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The Party of Lincoln?

imageI believe in the two-party system. But I think our two-party system is deeply flawed. One of the major political parties has sunk to the nadir of its illustrious and proud existence by trolling for votes in the dirty, polluted pond segment of the electorate.

The Republican candidates, despite the fact that we have yet to even have the Iowa Caucus, has managed to do this country great harm. One candidate in particular has been the primary antagonist in this comedic drama known as the Republican Primary, but we have yet to see any of the supporting cast of other candidates step up into the protagonist/hero role. Few Republicans in general have been responsible and valiant enough to criticize Trump and speak out about his role in damaging our country.

How has Trump and the Republicans damaged our country? Trump is running a campaign of hate and indifference, targeting one ethnicity or religion then moving on to the next. During the speech in which he announced his candidacy, he called Mexican immigrants rapists. On CNN, when he was asked to clarify his view, he used the word “killers” instead.

It was when I heard the speech Trump gave to the Republican Jewish Coalition that I realized that it is quite possible that Trump is suffering from some sort of psychological illness: up-to-and-including antisocial personality disorder. The speech was laden with anti-Semitic remarks. He said, “Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I’ve ever spoken,” and was greeted with an icy, uncomfortable silence.

Then there is his latest attempt to appeal to the base nature of some Americans when he vowed to stop allowing Muslims to immigrate to this country. Muslims have fought and died for this country. And his offensive remarks and policy initiatives are supplying ISIS with the perfect propaganda that they need to recruit more terrorists–terrorists that will likely someday kill Americans.

But oddly enough, I don’t put all or even most of the blame on Trump. I put it on the Republican Party for not being responsible enough to force him out right at the beginning. When one of our major parties is completely dysfunctional, we cannot have a healthy democracy. Serious damage is being done to this country–at home and abroad. Come on Republicans–the party of Lincoln, the party of Teddy Roosevelt–have the courage displayed by your founders and save your party from ignominious ruin.

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