To the editor: I recently heard someone say, “God bless you and your soul because you are still a Democrat.”
In all probability, he was a Republican. However, it made me wonder why people today remain committed to the Republican Party since they are no longer the party of Lincoln and his political philosophy. Perhaps the members of the current so-called Republican Party should re-name their organization.
The GOP has certainly changed — especially over the past two years. In the 1800s, it became the party of big business and the wealthy. In the 1920s and ’30s it became involved with and supported by the evangelical movement. They then allied with conservatives who were mostly white Christians. In the 1960s and ’70s it became very popular with the Southern conservatives and became very attractive to Democrats who then changed party affiliation. Ironically, those individuals were once considered the ideological enemies of Lincoln.
In recent years, the Republicans have shown a disdain for science. They oppose the information regarding global warming and contempt for scientists’ warnings about pollution, toxic chemicals, radioactivity and environmental damage. They have continually shown a disregard for scientific form of thought: that “facts” require evidence which have been replaced by “facts” being determined by emotional truth and usefulness — better known as “false facts.” This has become a standard of thought and publicity for the Trump administration. We are now very familiar with Trump’s inaccurate statements, corruption and downright lies.
Republicans were always concerned about our national debt. Apparently, that issue is no longer a high priority item on their agenda. What is important is immediate prosperity and profit. The future, both economically and environmentally, is now a low priority item. Additionally, it appears they advocate policies of voter suppression and have become increasingly tolerant of racism. It appears they are no longer committed to the principles of our democratic republic.
The Republican Party is not the party of Taft, Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush or Lincoln but, rather, the party of Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, Mitch McConnell. The basic dogma of the party does remain with some party members: small government, low taxes, a strong military and social conservatism. However, those principles, standards and values have certainly faded for many Republicans and Trump has swallowed up all the attention. The ideological commitment is now devotion to Trump. Yes, Trump is the party and the party is Trump.