My Plea to the Republican Party
As you have changed from the days of Dwight Eisenhower and Nelson Rockefeller, you’ve gradually moved into mass un-American insanity, and those who now constitute your persons in power will likely not understand what I’m asking for here, because it has been your policy, since Newt Gingrich suggested it, always to put up the most extreme right-wing candidate possible in every position.
Therefore, virtually all of you listen with skewed and damaged ears.
That’s a major part of our national tragedy.
But this is what I ask of you: If Trump does not give up the presidency, it’s up to you to refuse to rubberstamp this madman’s choices in cabinet posts. To become in fact the opposition party in Congress against a man who will surely become a tyrant and a dictator if you fail to do so.
One way you might go about this is to hire the equivalent of a clinical psychologist for your entire party. I have no idea who that might be, but I also have no hope that you’re actually going to do such a thing. So let’s leave finding that miracle worker to you, fantasizing that you’ve somehow turned far wiser than you currently are.
Now I don’t want to sound flippant, and this is indeed a fantasy novel, but these are very serious times and our way of government, our way of life, is under dire threat. Of course, it’s not just our nation that’s at risk. It’s the entire world population, and the world itself.
You cannot afford to ignore science, pretending that climate change isn’t real. And you cannot afford to withdraw from international bodies working, far less frantically than they should, at addressing the urgent problems of climate change, phasing out our dependence on fossil fuel, and controlling the thus far uncontrollable planetary population explosion.
Your party was once the party of Lincoln. How low you’ve fallen since then. I ask you to rise up, to keep rising up, until you’ve reached a plateau with some semblance of compassion and humanity about it.
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