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the following is a cnn special report. >> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall! >> remember that republican party? how did the party of lincoln turn into this? >> get out!
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i'd like to punch him in the face, i'll tell you. >> usa! >> a radical transformation. >> this is our house! >> decades in the making. but the roots are old and deep. then there were the rabid fears of the john birch society. >> these italians are infecting the youth of america. >> now the crazy conspiracies of qanon. >> joe biden is the biggest pedophile. >> god wins! >> brother, i pray for him. >> exploiting god for votes began a long time ago. >> this war is for the soul of america. >> 2 corinthians 3:17, that's the whole ball game. >> voter suppression. >> i don't want everybody to vote. >> cheating democracy. >> massive voter roll purges. millions upon millions removed
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from the voter rolls. >> the ugly history of racism. >> if you were a black republican, you would suddenly feel that this party didn't want you there anymore. >> a party in deep trouble. >> the so-called trump base is a shrinking base. >> this isn't working. it's not working for america. it's not working for republicans. >> it can't even govern. >> what the hell happened to republicans? hello, i'm fareed zakaria. nearly a year ago america lived through the climax of one of the most troubling political eras in its history. a sitting president, donald trump, tried to hold on to his office even after he lost the election. an american president incited an
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angry mob to attack the united states capitol. donald trump is gone but the simple truth is, it may just be for now. what has happened to the republican party? the only way to find the answers to that question is to go back to the beginning of this story. ♪ a hot july 9th, 1964. san francisco's cal tower, an arena to showcase capital. it's packed tonight with herds of republicans. thousands of rally delegates there to choose the gop candidate for president. >> i had never seen a convention like i'm seeing at this time. >> at the podium stands a strong breed but one on the road to extinction.
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>> well, i don't believe there really is such thing as a liberal republican. >> actually, there were many liberals in the government. like governor nelson rockefeller of new york. tonight he's demanding that his party denounce segregation and extremism. >> these extremists phenomes fear hate and terror. they encourage disunity. >> the crowd quickly turns hostile. >> he starts being booed in a remarkly vicious way. it's frightening. >> the governor is entitled to be heard for five minutes. he can't be heard for five minutes if we're going to have these constant interruptions. >> conservative republicans despise the wealthy liberal easter lilies like rockefeller,
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who have long dominated the party. >> these are people who have nothing in common with americanism! >> the republican convention of 1964 turned into this rancorous fight. >> now, look, the governor hasn't had a chance to talk. he's been up here ten minutes but he hasn't had a chance to talk about four minutes. >> we want barry! we want barry! we want barry zlm. >> barry is senator barry goldwater from arizona, the almost-certain nominee. one of the most right-wing politicians in the whole country. ♪ vote for honest, vote for honest leadership ♪ >> but there's one delegate determined to stop the goldwater jug you are knot. >> i think the root of the delegation is such that they
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would not, could not and will not support the nominee of goldwater. >> that's not just any republican. >> one out, pitch is to jackie robinson. >> jackie robinson is an american hero. ♪ the first black player in major league baseball. >> there seems to be some concern among some corners that former great baseball player jackie robinson may lead a negro walkout at this convention. damage rather has reached jackie ron inson now. dan, come in. >> can you explain to us the walkout over candidacy? >> that's right. they're going to walk out over candidate. but not on the whole party. nobody's walking out of the republican party. >> robinson deplores the goldwater party, but he remains loyal to the party of lincoln, the party that historically been
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pro civil rights. >> if you were a black republican, you would suddenly see this party has been your home before the war, this party didn't want you there anymore. >> 40,000 people, half of them negroes, demonstrate against goldwater. >> those who felt unwanted took to the streets outside the cal palace, including jackie robinson. at the heart of their anger, the 1964 civil rights bill, signed into law just days before the convention began. barry goldwater was one of only 27 senators to vote against it. >> we are being asked to destroy the rights of some under the false banner of promoting the civil rights of others. >> historians say goldwater was not a racist, but most agree, he did not do enough to denounce
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segregation. at the convention, the racial climate is growing uglier. >> the negro race sends -- >> oh, you see me first as a negro and then a human. i'm first a human being! >> they got a core demonstrator carrying him up the center aisle. >> a black man protesting goldwater is dragged out by security. others are spat on, called racist names. >> it does represent to a lot of people watching on tv a nuremberg rally. >> jackie robinson said he thought he felt like he knew what it was like to be a jew in hitler's germany. >> any self-respecting negro much walk out of this convention. >> america's most famous black republican had finally seen enough. >> mr. robinson, would you -- >> senator, president johnson -- >> yes, i would very strongly vote for president johnson over goldwater. there's no question about that. >> he walked out of the
