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GOP has lost its moral compass

GOP has lost its moral compass

To the Editor: 

The Republican Party is not the party of life. 

The Republican Party is morally and intellectually bankrupt. It has no purpose, no platform other than the pursuit and exercise of power simply for power’s sake. It does not seek to govern nor is it interested in developing the civic space or a sense of order. It seeks only control, unadulterated and unaccountable. 

The Republican Party dons the mantle of conservatism. Yet its interests and actions betray any sense of conserving or preserving any semblance of social order, fealty to institutions or constitutional humility. Its methods are chaos and dissembling — see Steve Bannon’s call to “flood the zone with s***.”

The Republican Party doesn’t believe in small government. Witness the actions of the governors in Florida and Texas, whose guiding principles seem to be reward friends, punish disagreement and treat anyone who doesn’t toe the line as an existential threat. 

The Republican Party doesn’t believe in free speech or freedom of assembly or freedom of conscience. It burns books, squelches inquiry and demands fealty to men — not ideas. From Rush Limbaugh’s first whines about political correctness to today’s screeches of “cancel culture” and “wokeness,” the Republican Party uses finger pointing to squelch honest discussion and debate. 

The Republican Party does not believe in liberty. It believes in license — the ability to do what it wants, when it wants, without accountability or responsibility. 

The Republican Party is not the party of fiscal responsibility. It cares not for the middle class or working people. Its economic platform, if one can deem tax cuts for the wealthiest a platform, serves the elite. Wealth and opportunity don’t trickle down — they accrete up, becoming consolidated in fewer and fewer hands and fostering corruption and greed. To cover its economic malfeasance it stokes division, hatred, and culture wars. Thomas Pynchon observed, “If they can get you asking the wrong questions then they don’t have to worry about the answers.” And so it is that the Republican media in the guise of “just asking questions” diverts attention from its moral emptiness to sowing anger and fear. 

The Republican Party is not the party of life. Despite its pious self-righteousness on abortion, it does nothing to promote the quality of life of the living. It treats mothers, children and millions of working Americans with utter disdain. It coddles gun manufacturers while promoting fever dreams of a dystopic world that feeds more fever dreams of so-called patriots, deluded revolutionaries, and conspiracy theorists. It turned a public health crisis into a culture war that unnecessarily killed hundreds of thousands of Americans while undermining trust in public institutions for perverse political and egotistical gain. 

The Republican Party is not the party of values. It hides behind religion while perverting Christ’s message to love our neighbors. It revels in cruelty — separating families, killing the innocent and idolizing the selfish and narcissistic. It embraces fascism and the undermining of democratic principles. 

The Republican Party is the party of death. 

Mark Jamison 

Webster

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17 comments

  • The Republicans haven’t had a moral compass since Nixon.

    posted by Deni Gottlieb

    Sunday, 06/12/2022

  • Anybody that supports what Joe Biden and his Democratic Party cohorts have been doing to America lately needs to do some serious introspection. And I might add, maybe commit to some professional counseling.

    posted by Phillip

    Sunday, 06/12/2022

  • Spot on, Mr. Jamison.

    posted by Doug Curry

    Saturday, 06/11/2022

  • Spot on, Mr. Jamison.

    posted by Doug Curry

    Saturday, 06/11/2022

  • Here's a comment from the Governor of FL that you disparage sir; Check this out.


    Friend,

    Our country is currently facing a great threat. A new enemy has emerged from the shadows that seeks to destroy and intimidate their way to a transformed state, and country, that you and I would hardly recognize.

    This enemy is the radical vigilante woke mob that will steamroll anything and anyone in their way. Their blatant attacks on the American way of life are clear and intensifying: stifling dissent, public shaming, rampant violence, and a perverted version of history.

    A group that will, literally, tear down monuments and buildings but — perhaps in an even more sinister way — tear down the American spirit itself. They go after the family unit, parental rights, traditional moral values, the church, and fact-based education.

    Over the past few years, we’ve watched horrified as this group has attempted to brainwash our children into thinking we live in an evil, racist, irredeemable country.

    We listened to them deny science and data to exert political theater all the while trampling over personal liberties enshrined in the Constitution.

    We saw them take to the streets for an entire summer like outlaws burning, looting, and destroying everything in sight while being told they were “mostly peaceful” and “passionate.”

    We watched Big Tech moguls in Silicon Valley be the arbiters of truth – deciding who gets to speak and who gets silenced through the digital public square.

