Editor: The Republican Party is not what it used to be. The Trump administration’s control of the party has derailed the primary conservative values of decency and respect of others, of fiscal responsibility, free trade, and the defense of truth.
Under Trump, mocking those with different views in ways heretofore completely unacceptable by a U.S. president is the anticipated Twitter feed or Trump rally ritual. Trump’s anti-immigrant, nationalist agenda is not consistent with my conservative Christian values.
What has happened to the fiscal conservatives that pushed so hard for a balanced budget and were desperately concerned about the national debt? Most are as quiet as church mice amid the shouts of “Build the Wall” and “Lock Her Up.” Under Trump, the national debt now exceeds $21,000,000,000,000.
Who will benefit from a trade war with China and our allies? There will be a few big winners, but fundamental economic principles will prevail and the majority of Americans will eventually be worse off under Trump’s higher tariffs.
I now agree with Max Boot, who in his July 4 letter said that a vote for the GOP in November is a vote for obstruction of justice, conflicts of interest, demonization of minorities, the debasing of our political discourse, alienating America’s allies, essentially ending free trade, and a vote to appease dictators.
The Republican Party is now the Party of Trump. The party that I belonged to is no longer. A truly good, conservative party must rise from the rubble of the impending collapse.
I encourage all principled conservatives to summon the strength of Sampson, and stand with those currently best equipped to topple the Party of Trump—the Democrats.
Glen Peterson, Hamilton