Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Where have the Republicans gone?

 Where have the real Republicans gone? 

Why have those who still believe in the ideals of Lincoln and Reagan seemingly gone into hiding while the Grand Old Party is co-opted by self-serving megalomaniacs? 

I see some potentially great Republicans out there, but they are hiding and afraid to crawl into the presidential olympics leaving the electorate to choose between worse and worse-er. 

I am appalled that one announced Republican presidential contender is allowed to stand on a platform for hours issuing vilifying and slanderous remarks while spouting irrational lies without consequences. 

The threat this person poses was summarized by one writer as follows:

And the danger to democracy at home was crystal clear last night, as former president Trump held a rally in Waco, Texas, where in 1993 a 51-day government siege of the headquarters of a religious cult gave birth to the modern anti-government militia movement. Since then, Waco has been a touchstone for violent attacks on the government. There, last night, Trump stood on stage with his hand over his heart while loudspeakers played not the national anthem but a song recorded by January 6 insurrectionists. Footage from the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol played on a screen behind him. (Letters from an American)

And an unannounced Republican presidential hopeful travels the country on a book-signing tour espousing the great job he has done as a governor, yet peeling back the onion it is clear that he has turned his back on homeowners and residents who need relief from the dual hurricanes of this past year and on others, like me, who are facing quadrupling or more rises in homeowners insurance, if insurance can found. All the while facing he is backwards and saying what a great job he did during COVID while ignoring his actions to limit freedom of thought in education and attacking communities of people and issues with whom/which he does not agree (e.g., LGBTQ+, and Women's Rights) through legislation rammed through a rubber-stamp legislature.

I won't even begin to get started on the Republican Speaker of the House and how he has sold his soul and the  soul of the party for and is intent on crippling the country and its economy for personal gain and perceived power.

Where is the plan? How are these Republicans going to move the country forward from partisan finger-pointing and division to make America the land of e pluribus unum again? It is clear that the Republican leaders are not trying to make America one, but rather divide and conquer by pandering to their base rather than leading for the masses. 

Instead of working to make themselves great, America needs a president and congressional leaders who are the ultimate servants of the people. Leaders who listen and take action. Leaders who promote stability, and not self, through selfless actions and words. 

The Republican party has lost its way.

There are no leaders left to guide them back and the party has resorted to gerrymandering and cheating to remain a viable force in American politics. 

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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