Oliver Willis

How Republicans Weaponized Our Government, Enabling Conspiracy Theorists And Worse

It is taken as an article faith between both conservatives and the media that at any given time, something – and they are never precise on this – but something is wrong with how the Clintons conduct themselves.

The right relies on this notion to further their political fortunes while the media relies on it to attract eyeballs. It is a symbiotic relationship built on a foundation of untruth and misinformation and unfortunately it works, time and time again.

When Democrats took over Congress after the 2006 election, they mostly used their power to push back on the Bush administration’s war policies in Iraq. They also investigated the systematic firing of attorneys in the Department of Justice which was based on the political views of those lawyers, not their suitability to office, which led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

By comparison, Republicans spent the Clinton years investigating Whitewater, the death of Vince Foster, and eventually escalating a presidential affair to an impeachable offense. Under Obama, they’ve had even less to work with, trying to make hay out of Solyndra, Fast and Furious, and Benghazi – investigations designed to stop Obama’s re-election (it didn’t), Clinton’s nomination (it didn’t) and her attempt to win the presidency (it won’t).

Republicans have mastered the art of weaponizing the government, turning what is supposed to be a watchdog and oversight function into a super PAC funded by federal dollars with subpoena powers.

The upside for Democrats has been that Republicans don’t know how to keep it together once they start these weaponized investigations. Benghazi can’t just be a security failure with a series of recommendations for improvement with regards to embassy/consulate security. No, under Republicans it becomes a nefarious plot where Hillary Clinton leaves men to die, where President Obama issues a (mythical) stand down order because… well, they never clarify exactly, other than to insinuate he just likes to see Americans hurt, I suppose.

The right has always been conspiratorial in nature, something that came up in the 1960s as the extremist John Birch Society had its mindset take over the Republican Party and eventually its establishment. We see it today, where the Republican nominee for President gives interviews and backchannel phone calls to radio host Alex Jones, who believes the 9/11 attacks were done by the government and who believes a cabal of globalists are trying to kill 1/3 of the world’s population. It is no coincidence that some of the most zealous Congressional pursuers of the Clintons and President Obama come from the Alex Jones wing of the Republican Party, now its dominant wing.

To continue to leave weaponized government in the hands of these people is to abandon sanity and governing in the hopes that a vast conspiracy can be proven, and if a political enemy or two is taken out or sidelined in that process, the less insane more establishment elements are perfectly fine to just let it happen.