If you back off from the details and look it seems like the current GOP sickness is the result of taking a half-dozen Reagan campaign quips and elevating them to some sort of canon.
Just look at COVID. America is closing in on a half million deaths and there are tens of millions who truly believe it's all a hoax and nurture literally insane ideas that it's all an effort to control them; they won't take their social responsibilities. As far as I'm concerned freedom ends where public health begins and I hope we DO have mask mandate and it puts people ni prison.
I live in Vietnam; we have had 35 deaths in the entire country since the pandemic began. That is not a typo. In the Can Tho province where I live there is not a single active case. Yet we all wear the mask.
Per capita we would have about 150,000 deaths to match the USA; we have had 35. In a desperately poor country.
The difference is attitudes toward social responsibility., something these noble people of the soil don't get.