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convention and the party for good. >> the last to sign up for any major party a man who is a bigot and a man who in my opinion will attempt to stop us from moving forward! >> i must remind you extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! >> he called his supporters to be extremists, to be radical. was it a watershed moment in america? yes, it was. >> goldwater's defensive extremism won him the election. >> the goldwater land slide november 4, 1964. >> he received just 5% of the black vote, down 32% for richard
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nixon just four years earlier. but goldwater had changed history for the republicans. he created what we now know as the right wing base. >> goldwater what he does in '64 is bringsing to the post world war ii, cold war republicans who were fervently opposed to republican regulations and brings those together with the southern democrats, the southern white supremacists who were against the idea of desegregation and he marries them in a new coalition that is going to take over the party. >> the fascists that barry goldwater inspired were explained perfectly by gary butler jr., the founder of modern conservative tix. he wrote, a conservative is someone who stands athwart history yelling stop. indeed the right would shout stop over and over again in the coming decades.
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those shouts echoed through the 1960s as america exploded. cities were racked by rioting over civil rights and police shootings. >> don't bow down anymore? hold your heads up! >> thousands were dyeing in the jungles of vietnam. anti-war protests filled the streets. enter presidential candidate richard nixon. he knew exactly how terrifying 1968 was to the right wing base. >> the wave of crime is not
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going to be the wave of future in america. >> fear, fear, fear. >> nixon used what was called the southern strategy. build a base by attracting more white support in the south with subtle appeals to racism. >> the code word, the dog whistles, law and order. >> law and order is something that everybody wants. >> the right loved nixon until he began to run the country. to their horror, he wanted to make government bigger. >> he proposed a universal health insurance program and no president left behind a more ambitious environmental legacy than richard nixon. >> nixon actually founded the environmental protection agency. >> big government was there to stay. it was disappointing for a lot
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of conservatives. >> and there is a president waving good-bye. >> but then the watergate scandal consumed the nixon presidency. it would be 1980 before conservatives found a new hero. ronald reagan was goldwater reincarnated, only better looking and smooth talking. >> i think george will put it, barry goldwater actually won. it just took them 16 years to count the votes. >> ronald reagan took the goldwater message, but he put a sunnier face on it. >> some lights seem eternal. america's is. >> he had a sense of real triumph, a breakthrough that american society was going to change in some very fundamental ways. >> he was and is a republican icon for defeating the soviet union. but once again, a conservative
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darling shocked the base with his domestic policy. >> he didn't cut spending, and he ended up, as you know, exploding the debt and the deficit. >> here he is. >> the reagan revolution turned out to be more rhetoric than reality. the great society state, reagan even expanded medicaid. >> when reagan left office not having radically transformed america, conservatives became more ready for a story of betrayal. >> the right longed for a fighter, and reagan's successor, the elite, yale-educated george w. bush, did not fit the bill. conservatives felt betrayed one more time. now they found their new hero in the man who helped wreck bush's
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presidency, the fiery congressman newt gingrich. >> he wins control of congress with the message of rage and resentment and culture war and betrayal. >> we're going to change their world. they will do anything to stop us. >> gingrich pioneers the fight club mentality that would eventually consume the gop. >> gingrich understood that his voters didn't care about winning. they didn't care about winning policy fights. what they cared about was fighting. >> mr. gingrich will whisper in your right ear and i will whisper in your left ear. >> he kept coming close to doing deals with bill clinton and then he realized at the end no, no, care about the fight. >> boosting gingrich was powerful new allies. >> fair and balanced, the fox news channel. >> the rise of the fox new channels in the middle of the 1990s really fed the sense of conservative grievance. >> if you broadcast any chances these days and most are very
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politically correct. well, we're going to try to be different. >> the way we report. the way we cover it. >> if we couldn't make the voters believe anymore that we could limit the size of government, then we had to fight the culture wars. >> i george walker bush do solemnly swear -- >> by the time george w. bush became president, a new wave of conservative lawmakers were ready for politics as war, but once again, another bush disappointed them. >> the president of the united states! >> i remember actually sitting in the state of the union address, the first one with george w. bush, where he was talking about no child left behind and some of these kind of big government programs that mike pence and i were kind of aghast at. we felt like minutemen who had finally got to the battle and the war was over. >> that disappointment would
