To the Editor:
The Republican Party lost its soul a long time ago and now the devil gets his due.
Born and raised Republican, I remember as a child feeling guilty about the cruelty of Republican policies. The presumption of the GOP was that people are poor due to their own irresponsible behavior. And racism was not only accepted, but encouraged.
I wanted to scream then and I want to scream now. Doesn’t anyone go to the library to read about Jim Crow, sundown towns or lynchings? Because despite civil rights laws, I recently worked for a small company that refused to hire blacks, but got away with it because hiring was done by word of mouth.
And now voter suppression is back.
Pretending to address voter corruption, voter ID requirements make it difficult for the poor to vote because the poor can’t afford to drive. But if you’ve got your FOID gun license, you’re good to go.
The evangelicals further take the cake. Our president’s behavior during his entire adult life was one of decadence, depravity, deception, downright criminality, vengeance and vicious hatred, but the holy roller hypocrites support him blindly and unequivocally.
And the right-wing extremists are more closed minded than ever. Polls show most Republicans believe colleges, education and science are a bad thing.
But most Americans will suffer if Republicans get their way. Speaker Paul Ryan embodies the Republican philosophy of atheist Ayn Rand who believed the wealthy should be fed caviar while the poor and middle class scramble for crumbs. It explains why Republicans want to gut Medicare, reduce Social Security benefits and give tax cuts to the filthy rich.
That’s how Republicans roll. I’m glad I shed that mindset 40 years ago and wish everyone would see the GOP’s vicious agenda for what it is.