To the Editor:
Ronald Reagan once famously said, “ I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.”
Now, I wonder how he would feel about his party that now blindly follows a vile demagogue.
Once a party that actually stood for public education, protecting Social Security, assuring equal pay for equal work (gender equality), protecting unions because they provided a strong middle class, is now a party in which fealty to the Dear Leader is paramount and kowtowing to oligarchs the norm.
It is a sad state of affairs when the head of the Republican Party mocks the disabled, women, sexual abuse survivors and anyone else who holds a differing opinion. What makes this worse, is that there are few within the party who confront his man-child behavior. I understand, their career as an elected official would possibly be jeopardized.
But what does it say about their leadership or moral character? (Hello Rep. Randy Hultrgren! Are you listening?)
I have voted for candidates of all parties, at one time or another. Now, however, the Republican Party is a joke. Their “tax cut” was geared towards their dark money donors, increasing our deficit to $684 billion an increase on 21 percent from last year alone. By 2020 it is expected to reach $1 trillion.This actually makes us weaker in the long run.
Our environment is under attack as is our public education system. Next on the chopping block is Social Security and Medicare. The damage that has been done to the trust in our institutions is almost irreparable and the coarsening of our public discourse is beyond regrettable.
We shall see in November if, like Ronald Reagan, other Republicans will recognize that their Party has left them.