    We listened to the legacy media muffle legitimately verifiable news stories that didn’t align with their preferred narrative, only to watch the truth trickle out months later at a more politically expedient time.

    Well, Friend, the time for listening and watching from the sidelines is over.

    This enemy has taken over media, educational institutions, corporate boards, professional sports, foundations, and professional institutions. They have left no corner of our lives untouched. But all hope is not lost.

    We The People still have a say. We know the truth, you and I, about America and the country she is and can be. We must fight to defeat these false pretenses and predetermined narratives.

    I am choosing to counter this enemy with faith, with reason, and with freedom. As Governor of the Free State of Florida, I have chosen to lead with a vision that builds America up rather than tears it down.

    Together we can ensure that our children are raised to know they live in the greatest state in the nation, the greatest country in the world and that they have an opportunity to continue making them even greater.

    If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get off the sidelines and fight for the rights you know were given to man by God Himself – the time is NOW.

    If you’re with me chip in any amount to help me defeat this enemy. I can’t do it without you. I promise you; I will never stop fighting.

    posted by sam hopkins

    Saturday, 06/11/2022

  • Sadly, the republiclowns who can actually read will deny, and attack with the ignorant lies they've been programmed with by faux news. The ones who can't read, or simply don't have the education to understand words of more than one syllable, will not see your message.
    Thank you for writing it, and thanks to the Smoky Mountain News for publishing it.

    posted by Steve

    Saturday, 06/11/2022

  • Golly Mark, you've just described liberal democrats to a 'T'. Most Republicans don't support partial birth abortion, big government, or racial inequality. Obama did more in his term to destroy racial relations that had made great gains since the days of civil rights. Martin Luther King was a Republican. The democrats founded the KKK! The Governors of FL and TX are probably two of the best we have nationwide. You are much confused sir...

    posted by sam hopkins

    Saturday, 06/11/2022

  • Golly Mark, you've just described liberal democrats to a 'T'. Most Republicans don't support partial birth abortion, big government, or racial inequality. Obama did more in his term to destroy racial relations that had made great gains since the days of civil rights. Martin Luther King was a Republican. The democrats founded the KKK! The Governors of FL and TX are probably two of the best we have nationwide. You are much confused sir...

    posted by sam hopkins

    Saturday, 06/11/2022

  • The leftist liberal mental illness is strong in this letter to the Editor along with the leftist liberal comments.

    posted by Hal

    Saturday, 06/11/2022

  • Spot on, Sir! Thank you.

    posted by Helen Geltman

    Friday, 06/10/2022

  • Spot on, Sir! Thank you.

    posted by Helen Geltman

    Friday, 06/10/2022

  • A promise written. Freedom always carries the seed of its own destruction.
    Good men must prune the growth that hinder and chokes its very life.
    So sayeth the Eagle that roars onto the spangled night. A promise kept.

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Friday, 06/10/2022

  • This writer just descry the Democrat Party . That is why after my years of voting as democrat ,I left the party . I was ashamed to be affiliated with the corrupt lying party!

    posted by Linda Stienbarger

    Friday, 06/10/2022

  • This writer just descry the Democrat Party . That is why after my years of voting as democrat ,I left the party . I was ashamed to be affiliated with the corrupt lying party!

    posted by Linda Stienbarger

    Friday, 06/10/2022

  • Excellent letter!

    posted by Chuck Zimmerman

    Friday, 06/10/2022

  • I agree

    posted by Catherine S

    Thursday, 06/09/2022

  • Mr. Jamison, before the haters start demonizing you and/or your sentiments (a common tactic used by haters and the "divide and conquer" crowd), I want to say that you succinctly summed up the Republican party agenda with these words: " It has no purpose, no platform other than the pursuit and exercise of power simply for power’s sake."

    You presented several examples to make your point but there is one you did not identify, this being the attempt to replace the U.S. form of government with authoritarianism beginning with the events leading up to (beginning in May 2020 with the repetitive and simple message that mail in ballots would lead to a "rigged" election - yes 6 months of indoctrination before the November election) and culminating in the riot and insurrection on January 6. Surely, this exemplifies the pursuit of power in the most stark terms. For the Fox Channel watchers who will not know that the evidence will be presented in most national news outlets (Fox is not news, quite obviously), I wish to let them know that they can tune in to any other news station beginning Thursday, June 9th in prime time to watch and learn.

    posted by Teri D

    Wednesday, 06/08/2022

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