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turn to rage. during bush's failed war in iraq, and the financial crisis and the bailouts that bush supported. >> he just destroyed and discredited everything he was trying to do and left the way open for different kinds of radicals to struggle for power. >> it was, of course, race, the issue that republicans had happily exploited that would finally push the party to the edge. a black president in the white house triggered a dramatic response. >> afro liberalism coming to you on a silver platter, barack hussein obama! >> the rise of the tea party movement was supposed to be a response to obamacare.
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but in reality, it was mostly a response to obama's race. >> obama's election was a trigger. >> this president i think has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people. >> the base began not only to hate obama -- >> what is wrong with this president? >> -- but to despise gop leaders from being unable to stop him. they soured on the bushes, on john mccain, on mitt romney. searching instead for someone who would embody their rage and finally give them their revolution. >> oh, we're gonna win. we're gonna win so big. thank you very much, everybody. way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old. we wanna buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate answer a few questions. and our techno wizardry
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a bill in michigan gives poll watchers more power to challenge voters. >> that is a lie. >> i'm actually going to sign it right here. it takes effect. >> a law in florida makes mail-in voting much harder. >> ayes are 100, nays 75. >> and a law passed in georgia -- >> i will not back down! >> protect the vote! >> -- strictly limits dropboxes and makes it a crime to give water to voters standing in lane. >> how inhumane can these legislators be? >> these are all efforts by republicans to make it harder for americans to vote. >> we will stop the steal! >> and they have all been triggered by a lie. >> we won in a land slide. this is a land slide. this is the most corrupt election in the history of maybe the world. i just received a call from secretary clinton.
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>> trump won the electoral college and thus the white house in 2016. but in 2020 -- >> cnn projects joseph r. biden jr. is elected -- >> -- he lost both the electoral college and the popular vote. >> 302-232. >> my fellow americans -- >> that loss highlights a big problem for republicans. these days they face a daunting challenge in winning real majorities. in the last eight presidential elections, the republican candidate for president has won the popular vote only once. >> thank you, all. >> in 2004. the republicans have found a way to lose and yet still win. this has made elements in the party sour on democracy itself. >> absentee ballot explanation
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laws. >> how else explain to those across the country -- >> trust in confidence in our elections. >> introduced in at least 45 legislatures according to the brennan center for justice. >> all to make it harder for americans to vote. >> some of our christians, they want everybody to vote. i don't want everybody to vote. >> it's a reflex on the right that has been building for decades, preached by one of the founders of american conservatism, paul wyrick. >> in fact, our voting elections in candidates go up as voting popularity goes down. >> and the once great honorable ronald reagan. >> during barry goldwater's 1964 campaign -- >> i have known barry goldwater a long time. >> reagan as was part of
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operation eagle-eye. william rehnquist, the future chief justice of the supreme court, led part of the effort in arizona, where hispanic people were forced to read the constitution before they could vote. >> its purpose was to challenge people who were trying to cast a ballot, and not just people, but intimidating and challenging minority voters. >> every american citizen must have an equal right to vote. >> after the voting act finally allowed millions of people to vote, president carter wanted to expand voting even more. >> it's time for universal voter registration. >> proposing same-day voter registration nationwide, among other report reforms. >> voter law form would allow
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voters to register on election day. >> it turned the turnout rate to abysmal 70%. but ronald reagan was dead set against the measure, worried they would sweep through metropolitan areas, scooping up after athletic voters to keep them in power. >> that is vintage ronald reagan, vintage southern power. >> reporter: >> the law would make the strategy as dead as a dowd doe bird, he said. >> we will take action if we find evidence of voting or election fraud. >> the election day boogieman republicans have pointed to for years -- >> fraudulently cast votes. >> -- to justify opposing more voting -- >> it's going to be fraud all over the place. >> -- has been voter fraud. but study after study by
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democrats and republicans have found that voter fraud is less common than getting struck by lightning. >> from 2000 to 2014, there were 1 billion votes cast. out of those 1 billion -- that's with a b, there were 31 cases of voter impersonation fraud. 31 in 15 years out of 1 billion votes. >> it is a scene that's played out in states across the country. >> but republicans used the myth of widespread voter fraud -- >> civil rights groups pushing back against voter i.d. laws -- >> -- to pass dozens of laws making it disproportionately difficult for black people to vote. >> pushing more voters out of the ballot box. >> hundreds of thousands of voters may not have necessary i.d.
