by HAL ZIEGLER, former Republican State Senator in Michigan
In addition to the above, the NEW GOP has purged Goldwater, Kemp, Nixon's overture to China, Bush I, and virtually all GOP leaders from Lincoln to the early 2000's.
Here is why. The NEW GOP opposes lincoln for unifying the Country and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Teddy Roosevelt for advocating balance between Corporate greed and the Country's interests. Ike for teaching military restraint and forcefully protecting the rights of Minorities. Goldwater for saying abortion and same sex marriage were none of the Government's business. Ford for his decency and Reagan for being pragmatic while working with Tip O'Neill to save Social Security and raising taxes when necessary.
If you combine some or all of the beliefs of earlier Republicans, you find compassion, tolerance, fiscal responsibility, sound Foreign and Military Policy, conservatism not obstructionism, having beliefs that all Americans deserve to be treated equally and not just a select few, that the Religious beliefs of a minority not be made part of Federal Law, that sometimes compromise is necessary for the good of the Country, that voting rights should be protected--the list is endless--all of the above have been purged as part of the new GOP doctrines.
Anyone who honors the past of the GOP is suspect and anyone who wishes to see policies of the OLD GOP become reality today are expelled and not welcome. Any office holder who talks compromise, tolerance or fairness can expect a Primary opponent.
The Mantra of the NEW GOP is clear--discard the old "Everyone is Created Equal" with "Some, a few, are more equal with others."
While Romney said he only wants to lead 53%--the reality is the NEW GOP really believes only a much smaller number deserve to be included or even matter.
I ask you--and I am trying to be objective--to show me any comparison, just one, between past GOP nominees and the present front runner. I challenge you to show me any hypocrite flip-flopper like Romney or any nominee so dangerous on foreign policy, i.e. the Libyan lies or so reckless in his proposed uses of the military. I challenge anyone of my generation--well o.k. old--to justify how the NEW GOP is in any way like the OLD GOP.