The Republican Party

Republican politicians like to claim that theirs is the party of Abraham Lincoln and the party of Ronald Reagan. It is not. A political party is made up of its current leaders, its current ideologies, and its current actions. The Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln in the 1860s. It was the party of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.

Today the Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump. The party of Mike Pence. The party of blood coming out of her wherevers. The party of grab her by the… The party of travel bans for members of some faiths. The party of the birther movement. The party of I'll keep you in suspense. The party of fat shaming women. The party of you have to go after the families. The party of 3am Twitter tantrums. The party of building a Berlin Wall between ourselves and our neighbors in Mexico. The party of I never said that. The party of conversion therapy. The party of leaving a Supreme Court seat vacant for a year.

Many politicians and voters joined and supported the Republican Party because of what it was. It has become something different, something horrific. If you are a member of the Republican Party, I implore you to reconsider your party affiliation. My greater hope is that Republican Senators and Representatives leave the party, removing its power from the legislative branch.