These days the Republican Party feels an awful lot like the late 1970s Soviet Union. [theatlantic.com]
Paraphrased slightly from the link:
This was a time referred to the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, as the era of stagnation -- "vremya zastoi" in Russian.
that point, the Soviet Communist Party was a spent force, and ideological conviction was mostly for chumps and fanatics.
and large, Soviet citizens knew that the party’s formulations about the rights of all people were just window dressing for rule a small circle of old men in the Kremlin.