The sit-in in the House of Representatives inspired this cartoon, harkening back to the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s. The GOP has come a long way from the party I could vote for in national elections. There was a time when the Republican Party stood for lower taxes, less government, deregulation, free trade and austere budgets. Then, in 1980, a new era began. The party, under Ronald Reagan’s leadership, invited religious extremists into the fold. Anti-abortion, prayer in schools, racism, English as the official United States language, mysogynistic policies, homophobia, guns galore and an anti-science ethos took hold. I could go on, but you get the picture. As South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham famously said, “My party is batshit crazy.”
The Republicans brought their collapse upon themselves, most intensely when our first African American Pres. Obama was elected in 2008. Now, they’re reaping what they’ve sown, which by the way, is a notion from the very Bible that they hold dear.
And it’s impossible to have a rational discussion with these people. I’ve tried. I don’t try anymore. They refuse to believe anything outside their narrow prejudice. Thomas Friedman suggested the party split, forming what he called the New Republican Party. Maybe the name of the new party should be the Rational Republicans. Potential members of that new party might want to check out the information below. As for the old, crumbling party dinosaurs, don’t bother. You wouldn’t believe it anyway. Fact Check Trump speech http://nyti.ms/28OCmzs