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Progressives and Liberals Should Keep an Eye on the Republican Presidential Primaries

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Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) March 2, 2016: Super Tuesday was super for Donald J. Trump. He rolled up impressive victories in the Republican primaries in several states. He is still the frontrunner to become the Republican Party's candidate in the 2016 presidential election.

However, for several weeks now, standard-issue Republican pundits and political commentators, all of whom imagine themselves to be respectable Americans, have acted strange about Trump's candidacy.

On the one hand, they have averred that Trump is not electable. I understand that much.

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On the other hand, they have pretended that they do not understand where all his supporters in the Republican primaries have come from. Can you imagine that -- seemingly respectable Republicans, many of whom are in denial about climate change, are now also in denial about how the decades-old anti-60s rhetoric has given rise to Trump. In the anti-60s spirit, he makes a mockery of the spirit of political correctness that the 1960s gave birth to.

So after decades of using anti-60s rhetoric to rally rage-aholics to support Republican candidates and issues, the Republican presidential primary elections are being dominated by Trump and his grassroots rage-aholics.

President Obama is not to blame for Trump's victories in the Republican presidential primaries.

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The Democratic Party is not to blame for Trump's victories in the Republican presidential primaries.

Only Republican anti-60s rage-aholics are to blame for the rise of Trump and his anti-60s rage-aholic supporters in the Republican presidential primaries.

Progressives and liberals should relish Trump's victories in the Republican presidential primaries.

Trump's mocking of the spirit of political correctness makes it abundantly clear what he and his rage-aholic supporters stand over against.

If Trump emerges as the Republican presidential candidate in 2016, the American voters should have no doubts about what he stands over against.

Now, if Hillary Rodham Clinton were to emerge as the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, then the presidential election would be great showdown about the spirit of the 1960s.

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As everybody knows, her spouse, former President Bill Clinton, is a symbol of the libertinianism of the yeasty 1960s and 1970s that anti-60s rhetoric denounces. The anti-60s rage-aholics got President Clinton impeached because of his consensual sex with Monica Lewinsky, a young White House intern.

Of course Hillary Clinton is a woman. As a woman, she is also a symbol of the women's movement in 1960s and 1970s and later. Besides that, she is a former Goldwater girl. So she's a turncoat from the Republican point of view -- a traitor to the radical conservative cause that former Republican presidential candidate Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona symbolized in the 1964 presidential election.

So a match-up of Donald J. Trump versus Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 presidential election could generate a lot of excitement in Trump's rage-aholic supporters.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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