A conservative’s call to end the madness.
Until this incarnation of the Republican party is destroyed at the polls, we live in its thrall. We have in this election an opportunity not just to re-elect a president capable of making the Grand Bargain we all need; but to punish and humiliate the most extreme, irrational, hateful version of Republicanism that now stalks the land, led by a brazen liar and fathomless cynic.
It’s an opportunity of a lifetime: to use this election to try and destroy the fundamentalist insanity that has effectively destroyed any American conservatism worthy of the name. Former Republicans, Independents and all non-fundamentalists, Christians and Jews and Muslims, have a chance to excise this metastasizing cancer from our politics.
I could imagine that at any other time in American history, Sullivan’s description of a major political party would be called an exaggeration. Not today. How else to describe a political party that…
- has based its entire agenda on increasing the wealth of the top 1 percent on the backs of a shrinking middle class and the economic welfare of an entire nation?
- preaches Christian values but promotes bigotry and intolerance at every opportunity?
- shows no concern for the health care needs of 50 million uninsured Americans while working to maximize profits for CEOs in the health care industry?
- dismisses climate science as a hoax and watches a planet die while fossil fuel industries pull in record profits?
- treat women as chattel who can be forced to give birth against her will to a baby conceived by way of rape or be forced to lie on her back as a doctor inserts a probe inside her body?
- would deny equal rights to tens of millions of Americans based on sexual orientation?
- think it proper to increase military spending by drastically cutting social programs which allow the poor to survive in difficult times?
Describing today’s Republican Party as a “metastasizing cancer” is probably the most honest thing you can say about a political party that has lost its way.