I agree with Lindy High’s Podium piece (Statesman, March 26), particularly with regard to the Republican-controlled Senate’s refusing to give President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court a hearing. This refusal is a continuation of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s vow to make Obama a one-term president, an effort that has continued into the last year of Obama’s second term.
This mindset is the culmination of over 30 years of efforts by libertarian ideologues like the Koch brothers and Richard Mellon Scaife, and the right-wing foundations they funded, to oppose any government actions they viewed as socialistic/communistic. Their stated aim, as chronicled in Jane Mayer’s recent book, “Dark Money,” was to reduce the role of the U.S. government to one of national defense and the protection of their property rights.
These efforts, despite their past successes, may be backfiring. The current Republican presidential candidate roster, led by the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, is a result of years of purging the more centrist elements that followed in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt. This may lead to the destruction of the Republican Party as we know it. If so, it will be interesting to see what rises from those ashes.
Walt Thode, Boise
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