Democracy is supposed to be about people coming together with differing viewpoints to reconcile their differences for the benefit of all. But that process has been sabotaged ... it hasn’t worked in America for over 20 years. First, Newt Gingrich ushered in a whole new era of strong-arm, hyper-partisanship — the politics of obstruction — “just say no to mutual cooperation.” Then, the “religious right” (lead by conspicuously now estranged Dr. James Dobson) hatched a scheme to exploit religion for political ransom (expressly forbidden by the founding fathers of this great nation). Figure it out — how does one vote “against God?”
The extreme political backlash we are currently witnessing was unleashed as Republicans began realizing how destructive the aforementioned political paradigms are — to both the GOP and the Christian faith. That’s exactly why a majority of them are now gravitating toward a “political outsider” like Donald Trump. Whenever a political party becomes desperate enough to abandon common ethics and fair play to force their agenda, the democratic process is severely compromised. But sooner or later, those “chickens will come home to roost” — and that partisan “house of cards” will come tumbling down.
(PS, I’m afraid that Republicans are “jumping out of the frying pan into the fire” with Donald Trump.)
Michael F. Howard, Boise
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