If you are among my conservative or libertarian readers who believe that the Republicans are the lesser of two evils, read this and ask yourself: if they talk the talk while working as hard as possible to embody the worst stereotype the opposition has of them, who does this benefit?
When I used to think of the Republican Party, three of its greatest moments came to mind:
(1) Ending slavery and ratifying the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments;
(2) Peacefully ending the Cold War and re-uniting Europe; and
(3) Speaking the words (under the circumstances astonishing in both temperance and tolerance), “We respect your faith. It’s practiced freely by many millions of Americans, and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah.”
To paraphrase a man of peace and optimism, “I didn’t leave the Republican Party. The party left me.”