Morons at the Gate: Part 2

Can American democracy survive the MAGA morons in our midst?

Steve Genco
13 min readApr 3, 2024

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A painting depicting Visigoths attacking and overrunning Rome in 410 A.D.
We’ve been here before, but the Visigoths were better organized than today’s Republicans. The sack of Rome, 410 A.D. Public domain.

In Part 1 of this post, I discussed the “what” of America’s moron problem. In this Part 2, I discuss the “why”. I argue that morons in America are made, not born. Looking at the record of the Republican Party since the launch of Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” in 1972, I describe a Party that has spent decades cultivating a voting base of morons to serve its interests, only to lose that base to Donald Trump in 2016. Trump has now taken over the RNC as well as its base, and is in the process of bleeding the Party dry to fund his many criminal trials. Should Republicans suffer the catastrophic defeat Trump seems to be preparing for them, Democrats will have an opportunity to undo the deficiencies in our democracy that led to Trump and the rise of politically-motivated MAGA morons in America. Whether Democrats will take that opportunity remains to be seen.

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Steve Genco

Steve is author of Intuitive Marketing (2019) & Neuromarketing for Dummies (2013). He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.