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>> we're ready to march on ballot boxes! >> it was a shameful echo of the jim crow south. >> ain't no stopping us now! >> say it again! >> one of the most troubling measures -- >> if you ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now. >> -- was in north carolina. >> thank you, north carolina! >> obama! >> after obama flipped the state in '08 thanks to a massive black voter turnout, republican state legislators gathered meticulous data to see how black people voted, which i.d.s they used to vote. >> ladies, ladies, we're here to take early voting. >> and which days they went to the polls. ♪ this is the day we vote for obama ♪ >> including sunday after church. then they wrote a new election law that would have made jim crow proud -- >> this is 57-page
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abomination -- >> restrictly the very way black voters cast their ballots. >> if the use awarded medals for voter suppression, this bill would be a candidate for the gold. >> a federal court wrote republicans targeted african-americans with almost surgical precision. >> one of the things the fourth circuit said was this is as close to a smoking gun as we will ever see. >> by the 2016 election, there were more smoking guns. fueled by a controversial supreme court decision that gutted the voting rights act. >> this was the first presidential election in 50 years when black voters faced the full assault on their voting rights, the full implementation of voter i.d. laws. almost 1,200 polling places closed. millions upon millions removed from the voter rolls. >> a voter i.d. law in wisconsin
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may have helped swing the state to trump. tens of thousands of people did not have the right i.d. to vote, and black voter turnout plummeted. >> cnn now projects donald trump will carry the state of wisconsin. >> trump won the state by less than 23,000 ballots. >> election officials could face felony charges. >> and today in 2021 republicans are not merely suppressing the vote, they're trying to pry away power from election officials. as gop state legislatures attempt to seize control over how the votes are counted. ♪ when it comes to autism, finding the right words can be tough.
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let me give you some snap shotts of the republican electorate today. >> start getting the facts. >> in a cnn poll conducted over the summer, 78% of republicans said they did not believe that joe biden won the election legitimately. >> there's too much evidence of fraud -- >> fight for trump! fight for trump! >> more than a quarter say they believe or are unsure about whether the covid-19 vaccine
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contains a microchip. and roughly one in four republicans agree with the key tenet of the qanon conspiracy, that a group of satan-worshipping elites who run a child sex ring are trying to control our median politics. >> joe biden is the biggest pedophile on the face of the planet. >> it's not a conspiracy. it's fact. >> fight for america! fight for america! >> it becomes impossible to deny, the republican party today has been infected by a series of crazy conspiracy periods. why? the paranoid strain in american politics runs deep through the country's history. and this kind of fear and suspicion of power has roots on the right going back more than half a century. but there's a big difference between then and now. in the past, paranoia never went
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mainstream. >> usa! usa! >> but today the republican party's leaders have acquiesced and even encouraged many of its supporters' worst fears and fantasies. this is the story of how conspiracy theories and theorists move from the fringe of the republican party smack dab to its center. it begins in the 1950s, the early years of the cold war. the soviet union got the bomb, china went communist, americans felt the enemy was winning. >> the u.s. troops took their also losses. >> america was so strong, so powerful, so rich, yet many things in the world didn't go america's way. >> joseph mccarthy electrified the country by explaining this
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was happening because of treason at home. >> even if there's only one communist in the state department, that would still be one communist too many. >> now a candy manufacturer named robert welsh picked up mccarthy's baton. >> our first job is to stop the communists. >> in 1958 he founded the john birch society, a conspiracy-driven movement that would have a profound impact on the gop for decades to come. >> for a lot of people in that confusing post-war period, they wanted the easy answers and people like the john birch society gave them easy answers. >> everywhere they looked, the birchers, as they were known, saw a looming internal communist menace. >> the so-called extremists looked like suburban dads and moms. they looked like ward and june cleaver. >> within a few years, they built a powerful grassroots organization. >> we too are involved in a
