GOP rad­i­cally ex­treme

The Times-Tribune - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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