Marco Rubio may have Hobby Lobby founder David Green and Ted Cruz may have Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, but former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke’s endorsement of Donald Trump goes to the very heart of the modern Republican Party and what it stands for in 2016. What we’re seeing in Trump is the physical manifestation of the central extreme conservative GOP political philosophy––racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and obstructionism. In short, fear. Donald Trump personifies everything a schoolyard bully will punch a person in the mouth for while the frightened primary voters hide behind him.
We are witnessing history on a grand scale. At this point in the campaign, it looks like the end of the Republican Party is near, and not a moment too soon. It has come full circle from the party of freedom, courage and equality to the party it replaced back in 1856, the Whigs. Back then the rift between anti-slavery and pro-slavery forces and the so-called “corruption” of German and Irish immigrants (sound familiar?) ripped the Whig party apart. In short, it was fear that killed the Whigs and it’s fear that’s killing the Grand Old Party. The GOP is a star collapsing upon itself. It will leave behind a black hole that will be filled quickly enough with something better, we hope. Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does politics.
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