by HAL ZIEGLER, former Republican State Senator in Michigan
To some of us who were part of the GOP for years--and followed its history from Lincoln to the early 2000's, we believe an entirely new GOP has evolved--literally destroying the old GOP.
A Party that once stood for individual rights and freedom of expression replaced by suppression of those rights through Jim Crow voting laws.
A Party that believed in limited Government now sees Government as a force to be used to go after voting rights.
A Party that believed in strict adherence to the Constitution has been told 10 times in just a few months its actions were unconstitutional.
A Party that championed Separation of Church and State now includes in its platform the mandates of some religious groups.
A Party that worked with LBJ to secure passage of the Civil Rights Act now seeks to trample on the rights of minorities.
A Party that woke up and saw the dangers of a racist movement, the John Burch Society, and closed its doors to such a movement, but has now opened its doors to its successor, the Tea Party.
A Party that, at the eleventh hour, worked across the aisle when the country was at risk and needed solutions, now purges any member who dares mention compromise.
A Party that once felt pride in exercising its legislative duties is now led by a Senate Leader who believes a Senator's duty is solely to destroy the Presidency.
A Party that celebrates annually, a Lincoln day dinner and embraced by the likes of Taft, Goldwater, Kemp, yes Nixon, Ford, Dirksen, Bush I, Dole, Reagan and so many other good men and women, now embraces a nominee who flip-flops on virtually all issues, lies regarding four murders of Americans for political points--and well to sum it up, is running a "dishonest campaign"--those being the words of Newt Gingrich during the primaries.
A Party whose core was once real conservatives, not neo-conservative obstructionists, and embraced by those who believed in the rights of the individual and limited Government, has been replaced by a party whose belief is the Government is the tool to use to deny voting rights, so a party who believed in tolerance has been replaced by racism and religious extremism.
YES a NEW PARTY, but to those who gave much to the OLD PARTY, nothing but regret, sorrow and concern for the future of the Two-Party System, and the Country.