I know it. You know it. We all know it. Still, it’s always nice to see a respected, Pulitzer-winning columnist---in this case Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald---remind his millions of readers that if America really is circling the drain, it's not because "both sides" are doing the swirling. It's because of one thing and one thing only: the idiots and their various propaganda outlets (with Russia freshly added to the list) leading the opposition party in the pursuit of raw power and dictatorship:
A party that once provided a sober conservative counterweight to the Democrats’ more liberal impulses has flat out lost its mind, given itself over to rage, fear, schoolyard taunts and bizarre conspiracy theories. Which leaves me impatient with those who frame our political divide as if the issue were that left and right had equally abandoned the center. No fair observer can believe that.
To the contrary, it becomes more obvious every day that we are where we are because something is very wrong with the GOP. To not acknowledge and report that, apparently out of some misguided notion that doing so wouldn’t be “fair and balanced” is, in itself, deeply unfair and unbalanced. In our terror of being called biased, we in media have neutered ourselves, abandoned our watchdog function. [...]
Enough. You will never find answers where you are scared to ask questions. Here’s what we should be asking: How did the GOP get this way? And how can the right right itself?