The rules Republicans have championed for years are presently in place - and due to a complete lack of foresight they’ve turned out differently than expected.
They fought to remove laws preventing media consolidation. They insisted that “money is speech” and that corporations had an inalienable right to lobby Congress, form PACs, and flood the airwaves with propaganda.
They also demanded constant surveillance of the entire citizenry by the various intelligence agencies to prevent “terrorism”. They contended the one good kind of government spending was building a huge military with a pervasive monitoring system to “keep us safe”.
Most recently they argued that social media platforms are not public spaces, and the tech companies have a right to collude and censor anything they want. Including dragging in hardware providers, and payment processors.
Today, the conglomerate owned media has turned on them. The corporations they fought for ridicule them. Social media companies are censoring them. And broader “big tech” is making sure that services providers like webhosts and credit card companies won’t work with any services that won’t censor them. Lastly, the surveillance State they empowered now considers many of them to be “Domestic terrorists”.
Now the question is, did they learn anything?
I suspect they’ve learned nothing. They just don’t like how the playing field they demanded - turned out for them.
They would still take the word of the lying intelligence agencies and invade random Islamic countries with spurious “evidence”. They would still cancel the Dixie Chicks for daring to speak out against a president. They would still uphold that Pepsi should drop its marketing with Ludicris because of whatever Bill O’Riley didn’t like about him. They would still insist that Blue Cross has every right to spend tens of millions of dollars “lobbying” Congress with legal bribes to continue keeping healthcare as “a business”. They would still insist that those who have nothing to hide, have nothing to fear from DHS. They would still stand with social media in blacklisting anyone they want to - it’s their company and “free speech” is only important if the government infringes on it!
So why exactly don’t Republicans deserve what is happening? It’s the very framework they championed. Have they truly come to see why the things they supported were always a bad idea, or are they just sad that the boot intended for their enemies ended up landing on their own face?