If resistance to the Republican Party is eliminated, Republican Rage will subside.

That’s the unavoidable conclusion I’ve reached since I saw the first expressions of anger at Goldwater’s resounding defeat in 1964. He truly believed the collegial approach of Dwight Eisenhower to liberal demands on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised meant the end of freedom. He summed up his positions in these now-famous remarks from his acceptance speech at the convention, providing rationale for liberty absolutists: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!”... “Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies.”

With the election of Donald Trump, his style blunt and intimidating, his approach to governance impulsive and authoritarian, Republicans signaled their final resistance to dialogue. To “Make America Great Again,” affirm its competitive edge, accept market-driven wages and end government assistance, ceding that back to family, church and charity, honor its traditions, however bound in violence and privilege, and brook no internal resistance to American exceptionalism. To save liberty, restrict it, cast doubt on the voting process, characterize opponents as drug-addled, stupid, or criminal, label disagreement “fake” and conspiratorial, and provide tacit approval to those poised for violence on behalf of freedom - in essence, fuel the divide.

If resistance to the Republican party is eliminated, Republican rage will subside.

Dan Lunham

Yucaipa

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