Letter: This isn’t Reagan’s Republican Party
I argue, as an American institution, the Republican Party has not held. In fact, it is actively undermining our Constitution, our government and our faith in future elections.
As more information comes out about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, people said, all in all, our institutions have held. I argue, as an American institution, the Republican Party has not held. In fact, it is actively undermining our Constitution, our government and our faith in future elections.
You only need to look at the number of Republican nominees who push the Big Lie that the 2020 Election was stolen. Some candidates even took part in the attack itself. Others work to be in a position to change election results, should Republicans lose. Others attack Democrats for investigations into Trump’s actions but speak of the investigations they intend to open once in power. Add their blind support for Trump whose 2024 campaign has been described as a “revenge tour” for his political enemies.
Or look at Republican reaction to the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. Instead of asking why any former president needs personal possession of top secret government documents, they attack the FBI. Republicans who rightly sneered at “Defund the Police” are raising money with “Defund the FBI.” And those who expressed outrage at peaceful protests toward the Supreme Court are strangely silent about death threats to the judge who signed the search warrant or against the National Archives.
Closer to home, our governor supports a bill to require the opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at public meetings as a way to recognize the ideals that have built our country. But he says nothing about a coup attempt or top secret documents held illegally in a Florida resort.
Conservative columnist Marc Thiessen summed it up, writing that today’s Republican Party sees Democrats as a greater threat than Trump. That Republicans may move off Trump only if they see him as the candidate most likely to lose in 2024. This is the definition of party over country, where winning elections is over what is best for the country. This is not Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party.