Party of Lin­coln

Houston Chronicle - - FROM THE COVER -

Re­gard­ing “GOP needs to move be­yond the cult of Trump” (Ed­i­to­rial page, Thurs­day): U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s es­say is a mov­ing eu­logy by a true con­ser­va­tive for the Repub­li­can Party he once knew. As Flake notes, it is no longer even clear what con­ser­vatism means now that the for­merly con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can Party has be­come the party of Don­ald Trump. In­stead of be­ing the party of fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity and the rule of law, the GOP now truck­les to a man who is a race-bait­ing dem­a­gogue, a would-be au­to­crat and a crack­pot con­spir­acy the­o­rist.

Flake did not add the log­i­cal corol­lary to his ar­gu­ment: Keep vot­ing Demo­cratic. We had a blue wave this year. Make it a blue tsunami in 2020. Only the bit­ter st­ing of de­feat will force the GOP to re­turn to be­ing a party of ideas in­stead of the party of one man. Keith M. Parsons, Friendswood

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