Yet this is precisely the path Trump’s GOP is leading us on.
Personally, I have reservations about the way the Democratic Party left is pulling Biden on certain issues of economics, immigration, foreign policy, and education. But Biden and his party come up with some real ideas for trying to meet the real challenges that an increasingly diverse 21st century America must meet to become a more perfect union. The best tool for keeping the Democratic Party close to the center-left on more issues is a healthy, center-right Republican Party.
We don’t have that. Instead, we have a GOP trying to hang on to power by capitalizing on a big lie in voter suppression laws that allow the party to return to power by appealing only to a largely white 20th century America. century. Trump’s GOP makes no effort to offer conservative alternatives to the problems of the day. His whole goal is how to win without do that.
That is why it behooves every American to support in any way they can the few principled Republican lawmakers who are combating this trend from within – like Liz Cheney, Representative Adam Kinzinger, and Senator Mitt Romney.
What I learned from covering the struggle for the future of the Arab-Muslim world after 9/11 is that the war of ideas within is all. Of course, it’s important that strangers condemn bad behavior, but their voices have limited impact. Real change only happens when the war of ideas is won by insiders, working from the roots up.
On Monday, CNN quoted Cheney as telling Republican donors and academics at a retreat for the American Enterprise Institute in Sea Island, Ga., “We cannot accept the idea that the election is stolen. It is poison in the blood of our democracy. … We cannot whitewash what happened on January 6 or perpetuate Trump’s big lie. It is a threat to democracy. What he did on January 6 was a line that cannot be crossed. A “peaceful transfer of power must be defended”.
She couldn’t be more right. And without a war of ideas within the party, which is won by principled Republicans, we run the real risk of a political civil war in America in the next election.
Things are not going well.
Unless more principled Republicans stand up for the truth about our last election, we’ll see exactly how a democracy dies.
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