GOP radically extreme
Editor: The extremism, nationalism and isolationism that have taken over the Republican Party in the name of patriotism undermine the cornerstones of our democracy, our institutions and the rule of law.
It jeopardize our nation’s future. On the international stage we are in danger of becoming a first-world power with a third-world morality and our allies already say they can no longer depend on us. On the political front our pundits tell us that we could face a constitutional crisis within the next two years.
Even on the economic front economists tell us that our short-term economic gains that have been achieved with deregulation and tax cuts indicate that the next recession, which will happen eventually, could be worse than the 2008 downturn.
The Republican Party needs to shed its extremist elements and bring itself and the country back to the political center. Failure to do that already has driven long-term members like myself and several friends to leave the party. It will, in the future, become a party on the periphery. Worse yet, failure to change may irreparably damage our democracy.
RALPH T. ALLEN SCOTT TWP.