The new GOP is un-Amer­i­can

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Opinion -

The new Repub­li­can Party’s ori­gin is in the 1970s with Paul Weyrich and Lewis Pow­ell. It was nour­ished by one of the na­tion’s worst pres­i­dents, Ron­ald Rea­gan, in the 1980s, and has come to full flower un­der the ab­so­lute worst pres­i­dent, Don­ald Trump.

Trump is the nat­u­ral out­come from 40 years of Repub­li­can drum­beat­ing on voter sup­pres­sion, anti-im­mi­gra­tion, hate the gov­ern­ment, be fear­ful of ev­ery­one, carry a gun, anti-women’s health care rights, white supremacy and a host of other es­sen­tially unAmer­i­can po­si­tions.

They trum­pet hate, fear and greed as the Amer­i­can creed and they were able to gar­ner 60 mil­lion vot­ers with that plat­form.

Most of those vot­ers have no idea that the over­whelm­ing fund­ing of the Repub­li­can agenda is a small group of oli­garchs over th­ese four decades that have in­fil­trated ev­ery area of Amer­ica, in­clud­ing schools at ev­ery level, me­dia of all kinds, courts, law en­force­ment, churches and other in­sti­tu­tions that prior to 1980 were more egal­i­tar­ian.

Now, af­ter bil­lions of dol­lars in in­vest­ments, the oli­garchs have suc­cess­fully pur­chased the gov­ern­ment they want, and they have the per­fect pres­i­dent for them — one who thrives on their only bench­mark for suc­cess: who has the most money.

They have stooped so low as to re­quire Barack Obama to pro­duce a birth cer­tifi­cate, El­iz­a­beth War­ren to ver­ify her her­itage and John Kerry to de­fend his hon­or­able ser­vice. This is the new Repub­li­can Party and their base is proud of it. Shame­ful!

– Richard Hammes Hil­ton Head Is­land

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