American conservatism—the so-called “culture of life”—worships annihilation.
A decade ago, in my first public writing since leaving Capitol Hill, I warned that the Republican Party, in its evolution towards an extremist conservative movement allied with extremist Christian fundamentalism, was becoming like “one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century Europe.” After Donald Trump’s enthronement as the decider of our fate, I analyzed the GOP’s descent into a nihilism that belied every one of its supposed “values.”
President Richard Nixon, like President Donald Trump, had his share of unwavering loyalists and supporters — and no matter how damning the Watergate scandal became in 1974, they refused to say a word against Nixon. Those Nixon loyalists, journalist Frank Rich stresses in an essay for New York Magazine, offer some valuable insights on what will ultimately befall Trump’s “toadies.”
A woman involved in an alleged sex cult and who pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy charges has also admitted keeping a slave locked in a room for more than two years.
“I knowingly and intentionally harbored Jane Doe 4, a woman whose identity is known to me, in a room in the home in the Northern District of New York,” Lauren Salzman told Brooklyn federal court Judge Nicholas Garaufis last week, according to newly unsealed court transcripts quoted by the New York Post.
Lawyers for Smallville actor Allison Mack tried to dismiss two of the charges against her in the alleged sex cult case by arguing that the Church of Scientology had also been accused of “forced labor” but a court had ruled in its favor.