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contest between fee dom-loving human beings everywhere and the forces of communism. >> they stopped at no one. welsh even accused the hero of d-day, president dwight eisenhower, of being a dedicated communist agent of the communist conspiracy. they demanded the impeachment of the chief justice of the supreme court, earl warren, for supporting desegregation. and they fought tooth and nail against the civil rights movement, using anti-communism as a cover for racism. >> the communists are fomenting civil rights agitation. >> those views reached millions of americans through widely distributed pamphlets, magazines and books. >> treason on the campuses, the hot coyotes infecting the youth of america. >> they finally found somebody they liked, barry goldwater. >> a charge an administration that's soft on communism, and
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you know it. >> it's very hard to imagine barry goldwater getting the nomination in 1964 without something like the john birch society. >> in your heart you know these rights. >> his anti-communist fervor thrilled the birchers. >> the only enemy to peace in the world is communism. >> but he had been urged by establishment republicans to denounce robert west and deranged conspiracies promulgated by the society. unlike today, republican leaders back then felt morally obligated to call out what they knew were lies. goldwater called out welsh himself, but was careful in his kritism of the society. >> we had never been attacked as the birch society's been attacked. i'm far more fearful about the radical members of the left than the birch society. >> this was the beginning of a calculated two-faced dance by republican politicians, not
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voicing the conspiracies themselves but embracing the conspiracy theorists. but now ever since donald trump's election, republican officials have mostly dispensed with the denials and condemnations of the crazies. >> you had donald trump's main animating vision in his campaign, the birtherism thing, that barack obama was not a citizen. and that was coming from the candidate. >> they had come to see that openly feeding anger, resentment and paranoia is good politics on the right. >> it was a land slide election. >> we are not going to let this election be stolen by joe biden and the democrats. >> the republicanwer base had been 34smislead by a republican party for years had been fed by a frankenstein's monster. >> they don't get to steal it from us! make your nights anything but silent.
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it was mystifying to watch the courtship between christians and donald trump that began during his 2016 campaign. >> i just thank you for this meal. >> it was hard not to laugh at the absurdity of this political marriage. >> his history is not the history of a good christian man. >> even trump appeared to be asking himself, how did i get
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here? >> this is somebody who cannot even fake religious -- >> 2 corinthians 7:13. is that the one you like? because i like it. >> driving this evangelical union between trump and evangelicals was desperation. by 2016 white christian americans, the core of the republican base, were a minority in america. >> the united states was becoming a very secular society very fast. the percentage of americans who were affiliated with the american church has collapsed. >> this is the story of how the republican party weaponized christianity, to hold on to political power. >> what you saw there is the pimping of jesus. >> good morning, i'm jerry falwell, pastor here. >> southern baptist preacher
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jerry falwell made his name in the late 1960s through his sermons broadcast on sunday mornings. >> isn't it grant to be a christian? ♪ >> this is miraculous indeed. >> he was a fundamentalist who believed the bible should be interpreted literally. he had apocalyptic messages over the years. >> if it doesn't come back to the world, it's all gone. >> but falwell believed that religion and politics did not mix. >> many angell cals did not even register to vote, because politics was satan's realm. >> that changed in the 1970s e. especially after the federal government gave private schools an ultimatum. >> the internal revenue service proposing to make private schools prove they are not practicing racial
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discrimination. >> some evangelicals built their own schools as a response to federal desegregation. but for many evangelicals, there was another important driver, to provide their children with a baseball-based education after the supreme court banned school prayer in 1962. people were furious. >> at the last count the irs received 115,000 protest letters. >> we've got to raise up an army of men, women in america to call this nation back to moral sanity and sensible. i call that the moral majority. ♪ this landed is your land ♪ >> the moral majority. the mission of falwell's new political army was to restore america's christian identity. >> a sleeping giant is standing up. >> falwell's movement became a political force. >> we want prayer! we want prayer! >> protesting abortion,
