The Party of Lincoln is now the Party of Trump, and many die-hard Republicans find that to be unacceptable. One such person is Texas republican Chris Ladd. Ironically, Ladd’s site is called goplifer.com, with a tagline that says “Because leaving isn’t actually an option.” Well, Ladd is now going back on that, with the best resignation letter the GOP has seen yet. He writes, in part:
The Iraq War, the financial meltdown, the utter failure of supply-side theory, climate denial, and our strange pursuit of theocratic legislation have all been troubling. Yet it seemed that America’s party of commerce, trade, and pragmatism might still have time to sober up. Remaining engaged in the party implied a contribution to that renaissance, an investment in hope. Donald Trump has put an end to that hope.
From his fairy-tale wall to his schoolyard bullying and his flirtation with violent racists, Donald Trump offers America a singular narrative – a tale of cowards. Fearful people, convinced of our inadequacy, trembling before a world alight with imaginary threats, crave a demagogue. Neither party has ever elevated to this level a more toxic figure, one that calls forth the darkest elements of our national character.
With three decades invested in the Republican Party, there is a powerful temptation to shrug and soldier on. Despite the bold rhetoric, we all know Trump will lose. Why throw away a great personal investment over one bad nominee? Trump is not merely a poor candidate, but an indictment of our character. Preserving a party is not a morally defensible goal if that party has lost its legitimacy.
BOOM! Ladd is right, of course. Donald Trump is dangerous not to the GOP, but to the nation and world. He is a demagogue, a morally bankrupt charlatan who is in no way fit to hold the office he seeks. The fact that these spineless party leaders are lining up behind Trump means they have literally sold their souls and their party to their very own devil, and that devil Donald Trump.
Ladd wasn’t finished yet, though, with just the above passage. He continued:
Fast-forward to our present leadership and the nature of our dilemma is clear. I watched Paul Ryan speak at Donald Trump’s convention the way a young child watches his father march off to prison. Thousands of Republican figures that loathe Donald Trump, understand the danger he represents, and privately hope he loses, are publicly declaring their support for him. In Illinois our local and state GOP organizations, faced with a choice, have decided on complicity.
Our leaders’ compromise preserves their personal capital at our collective cost. Their refusal to dissent robs all Republicans of moral cover. Evasion and cowardice has prevailed over conscience. We are now, and shall indefinitely remain, the Party of Donald Trump.
I will not contribute my name, my work, or my character to an utterly indefensible cause. No sensible adult demands moral purity from a political party, but conscience is meaningless without constraints. A party willing to lend its collective capital to Donald Trump has entered a compromise beyond any credible threshold of legitimacy. There is no redemption in being one of the “good Nazis.”
I hereby resign my position as a York Township Republican committeeman. My thirty-year tenure as a Republican is over.
It’s too bad more GOPers can’t do like many of them have done, and stand up to the danger that is Donald Trump. Putting party before country is unacceptable in America. All of these people who are telling people to vote for Donald Trump simply because they hate Hillary Clinton are making a dangerous decision and they know it. The only thing we can all do is hope that the people who are publicly touting their Trump support but know he’s dangerous as all hell will make the right decision when they get into the privacy of the voting booth and be unable to pull the lever for him.
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