by Max Boot, conservative (i.e., in the traditional sense) columnist
(IndieDems note: Mr. Boot has eloquently and cogently stated why no real conservative–and no real American–would remain a member of the racist, xenophobic, authoritarian, know-nothing Republican Party of Donald Trump. He summarizes the names of prominent Republicans who have seen the light. Suggestion: send the original article, or this wrap-up, via email to your U.S. Senators and Representative. Ask a simple question: “In the face of this clear proof of how debased the Republican Party has become, why are you still a member of it?”
For added oomph, in the subject line of the email, put the names of the Chief of Staff and the Legislative Assistant for Immigration and/or Homeland Security.)
- You used to belong to a conservative party with a white-nationalist fringe. Now it’s a white-nationalist party with a conservative fringe. If you’re part of that fringe, what should you do?
- A vote for the GOP in November is also a vote for egregious obstruction of justice, rampant conflicts of interest, the demonization of minorities, the debasement of political discourse, the alienation of America’s allies, the end of free trade and the appeasement of dictators.
- Like postwar Germany and Japan, the Republican Party must be destroyed before it can be rebuilt.
- Steve Schmidt, Republican strategist and former head of McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign: “I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump.”
- Schmidt follows in the illustrious footsteps of Post columnist George F. Will, former senator Gordon Humphrey, former representative (and Post columnist) Joe Scarborough, Reagan and Bush (both) aide Peter Wehner, and other Republicans who have left the party.
- If Trump announced he were going to spit-roast immigrant kids and eat them on national TV (apologies to Jonathan Swift), most Republicans probably would approve of that, too. The entire Republican platform can now be reduced to three words: “whatever Trump says.”
- Personally, I’ve thrown up my hands in despair at the debased state of the GOP. I don’t want to be identified with the party of the child-snatchers
- What I can’t respect are head-in-the-sand conservatives who continue to support the GOP by pretending that nothing has changed.