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homosexuality and women's liberation. >> he says it's adam and eve, not adam and steve. >> number one, get people saved. number two, get them baptized. number three, get them registered to vote. >> the moral majority claimed to have registered millions of christians to vote in the 1980 election, helping ronald reagan win the white house in a land slide. >> preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> the former hollywood actor became the perfect spokesman for christian values. >> i believe that faith and religion play a critical role in the political life of our nation and always have. >> but over time the religious right group frustrated because abortion remained the law of the land, gay rights were advancing. >> gay rights now! gay rights now! >> christian conservatives finally heard a fiery rallying
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cry from pat buchanan at the 1992 republican convention. >> there is a religious war going on in this country. there was a culture war as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as the cold war itself, for this war is for the soul of america. >> by the beginning of the 21st century -- >> praise the lord! >> the religious right had become the most powerful interest group in the gop. but at the same time they could see that they were losing the country. america was becoming less religious, less socially conservative, and less white. in 2008 barack obama's election was to white christian conservatives a kind of death knell. >> christian conservatives lost. they lost the fight over their ability to define what it means to be an american. >> this desperation on the right was an opportunity for donald
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trump. >> i brought my bible. see. >> trump understood how to tap into the deep sense of grievance that had been building among white christian conservatives for decades. >> christianity is under siege, folks. it's under siege. >> the founders were quite clear about the fact that this would not be a nation that was founded on religion because they had recognized just how dangerous those sorts of governments could be. >> radicalized christian conservatives, believing their country was on the verge of spiritual collapse, adopted an apocalyptic politics in which anything is permitted in the struggle for survival, including insurrection.
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now consumes the party is built on betrayal. it all began with the intellectual godfather of modern conservatism, william f. buckley jr., defined that movement as standing athwart history yelling stop. what buckley was trying to stop was the new deal, the expansion of government under franklin roosevelt. he was also referring to the growing secularization of society. his first book "god and than at yale," published in 1951, was a diatribe against what he believed were the anti-christian and anti-capitalist forces at the nation's best university. buckley yale stopped again at the civil rights movement, writing in 1957 that the south must prevail because the more advanced white race had an obligation and right to rule over others. he changed his mind during the mid-1960s but many conservatives remained staunchly opposed to
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the landmark civil rights bills of 1964 and '56. in other words, the modern republican party has its roots in rebellion, rebellion against the main currents of stage in modern society, 9 growth of the welfare state, the secularization of life and increasing diversity of american society. the trouble is most americans don't agree with that protest. they may express discomfort with the welfare state in theory, but in practice, they love social security, medicare and the rest. secularization is a force that is sweeping almost all advanced industrial societies, and one government can do little to stop. america's growing diversity is inevitable in a country built on identification and grown has a strength rather than weakness. but now americans are riding the
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back of a tiger and they can't get off. reagan, gingrich, trump, all of the eye kongs on the right, whip their followers up into a froth of hysteria and promise to reveal and reverse most of these terrible trends. of course, it never happens, which makes the republican base get more and more angry, and as the sense of betrayal grows, so does their sense of desperation, that american civilization is in imminent danger of collapse. there is a great and honorable space in america for a party of limited and efficient government that values traditionalism and that believes that social change should take place slowly and organically, but that's different from a band of ideological warriors with apocalyptic visions that fear the end of days, see opponents as traitors and devils and believes all methods are sanctioned in its battle to save civilization and itself. in short, the republican party needs to have a political
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