What do today’s Republicans stand for? The question was recently posed to Frank Luntz, a premier Republican pollster/strategist for decades, and he couldn’t come up with an answer. I was raised as a Republican and I knew what I stood for. The branch of the party I believed in was fiscally conservative, but socially and environmentally engaged.
In our house, Franklin Roosevelt was the “Great Satan,” although my dad admitted he knew how to win a war. He also appreciated Truman’s honesty, if not his policies. Ike was held up as an example of the best our country could produce as a leader of people. My first presidential vote was for Barry Goldwater. I continued to consider myself a Republican until the Watergate scandal, after which I opened my eyes to the fact that political parties need to be separated from the individuals they support.
Somewhere along the Republican Party timeline, probably starting with Newt Gingrich, ideology began to overcome rational policy. That has devolved into a cult that kowtows to the current President despite individual personal, moral and ethical “values” and can’t even create a platform for its 2020 convention. I don’t see anyone in the current Senate or House of Representatives who deserves to be described as anything but a RINO (Republican in name only). That is the very definition of sad — and dangerous.