Paul Krugman published an article in the New York Times titled The Fix Isn’t In where he discussed movement conservatism. Movement conservatism was a term I was not familiar with; but I have seen it in action and recognized it as the bait and switch that the Republican Party has played with their ignorant base and the one percent they actually support, since the time of Reagan.
Below is an excerpt from his article and a link to the full writing. It is a short piece and worth reading: food for thought.
"I don’t mean that conservatism in general is dying. But what I and others mean by “movement conservatism,” a term I think I learned from the historian Rick Perlstein, is something more specific: an interlocking set of institutions and alliances that won elections by stoking cultural and racial anxiety but used these victories mainly to push an elitist economic agenda, meanwhile providing a support network for political and ideological loyalists."
This article seems to truly, in simple terms, explain the Republican Party of the last four decades.