrection. …We really need our leaders – opinion leaders and lawmakers to step in and calm things down.

GROSS: “…let’s start where your book starts – in the mid-’90s when Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich of Georgia became the House speaker and took the House in a more divisive direction than it had been.”


According to Dana Milbank it all this negativity began
with Gingrich and his Contract With America.

MILBANK: “Here came Newt, this bomb thrower, and he spoke with an entirely different language. And he – in fact, he recommended to his congressional peers, Republican peers and candidates, that they need to start talking about Democrats as traitors, as liars, as cheaters. So this was an entirely different way of talking about your opponent, your opponent as your enemy, as opposed to just being your opponent. It was a revolutionary, really, way of speaking in politics, certainly at the high level of politics. And after Republicans won in 1994, he became the speaker of the House and certainly never had a speaker of the House talking this way. And then suddenly this man was second in line to the presidency with a whole different language. And he actually said, the problem with Republicans is they haven’t been nasty enough. That was Newt Gingrich’s quote. And he said, we need to raise hell all the time. And that’s exactly what he did. And today we are … living in that world that Newt Gingrich birthed in 1994.”

“There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party,” said former Republican House Speaker, John Boehner, who retired as Trump seized control of the GOP, said in May 2018. “The republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere.” ~ The Destructionists

#47 WED AQU
2/14/1951
Terry Gross

#74 SAT TAU
4/27/1968
Dana Milbank

Terry Gross was born on a Wednesday in the zodiac sign of Aquarius. Mercury rules her INNER SELF and her OUTER SELF is governed by Saturn or Uranus. People with the #47 WED AQU Dayology Signature are bright and quite individual in communicating their thoughts. They notice and appreciate the many personal distinctions being worked out this unique world of ours.

Dana Milbank was born on a Saturday in the zodiac sign of Taurus. Saturn rules his INNER SELF and his OUTER SELF is governed by Venus. Individuals born with the #74 SAT TAU Dayology Signature are down-to-earth and, frankly, tend to be more than just a bit stuffy. Others realize this particular personal shortcoming and attempt with some extra effort to be amusing.

This NPR interview went extremely well because these two individuals were able to use their shared Saturn rulerships to fine advantage. His INNER SELF and her OUTER SELF are directed by the conscientious planet Saturn. Both individuals are professionally established and respected for their abilities to portray hard realities. Too often Saturn is depicted as excessively limiting or punishing, which is its only option for those who cannot buckle up and stay on track.

Over the years, Gross has done some 13,000 interviews, and the sheer range of people she has spoken to, coupled with her intelligence and empathy, has given her the status of national interviewer.” ~Terry Gross and the Art of Opening Up – The New York Times

It’s no accident that Gross’s show is called FRESH AIR and has become one of public radio’s most popular programs. When it apperared on the scene in 1985, it was thought to be “refreshing.” Instead of allowing celebrities to project their public personnas, guests were asked questions that revealed valuable insights. Many of these interviews ventured into personal areas that were thought to be inappropriate for radio for their time, but looking back they are completely justified as they represented aspects of an emerging public consciousness.

Dana Milbank is a sharp and incisive political analyst, but he doesn’t just rake the muck. His keen observations and shrewd humor combine to create “standup journalism,” or punditry with a bite. ~ Leading Authorities Inc.

For twenty years, Milbank has written a popular column for the Washington Post. In MUCK RACK he claims to specialize in “THE FOOLISH, THE FALLACIOUS AND THE FELONIOUS.” He is also a public speaker despite the fact that on occasion he has been accused of “going too far” in his characterizations and made to “eat his words.” NYU journalism professor, Jay Rosen, identifies Dana Milbank as “an extravagantly contrarian columnist.” That categorization seems to fit!

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